It is through the support of our community, our members and our volunteers that CARAD has been able to impact the lives of more than 5000 asylum seekers and refugees in Western Australia.
CARAD empowers people to become advocates in their own community in a number of ways:
CARAD can provide educational speakers to schools, churches and community gatherings, to highlight our work, the issues facing those we support and ways to help.
Our speakers can share about topics such as:
• Facts and myths about asylum seekers and refugees
• Current Australian policies which affect asylum seekers and refugees
• Challenges faced by asylum seekers and refugees in Australia
• Client Stories
• Ways in which your group can help asylum seekers and refugees
For more information about this service please email us or call (08) 9227 7322.
Community Events - Eat. Share. Connect.
CARAD’s food connects people, and FOOD is CARAD’s one common language.
Our ‘Eat. Share. Connect’ program aim is to bring our vulnerable community members together to create meals and share stories whilst developing valuable long-term friendships. Becoming part of a real and supportive community is paramount to the integration of our newest members and ‘Eat, Share, Connect’ is a step in the right direction.
Weekly ‘community lunches’ will be created by a CARAD client (an asylum seeker or refugee) and a CARAD representative, with the opportunity to cook being rotated amongst all clients who are willing to participate in the program.
The prepared food will embrace the culture, culinary specialties and traditions of the CARAD client from their native place of birth. A sense of belonging is critical to the integration and settling of these vulnerable folk, and what better way to experience this than through food, conversation and community.
Each lunch will have twenty asylum seekers and refugee guests to share this unique experience, swap stories and make new friends while settling into their new home. Think about this from your perspective if you were in a strange place, didn’t know a sole and had no idea what the future held? What a welcoming place to start!
For the CARAD client, preparing the food will aid in raising self-esteem and growing confidence in their new surroundings. Cooking can be therapeutic for those who have experienced trauma, giving a sense of purpose and improving social skills.
The kitchen within our offices is currently being upgraded by one of our key supporters, The Uniting Church in the City, and we are extremely grateful for their support as we know this will be a very important step in the right direction. This kitchen will create the perfect environment to launch the community lunch’s project which we are very excited and passionate about and our members are also thoroughly ready to embrace with open arms.
We are proud to announce CARAD is the Charity recipient of the 2017 PROSH funding which will be put to good use to buy cooking utensils and ongoing food supplies. Our aim is to provide over 1,000 meals per year and with your help and generous support we know we will reach that total!
Eat. Share. Connect. Is just one of our CARAD initiatives we have introduced to support our clients, but there are so many more ways we as a community can support refugees and asylum seekers new to our shores.
If you’d like to know more about CARAD and other ways you can support please go to www.carad.org.au your support is a step in the right direction to integration and acceptance.
CARAD regularly participates in community events, check out our facebook and twitter feed to find out where our next event will be.
CARAD appreciates fundraising efforts which support our work and helps build awareness of asylum seeker and refugee issues in the community. If you are interested in running a fundraiser for CARAD please contact our office to see how we can best support your initiative.
For more information about fundraising for CARAD please email us or call (08) 9227 7322.