Join and support us!
Come to our meetings – MASSG meets at 1.30 PM on the third Monday of each month at Montmorency Uniting Church. New members are always welcome.
There is no membership fee. But donations are always needed and warmly accepted. Funds go to the ASRC and our support of asylum seekers.
- Members can donate at our meetings. Or do it directly by funds transfer. Our bank details are: BSB 633000 (Bendigo Bank), account 155238520 – Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group. Please email email@example.com to tell us of your donation.
- Should an official receipt be required, donations can be made directly through the ASRC website http://asrc.org.au/get-involved/give-money/donate
Join the MASSG Email List
If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter and other information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the MASSG Campaign Group
The Group (see ‘What We Do”) meets most months at the homes of members. Please email email@example.com to join it and contribute to our efforts.
Write to someone in detention (on Nauru or Manus Island) – contact Julian Burnside at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to send you some names and addresses so you can write direct to detainees.
Learn more about the refugee experience
Behind the Wire is an award-winning oral history organisation devoted to bringing that experience to readers. It works with men, women and children who have sought asylum in our community and who have experienced mandatory immigration detention. Its projects include a book, audio book, podcast, museum exhibition, listening parties, and photographic portraits. For more information, see: http://www.behindthewire.org.au.
- They Cannot take the Sky, Behind the Wire. Reviews here and extracts here and here
- Offshore: Behind the wire on Manus and Nauru, by
Other recent works:
- The Undesirables, by Mark Isaacs – reviewed here.
- The People Smuggler by Robin de Crespigny
- Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson
- Shining, by Abdi Aden
- The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-sharif, by Najaf Mazari
- The Happiest Refugee, by Anh Do
Keep informed about the current asylum seeker situation
- Check MASSG Facebook page for recent happenings, issues and comment
- Check the ASRC website at http://asrc.org.au/get-involved/stay-informed
- Get the facts at http://www.asrc.org.au/resources/mythbusters
- Information and references at http://www.julianburnside.com.au/
- Read regular articles in The Age and other newspapers
- Guardian Australia (online) is committed to researching and reporting on Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.
In the past, MASSG members have regularly visited detainees at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA), Magyar Barracks, 150 Camp Road, Broadmeadows. However, the management changes at MITA have made visits to detainees very difficult to arrange. For the time being the MASSG program has ceased to operate.
Volunteer your time and skills:
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre which provides many programs that protect asylum seekers from persecution and destitution, supports well-being and dignity, and empowers people to advance their own future. Learn more at an information evening: http://www.asrc.org.au/get-involved/give-time/become-a-volunteer/#1376026981-1-7
- AMES welcomes volunteers to help people settle into the community. Contact Nada Jaza, Broadmeadows Office: 9356 6200 or Email: Jazan@ames.net.au
Tutoring and Settlement assistance
Assist new arrivals to settle in or tutor a migrant or refugee in English (training provided) through:
- AMES which provides settlement services including education, training and employment. They welcome volunteer mentors, settlement volunteers and volunteer tutors. They have suburban offices including Level 2, 1100 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows. For more information please call 9356 6200.
AMES Head office is located at: Level 2, 255 William St, Melbourne 3000. Please contact Emma Navarro on (03) 9926 4059
- Brigidine Asylum Support Project. Please check the website at http://basp.org.au/family-support-through-english-teaching/
- Northern Adult Migrant English Programme. For more information please phone 9269 1085
- ASRC needs qualified ESL tutors. For more information please phone 9326 6066. ASRC is located at 214-218 Nicholson St, Footscray
HOST a Homestay
If you would like to offer accommodation and support to new arrivals from Syria, this can be arranged through the Community Placement Network which is operated by the Homestay Network. The Community Placement Network (CPN) Program, was first launched in 2012 and was successful in placing over 600 asylum seekers being released from detention centres. This was a very successful programme for both hosts and guests. In 2013, this programme stopped because government funding was withdrawn. The CPN has recently resumed to allow residents to offer short term accommodation to refugees from Syria. You can contact them through their website at http://www.homestaynetwork.org/community-placement-network/
Donate Goods and Clothing
Donated items should be clean and in good condition.
- The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre needs food, blankets, mobile phones and other items – Goods for ASRC may be taken to Alphington Community Centre, Kelvin Road, Alphington, Thurs 10- 12 noon, Ph. (03) 9499 7227.Check ASRC website first to find out what is currently needed.
- Bridging the Gaps: material aid donation exchange – Donate various items for those in need, deliver items directly to homes – https://www.facebook.com/groups/580634021968454/
- The Salvation Army Migrant Services, 16-18 Tinning St, Brunswick, enquiries Ph. 137258. Home collection of good furniture, clothing, kitchen wares etc- sold in their stores. Asylum seekers in need are issued with vouchers for use in Salvation Army shops
- North Melbourne office of the Australian Red Cross, 23 Villiers St, North Melbourne. Ph. (03) 8327 7700- takes all kinds of household and personal items and gives directly to people in need. Housing, medical and other services are provided to asylum seekers according to individual needs.