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Melaleuca Refugee Centre annual report 2013-2014



Melaleuca Refugee Centre annual report 2013-2014


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Refugees, Services For -- Northern Territory -- Darwin –- Periodicals; Social service -- Northern Territory -- Darwin –- Periodicals

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Melaleuca Refugee Centre

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Darwin (N.T.)

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ACHIEVEMENTS 2013-14 HOPE EARLY SETTLEMENT SERVICES ACHIEVEMENTS Early Settlement services in Darwin were provided to 119 arrivals, comprising of 15 families and 29 individuals. Cultural backgrounds included Congolese, Hazara, Sudanese, Iranian, Rohingyan, Nepalese and Tamil. Nearly 50 group orientation sessions were delivered in a variety of topics including health, housing, education, employment, law, culture and family. 116 arrivals were housed in Melaleuca short term accommodation and provided tenancy training, and property search workshops. Volunteer recruitment involved information and induction sessions which resulted in 60 trained volunteers, of which 44 were active volunteers. Volunteers also supported various events including Oz Fusion, Nightcliff Sea Breeze Festival, International Womens Day, Melaleuca Community Garden, World Refugee Day and Soccer Cup, Indigenous Welcome to Country for new arrivals, Mindil Beach Fun Bus Anniversary Cake Stall Fundraiser, and Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Vinodas Balakrishnan received a certificate of appreciation from the Department of the Chief Minister and Volunteering Australia for volunteering with Melaleuca. 20 Changes in overall numbers in the Refugee and Humanitarian Program over the past year has reduced arrival numbers into the NT.

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