JRS awarded the stronger communities grant for employment support project

JRS receives stronger communities grant from Parramatta council for a refugee employment project

“With the funding for this project, we aim to train a core group of volunteers who will be able to assist people seeking asylum to look for work and training opportunities, while also assisting others with more significant barriers to employment to become more work ready.” 

JRS has been awarded $49,873.00 by the City of Parramatta as part of their Stronger Community Fund Grants program. The funding will support the “Connect to Work” employment support program for people seeking asylum.

“With the funding for this project, we aim to train a core group of volunteers who will be able to assist people seeking asylum to look for work and training opportunities, while also assisting others with more significant barriers to employment to become more work ready. We also plan to connect with local employers to find pathways to employment in the Parramatta area,” said Maeve Brown, Manager of the Arrupe Project.

In a ceremony at the Mantra in Parramatta, more than $1 million in grants were awarded to 34 not-for-profit community groups, including JRS. The grant was set up to provide funding for grass roots projects that benefit the local community.

“The Stronger Communities Fund will provide an opportunity for community groups to undertake projects to build a more vibrant, sustainable and inclusive City. The selected projects will benefit the community across a broad range of social, economic, environmental and cultural areas,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

“JRS largely relies on the generous support of the community, whether that be through individual donors or support from parishes or schools,” Maeve said. “Initiatives like the Stronger Communities Fund mean we are able to implement new projects while continuing to deliver on the ground assistance to people seeking asylum in Australia.”

JRS provides casework, English classes, a food bank program, emergency relief and most importantly a welcoming community to those who have been forced to flee their homes and their countries.

You can find out more about the City of Parramatta’s Stronger Community Fund Grants program and the other recipients of the grant here.

If you want to assist JRS in funding projects like our employment support project, you can make a tax deductible donation today.

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