The Asylum Seekers Centre: A Community-Based Organisation
The Asylum Seekers Centre is a community-based organisation which provides counselling, medical, educational and legal support to asylum seekers while they await Government decisions about their application for refugee status. The paper explores the challenges of delivering such services with a mostly volunteer staff and without government funding. It also argues that such a Centre provides an important vehicle for a community response to one of the most marginalised groups in Australia. In this sense there are mutual benefits: support for asylum seekers while capacity building and community development towards a more civic pluralism.
Keywords: Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Community based organisations, Volunteers
Ms Maya Cranitch
Lecturer, School of Education, Mount Saint Mary Campus, Australian Catholic University