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SDRAMN actively supporting the wellbeing of refugees and migrants with a schedule of activities and events, supported by working parties for advocacy, welcome/settlement and community engagement. English conversation classes are held on Tuesdays, and we host quarterly Multicultural Friendship Picnics in Leslie Park.
We welcome all who seek support as they settle into the community and encourage those who support our goals, objectives and values to join us in membership. GOALS 1. An inclusive and multicultural Australia, which values cultural diversity, and where refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are treated with compassion, humanity and respect for their basic human rights. 2. A Southern Downs community where all people of refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds are made to feel welcome and included, and receive the support and opportunities they need to become self-reliant and able to participate equitably in Australian society. OBJECTIVES 1. To advocate for the adoption of national refugee and asylum seeker policies that respect basic human rights and are in line with international law. 2. To raise local community awareness of the facts and issues, and challenge myths, misconceptions and fears, involving refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. 3. To provide welcome and offer friendship and practical assistance to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the Southern Downs region, supporting them to transition successfully to life in our community. 4. To work in partnership with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to empower them and help foster their independence. In working towards our objectives, we aim to live out VALUES of respect, inclusivity, social justice, dignity, teamwork and collaboration, community harmony, safety, embracing diversity in both minor and mainstream cultures. We are driven by a grassroots, needs based approach and welcome those who share our values to join SDRAMN and take part in our activities.