Join and support us!
Come to our meetings – MASSG meets at 2 PM on the third Monday of each month at Montmorency Community Church, 24 Mayona Rd. New members are always welcome.
There is no membership fee. But donations are always needed and warmly accepted. Funds go to support groups, and our direct support of local asylum seekers.
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.
Learn more about the refugee experience
MASSG frequently supports book launches and discussions about current issues. Here are some relevant readings.
- 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/
- Follow news sources that cover asylum seeker issues: ABC and SBS radio and TV, The Age and Guardian Australia and The Saturday Paper.
- Guardian Australia (online) is committed to researching and reporting on Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.
MASSG members have visited detainees at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA), Magyar Barracks, 150 Camp Road, Broadmeadows. Our MITA group regularly collects needed clothes or items for detainees. Contact us if you wish to visit.
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
Donate Goods and Clothing
Donated items should be clean and in good condition.
- The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre needs food, and other items. Check ASRC website to find out what is currently needed and where it can be taken.
- 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.