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Join the Palm Sunday rally on 2 April 2023

Join the Palm Sunday rally on 2 April 2023

Walk together on 2 April 2023 with our community of people seeking asylum and refugees.
Meet at Belmore Park, Haymarket (next to Central Station) at 2pm. More information here.


<strong>Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre:</strong> extra days!

Hot lunches at the Asylum Seekers Centre: extra days!

Share a free hot lunch with the Asylum Seekers Centre in Auburn on Wednesdays and in Newtown on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus an extra day on Friday 31 March. Catch up with old friends and make new ones.

Important information for TPV & SHEV processing

Important information for TPV & SHEV processing

Find out more information about the changes to TPV & SHEV visas and people affected by the Fast Track process.
Read more.

Creative life

Arts and community

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.

Location: Marrickville

For more information and reserve a spot email

Sewing group at Newtown

Come join our amazing Sewing Circle on Friday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm at ASC Newtown. Be part of a fun and creative sewing community, learn new skills and have a good time. 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

$10 theatre tickets - STC

Sydney Theatre Company (STC) is offering $10 theatre tickets to ASC clients for theatre shows such as Hubris and Humilition The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?  and Fences. If you’re interested in attending and would like a ticket, please email

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Music playing for fun at ASC

ON HOLD: 2023 start date to come.

Come and play music at ASC with Phillip from Music for Refugees.
Anyone can come, if you are an experienced musician or if you are completely new to music.

When: Every second Thursday at Newtown – 1:30-3:30pm

Free theatre tickets - Belvoir St Theatre

Belvoir St Theatre is offering free theatre tickets for ASC clients to enjoy the Into The Woods show on Thursday 13th of April at 1pm.
Tickets are limited, so please book your spot by emailing

Sewing circle and child minding at Auburn

ASC is running a women’s sewing circle at Auburn Centre for Community. There are also children’s activities. Let us know you are coming by emailing us on
Day: Every Monday
Time: 10.30am-12pm
Address: Auburn Centre for Community, 44A Macquarie Road, Auburn
(5 minutes walk from Auburn Station)

Developing writers program

We welcome you to join this inclusive, supportive group to raise your voice and discover the writer within. You will work towards a piece of finished writing over six monthly sessions. You will learn with the support and teaching of professional writers from the esteemed Western Sydney writers group Sweatshop. You can write in English or in a mix of English and another language.

Where: Auburn Centre for Community

When: Six sessions, on Mondays at 1pm: Ten places only. March 13th, March 27th, April 17th, May 1st, May 15th

Please email if you would like to join the program.

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

Learn English while having fun!

Connected workshops are a fun, relaxing opportunity to learn English through drama. They are run in partnership with the Sydney Theatre Company at the ASC in Newtown on Tuesdays between 10:30am and 12:30pm.

Enrol by email at:


14th March, 10.30am-12pm
21st March, 10.30am-12pm
28th March, 10.30am-12pm
4th April, 10:30am – 12pm

Enrol by email at:


Women's group and mending cafe

The Asylum Seekers Centre offers a regular meeting for women to get together and talk. We will also have a mending cafe, if you need help repairing a special piece of clothing.

All women are welcome.
When: Last Friday of each month 10:30am – 12:30pm
Where: Asylum Seekers Centre, Newtown
To join the women’s group, email for more details.


Training, work and education

Driver license help

Help is available with learning to drive, passing your test and low-cost driving lessons.

GCAIS operates a program in Bankstown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Parramatta but will also help people out of these areas. 

  • Pre-learner course and fee waiver for Driver Knowledge Test (DKT).
  • Lessons with both professional instructors and community volunteer supervisors.

Find out more below and contact if you need help with forms.

More info

Help with computers or phones

Book an appointment with one of our friendly volunteer computer tutors. They will help you use your technology, email, online services.

Please fill in this form.
We will get in touch with you to make an appointment.

Your say

Refugees in the media

We’re developing guidelines for how journalists speak about refugee and asylum seeker issues. Help us by sharing your opinions about refugee stories in the news. You can improve how journalists write about and treat refugees and people seeking asylum.

Fill out the survey


Health and Exercise

Swimming 2023 - Book now!

Enquire about or book in now for swimming classes for adults in 2023.

Location: Seven Hills (must be a resident of Blacktown/Seven Hills LGA)

Free health and exercise classes

Live Life Get Active is hosting free outdoor fitness classes including yoga, boxing and cross training in various locations in Sydney. Reclink Australia offers a program of free sports and fitness classes , including  tennis, lawn bowls, table tennis, Dancefit and Yoga.  For more information or to book email:



For further information and to book contact