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The BRASS Network

Connecting communities who welcome and support refugees and people seeking asylum.

The Brisbane Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support Network (BRASS) is a platform which links people, services and organisations within the human rights space. As a network, we aim to bring together a wide group of people from the community from professionals working in the sector, to advocacy groups, church and community groups, and individuals who are interested in supporting people who are seeking asylum.  We aspire to make our own neighbourhoods more welcoming, inclusive and better connected communities.

As a network, BRASS facilitates open dialogue between groups and organisations, to  coordinate activities, discuss changes in the policy and political landscape, and connect with likeminded individuals. Although BRASS does not provide a direct service refugees or people seeking asylum  ourselves, we link and promote organisations who do, so as to better leverage the existing resources and services within the Brisbane community.  

We work closely with an array of large public organisations including Oxfam, Amnesty International, and St Vincent de Paul’s, through to private organisations and community run groups including  the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), the Romero Asylum Seeker Centre, and Love Makes a Way, to name a few.   Together we advocate for a more compassionate, outward looking Australia.

BRASS is an open and welcoming community and we encourage all groups and individuals to become involved.

Our Aims

We are committed to:

  • Fostering better communication and collaboration between refugee support agencies and between these agencies and various groups within the community
  • Identifying and meeting the needs of asylum seekers and refugees where there are service gaps and limited resources
  • Engaging greater voluntary involvement by community members in supporting asylum seekers and refugees
  • Advocating better support for refugees and asylum seekers and just, fair and humane government policies
  • Educating the wider community about refugees and asylum seekers, their personal stories of persecution and flight and the impact of government policies on them when they seek Australia’s protection.

Join our Meetings

The BRASS Network generally meets on the last Friday of each month from February to November from 10 AM to 12 noon at Justice Place, 5 Abingdon Street, Woolloongabba. If you are interested in coming to a BRASS Network meeting, please contact us to check the date of the next meeting.

 

 

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