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Community Conversations

Discover why people seek asylum, understand the situations they face, and meet those who’ve experienced it themselves.

Photo: Australian Red Cross/Conor Ashleigh

Who seeks asylum? Why do they come to Australia? What is life like for them now?

There are many questions, myths and misunderstandings about people seeking safety. That’s why Red Cross is offering schools, workplaces and community groups a chance to discuss the issues they hear about on the news.

Our workshops offer a neutral and impartial space to ask questions, encourage conversations and foster empathy. They combine facts, thought-provoking presentations and enlightening stories by speakers with first-hand experience of seeking safety and being granted protection.

In Search of Safety gives primary school students a valuable insight into why people seek asylum. 

Each session runs for 90 minutes and includes:

  • a pre-presentation activity for teachers to gauge students’ existing understanding
  • an overview of why people seek safety and the challenges they face in Australia 
  • an engaging role play that allows students to walk in the shoes of someone seeking asylum
  • an evaluation activity for teachers to gauge shifts in students’ knowledge.

In-depth and issues-rich, In Search of safety offers interactive scenarios, discussion and plenty of active participation.

Each session includes:

  • a pre-presentation activity for teachers to gauge students’ existing understanding
  • an overview of human rights, refugees and people seeking asylum
  • an engaging role play that allows students to walk in the shoes of someone seeking asylum
  • individuals’ experiences of seeking safety and the challenges they faced in settlement 
  • an evaluation activity for teachers to gauge shifts in students’ knowledge.

In addition to school programs, In Search of Safety is available to groups in the community wanting to learn more about the situation faced by people seeking asylum in Australia. Through informative and engaging presentations, In Search of Safety aims to improve public understanding of asylum seekers and refugees and help dispel the many myths and misunderstandings surrounding migration.

Open to clubs, organisations, workplaces, communities and groups of any size, these community conversations give participants a valuable opportunity to hear real-life stories from people with direct and first-hand experience as refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

From small and informal gatherings to large forums and conferences, the talks can be customised to any size, for any group and to any particular area of interest. The talks are run by Red Cross staff and volunteers and are free of charge

"Empathy is an important ingredient in the fabric of a healthy society. In Search of Safety assists in giving people the capacity to share and recognise emotions and issues experienced by asylum seekers and refugees, possibly assisting in creating a more loving, flexible and understanding society in general."

- Carsten Ostergaard Pedersen, In Search of Safety volunteer presenter

Volunteer for In Search of Safety

In Search of Safety is only possible with the generous assistance of our volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please contact Red Cross in your state.

Have you experienced life as an asylum seeker yourself?

If you have experience of seeking asylum in Australia yourself and would like to know more about how you can become involved with In Search of Safety, please contact your nearest office.

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In Search of Safety enquiries

To find out more information about which program is running near you or to express interest, contact :

Australian Capital Territory
Call: 02 5963 2955
Email: actnswconversations@redcross.org.au

New South Wales
Call: 02 5963 2955
Email: actnswconversations@redcross.org.au

Northern Territory
Call: 08 8924 3960
Email: ntmsphub@redcross.org.au

Queensland
Call: 07 3367 5665
Email: qldmsphub@redcross.org.au

South Australia
Call: 08 8100 4629
Email: saconversations@redcross.org.au

Tasmania
Call: 03 6235 6046
Email: tasmsphub@redcross.org.au

Victoria
Call: 03 8327 7700
Email: vicinsearchofsafety@redcross.org.au

Western Australia
Call: 08 9225 8830
Email: wainsearchofsafety@redcross.org.au

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