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Refugee Hub

Refugee Hub

Refugee Hub plays an integral role in the settlement of refugees in the Newcastle and Hunter region. By working collaboratively with other service providers, Refugee Hub walks with refugees to support and empower them on their journey to independence.

Refugee Hub plays an integral role in the settlement of refugees in the Newcastle and Hunter region. By working collaboratively with other service providers, Refugee Hub walks with refugees to support and empower them on their journey to independence. 

Refugee Hub operates a comprehensive and individualised intake and referral system, as well as providing short-term casework support for refugees and new migrants to access community services. Utilising Refugee Hub’s experienced and professional networks, refugees and new migrants are provided with strong advocacy and referral pathways to connect with the supports they need.

An outcomes-focused service, Refugee Hub also operates English language programmes and facilitates pathways to education, employment and training for refugees and new migrants.

Volunteers are integral to Refugee Hub and each brings their own unique talents to help refugees benefit from health, education, social and welfare opportunities.

AMEP/SEE language support

DARA runs a weekly English class where students who are undertaking the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), or simply need to improve their English, can get additional support to improve language skills.

Volunteer qualified teachers lead the classes.  

As students progress, our case workers can assist with further education choices or language support for employment.

Pathways to employment

The universal need of all people presenting to Refugee Hub is employment. This is a complex need as it means navigating English language competency, Centrelink, Job Active providers and previous skill/qualification certification. Each person has unique circumstances and needs an individual approach. We take the time to understand individual skills and challenges and prepare a “work ready” pathway with the aim of a work placement opportunity.

Men's program and women's group

DARA and CatholicCare Social Services run a weekly Men’s Program and Women’s Group for people who are from refugee, asylum seeker or migrant backgrounds.

CatholicCare’s multicultural family support workers facilitate the Women’s Group. The aim of the group is to provide a safe space for women to make connections, develop their confidence and English skills and to gain knowledge and skills that will assist them to integrate into Australian society. 

Recreation and cultural engagement program

Bike safety workshop

Refugee Hub runs a Bike Safety Workshop for newly arrived youth from refugee backgrounds. Registered bike safety trainers deliver the workshop. Refugee Hub supplies a fully maintained bike to each participant following the workshop.

This program affords each participant an opportunity for independence, transport and recreation.

Community soccer Project

Refugee Hub helps youth access soccer in Newcastle. We collaborate with Jesmond Soccer Club and engage with representatives from other Newcastle soccer clubs. We offer assistance with the registration, costs and equipment (where possible). Grant funding and corporate support allows us to directly support youth through this program.

Beach Safety workshop

Refugee Hub supports clients to participate in a weekend Beach Safety Workshop run over three weeks at Cooks Hill Surf Life Saving Club. This is an annual initiative. The aim is to get families familiar and comfortable with the beach for recreation and to teach them how to safely enjoy it.

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