Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Work of BMRSG – Outing to Blackheath Pool

    Work of BMRSG – Outing to Blackheath Pool

    In January BMRSG committee members Julie and Brendan hosted a very successful visit to Blackheath by six refugee children – three Tamil girls, and three boys from Iran, all of whom had come to Australia as unaccompanied minors. The visit was organised through Marist Youth, who arranged for the children to be transported to theRead more →

  • Report of Gillian Trigg’s talk at Springwood

    Report of Gillian Trigg’s talk at Springwood

    It was a full house at the Blue Mountains Theatre in Springwood on Wednesday 30 November to hear Professor Gillian Triggs and Madeleine Gleeson. The current climate, Professor Triggs said, is that the government and the media in general are no longer interested in the facts of the treatment of asylum seekers as revealed in reports such as the Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into children in immigration detention, The Forgotten Children. Instead, refugees are used as political pawns by the major parties to win votesRead more →

  • An exciting second year for the Youth Shoebox Project

    An exciting second year for the Youth Shoebox Project

    Our very own Youth Shoebox Project kicks off for the second year to give a warm Blue Mountains welcome to children and young people seeking refuge and asylum in Australia.
    Go to their Facebook page Youth Shoebox Project to find out how you can be part of this great initiative.Read more →

  • Urgent – Ban on Refugees – Write Now

    Urgent – Ban on Refugees – Write Now

    Amnesty believes the proposed legislation, which would prevent asylum seekers who arrived by boat since 19 July 2013 from ever setting foot in Australia is unnecessary and cruel and wants to help block the legislation, which may be presented to parliament as early as next week.
    The timeline for our rapid response is now until Mon 7 November.
    Before then, we are asking you to:
    – email/phone your local MP, or if at all possible physically deliver a letter to them on this issue. Read more →

  • ChilOut Melts Hearts In The Blue Mountains

    ChilOut Melts Hearts In The Blue Mountains

    ChilOut Youth Ambassadors spoke to over 80 people at Blackheath Baptist Cafe Church on Sunday 30 October. They were joined by representatives of Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group. The ChilOut presenters were led by their Campaign Coordinator, Niru Palanivel, a Teacher and Human Rights Lawyer and two university student Ambassadors, both with a background ofRead more →

  • Learn to swim program for children from families seeking asylum

    Learn to swim program for children from families seeking asylum

    Seeing children laugh and squeal with delight is like music to our ears. So then why do so many of our asylum seeker children never get the opportunity to learn to swim? The main reason is cost.
    BMRSG is supporting a group of 20 children in a learn to swim program. They have just completed their 3rd lesson of 10.

    It costs $14.50 per lesson per child and we have 20 children in the programme. We also needed goggles, swimming caps and needed to supply 5 pairs of swimmers.
    Find out how you can support this program.
    Read more →