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Bright Ideas

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Bright Ideas highlights innovative programs, initiatives and projects developed to support refugees and asylum-seekers.

Symbols of Hope

‘Symbols of Hope’ is a pilot program, which aims to empower people who have fallen through the gaps in the system by providing community driven scholarships.

The Social Studio

The Social Studio fosters pathways in fashion and textile design for young people from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds. The program offers a practical and creative way for young people to reengage with...

DriveTime Program

The DriveTime program helps people on humanitarian visas gain confidence behind the wheel. The program provides English driving support and driving practice with volunteer mentors, for learner drivers to help them...

Peer to Peer (P2P) Enterprise Incubator 

The Peer to Peer (P2P) Enterprise Incubator offers support, training and resources to individuals from disadvantaged communities who are facing barriers to employment in the Australian workforce, including individuals...

West Welcome Wagon

West Welcome Wagon supports people seeking asylum in the local community by providing good quality donations of material goods, emergency food relief, neighbour to neighbour social support.

Free to Feed

Free to feed (FTF) is Melbourne’s first pop-up cooking school with all classes run by refugees and people seeking asylum. FTF gives training, mentoring and support to refugees and people seeking asylum with fantastic...

The New Roots Project

The New Roots Project has been developed to support the health and wellbeing of men, aged 18-45, who have recently arrived in Australia on a humanitarian visa, and to help them stay strong as they transition to a new...

Behind the Wire

Behind the Wire – an oral history project documenting the stories of people who have experienced Australian mandatory detention, offering a new perspective through the eyes of lived experience.

Employment Law Project

Employment Law Project – seeks to improve employment outcomes for newly arrived and refugee communities in Melbourne’s western suburbs.