Baptcare Sanctuary: empowering homeless people seeking asylum
Baptcare’s Sanctuary program provides safety, opportunity and a fair go for people seeking asylum, through the provision of supported accommodation, a foodbank, social programs, English language lessons and employment training.
The Sidney Myer Fund has provided funding for accredited training which allows formerly homeless people seeking asylum to gain skills and take on volunteer roles within the program. Volunteers receive training in logistics, manual handling or electrical “tag & test”, collect furniture, whitegoods and other household items and deliver them to other refugees and people seeking asylum resettling in the community.
Through the training and volunteering, participants increase their social engagement and greatly improve their ability to gain paid employment.
“There are multiple barriers to employment for people seeking asylum including a lack of Australian references and work experience as well as lack of recognised qualifications and vocational English” says Jason Perdriau, Supported Accommodation Manager with Baptcare.
“This project breaks down those barriers while providing essential material aid to refugees and people seeking asylum living in the community.”