Building stronger communities with the stronger communities grant

staff at JRS meet with Julie Owens MP about the stronger communities grant

“I am pleased this upgrade means they can better communicate with clients, more easily access online resources and be more able to assist people to engage with the Department of Immigration” Ms Owens said.

Federal Member for Parramatta Julie Owens MP met with representatives from Jesuit Refugee Service today to review the much needed investment into their IT and communications systems after they received a Stronger Communities Grant.

“I am delighted the Jesuit Refugee Services has been awarded $14,651 to upgrade the IT and communications systems at their two drop-in centres in Parramatta” Ms Owens said.

“The Jesuit Refugee Service works with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our local Parramatta community who are currently seeking asylum. This grant provides staff with the resources needed to support the settlement of refugees in our community” Ms Owens said.

“I am pleased this upgrade means they can better communicate with clients, more easily access online resources and be more able to assist people to engage with the Department of Immigration” Ms Owens said.

“We work with people who have experienced direct persecution, violence, trauma and loss in their home countries, and who now face a lengthy wait to have their refugee status assessed” Carolina Gottardo, Director, Jesuit Refugee Services said.

“Much of our work requires the use of telephone interpreters, the use of online databases and filing systems, and online Department of Immigration forms. In such an urgent needs and crises filled environment, it’s great to have this much needed investment in our IT and communications systems” Ms Gottardo said.

For more information regarding Stronger Communities Grants or to receive the Julie Owens MP Grants Bulletin, please contact the office on 9689 1455 or email julie.owens.mp@aph.gov.au.

See the full press release here

MEDIA CONTACT: JANE SHELTON 0418 365 845

12 JUNE 2018

JULIE OWENS MP

MEMBER FOR PARRAMATTA

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CITIZENSHIP AND MULTICULTURAL AUSTRALIA

SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS

Authorised by Julie Owens MP, Australian Labor Party, 1/25 Smith Street, Parramatta NSW 2124

 

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