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Important

<strong>Change to ASC opening hours</strong>

Change to ASC opening hours

New opening hours at Newtown from Monday 15 March: 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. Phones will be answered after 10am.
New opening hours at Auburn: Wednesdays only. We will not be open at Auburn on Monday.

<strong>Wear a mask at the ASC</strong>

Wear a mask at the ASC

Please wear a mask if you are coming to the ASC at Newtown or Auburn. We are keeping our community safe.

<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.

Creative life

Arts and community

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Music playing for fun at ASC

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 from Thursday 18 August at Newtown – 1:30-3:30PM.

Sewing group

Come join our amazing Sewing Circle every Friday morning 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.

When: 10:30am – 12:30pm every Friday.
Where: ASC, 43 Bedford Street, Newtown
To book: Email ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au

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Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize

The 2022 Ballina Region 4 Refugees (BR4R) Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize celebrates the positive contributions that refugees make to our communities. It acknowledges the circumstances that forced them to flee their homelands and request refuge in Australia.

Entry is free and is open to anyone living in Australia. BR4R welcomes poems from refugees and those seeking asylum in Australia. The theme is ‘Turning Point’.

More information and entry forms

BR4R Poetry prize information

Poetry Prize theme: A Turning Point
Submit up to 3 poems of up to 50 lines each
Deadline: 21 August 2022
Cash prizes: First-place $300, second-place $150, and third-place $50.
Information and the entry form: BR4R Poetry prize information

Our community

Here's how we're responding to your feedback

We asked you, valued members of the ASC community, for your thoughts on our activities and programs. Here’s how we responded to your feedback.

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Opportunities

Training and Education

Customer Service / Retail Workshop @ Aesop

Aesop is an Australian company which makes skincare, haircare and body products.

10am, Wednesday 17 August.
Aesop offices – Level 2,
13 – 15 Levey St
Chippendale, NSW, 2008.

Email employment@asylumseekerscentre.org.au or call 9078 1900 if you are interested.

Aesop is an Australian company making skincare, haircare and body products.

10am, Wednesday 17 August, 2022.
Aesop offices: Level 2, 13 – 15 Levey Street, Chippendale, NSW 2008.

Learn:

    • Communication and Customer Service tips
    • Job interview skills and practice
    • Group interview practice and feedback.

Email employment@asylumseekerscentre.org.au or call 9078 1900 if you are interested.

Technology help available

Asylum Seekers Centre offers in-person support with using computers or your mobile phone. Make the most of your digital tools with our free service. Book an appointment with one of our friendly volunteer computer tutors. They will help you use your technology, email, online services.

 

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.
https://forms.gle/ztZJEANJLy5ZbBdi8
We will get in touch with you to make an appointment.

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Give your feedback to Service NSW

Service NSW wants to improve its services for people seeking asylum. Give feedback for Service NSW about your experience with the online and in-person services, to get a $15 gift card to thank you for your time. It will take 20 minutes and can be on the phone or in-person at ASC Newtown. 

Contact us on client.news@asylumseekerscentre.org.au if you would like to provide feedback.

Media and advocacy

Be part of the ASC storytelling group

Are you interested in storytelling? Do you want people seeking asylum to have a stronger voice in the media? Or do you have creative skills like photography or writing that you would like to use to work on ASC projects?

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Media advisory group: A man speaking into a microphone

We are creating a group of people who are interested in storytelling, how people seeking asylum and refugees are shown in the media, and participating in the ASC’s advocacy and campaigns.

Would you like to be part of this exciting new program at the ASC? Complete this form to let us know what you are interested in.

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Wellbeing

Exercise and health

Try out Australian sports

Free: Come and play iconic Australian sports such as AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League, Soccer & Volleyball. Learn new skills, meet new friends, network and play in social matches. Adults aged 18+ are welcome, especially people from refugee and asylum seeker background.

WHEN: 1:00PM – 3:30PM, Sunday 28 August

Free: Come and play iconic Australian sports such as AFL, Basketball, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League, Soccer & Volleyball. Learn new skills, meet new friends, network and play in social matches. Adults aged 18+ are welcome, especially people from refugee and asylum seeker background.

FREE to attend with FREE lunch provided!

