Guided by Justice and Compassion

Blue Mountain Refugee Support Group

The Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc. (BMRSG) is an organisation made up of volunteers that offer asylum seeker and refugee support services in Sydney. Volunteers can choose to join one of several working groups to help plan, implement and provide support for refugee events and activities. We are united by our firm belief that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

If you want to get involved with any of our work, it’s easy to do. One of the ways you can help is by writing a letter. You can write a letter to a government official—we’ll provide all the details you need. Or, if you want to be more involved in the process, consider becoming part of our volunteer program. Learn more about what we do.

  • Who We Are

    We are a diverse group of ordinary Australians from all sides of politics, living just outside Sydney. The organisation has no specific religious affiliation.  We are all volunteers.

  • Our Aims & Objectives

    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.

  • What We Offer

    Practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government

Video and Poster Competition 2021

Young Supporters Spotlight

Find out how to enter the BMRSG 2021 Video and Poster Competition

Prize winners in the BMRSG/RAR 2020 Poster and Video Competition.

First Prize winner;   Maslen Varnel, Vincent Rummery, Kasper Ekstrom from Kindlehill High School

Joint Second Prize winner;   Lucy Bell for The Final Wave from Kindlehill High School

Joint Second Prize winner;  Anna Andrew, Stella Grieve and Hannah Royal for Our Story from Kindlehill High School

    • 12TH APRIL 2021
    Justice and compassion for refugees – Lawson Rally

    Justice and compassion for refugees – Lawson Rally

    Blue Mountains’ residents have gathered in Lawson on Palm Sunday to advocate for justice and a fair go for refugees. Approximately 150 people attended the event organised by The Blue Mountains RefugeeSupport Group (BMRSG) as an alternative to venturing into Sydney on March 28 for the traditional Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees.
    Springwood Uniting Church Ministers Leigh and Graeme Gardiner say the purpose of the rally is to say there is a need for change. “It is a matter of human decency.

    • 7TH APRIL 2021
    BMRSG Helps – Become a volunteer mentor in schools

    BMRSG Helps – Become a volunteer mentor in schools

    I was keen to become involved so in 2016 I completed a brief training course with The Mercy Connect Project. This enabled me to act as a volunteer mentor to school students with an asylum seeker, refugee or humanitarian background. Volunteers complement the work of teachers by helping to build self-esteem and social skills,

    • 15TH MARCH 2021
    Tibetan flag raised outside Blue Mountains City Council

    Tibetan flag raised outside Blue Mountains City Council

    Tibetan refugees living in the Blue Mountains gathered alongside local community members and councilors to honor the 62nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on Wednesday 10th March. Since 2019 the Blue Mountains City Council has shown support for Tibetans and Tibetan refugees by unanimously moving to raise the Tibetan national flag in Peace Park.

    • 15TH JANUARY 2021
    Messages of welcome and gifts of love spread out across Sydney

    Messages of welcome and gifts of love spread out across Sydney

    The Youth Shoebox Project has just completed its 5 year and delivered a record breaking 407 shoeboxes of gifts and messages of welcome to refugees and those seeking asylum across western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
    Each shoebox contains something to love, something to play with, something for school, something for personal hygiene and other age-suitable goodies. The project is facilitated and supported by the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group and local youth disability service, Able2.

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