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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

Kanzashi Japanese flower making workshop

Join us for a Kanzashi Japanese Flower-Making Workshop, a traditional fine art craft that originated in Japan.

In this class, you will learn how to create beautiful flowers using cotton fabric. Our instructor will guide you through basic flower-making techniques, providing step-by-step instructions to help you craft your very own stunning art piece.

Date: Tuesday, 25th of June

Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: ASC Newtown

Booking: For more information and reserve a spot email

See an ASC volunteer for support with applying to university.

University Info Night

Are you considering studying at university?

ASC University and Scholarship Info Night is on 17 July at the Asylum Seekers Centre, Newtown. The Info Night is for current year 12 student and adult learners interested in applying for university and gaining scholarship to cover course fees.

Get your questions answered and meet the ASC University Program Team who can help you in your education journey. Food will also be provided.

Date: Wednesday, 17th of July

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

ASC Newtown

Booking required –
please fill out THIS FORM to secure your spot:



Western Sydney Careers Expo

The Western Sydney Careers Expo is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for students in years 10, 11 and 12 plus jobseekers of all ages to access exhibitors with career, study, apprenticeship and employment opportunities. Exhibitors from all over Australia are happy to chat and offer valuable advice into available options for your future.

When: Thursday 27 June, Friday 28 June and Saturday 29 June from 9am to 3pm

Where: The Dome, Sydney Showground, Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park

For more details or make a booking click HERE.

Circus Quirkus Varity Show

International Entertainment Australia’s Circus Quirkus is a contemporary take on your favourite, traditional circuses. Watch funny, hugely engaging and sometimes death-defying acts of unbelievable skill. Hosted by The Rotary Club of Ryde.

When: Tuesday 16 July, 1:00pm and 6:00pm

Where: Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Marama Auditorium, 16 McMahon St, Hurstville

Booking: To join please email

Youth Hub at Merrylands Library

Discover Cumberland Council’s latest initiative – a Youth Hub at Merrylands Library! The Youth Hub is a one-stop shop that will offer a range of free health, employment, counselling, digital literacy, English skills housing, and education services for youth aged 12 to 25 years old.

Date: Sessions will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month, starting 16 May

Time: 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Venue: Merrylands Library

For more information about Cumberland Council’s Youth Hub, visit:


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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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.

Learn More

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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Youth Starts @ STARTTS After School Hours Program

When: Thursday evenings
Time: 5-7pm
Where: The Granville Centre, 2 Memorial Drive, Granville 
Who: Ages 12-18 years

Bollywood Fusion Dance

Free Bollywood  Dance classes for kids aged 8 to 13 years from 5pm to 6pm every Thursday.

When: Thursday, 9 May 2024 to Thursday, 27 June 2024
Time: 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Westmead Progress Hall, 43 Hassall Street, Westmead



Training, work and education

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

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 July 2024, during the school holidays.

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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Exercise and Family Wellbeing

Swimming Lessons for Adults (free) in Sydney City

Where: Ultimo, near Central Station in Sydney City

Date: Monday evenings

Registration: Please email to register, and for more information

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 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

Start School Strong - Free Parenting Session

Start School Strong is offering this information session for mums, dads, carers and grandparents with children up to 6 years old.

Bruce Chan, Counsellor and Parent Educator, will present:

  • Parenting can be stressful. Are you prepared?
  • How to develop positive thoughts and attitudes when we see behaviour we don’t like
  • What you can do to help support your child

Vietnamese, Khmer and Arabic interpreters can be arranged for you. Please let us know by email or phone if you would like an interpreter after you register.

Interpreters will need to be booked at least one week before the session.

Bookings are essential and places are limited. Please register here:

You can also register by calling Start School Strong on 0407 708 626.

Improve your English

English language help

ASC 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

TAFE English courses

Do you want to study English full-time? You may be able to study Certificate I-IV English for free at TAFE. You will need to have study rights and be on a bridging visa. Register your interest in the courses listed under ‘English for Further Study’