5 Easy Ways to Welcome Refugees

Oftentimes we want to help others, but it’s not always accessible, or we think that our effort won’t be enough. We’re here to say that your helping hand is more than enough, and that a little effort goes a long way.

Refugees come to Australia with nothing, so the tinies effort from you makes the biggest difference to them.

We’ve compiled 5 easy ways you can help out today!

1. Shop Ethical Fashion

Fashion enterprises like The Social Studio and The Social Outfit are making a statement with not only their cool prints and bold designs, but also the opportunities they provide for refugees and new migrants in Australia. They provide education and a pathway to fashion, retail, design and marketing, while surrounding them with the support and empowerment they need.

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Screenshot from The Social Outfit Instagram

 

2. Celebrate Different Cultures Through Food

Cafés and restaurants such as The Four Brave Women, Almond Bar, & Lentil as Anything are all working towards giving refugees the opportunity to gain work experience in the hospitality industry.

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Screenshot from The Almond Bar Instagram

3. Say Hello

A smile and a quick chat with a refugee that you happen to meet in the shops, at a café, at the bus or basically anywhere can make a huge difference. These little gestures go a long way for someone who has been forced to leave everything and everyone they loved behind.

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4. Volunteer

There are different charities and refugee help centres that you can volunteer for: you can be Sydney tour buddies with a refugee, research, write and publish articles online, and even help mentor children and teens in school.

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5. Donate Food

Nutella is on special for half price??!!… I should get it… oh but I’m on a diet… but it’s half price! grr but I told myself no more sweets. But half price is too good not to buy!!

Have you ever had an inner battle like this? Well now you can buy that jar of Nutella and donate it to a donation grocery shop that helps refugees and others in need of daily groceries. Food and Goods ASRC and The Inconvenience Store are grocery stores for refugees and others that need extra help in getting their weekly grocery essentials.

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Screenshot from The Inconvenience Store Instagram

It’s one thing to wish to help, it’s another to actually take action. We hope these five steps pave the way for you to help our refugee brothers and sisters in need.

 

Written by: Caroline Martinez

 

 

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. jules says:

    What a great and useful post!
    There are also organisations you can volunteer for. In WA we have ASSeTS and CARAD to name a couple of the well known ones.

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    1. Thank you! These look like great organisations – it is heartwarming to know that all over Australia, people are volunteering to help better the lives of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as help them feel secure while settling into their new surroundings.

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      1. jules says:

        If only we weren’t a minority …

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