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Red Cross teams with young refugees to create new podcast


Life in Australia is a new podcast from Red Cross that's set to help young refugees settle into their new life.

Wednesday March 9, 2016

Life in Australia is a new podcast from Red Cross that’s set to help young refugees settle into their new life.
Life in Australia is a new podcast from Red Cross that's set to help young refugees settle into their new life.

Red Cross volunteers have been in the studio creating a new podcast that gives advice to young people who've arrived in Australia as refugees or seeking protection. 

Moving to a new country and starting life again for can be a difficult time for anyone-but especially for those with a different language and from a different culture who've arrived in difficult circumstances.

In each fortnightly episode of Life in Australia, young people who have experienced the transition to living in Australia share their stories and give advice on subjects including housing, education and health.

"Storytelling is great way to connect with people and share experiences," says Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, podcast project officer for Red Cross. "We hope these stories will connect with young people so they can feel less isolated in their transition to Australian life. The young people we were lucky enough to have as guests on the podcast were wonderfully enthusiastic and generously open about sharing their life experience. They really hope their stories can be beneficial to other young people in similar positions."  

Red Cross supports young people who've sought asylum to move from in-home care to independent living in the community-which can be a significant adjustment in any young person's life.  

"The young people that Red Cross helps often experience a range of social, health and wellbeing concerns in Australia due to both their experiences of trauma in refugee source countries as well as access barriers to essential services," says Beth. "This new podcast is yet another way Red Cross helps these young people survive and thrive in Australia."  

The first episodes of Life in Australia are out now and available for free download from iTunesStitcher and SoundCloud.

The podcasts will later be developed into Tamil, Farsi and Hazaragi. If you work with newly arrived young people share the news and let them know about Life in Australia. 

You can find out more and listen online at redcross.org.au/connect-learn-share-life-in-australia-podcast.

Find out how else Red Cross provides help and support for refugees, people seeking asylum and other people affected by migration.  

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