CRSI is coordinating a pilot program in 2020 – the Group Mentorship Program – to help refine plans for a future community sponsorship program in Australia.
CRSI has been advocating for the Australian federal government to introduce a community refugee sponsorship program, that will provide Australian community members with a new avenue to sponsor the visas of refugees currently living overseas, and then support them on arrival in Australia. CRSI is implementing the GMP as a pilot program in order to help usI refine our recommendations for the design of a future community refugee sponsorship program in Australia and build community capacity for the implementation of such a program, while also enabling a number of refugee families to benefit from the support of individuals living in the same community. CRSI will do this by working with a range of stakeholders to match independent local mentor groups with refugees in need of support in Australia, particularly refugees who have recently arrived in Australia and could benefit from a little more help in their local area, or who are moving to a new area and need help getting settled in a new community. The mentor group will then provide the mentee(s) with six months of practical and holistic support in late 2020 and early 2021.
The following resources are here to be used by mentor group participating in the Group Mentorship Program coordinated by CRSI. If you are interested in the program, background information is set out below.
Further background Information on Group Mentorship Program
(applications now closed except where specific arrangements have been made)
CRSI, along with a number of key partners, is launching a Group Mentor Program and we are looking for mentor groups to join us on this journey as the trailblazers for a new era of community sponsorship in Australia.
This small program will pair up to 12 local community groups from across Australia with refugees already in Australia who would benefit from receiving practical support right now.
Mentor groups would:
- help us test and refine a comprehensive sponsor training package which has been developed by Canadian experts and others at the forefront of programs in the United Kingdom, Ireland and elsewhere
- assist a refugee individual or family in a variety of ways which may include help with orientation in your local community, help finding work, assistance with education and homework or addressing other specific needs, with access to back-up advice from a settlement agency
- allow us to follow your progress in supporting a refugee individual or family over a six month period, so that we can highlight the triumphs and also understand and cater for the likely challenges that a future sponsorship program might face.
If you are interested in sponsoring refugees to your local community, we hope you will consider this opportunity.
Watch the Group Mentorship Program Information Session below: