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Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre

Share a free hot lunch with the Asylum Seekers Centre.

Starting on Wednesday February 21st, we are excited to launch lunch in Newtown. Wednesday lunches will be prepared by members of the ASC family. Our first lunch will have a Lunar New Year theme!

This lunch will be 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.


Join our small focus group discussion

We’re reaching out to members of the ASC family who are interested in joining a small group discussion on Friday, February 23rd from 10.30am – 11.30am. This discussion will help us shape the future of ASC; focusing on our values, principles, and how we can make our organization even better.

Here’s what we’re looking for in participants:
– You’re over 18 years old.
– Currently seeking asylum and registered with ASC.
– You live in New South Wales.
– You’re available on Friday, February 23rd, from 10:30am – 11:30am to come to the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown.

All participants will receive a $20 gift voucher. If you meet these criteria and are interested in joining the discussion, please email us at

Community life

Arts and community

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Tiny Beautiful Things - Free Theatre Production

When: Thursday the 29th of February
Where: Belvoir Street Theatre
Time: 7.30pm
Contact: Please register by emailing
Please read more about the production here:
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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 –

Welcome Merchant 4th birthday market

People from a refugee or migrant background who have products to sell are invited to join Welcome Merchant at their upcoming 4th Birthday Pop-Up Market.

When: Saturday 16 March, 12pm-5pm

Where: Petersham Bowling Club

Registration: Email by February 20 to secure your spot.⁠

The stall fee is $30, and you must bring your own marquee & table.

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TAFE NSW Ceramics Course (Free for adults)

When: Monday 5th of February until Monday 8th of April
Where: Auburn Centre for Community
Time: 11.30am to 2.30pm
Register: here

OzHarvest Food Truck at Auburn Centre for Community

Join us for a hot meal!

When: Wednesday 14 February 2024
Where: Auburn Centre for Community – 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn, NSW, 2144
Time: 11.30am until 1pm

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.

Mums & Bubs Mondays at Auburn

ASC offers a weekly women’s group at the Auburn Centre for Community. There will be morning tea and activities for young children provided by Choice Preschool Kindergarten, and workshops for women.

When: Every Monday, 10.30am-12pm.

Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn (5 minutes walk from Auburn Station)

Booking: Please email to let us know if you’re coming

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


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.

Spring reading challenge for children Oct - Nov

Spring reading challenge for children with Inner West Library. Log your reading to earn a set of colourful digital badges and go into the major prize draw. The challenge starts Monday 2 October and ends Thursday, 30 November.

There are 3 major prizes:
5-7 years: $50 Gleebooks Voucher
8-10 years: $50 Gleebooks Voucher
11-12 years: $50 Gleebooks Voucher

Join Beanstack, an easy-to-use online platform that will keep track of the books  you read. To sign up to Beanstack you must be a member of Inner West Council Libraries. Sign up here.

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 June 2024.

Please watch this page for information.

Read more
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University of Notre Dame – VC’s Humanitarian Scholarship
Find more information here.
Open Timeline

Less information

Exercise and Family Wellbeing

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Martial Arts in Parramatta

When: Wednesday the 14th of February until Wednesday the 3rd of April
Where: Active Wellness Studio; PHIVE, 5 Parramatta Sq, Parramatta, NSW, Australia, 2150
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Contact: Roman Abasy –
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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
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Miniroos (Free)

When: Saturday 10th of February 2024 for 8 consecutive weeks
Where: Auburn Centre for Community
9.30am to 10.30am for 4-6 years
10.30am to 11.30am for 7-9 years

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

Free Cricket Program in Auburn

Join a free cricket program with Australian International Sports Organisation and the Usman Khawaja Foundation in Auburn.
When: Six-week program starting Sunday 21 January 2024 until Sunday 25 February 2024
Time: 9am-10am
Where: Mona Park, 27A Chisholm Rd, Auburn NSW 2144

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

Improve your English

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