By most accounts, the Workshop on “Supporting Refugees Effectively” was a huge success. It was held on Saturday 27 October in East Ballina and 20 members attended.
Conducted by a team of 7 from Refugee Connect, Brisbane, the attendees learnt about “The Refugee Experience”; “The Refugee Situation and System”; “Cross-Cultural Communication”; “The Role of the Volunteer”; and “Care of the Volunteer”.
The morning sessions were kept interesting and relevant through real-life case studies and group discussions, and with three refugees sharing their personal stories. Through the workshop, we learnt about the great work that Refugee Connect has been doing to support refugees and asylum seekers in Brisbane and surrounds. The afternoon sessions on the role of and care for the volunteers, while useful, could have been improved by being made more relevant to BR4R. That said, the overall feedback on the workshop was very positive.
Gunela, our president, presented a donation of $500 to Ken Myers, their CEO at the close of the workshop, and stronger ties are expected to be fostered between the two organisations.