Vision and Values
Since 2001 the ASRC has grown to be Australia’s largest asylum seeker organisation. With 32 paid staff and nearly 750 volunteers delivering services to over 1,200 asylum seekers at any one time through programs such as material aid, health, legal, counselling, casework and foodbank. In its first 9 years the ASRC has assisted over 7000 people seeking asylum, provided more than 1 million hours of free help and turned no one in need away. All of this has been achieved with almost no government funding and more than 95% of our funding coming solely from the community and philanthropy. The ASRC does it all – from direct aid, welfare and medical care, to strengthening families and communities through community development, to campaigning for social change.
The ASRC is a place where people are made to feel welcome, safe and supported. Despite the rapid and enormous growth since the centre opened – in the number of people the ASRC helps, the services the ASRC offers and the people who volunteer at the ASRC – the ASRC has not lost the ethos and spirit upon which it was founded. The ASRC still has the same multi-coloured walls that it had back in 2001 that make people feel at home. The mish mash of earthy recycled furniture is still at the ASRC too, where people can rest their weary bodies and spirits. Beautiful, exotic smells emanate from the ASRC community lunches every weekday and one is surrounded by the sounds of the rich mosaic of languages from across the globe.
The ASRC has always been about people and nothing else. The only reason the ASRC opened and continues to exist is to make sure asylum seekers get a fair go. At the ASRC we don’t believe in people being too hard or complex to work with. In fact the more vulnerable or marginalised a person is the more important it is that we support them. At the ASRC we believe in the potential of people. At the ASRC we believe in the extraordinary resilience and courage of asylum seekers. At the ASRC we believe in hope.
That all those seeking asylum in Australia have their human rights upheld and that those seeking asylum in our community receive the support and opportunities they need to live independently.
At the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) we: