JRS awarded 2016 Scanlon Foundation Grant

Arrupe Place Community Centre, North Parramatta

Arrupe Place Community Centre, North Parramatta

 “This grant will allow us to build capacity of our programs for improving physical health and mental wellbeing for asylum seekers, as well as help their interaction with the local community through our Communities Connect space.”

Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) has been awarded a Scanlon Foundation’s Community Grant to further develop its work with asylum seekers living in the wider Parramatta community.

“This grant will allow us to grow our support programs in our new Communities Connect space,” said Maeve Brown, Shelter Project Coordinator for JRS.

Ms Brown said that the Communities Connect space will build on the successful programs that were established in 2015 at Arrupe Place, Parramatta, to support people seeking safety and protection in Australia.

“The Communities Connect space will help grow our education and social support programs which help to reduce isolation and build connections with the local community.”

“This grant will allow us to build capacity of our programs for improving physical health and mental wellbeing for asylum seekers, as well as help their interaction with the local community through our Communities Connect space.”

“We hope to engage with the local community, particularly at school level, in building a better awareness of the common bonds that can unite them with people who are newly arrived in the country.

Anthea Hancocks, CEO of the Scanlon Foundation said that there was a very high standard in this year’s applications for community grants which came from across Australia.

“The Scanlon Foundation received an unprecedented number of applications for innovative projects focusing on employment, education and intercultural community engagement.”

“We hope this targeted funding will support the 14 LGAs around Australia by providing additional resources to organisations actively working in improving social cohesion,” said Ms Hancocks.

The Scanlon Foundation has a strong interest in place based activities, allowing local communities to identify and solve local problems.

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