WHEN: Sunday 28th of August 1:00PM – 3:30PM
WHERE: KGV Recreation Centre, 15 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW
REGISTER: www.ausiso.com/asp
Contact us on 0410 104 758 or info@ausiso.com

Free children's cricket training

Registrations are now open for upcoming cricket programs by Usman Khawaja Foundation.

Free cricket program for boys and girls aged 5 – 12. No experience necessary.

When: Sundays starting 24 July, 2022
Where: Wentworthville, Glendenning, Auburn.

Details are listed below:

  • Learn ball skills, including catching, throwing and teamwork, through fun game-based activities.
  • Free cricket program for boys and girls aged 5 – 12
  • Limited spots available so register now, unique opportunity to participate in a free cricket program
  • Usman Khawaja needs little introduction to cricket fans and supporters all over the world. Usman became the first Muslim to represent Australia in cricket.

When: Sundays from Sunday 24 July 2022 to Sunday 28 August 2022 (6 week program).

Locations:

  • Monty Bennett Oval, Wentworthville (NSW)
  • Joe McAleer Park, Winten Dr, Glendenning (NSW)
  • Mona Park, Auburn (NSW)

Time: 9:30am – 10:30am

  • Cost: FREE!
  • Ages: Girls & Boys, 5-12, ideal for kids new to the game!

To book: Click here to register now.

Further information about the Usman Khawaja Foundation can be found on its website.

If you have any questions, please email programs@usmankhawajafoundation.org.au

Free Learn to Swim classes: Auburn

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

When: Wednesday, beginning on Wednesday 20 July, 2022
Where: Auburn Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre, Church St, Lidcombe


For women
10.00am-11.00am – 4 places available
11:00am – 12:00pm – 4 places available
For men 6.30pm-7.30pm – 10 places available

To book
: Email Romy at ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au.

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.

Parramatta Street Soccer 

When: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Where: Parramatta Park West Domain, near corner of Park Ave and Railway Parade,
Parramatta New South Wales 2150
Contact: Email nswsoccer@bigissue.org.au.

Mt Druitt Street Soccer 

When: Tuesdays, 1:00 – 3:00pm
Where: Mt Druitt Town Centre Reserve,Ralph Place, Mt Druitt
Contact to register: Email nswsoccer@bigissue.org.au.

Sydney CBD Street Soccer 

When: Mondays, 2:30 – 4:30pm
Where: King George V Recreation Centre
Cumberland Street, The Rocks
Contact: Email nswsoccer@bigissue.org.au.

Free health and exercise classes

Reclink Australia offers a program of sports and fitness classes which are free to Asylum Seekers 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. Reclink NSW

You can also contact Sam by email at samantha.devlin@reclink.org

Swimming lessons for adults and young people

Free swimming lessons are available on Monday evenings and Wednesday afternoons at City of Sydney indoor pools for adults and young people.

Free swimming lessons – Ultimo

When: Mondays, 7 -7:30pm
Where: Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre 458 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
To book: Email  ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au.

Free swimming fun time – Sydney City

When: Wednesdays, 2 – 3pm
Where: Cook and Phillip Pool 4 College St, Sydney NSW 2000
To book: Email  ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au.

 

Swimming safety

Mums and babies swimming lessons

Help your baby get confident in the water early in their lives.

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Mothers and babies swimming classes

When: Every Thursday 4 August – 22 September 2022

Where: Ruth Everuss Aquatic Centre Auburn (map here)

Session 1: 10:30am for 6-18 months old
Session 2: 11am for 18 months – 3 years old

To book: Email ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au

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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.

Beginners

When: Mondays, 10:30 – 11:30am
Where: Auburn Centre for Community, 44a Macquarie Road Auburn
To book: Email ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au

Intermediate

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

When: Thursdays 10 – 11:30am
Where: ASC Newtown, 43 Bedford St Newtown view on Google Maps
To book: Email ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au

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.

When: Tuesdays 10:30am – 12pm from 26 July, 2022
Where: ASC, 43 Bedford St, Newtown
To book: Email ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au  or phone 90781900

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

WOMEN

Women's group

The Asylum Seekers Centre offers a regular meeting for women to get together and talk.

All women are welcome.
When: Last Friday of each month 10:30am – 12:30pm (Next meeting: 26 August)
Where: Asylum Seekers Centre, Newtown
To join the women’s group, email ce.events@asylumseekerscentre.org.au for more details.