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<strong>Afghanistan Community Education Session</strong>

Afghanistan Community Education Session

Free Information session for people from Afghanistan with a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV). Hosted by the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). Find out about the conditions of your visa, how to get permission to travel overseas and how to apply for your next TPV or SHEV.

When: Tuesday 24th May 5pm Where: Main Hall Auburn Centre for Community

Register: Phone 0283557227  Email:

<strong>Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre:</strong> Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12.30-1.30pm

Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12.30-1.30pm

Share a free hot lunch with the Asylum Seekers Centre at Newtown on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Auburn on Wednesdays. Catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Improve your English

English language help

English classes

Learn English at Auburn and Newtown. Classes are available for beginner students and intermediate students who can have a basic conversation in English.


Date: Mondays 10:30 – 11:30AM
Venue: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn map
To book: please email


This class is good for you if you have attended other English classes and can hold a basic conversation in English.

Date: Thursdays 10 – 11:30 AM
Venue: ASC Newtown, 43 Bedford St Newtown view on google maps
To book: please email

English conversation group in Auburn

Meet others to practice speaking English at the Auburn Centre for Community. The English Conversation group is for people with at least intermediate-level English. You will need to be able to hold a basic conversation in English.

English Conversation group

Meet with others to practice English and build your confidence in speaking English. This group is good for you if you have attended other English classes and can hold a basic conversation in English.

Date: Wednesdays 10:30 – 11:30AM
Venue: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn
To book: Please email

Learn English through storytelling

Now in Newtown: Learn English through storytelling with Sydney Theatre Company’s Connected drama program.

Weekly workshops help you learn and practise English in a fun and relaxed environment. These workshops by Sydney Theatre Company will run for 6 weeks.

Date: Tuesdays 10:30 – 12PM from 3 May to 7 June , 2022
Venue: ASC, 43 Bedford St, Newtown
To book: email  or phone 90781900

English for work - Auburn

English for Work – learn about looking for work in Australia. Develop your English for job interviews. Learn how to write a resume/cover letter and identify your skills. Ask questions about your job search. Basic level of English required.

When: Wednesdays  2-3:30pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Rd Auburn
Basic level of English required.

Get together and play

Join a music jam session at ASC in Newtown starting on Thursday 2 June in partnership with Music for Refugees. 1:30pm to 2:30pm (after lunch).

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For anyone – from music lovers who have never picked up an instrument to experienced musicians. Every fortnight after lunch on Thursday from 1:30 – 2:30pm. No bookings required and everyone is welcome.

Dates: 26 May, 9 June, 23 June, 7 July.

Free instruments are also available to take home. If you would like an instrument email Romy at to organise a donated instrument.

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Creative life

Art and Music

Learn ceramics

Learn ceramics with Veronica at Auburn. Classes held first Wednesday of every month at Auburn Centre for Community. Veronica will teach you to make objects through handbuilding techniques.

Do ceramics with Veronica once every month.

Where: Auburn Centre for Community
44a Macquarie Road, Auburn

When: First Wednesday of every month
(1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October)

More information: you can email

Otherwise just drop in!


Online singing project

Join a special singing project via Zoom with Yani.

Yani leads a group of people seeking asylum and refugees called Scattered People. She is starting a new online project and is looking for people to join in.


Be part of a choir project on the theme ‘Home’.

Any interested musicians can send an email to  who will connect you to Yani, the project organiser.

Creative Community

Sewing Circle

Sewing Circle at the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown starting on Wednesdays. Come along to learn new skills and be part of a fun and creative sewing community. Morning tea will be provided.
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Dates:  Starts Friday the 27th of May 10.00am – 12 noon.  Then following Wednesdays – 3rd June , 10th June and  17th June 
Venue: Asylum Seekers Centre, 43 Bedford St,Newtown
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Financial help

Money & family support

Help with energy bills

The NSW Government provides some financial assistance to help pay energy bills as part of Energy Accounts Payments Assistance (EAPA). If you are having a hard time paying your natural gas or electricity bill check out the EAPA scheme.

If you need assistance to apply please phone the Asylum Seekers Centre and ask to speak to a Centre Support Volunteer. Call 02 9078 1900.

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Free child minding

Prosper Project offers free casual child minding on Mondays 10am to 2pm, at 34 North Parade, Campsie. Bookings are essential: or phone 0420 796 529. You can book for 1 or 4 hours.


Women's group

The Asylum Seekers Centre offers an online meeting for women every week. All women are welcome.

To join this women’s group, email for more details.

Health and wellbeing

Sport and exercise

Street soccer

Join free street soccer once a week in Sydney city or Parramatta. For males and females 16+ years. This event is organised by the Big Issue to support social inclusion and link players to services if needed.

Big Issue Street Soccer

Parramatta Street Soccer 

Date: Thursdays  3:30 – 5:30 PM
Venue: Parramatta Park West Domain, near corner of Park Ave and Railway Parade,
Parramatta New South Wales 2150
Contact: email

Mt Druitt Street Soccer 

Date: Tuesdays 1:00 – 3:00PM
Venue: Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve,Ralph Place, Mt Druitt
Contact to register: email

Sydney CBD Street Soccer 

Date: Mondays 2:30 – 4:30PM
Venue: King George V Recreation Centre
Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Contact: email

Free health and exercise classes

Reclink Australia offers a program of sports and fitness classes which are free to Asylum Seeker Centre clients. Sports classes include tennis, lawn bowls and table tennis. Fitness classes include  Dancefit and Yoga.  Reclink Connect also offers online health and fitness classes.

Check the Reclink NSW web page for more information.

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Cumberland Council Free Learn to Swim classes

Some places now available for free learn to swim classes for adults at Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre. Classes only available to residents of Cumberland Council.

Where: Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, Church St, Lidcombe

When: Wednesdays 2nd May – 29th June

For women
10.00am-11.00am – 10 places available
Wednesday 2nd May – 29th June
For men 6.30pm-7.30pm – 5 places available

To book
: email Romy at
Sport and recreation

Learn to swim

Free swimming lessons are available on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons in Sydney city for adults and young people.

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Free swimming lessons – Ultimo

Dates: Mondays 7PM -7:30PM
Venue: Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre 458 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
To Book: email

Free swimming lessons – Sydney City

Date: Wednesdays 2PM – 3PM
Venue: Cook and Phillip Pool 4 College St, Sydney NSW 2000
To Book: email


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