Coffee Community Connections

Every Friday at 11:30 volunteers and SCARF community members meet for Coffee & Community Connections. There's laughter, chatter, games that encourage the practice of English in a fun way, and plenty of catching up with old and new friends over cups of...

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Garden Helps Burmese Community Connect to Traditions from Home

Tucked away on a sloping plot is a ‘secret garden’ bearing a colourful array of veg and wildflowers. The attentive and patient gardeners responsible for establishing and nurturing the hidden oasis are the Burmese (Myanmar) Gardening Group – a group of families from refugee backgrounds who’ve found a way to pass on gardening skills...

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Our Friendship: April and Bolena

April and Bolena - SCARF blog

It’s often commented that one of the best things about SCARF are the friendships formed in our community. Indeed, many SCARF friendships have become lifelong, continuing outside the parameters of volunteer roles and SCARF activities. SCARF actively encourages friendships through our Befriending Program, where volunteers are paired with community members....

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Wollongong a ‘destination for safe driving’ for refugee entrants

Can you believe that collectively, volunteer driver mentors in SCARF’s L2P program held 353 driving sessions with community members in 2016? Not a bad number – especially considering there are only 8 driver mentors! Now, SCARF’s small but mighty program is expanding – thanks to a grant from Transport for NSW. The grant will fund SCARF’s Destination...

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SCARF Welcomes 90 New Volunteers into Strengthened Program

Thanks to the wonderful legacy of SCARF Founders, Sharyn and Kel Mackenzie, SCARF has always been powered by a thriving community of dedicated volunteers. Now, a grant from the IMB Community Foundation has enabled us to establish our Vibrant Volunteers Program – a robust volunteer management framework designed to support new...

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Our 2016 Annual Review is here!

To say that 2016 was a big year for SCARF would be an understatement. We saw the retirement of SCARF Founder, Sharyn Mackenzie, from operational management, significant developments in SCARF programs, board and operational team, and we welcomed 240 new refugee entrants into the SCARF community. From our management committee to our...

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