A group of concerned Australians living in a regional area outside Sydney
To encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government.
To welcome, befriend and assist refugees facing uncertain futures, in detention and in the community.
Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government
ChilOut Youth Ambassadors spoke to 2500 school students in high schools from Katoomba to Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School in the lead up and during Refugee Week June 2016. Katoomba High School celebrated World Refugee Day for the first time with an address from Vijhai , a final year law student, whose familyRead more →
Myanmar refugee Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque writes of ‘inhumane and cruel torture’ suffered during 1,000 days in Australian-run detention and calls for government to find safe resettlement.
Imran describes in comprehensive detail the daily privations, and the restrictions on movement and communication on Manus Island. His words offer a rarely seen insight into daily life in the Australian-run detention centre.Read more →
Chilout’s Young Refugee Ambassador,Vijhai Utheyan, gave an inspirational Presentation to students at Katoomba High School last Monday.
Vijhai , a final year law student, whose family moved from Sri Lanka during the civil war, talked of the horrors they had escaped from as civilians were caught in the middle of fighting. As skilled migrants in the late 1990’s they were welcomed into Australia
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This ground-breaking report on the rape and assaults on women on Nauru was written by Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru (AWSWN) on the impacts Australia’s detention policy is having on the lives and bodies of women on Nauru. The report documents the Australian governments deliberate policy of sending women who have alreadyRead more →