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Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre

Share a free hot lunch with the Asylum Seekers Centre.

As of Wednesday February 21st, we have launched hot lunches in Newtown. These Wednesday lunches are prepared by members of the ASC family.

This lunch is in addition to the hot lunches already provided, meaning free hot lunches are available in Auburn on Wednesdays at 12:30pm and in Newtown on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 12:30pm. Catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Community life

Arts and community

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Children's Art Class

When: Wednesday afternoon, weekly from February – Wednesday 10th of April
Where: Auburn Centre for Community
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Contact: Anthony Newman –

Auburn Friendship Garden Club

Cumberland Council has partnered with Reclink to offer a range of free activities including gardening and gentle exercise. Come along and meet fellow garden enthusiasts.

When:Wednesday Garden Club 9am to 4pm and Thursday Garden Club 9am to 4pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road, Auburn

For more information and to visit Cumberland city council web page here.

Sewing group at Newtown Tuesday and Fridays

Be part of a fun and creative sewing community, learn new skills and have a good time.  Bring in your mending or any sewing project you are working on. We will provide all supplies, equipment, and a supportive and friendly learning environment.

When: Every Tuesday (1:30pm-3pm) and Friday (10:30am-12:30pm)

Where: ASC Newtown

Booking: To join the sewing group please email

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm every Friday.

Where: ASC, 43 Bedford Street, Newtown

To join the sewing group: email

Live Music

Enjoy live music performances in Marrickville. Free tickets are available to ASC clients, but tickets are limited. Enjoy free live music, mainly soul, jazz, funk, blues, indie pop and socialise with one another.  Discounted food and drinks.

When: Every Monday and Tuesday night, doors open at 7pm until late

Where: Marrickville

Booking: For more information and reserve a spot email

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Auburn Food Pantry

When: Every Tuesday
Where:  18‐24 Kerr Parade, Auburn NSW 2144
Time: 12.30PM-2.30PM
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Ramadan Nights Lakemba

When: 9th of March to 9th of April
Where: Haldon Street, The Boulevard and Railway Parada, Lakemba
Time: 6pm-3am
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School Holiday Activities - Cumberland Council Library

Cumberland Council libraries have organised a variety of enjoyable activities for Children and Youth to join in and have fun.

Click here to see a full list of activities.

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Walking Tour - Australian National Maritime Museum (Free)

Join us for a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum, where we will explore ships and submarines in a museum of the sea.
When: Tuesday the 16th of April
Where: Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour
Meeting Place: To be determined
Time: 10.30am
(Once you are registered, we will confirm more specific details of the visit)

Go4Fun in Guilford (Free)

A fun and FREE 10-week program for children aged 7–13 years and their families that helps make healthier habits
Where: Guildford Community Centre
When: Every Thursday for 10 weeks from Thursday the 2nd of May
Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm
Registration: Find out more at  or call 1800 780 900 to register
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Auburn Youth Centre (Free)

School Holiday Program – Youth from ages 12-24 are welcome to join activities at Auburn Youth Centre. Including an excursion to the Blue mountains, art activities, music, sport and crafts.
When: 15th – 26th of April
Schedule: A range of school holiday activities can be found here:
Registration: To register please call 9646 2122 for more information or email
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World's Best Worst Magician Show (Free)

When: Monday the 15th of April
Where: Auburn Library
Time: 1.30 – 2.30 pm
To register: Bookings essential. Register here:
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Free Writing Workshop for ages 8-12 years

When: Tuesday the 16th of April
Where: Granville Library
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Register: You must register here:
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Family Movie at Auburn Library (Free)

When: Wednesday the 17th of April
Time: 2.30 – 4.30pm
Where: Auburn Library
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Jewellery Making at Lidcombe Library for Children and Youth (Free)

When: Tuesday the 23rd of April
From 1.30 – 2.30pm – Ages 10 to 12
From 3 – 4pm – Ages 13 – 18
Where: Lidcombe Library
Registration: Please register here:
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Canvas Paint Class for ages 6 - 13 years (Free)

When: Wednesday the 24th of April
Time: 10am – 12pm
Where: Guilford Community Centre
Registration: Please register here: here
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Get Wild Animal Experiences (Free)

When: Wednesday the 24th of April
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Where: Wentworthville Library
Registration: Please register here:
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Mosaic Multicultural Centre - Aboriginal Culture Free Workshop

Who: Good for ages 5-11
When: Friday the 19th of April
Time: 10amm-11am
Where: Mosaic Multicultural Centre, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067
Registration: Please register here

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Art Gallery of NSW Guided Tour - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

When: Friday the 26th of April
Where: Art Gallery of New South Wales
Time: 11am for 1 hour
Who: All ages – children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
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Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair at Fairfield Showground

When: Sunday the 28th of April
Where: Fairfield Showground, Smithfield Road, Priariewood
Who: Everyone, all ages
Register: No registration required, all are welcome
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Youth Starts @ STARTTS After School Hours Program

When: Thursday evenings
Time: 5-7pm
Where: The Granville Centre, 2 Memorial Drive, Granville 
Who: Ages 12 to 18 years
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The Big Issue: Street Soccer Program

The Community Street Soccer Program, known as Street Soccer, is a fun and exciting initiative of The Big Issue that uses the power of sport to change lives. Our free weekly sessions give participants an opportunity to get active, make new friends and seek support in a fun and safe environment.

