Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • BMRSG Works – Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy

    BMRSG Works – Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy

    Life for our asylum seekers is far from easy. It’s a constant battle to fight the maze of Immigration red tape, struggle with what you can and cannot do and keep yourself and families in as good health as possible.
    At our recent AGM a couple (members of BMRSG) offered me the most wonderful opportunity. They offered an asylum seeker family the opportunity to have a beach holiday at their holiday house. As a special bonus one of the conditions was I was to accompany them!Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    Before Christmas I requested help for a Punjabi woman and her child who was in a desperate
    situation. Within 10 minutes of making the request I had my first offer of accommodation for her.
    Meg, from Katoomba offered a lovely room for 3 weeks. This wasn’t just accommodation it was the
    hand of friendship, a non-judgemental environment where her confidence could be restored. There
    was love, laughter and tears. The outcome is a friendship forever.
    No words could possibly convey the gratitude that we all owe to Meg.
    The next step of the journey has begun.Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Even more shoeboxes this year

    BMRSG Works – Even more shoeboxes this year

    In this the 3rd year of the Youth Shoebox Project even more were received. More than 203 were delivered to children and young people seeking refuge and asylum.
    This project is a joint effort with Mountains Youth Services Team (MYST) and Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group (BMRSG) – working together to spread love and support.Read more

  • Work of BMRSG – Swimming Lessons

    Work of BMRSG – Swimming Lessons

    Every Tuesday 14 asylum seeker children arrive at Blacktown Aquatic Centre for their swimming lesson.
    It’s such a happy day for everyone. Not only are the children taking part in the Aus Swim program they are enjoying the social interaction with each other. This program is thanks to the donations of all those through Local Hero.Read more

  • 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