We can help African refugees and migrants find fulfilment in our community

Congolese refugees in Wingham. Photo by Louise Whelan
Congolese refugees in Wingham. Photo by Louise Whelan

Are you interested in helping skilled African refugees and migrants find work and fulfilment in our community?

New African settlers living in Wingham seek English conversation buddies, rental houses, and casual work evenings and weekends (cleaning, yard work, odd jobs).

The refugees are on UNHCR humanitarian visas, allowing them to work and contribute to Australian regional life.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the guys are keen to make friends, play soccer and get involved with the community. They are working in Wingham but have most late afternoons and weekends free.

They aim to improve their English conversation skills through phone calls or outings. The spoken word and shared insights into Aussie and African culture is their pathway to a more enriched life in Australia.

If you have leads on rental houses, granny flats, caravans or bedsitter units, for individuals or that can be shared with other single men, please get in touch.

The guys have good rental references, work visas and can pay rent. Other skilled workers/families are on a wait list to move to the Manning Valley, too, if housing can be found.

If you have useful suggestions or can volunteer with G'Day Mate team, please email Lucy at handupcongo@gmail.com.

Community Support Forum

Join refugee advocate Emmanuel Musoni, manager of the non-profit Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development (GLAPD), in discussing what action steps we might collaborate on as a community to provide employment, housing and community engagement for African refugees and migrants. GLAPD facilitates African refugee resettlement in rural towns.

Have a chat with Jane O'Dwyer, Migrant Settlement Project Worker for the Manning Valley, and other resettlement champions. An opportunity to ask your questions and share your ideas!

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 3:30-4:30 pm

Where: Valley Industries Admin Office, 70 Whitbread Ave, Taree

RSVP: for afternoon tea catering and COVID safety guidelines, please confirm attendance with Lucy on handupcongo@gmail.com or 0417 272 101.

If you cannot attend December 9 but would like to be part of an African Refugee Community Support Team, please email Lucy.