Since 2018 we’ve worked with Uniting Lentara’s Asylum Seeker Project in Brunswick to deliver regular social support for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers. So far we’ve had several coffee outings and meals together, been to the movies and had 10 sessions of yoga.
Beyond the purely social, connection to this group helps queer asylum seekers to access the supports and referrals facilitated by the Asylum Seeker Project.
Working with the broader asylum seeker and refugee networks, we’ve developed and delivered a policy brief to the Federal government, promoting international best practice and making recommendations for improving the system that assesses the protection claims of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers.
We have developed training, informed directly by the experiences of LGBTQI+ asylum seekers, and delivered it to a number of agencies and organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees and newly-arrived communities. The training aims to improve access and ensure a sensitive and appropriate response.
We’re developing resources by and for LGBTQI+ asylum seekers and refugees, and they’ll be available soon…..
As with all of our projects, the core work on this project is undertaken by volunteers. We are proud to acknowledge the support of The Channel and Igniting Change in making many of these activities a reality.