Migrant Resource Centre reaches out

14 September 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Migrant Resource Centre reaches out|

THE Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) has been working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide support to people with migrant backgrounds who are facing financial hardships

Located in Anfield Street in Glenorchy, the not-for-profit centre has supported people from migrant backgrounds to settle successfully in Tasmania since 1979.

MRC Tas provides invaluable services to the multicultural community, including youth work, health and wellbeing services, community development, migration support, counselling and settlement programs.

MRC Tas chief executive officer Alison O’Neill said the need for support from MRC Tas during the COVID-19 pandemic had been enormous.

“There’s been changing needs for our diverse community members, so we’re also supporting employment programs to ensure people from a migrant background have access to employment opportunities,” she said.

“Particularly at the moment, at a point where people are at a risk of feeling socially isolated, having the environment to connect to appropriate services is critically important.”

Ms O’Neill said migrants faced a number of challenges settling into a new environment and MRC Tas was there to support them.

“Our social enterprise café project operates out of the Glenorchy site from Wednesday to Friday for lunch, and we’re also packing and producing culturally appropriate food boxes, which are available to people on request,” she said.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to receive positive donations and support from the community – we’ve put out hundreds of boxes since we started the program.

“The community has been really generous in ensuring that there is the level of support available for everyone that is here.”

Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer said MRC Tas had been providing free fresh and dried food boxes to temporary visa holders and migrants during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“To come from another country and settle in Tasmania must be a daunting experience,” she said.

“To flee because of persecution, torture or war related trauma is something many of us can’t even imagine.

“We know that there are many in our community who have needed extra assistance to get through the challenges of COVID-19, but we also need to be mindful of providing appropriate assistance.

“I have always been a strong supporter of the extensive done by work by the Migrant Resource Centre for our culturally and linguistically diverse community, and thank you also to all of the hard working volunteers who pack and distribute the boxes to families in need.”

The MRC Tas social enterprise café runs from Wednesdays to Fridays from 11am to 2:30pm and provides work experience pathways to employment for people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Donations to the food boxes can be made by visiting www.givenow.com.au/mrctas-foodboxes.

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