Who We Are

SCARF is an independent, community focused and volunteer-powered non-profit that supports humanitarian refugee entrants to rebuild their lives in Wollongong and the Illawarra. 

Over the past 13 years since SCARF’s founding, more than 1700 people from refugee backgrounds – from 14 different countries of origin (Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Togo) – have benefited from one or more of SCARF services. Approximately 300 volunteers are actively engaged in SCARF services at any one time.

Our Vision: 
Is to see refugee entrants happily settled and participating fully in the life of the wider community.

Our Purpose: 
Is to provide refugee support by creating connections and generating opportunities that build a sense of belonging; promote social and economic inclusion; and empower individuals and families to lead independent lives.

The core values of SCARF

Learn more about SCARF’s seven core programs.

Hear about how you can support SCARF’s work.

Read stories of resilience and friendship from our community.

New community members in 2017

Countries of origin refugees wollongong
total community members at SCARF