Tuesday, September 27, 2016
ED---Growing-Community-Understanding

Volunteers needed to grow communities understanding of refugees

David Lee December 26, 2015
GREATER PERCEPTIONS… From left (back), Mohsin Yakta, Uzenbe Byamasu. (Front), Prabhjot Singh, Senior Manager New Arrival Support Services, Teresa Carney with members of Shepparton’s new arrival community, Zarbakht Yousofi, Fatima Al-Qarakchy and Ihtisham Ali. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

GREATER PERCEPTIONS… From left (back), Mohsin Yakta, Uzenbe Byamasu. (Front), Prabhjot Singh, Senior Manager New Arrival Support Services, Teresa Carney with members of Shepparton’s new arrival community, Zarbakht Yousofi, Fatima Al-Qarakchy and Ihtisham Ali. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

KILDONAN UnitingCare is seeking volunteers to work with local students in a bid to foster greater understanding and address negative perceptions of refugees.
Kildonan’ is calling for expressions of interest from people to become a Volunteer Community Educator in the program `Face to Face: Learning about Refugees and their contribution to Australia.’
The program is an initiative of Kildonan’ and the Refugee Council of Australia and involves the community educators teaming up with a person of refugee background (refugee educator) to present to grade five and six students in local schools.
The Volunteer Community Educators and Refugee Educators will provide students with information about who refugees are, where they come from, facts about refugees worldwide, conditions refugees face overseas and Australian refugee policies.
Kildonan’ CEO, Stella Avramopoulos said it’s an opportunity for students to hear first-hand about refugees, their experiences and their contributions to Australia.
“The role of the Volunteer Community Educator is not a political advocacy role, rather it is to clarify misunderstandings and myths by presenting the facts, and also to give some context so we can better understand the experience of refugees.
“The presentations will reflect a sense of hope and promise and will improve information for students, and teachers, about refugees and their role in society.”
Potential volunteers will need to attend a two-day training course in February next year and applications close on Sunday, January 17, 2016.
Interested volunteers can receive further information regarding the project and receive an application form by contacting Tiffany Bolton or Teresa Carney on 5831 6157 or via email at [email protected]