URGENT NEED – COVID19 IMPACTS – LIVING SUPPORT FUND for ASYLUM SEEKER STUDENTS
The Youth Plus Foundation works alongside of the HOPE Co-Op in Victoria, who support it’s members who are tertiary students of asylum-seeker background. Most have been in Australia for six or seven years and are denied the opportunity of permanent protection.
Government policy excludes these people from any Centrelink support at all, and most of them have been casual workers. As such, they are among the most vulnerable people in the country right now, being completely excluded from the safety nets being provided by government in response to the COVID19 crisis.
The Youth Plus Foundation and HOPE Co-Op already collaborate to operate a Living Support Fund, which helps support 10 asylum-seeker university students in Melbourne. We are really needing help from others in the community to raise the funds that will let us expand the number of people we can support given the current situation.
We are seeking donors who are able to support a one-off donation or commit to a small regular amount to see these students through this increasingly difficult time, it would be deeply appreciated.
BY DIRECT DEPOSIT – BSB 064-786 ACCOUNT 5230 3100 REF – LSF
Donations are fully tax deductible, email if you’d like receipts sent to you – firstname.lastname@example.org.
All funds donated will go directly to people seeking asylum who have no access to Centrelink.
For more information about Hope CoOp – see website https://www.hopecoop.org.au/ or contact email@example.com
For most young people who have sought protection in Australia, the current federal government policies have cemented overwhelming barriers to education and integration. The Living Support Fund, along with the fee-contribution of Universities across the country, is helping to change the face of their future lives in Australia.
NB If you are interested in running an event to promote the LSF in your community or workplace, we would be very happy to support you however we can. Depending on your location, this may include a presentation at an event. Feel free to get in touch.* The list of current refugee/asylum-seeker scholarships can be found at https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/ourwork/scholarships-people-seeking-asylum-refugees/