During the Covid19 pandemic, we continue to meet, but we are now meeting online via Zoom. If you would like to participate in one of our meetings, we would love to hear from you. Please send an email to Geraldine at <email@example.com>.
Our next online meeting will be on
Thursday 6th August at 7.00 p.m.
THE PLIGHT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS
For asylum seekers the situation before the Covid19 pandemic was bleak. Now it’s disastrous.
Before Covid19, many had work rights and of those, a proportion had been lucky enough to find jobs. They could put a roof over their heads and food on the table. And they paid taxes. But once the pandemic struck, those jobs disappeared in the main, and these people have been totally excluded from access to the Government’s financial safety net. They are not eligible for JobSeeker or JobKeeper, and many do not even have access to Medicare.
Throughout Australia about 90,000 people are facing DESTITUTION, and about 30,000 of those live here in Victoria.
WHAT WE DO
The members of the Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Association (BRASA) help to support several of the key organisations that support the asylum seekers. The biggest of these is the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Footscray. The ASRC supports 6000 vulnerable people each year, but since Covid, they have had to cope with a 3-fold increase in demand for their services. This includes food, health services, medicine, and assistance with finding employment.
We at BRASA gather donations of tinned and packaged food, toiletries, household cleaning materials, and we donate supermarket gift cards to the ASRC to support the people who now rely on them.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you have goods to donate, we can take them to the A.S.R.C. for you. Please deliver your donations to my home at 81 Raynes Park Road, Hampton. If you are self-isolating, we can arrange for them to be collected from your home. Please email Geraldine at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. See the list of high priority goods the A.S.R.C. has most demand for:
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
We need people who can write letters and submissions, people who are knowledgeable about technology, social media, running events, chairing meetings, keeping accounts, giving presentations, and many other skills. Our group owes its success to the wide range of skills of its members, but we are always on the lookout for more.
BRASA’S WORK IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC
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