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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

    • 25TH JUNE 2020
    Blue Mountains Welcome Way – Videos for #WorldRefugeeDay

    Blue Mountains Welcome Way – Videos for #WorldRefugeeDay

    Guy Power, advocate and community visitor made this video of the members of the Glenbrook with their signs at Glenbrook.

    • 19TH JUNE 2020
    Blue Mountains Welcome Way on World Refugee Day 2020

    Blue Mountains Welcome Way on World Refugee Day 2020

    Members of Blue Mountains Support Group celebrate World Refugee Day 2020 by creating a virtual Welcome Way. We shared photos and ourselves and our families at home and in our community.

    We posted our images online and on our fences. We all did it in our own way.
    Watch this post as ore images will be posted during World Refugee Day 2020

    • 11TH JUNE 2020
    A Refugee Week Message from the Traditional Owners

    A Refugee Week Message from the Traditional Owners

    The Blue Mountains City Council Aboriginal Advisory Council (AAC) have said that they “support the idea to recognise International Refugee Day through events particularly highlighting some of the extremely difficult challenges faced by refugees.”
    This is a powerful message of fellow feeling coming from a people who experience continued dispossession and racism
    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group would like to thank the ACC for their gracious response.

    • 10TH JUNE 2020
    Marie Standen’s refugee advocacy recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    Marie Standen’s refugee advocacy recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

    On Monday, Marie Standen from Faulconbridge was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to refugees, and to the community of the Blue Mountains.
    “I must admit it’s a great honour, there isn’t any doubt about that,” she said.

    The 89-year-old is enormously pleased with the group’s accomplishments over the years.

    They visit refugees in Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, and through extensive fundraising they have been able to help refugees settling in the community with the cost of education, paying bills, or replacing worn out clothes or shoes, or when their children might be in need of new glasses.

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