The Refugee Action Program (RAP) is an innovative, community development program working with emerging refugee communities in the Northern metropolitan region of Melbourne. RAP works to support communities to identify their own needs and to develop community-owned projects in partnership with local councils and service providers. Spectrum MRC and the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Ecumenical Migration Centre work in partnership to deliver the program.
Some of the programs offered by RAP
- Hume Ambassador Leadership Training Training of 23 Community Ambassadors from refugee and migrant communities in Hume
- Whittlesea Social Soccer Program Engage male asylum seekers and refugees through social soccer to reduce social isolation and develop social inclusion
- Working with Asylum Seeker Communities Deliver information sessions about Australian systems
- Working with Bhutanese Community Engaging Bhutanese seniors in activities to foster social connection
- Governance Training Delivering training to Turkmen community on how to manage an incorporated association
- Working with Iranian Community Social connectedness, understanding mainstream services
RAP is funded by the Victorian Government through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.