Finding Freedom: Celebrating Refugee Week at NRCH

Jun 15, 2023Groups and Events, Latest News

Next week (18  – 24 June) is Refugee Week! This annual celebration is an opportunity to promote an understanding of the challenges faced by refugees, people seeking asylum and displaced people and acknowledge the invaluable contributions they make to our community.

This year’s theme is Finding Freedom – the freedom to live without the fear of war, having your basic human rights upheld, living in equality and without fear of persecution. These examples provide a glimpse of what freedom signifies for refugees, people seeking asylum and displaced people.

To mark Refugee Week, North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) will be hosting and participating in a number of events. We hope you can join us:

Celebrating Refugee Week Afternoon Tea

Event details:

When: Monday 19 June | 2:30pm-4pm
Where: North Richmond Community Hub, 110 Elizabeth Street, Richmond
What’s happening:

  • Guest speakers
  • Finger Food and refreshments
  • Short films about the refugee and asylum seeker experiences
Refugee Week Twilight Market with BANH

NRCH and Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood Houses (BANH) have joined forces to create a mid-winter feast that will delight all your senses. This special event is a chance to unite our community and acknowledge the invaluable contributions made by refugees in our community.

Event details:

When: Tuesday 20 June | 3:30pm-5:30pm
Where: The Factory at BANH, 9 Belgium Avenue, Richmond
What’s happening:

  • Live performances from Ajak Kwai, Apuot Bol, DJs and more
  • Guest speakers
  • Food cooked by our diverse community
  • Art activities guided by Adila and Mind Australia
  • Wellness activities led by Mind Australia
  • And more…
Launch of Welcome to Refugees and Asylum Seeker banners at NRCH

NRCH is an inclusive space that embraces people from diverse backgrounds. We recognize that refugees and asylum seekers, who often face unique challenges, are among the most vulnerable members of our community. We want to emphasise that NRCH is a safe space for them, and we actively encourage them to utilise our health and support services.

By next week we will have installed two banners – one inside in the foyer and another out the front – that clearly state NRCH welcomes refugees and asylum seekers.

To acknowledge these important messages we will be holding a morning tea on-site in the foyer.

Event details:

When: TBC
Where: The foyer at North Richmond Community Health, 23 Lennox Street, Richmond
What’s happening:

  • A chance to see our two new banners in the foyer and out the front of NRCH
  • A speech from Brendan Coulton, Executive Manager Community Services and Consumer Empowerment
  • Finger food and refreshments
Let’s talk about HIV/AIDS

The Multicultural Health & Support Service (a program of the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health) are hosting a talk featuring a leading expert who will address common questions about HIV/AIDS from both people in our community and healthcare professionals.

Dr Tafireyi Marukutira, an award-winning public health researcher and physician specialising in infectious diseases epidemiology, will deliver a one-hour presentation, followed by a 30-minute interactive question and answer session.

Event details:

When: Tuesday 27 June | 10am-1pm
Where: Community Rooms 50/60, NRCH, 23 Lennox Street, Richmond
What’s happening:

  • 1 hour talk about HIV/AIDS presented by Dr Tafireyi Marukutira
  • 30 minute Q&A session
  • Followed by a light lunch and refreshments
  • Hakka, Mandarin and Vietnamese interpreters will be attending

As numbers are limited, we recommend registering your attendance HERE.

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