Teddy Bears Without Borders would like to introduce our new “What Can One Person Do?” blog series!
If you have ever wondered what you could do to support refugees and asylum seekers in the community, this blog series is for you. In this series of posts you will meet ordinary people who have found a way to support asylum seekers and refugees in their local area, using skills they already have.
To kick off the series, we have Remah Naji, who found a way to use her knowledge of Arabic and English to help asylum seekers and refugees navigate the often perilous – even for native English speakers! – world of filling out forms.
Here Remah explains how she got involved in volunteering and what she, and others, get out of it.
“At Indooroopilly Uniting Church (Brisbane), a group of volunteers provide support for asylum seekers and refugees every Thursday and Saturday afternoon through helping them with immigration paperwork.
A fellow member at Mums4Refugees told me about the Asylum Seeker and Refugee Support Group at Indooroopilly Uniting Church and put me in contact with one of the volunteers in the church.
I also help with Arabic translation and interpretation for Arabic-speaking asylum seekers and refugees”.
“It is also a place where asylum seekers and refugees can find supporting and welcoming people, who make them feel that they are not alone, and that their lives and dreams matter.
There is some supplementary food provided and we encourage our visitors to have a look at the items and take what they need. They are welcome to take home what they need from our donations of food, toiletries and cleaning products”.
“There are a number of Facebook pages and community groups that support this cause, including Mums4Refugees, Refugees Welcome Australia, GetUp and the Refugee Action Collective among others.
Through these groups people get an idea of what’s happening around and if they’re interested in volunteering they’ll definitely find some opportunities.
People who have busier schedules can also provide support by donating some food and groceries to the food drives”.
Teddy Bears Without Borders would like to thank Remah for volunteering to be the first person featured in our new series.
Now it’s your turn!
Are you involved in an activity or group that shares skills, makes connections and supports refugees and asylum seekers in your local area?
If so, please contact us through our Facebook page or leave a comment on this post. We would love to feature as many of you as possible and highlight all the different ways people can get involved in the support of refugees and asylum seekers.