What is the Migrant/Refugee and Asylum Seekers Special Works?

We are a group of 10 who visit families in their homes to offer assistance with food, clothing, furniture, EAPAs. We offer friendship and will remain with the families until they feel safe and secure. We provide advocacy, support and advice to newly arrived migrants and refugees.

Who can access this service?

All newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are need support and/or material assistance during the initial stages of resettlement, although we are always available to provide assistance with legal or departmental advice. We are part of the Hunter Refugee Network and we accept referrals from Settlement Service Providers, Schools, Centrelink, Multicultural and Neighbourhood Centres,

Where is the service located?

We provide a service across the Maitland/Newcastle Diocesan Central Council. For assistance, call the Referral Centre on (02) 4961 6885.

Who benefits from accessing this service?

Anyone who needs assistance in settling in to their new life or Asylum Seekers who need advice on where to access assistance and information on their Visa requirements.

Can I volunteer for this service?

We are always in need of Volunteers. We are looking for people who have a strong sense of compassion and would like to work alongside newly arrived people who have specific needs. You will need to spend time helping them adjust to their new environment and offer understanding of the difficulties they may have endured prior to arrival in our region. You can contact our Central Council Office on (02) 49 67 6277.

How can I find out more about Migrant/Refugee and Asylum Seekers Special Works?

You can contact the President, Jan Williams on 0402 676 885 or via email jan.williams@vinnies.org.au