The project will establish a program linking student volunteers from the University of Wollongong’s law school with local refugee families and the community organisations that assist them. A pressing need exists to provide refugees with information on family reunification and other matters. Currently such assistance is significantly under-resourced and refugee families often do not receive appropriate assistance with navigating an unfamiliar legal system, filling out complex forms and gathering evidence. The project will provide student volunteers who can provide administrative assistance to the clients of Illawarra Multicultural Services, to alleviate the significant backlog of clients.
Develop and deliver a pilot project to provide volunteer support for refugee communities.University of Wollongong law students will provide this service to clients of Illawarra Multicultural Services.
Confirming roles and responsibilities for project stakeholdersSetting up project timelineCreating volunteer resource kitDeveloping position descriptions for student volunteersSetting up volunteer recruitment for students and lawyersDeveloping evaluation processesDeveloping and coordinating the training programOverseeing project delivery with the first round of volunteersConsulting with the project advisory committee