SCARF's social inclusion program engages people from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds in social, recreational and educational activities to promote harmony, inclusion and belonging.
When individuals or families from refugee backgrounds arrive in their host country, they often don’t know a single person already living in the community.
They’ve left their friends, family, community networks and a sense of belonging behind, and must begin the long and difficult process of rebuilding these from scratch. This journey is made all the more challenging when encountering barriers such as low English proficiency, discrimination and lack of cultural familiarity along the way.
SCARF’s social inclusion program offers opportunities where friendships, community connections and a sense of belonging can be developed. The program is an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to come together to share culture, friendship and language in a safe, inclusive space.
SCARF regularly hosts activities such as excursions, women’s nights, celebration days, social gatherings and a weekly ‘Let’s Chat’ session for people of all ages as a part of the program.
Why Social Inclusion Matters
Every week, SCARF hosts an informal group meet-up where people from refugee and non-refugee background can meet, chat and practice conversational English. Over a cuppa and a snack, many stories have been shared, new words learned and friendships developed and sustained.
Attendance at Let’s Chat is open to all SCARF community members on a drop-in basis. View the calendar for more information.
Supporting Social Inclusion
SCARF relies on support from the wider community to deliver our Social inclusion program. There are many ways you can contribute, including volunteering, holding a fundraiser, or donating to SCARF.