WHO WE ARE
The Association is an independent, local community group of people in the Southern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
We aim to raise awareness in our local area of the issues faced by asylum-seekers in Australia and its overseas detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island.
WHAT WE DO
Organise local events, e.g. speakers, films, cultural displays etc to raise awareness.
Hold monthly meetings
Visit the Broadmeadows detention centre (MITA) every six weeks and speak with some of the detainees.
Write letters to politicians
Take part in programs that offer practical help for asylum-seekers who live in the community, e.g. with learning English, accessing community support, e.g. medical, legal and other services, and liaison with Government departments.
Raise money to provide material support for refugees
BRASA’S commitment to supporting other groups with similar aims:
Bayside Refugee Advocacy and Support Assoc. is proud of its commitment to contributing funds to various refugee support groups such as: The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC.), The Human Rights Law Centre, Refugee Legal, Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre (CLRC) in Indonesia, Anne Moon’s Legal Fund for disadvantaged asylum seekers on Manus Island, The Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project and Friends of Refugees (Springvale).
We are especially pleased with our ongoing connection to ASRC’s Foodbank. The Foodbank is a free grocery store inside the ASRC Footscray centre that provides fresh food, groceries and other items, to people seeking asylum, many are families and children. The ASRC provides necessities to around 520 asylum seekers through the Foodbank each week and they have found that 1/3 of these are relying on the ASRC as their sole source of food. When an asylum seeker arrives at the ASRC in Footscray, they are assessed by a social worker. They receive an allocation of points depending on such factors as whether they have dependents, whether they have permission to work, whether they have an income, and whether they have disabilities or medical conditions. They can use their points to buy items from the ASRC shop.
Each month at BRASA’s monthly General Meetings, goods are collected to donate to this wonderful service. As an example, at our most recent meeting, donated goods included: $125.00 in supermarket gift cards and ~ $200 in donated food, toiletries and household cleaning materials. Not bad!!