Guildford Refugee Outreach

The project seeks to connect with women from other cultures that are often feeling disconnected. Many local women are Afghani, Iraqi or Kurdish and struggle to be comfortable in their new life in Australia. Already about 20 women plus children are in contact with the church at Guildford with Villawood, through ESL, after-school kids' group, playgroup and assistance with food etc.

A dedicated worker provides more individualised personal contact, pastoral care, financial management tips and life planning. Through regular contact at English classes, school activities and even at the local shops, trust is developing and home visiting is common.

People in Guildford and Villawood experience difficulty in many areas, from high unemployment (both youth and adult), low numbers of people entering higher education (thus guaranteeing further barriers to find meaningful, well paid work), high mental health and incarceration rates, plus a high number of immigrants (many of whom are on Bridging Visas and struggle to survive financially and settle into life here).

In many migrant families there is significant conflict between generations as the younger members pick up the English language quickly and become the link between their parents and the Australian way of life. They now straddle two cultures and become responsible for the survival (especially financially) of their parents and other older family members.

 

All donations to this project are tax deductible.

ABN 28 525 237 517