Sydney City Street Soccer
Where: King George V Recreation Centre, Cumberland St, The Rocks
When: Monday 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Parramatta Street Soccer
Where: Robin Thomas Reserve
When: Thursday 3 – 5pm

FREE Family Fun Day Event @ Auburn Centre for Community

Location: Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road Auburn, NSW 2144
When: Thursday April 18th, 10am-2pm
Bring the whole family for a day filled with fun activities at Council’s free Family Fun Day. Race down the giant inflatable slide, join the free slime workshop, arts and craft activities and giveaways. Meet our local firefighters and police officers and explore their special vehicles. Engage with community groups like Auburn PCYC, Surf Life Saving NSW, S.E.S. and enjoy a free sausage sizzle and refreshments.
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Training, work and education

Advice for University enrolment & scholarship

Are you (or your child) a person seeking asylum wanting to study at university in 2024? Learn about course options, scholarship applications, and general tips on university in Australia. Advisors can help you with the process and answer any questions you may have about studying.

Call reception (02) 9078 1900 or email to register your interest.

TAFE online courses

Explore TAFE online courses. Study anywhere anytime.

TAFE Digital offers a wide range of nationally recognised, online study options, across a range of modern industries. You can study online and enjoy flexible learning to fit your lifestyle, with our online short courses, certificates, diplomas, and degrees.

More information here.

Tafe - Enrol now for Semester 1, 2024

Semester 1, 2024 is now open for enrolments, with hundreds of courses to choose from. TAFE offer flexible study options including complimentary courses, industry-experienced teachers and hands-on skills for a successful career.

More information here

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SAGE Community Services - School Holidays

In the school holidays SAGE Community Services will be running a safety and self defence workshop for children ages 7 – 12 years old.

When: Tuesday April 16th, 10am-12pm
Where: SAGE Community Services, 37 Collins St, Pendle Hill, 2145
What: The workshop will be cover anti-bullying, discussions of the law and physical self defence.
Contact: 9636 8437

Scholarships for asylum seekers

University Humanitarian Scholarships

Limited full-fee undergraduate scholarships for people seeking asylum are available in a number of
universities in NSW. For more information, please visit our Work and Training page.

Applications for the 2024 academic year are now closed, except for Notre Dame, please see

Scholarship applications for the 2025 academic year will open around October-November 2024. ASC will hold an information session around June 2024.

Please watch this page for information.

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University of Notre Dame – VC’s Humanitarian Scholarship
Find more information here.
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Less information

Exercise and Family Wellbeing

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Boxing (Youth and Family)

When: Tuesday 20th of February – Tuesday the 9th of April
Where: Guilford Community Centre, 90 O’Neill Street, Guildford, NSW, Australia, 2161
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Contact: Anthony Newman –
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Dance Fit Class (Free for adults)

When: Thursday the 15th of February until Thursday the 11th of April
Where: Auburn Centre for Community
Time: 5-6pm

Free Yoga and Pilates at Andrew Boy Charlton Pool

Saturday 8am – Mat Pilates
Saturday 9am – Yoga Hatha
Sunday 9am – Yoga Hatha
Where: Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool – 1C Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Yoga in the Park (Free)

When: Sunday 9:30am
Where: At the corner of Lower Fort Street and George Street at Dawes Point Park, right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in The Rocks
No registration needed

Tennis Lessons (Adults)

Join free tennis coaching lessons every Friday at Olympic park organised by Reclink.
Coaches and equipment provided.

When: Every Friday morning 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where: Olympic Park

For more information and to book: Email Josh at or phone 0423 375 442

Street Soccer by The Big Issue

The Big Issue is offering free weekly sessions to participate in street soccer. It’s an exciting opportunity for adults to get active, connect with others and have fun in a safe environment.

When: Parramatta Park, West Domain, near corner of Park Ave and Railway pde, Parramatta (10 min walk from Parramatta Station)

Where: Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm

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Western Sydney Wanderers Soccer Clinic (free)

When: Wednesday the 17th of April
Ages 5 – 8 : From 9am – 10.30am
Ages 9 – 12: From 10.30am – 12pm
Where: Auburn Park
Registration: Please register here
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English language help

English classes - new dates and times

Learn English at Auburn and Newtown. Classes are available for a range of learner stages including basic, beginner, upper beginner, intermediate and advanced students.

For more information and to book: Email

Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn view on Google Maps

When: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: ASC Newtown, 43 Bedford St Newtown view on Google Maps

Upper Beginner
When: Thursday 11:30 -12:30pm

When: Thursday 10-11:30pm

ONLINE (your teacher will send a link before each class)

Upper Beginner
When: Wednesday 6 – 7 pm

When: Tuesdays: 10 -11 am
When: Wednesday 11 am -12 pm

When: Tuesday 6 – 7:30 pm
When: Wednesday 6 – 7:30 pm

English and computer classes

Drop in to Auburn Centre for Community to join a Computer class or English class run by Cumberland City Council.

Computer class: Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12pm

English conversation class: Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Computer class run by Cumberland City Council

When: Wednesdays 9:30AM- 12:00PM
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn
To book: No booking required

English conversation class run by Cumberland City Council

When: Wednesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn
To book: No booking required