Who We Are

SCARF is an independent, community-focused and volunteer-powered not-for-profit that supports humanitarian refugee entrants to rebuild their lives in Wollongong and the Illawarra. 

Since SCARF’s founding in 2005, more than 2100 people from refugee backgrounds – from 14 different countries of origin (Afghanistan, Burma, Burundi, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Lybia, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Tibet and Togo) – have benefited from one or more of SCARF services. Over 250 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.

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