The Asylum Seekers Centre is a place of welcome and provides practical and personal support for people living in the community who are seeking asylum.
They are a not-for-profit organisation with a voluntary Board of Directors. They rely on philanthropic grants, individual donations, some state government support, a dedicated team of professional staff and a network of more than 400 volunteers to undertake our work.
What they do:
Connect people to support and services: services include accommodation, financial relief, health care, employment assistance, education, food, material aid and recreational activities.
Engage community: The ASC builds and harnesses the good will in the community towards people seeking asylum. We create opportunities for people to provide practical support as well as to advocate for political change.
Influence policy and legal change: they draw on the direct daily experience of people seeking asylum to develop and promote campaigns to improve public laws and policies, working with other services to bring about needed change.
The Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) work is underpinned by a set of values built on their commitment to a human rights approach.
Compassion & connectedness: The ASC is a place where people feel safe, welcomed and valued as human beings. They extend kindness and generosity to every-one who comes to the Centre and seek to create a place where people feel a sense of belonging whilst they build confidence to connect into the communities where they live.
People-centred: They work alongside people seeking asylum focusing on people’s needs and adjusting what they do and how they work in response to people’s strengths and capabilities.
Collaborative: They work alongside people seeking asylum, staff and volunteers, other agencies, donors and supporters, to provide the best possible service and improve relevant laws, policies and programs.
Innovative: They are creative and agile, always learning, and ready to take risks to accelerate positive change.
How you can help:
ASC accepts donated grocery items and food vouchers. For more information please check the list of food and toiletries for items which are most sought after.
From September 21, They will be operating the foodbank from Hut 9, Addison Rd Community Centre in Marrickville. They can receive donations between 9am and 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. If you plan on bringing a large delivery, please contact ASC on 02 9078 1900 first to prepare them.
Laptops, tablets and phones:
Help someone seeking asylum by donating your second hand laptops, tablets and smartphones. For more information please click here.
The ASC provides packs for children who are starting or returning to school. They accept donations of lunch boxes, stationery and backpacks in a good condition. If you would like to contribute to this program, please drop by with donations from 9am-4pm, Mondays to Fridays, or get in touch with any questions.
ASC could not deliver the services it does without the kind support of volunteers who assist across all the programs. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit Our Volunteers for more information.