Friends help refugee communities to thrive

7 June 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Friends help refugee communities to thrive|

A local not-for-profit organisation is looking for new members to help them in their goal of supporting the development of refugee communities as they grow in Tasmania.

After a recent move to Kickstart Arts in Newtown, Friends of Refugee Communities Tasmania (FORCTas) is keen for members of the community to get involved.

Formerly known as Friends of Zafira, Friends of Refugee Communities Tasmania (FORCTas) is helping refugee communities to establish a foothold in Tasmania by enhancing their capacity.

Its current projects, the Working Together Project (funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund) and the Working Together on Literacy Project (funded by 26ten), is offering employment and training opportunities for the Tasmanian Hazara community.

Project manager Kirsten Singleton said the program was about helping some socially isolated Hazara community members develop the skills and the mindset to start work.

“Many refugees have experienced significant trauma which impacts their capacity to make a new life,” she said.

“Refugee communities have particular needs and we need to do more to support people from these backgrounds to settle successfully.”

FORCTas is running a Friday Club which features one-on-one literacy support, activities and workshops associated with the Working Together Project.

FORCTas has also established a community garden and launched the Sunlight Kitchen Project, a canteen and bazaar operating out of the Kickstart Arts courtyard on Fridays.

“The Sunlight Kitchen project is focused on giving people supported work experience opportunities,” Ms Singleton said.

“In the next six months we are hoping that up to 21 people will complete some level of work experience at the Sunlight Kitchen.

“We are looking for people to get involved with our organisation as volunteers on our committee, in the garden and as educators.”

FORCTas is hosting an AGM on 18 June 2023 at Kickstart Arts. To find out more visit Friends of Refugee Communities (Tasmania) on Facebook or email forctas@gmail. com

Enjoy this story? Share it!

About the Author: Glenorchy Gazette

The Glenorchy Gazette is your monthly community newspaper, reaching over 24,000 homes and businesses in the Glenorchy municipality. It is the product of Nicolas Turner, Justine Brazil, Ben Hope, Simon Andrews, Tobias Hinds and guest contributors, with support from advertisers.

What’s new?

Go to Top