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  • 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
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  • COVID-19 and BMRSG’s Response

    COVID-19 and BMRSG’s Response

    Like everyone else the BMRSG community faced huge challenges when we were told to self isolate. But the refugees on various temporary visas faced much greater challenges. Distressing stories are coming through all the time about situations where jobs have been lost; people have been exposed to COVID 19 and expected to self isolate in crowded accommodation. Those on bridging visas, and that is most households we visit, have virtually no Covid19 related entitlements or general Centrelink access. They also may or may not have Medicare entitlementsRead more

  • Palm Sunday, Online Action for Refugees

    Palm Sunday, Online Action for Refugees

    Blue Mountains Refugee Supporters joined the online Action for Refugees on Palm Sunday. Supporters from Blackheath to Sydney showed their support by posting a photo of themselves hold a sign. Some, who found taking a selfie while holding a sign too difficult, photographed their pets. Kathie Herbert, Deputy Chair of BMRSG, who started BMRSG support in Katoomba, said, “Social distancing protocols were strictly adhered to! “Read more

  • BMRSG volunteers meet Kristina Keneally and Andrew Giles in Springwood

    BMRSG volunteers meet Kristina Keneally and Andrew Giles in Springwood

    Ms Keneally took the opportunity, with Andrew Giles, the shadow minister for multicultural affairs, to meet members of the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group, while in the area visiting Mt Tomah and Bilpin with the Labor shadow ministry in the wake of the bushfires.
    “It was a perfect opportunity for Andrew Giles and I to come meet with this group, particularly to discuss the range of issues they are campaigning on and for me personally, it was a great morale boost to know that there are so many people in the community who want to ensure a just and fair outcome for asylum seekers and refugees,” Ms Keneally said.Read more

  • Life in the community after 10 years in detention – BMRSG Helps

    Life in the community after 10 years in detention – BMRSG Helps

    Mandeep* was in detention for nearly 10 years. During his time at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, his mental health and the injuries he suffered fleeing civil war at home slowly worsened. BMRSG volunteers visited Mandeep during this time, campaigned for his release and are now supporting him in the community as he transitions from detention to living in and negotiating his way around Sydney. Find out how BMRSG supports those who come seeking safety.Read more

  • Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc AGM 2018-2019

    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc AGM 2018-2019

    By Joy Connor Chair BMRSG 2018 -2019 saw an increase in aggressive negative rhetoric towards our asylum seeker friends. It saw the end of hope for a more compassionate policy for several years. In the eighteenth year of our existence, the AGM was a time to revisit what keeps us going: the vision of a caring, inclusive community that starts with affirming each other.  We affirmed all the hardRead more

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