The plight of asylum seekers has been an important topic in the media in recent times and can leave those who’ve read about and feel for the people in the stories wondering what can be done at a personal level to help.
In Newcastle, the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic Churches have combined to set out to address exactly that with a social justice training day to offer practical steps individuals can take to get involved and make a difference.
Event organisers say the workshop will take a “roll up your sleeves and get involved approach” looking at things individuals can do and organisations that can be connected with.
“We’re often told that we ought to respond to injustice through prayer, staying informed and writing to our local government members. While all of these are true, our training day will focus on other very practical things we can also do,” event organisers said.
The event will focus on the issues of Indigenous matters, refugees and asylum seekers, and the environment. Each topic will have an introduction, followed by ‘Café Conversations’ in smaller groups to discuss the practical steps individuals can take to help.
The training event is open to anyone – whether you’re new to social justice work or greatly experienced.
Date: Saturday 26 September 2015
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Venue: Jesmond Park Uniting Church (15 Robert St, Jesmond)
No RSVP required. This is a free event.
For more information visit the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle website.