The My New Neighbour campaign is a neighbourhood-led solution to help refugees – people who are seeking to rebuild their lives somewhere safe. It’s all about people power and giving communities the opportunity to lead the change from within. Amnestyu International will present a Community Conversation in Shepparton on August 27. Hosted by Goulburn Valley Libraries, this story telling evening taking place at the Shepparton Library, involves the Ethnic Community Council of Victoria, Amnesty International and Erfan Daliri, author of Raising Humanity.
It’s time to start focusing on the solutions. It’s time to strengthen the power of your community and use it to create new pathways for refugees to safely settle in Australia.
We’re mobilising towns and communities in advocating for a fairer community sponsorship program for refugees. A fairer sponsorship program would allow everyday Australians and their communities to support refugees in coming to Australia and settling into the community.
By growing visible support in your community for an improved community sponsorship program (CSP) and lobbying your local council to show their support, we will send our government a clear message: our communities are serious about creating safe ways for people to rebuild their lives in Australia.
This year, in partnership with our friends in other organisations across the country, we are working in local communities to show this powerful welcome that exists across Australia to not only advocate for fairer and safer pathways to refugee resettlement, but also to illustrate how we have succeeded so far and that we have it in us to succeed in the future.
By sharing stories of people who have come to Australia seeking peace and safety, in parallel with those who have helped welcome them, we have the opportunity to showcase what community sponsorship looks like in practice— and celebrate what people are willing to do for their new neighbours through personal connection and storytelling. This series of events are “My New Neighbour Stories”.
Hosted by Goulburn Valley Libraries, this story telling evening taking place at the Shepparton Library on Tuesday 27 August, involves the Ethnic Community Council of Victoria, Amnesty International and Erfan Daliri, author of Raising Humanity.