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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SCARF Launches ‘Let’s Lead’ Youth Leadership Program

SCARF is excited to be working with Cameron Brown from Explore Discover Act to facilitate a year-long leadership program for SCARF Youth (young people aged 16-24 from refugee background), beginning this February 2017. ‘Let’s Lead’ has been developed in response to the needs of SCARF Youth, many of whom have expressed an interest giving back to their...

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‘A Night From The East’ – Our First Women Only Event

In response to the needs of newly-arrived women in our SCARF community, we held our first ever women-only event on Saturday December 10. The night featured belly dancing, henna artistry, home cooked food, and an opportunity for women and girls from all cultural backgrounds to meet and socialise. Over 50 women came along to the...

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Missed our Annual General Meeting 2016? Here’s a Recap!

On Friday the 25th of November, SCARF held its Annual General Meeting for 2016. In addition to reports on SCARF in 2016 – our successes, challenges, and future outlook – the event featured a graphic artist, musical performances, Syrian cuisine, performances, trivia quizzes and community member guest speakers. How very SCARF! Reflecting the diversity of the SCARF community,...

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SCARF Community Picnic Day & Appreciation Event

On Saturday the 5th of November, we held our annual Community Picnic Day and Appreciation Event at Illawarra Live Steamers (the place with the miniature trains!). The event was open to community members and volunteers, and was an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate our diverse SCARF community. Once again, our...

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Art4Refugees Junior and Big Fat Smile Workshop

For the first time, SCARF has held an Art4Refugees Junior event as a part of the annual Art4Refugees exhibition and fundraiser. Art4Refugees Junior gave high school students the opportunity to take part in an art workshop hosted by Big Fat Smile, and have their artworks displayed at Art4Refugees Junior exhibition...

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