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Students help refugees stay in touch


Senior students from Rostrevor College have spent a week at the Welcoming Centre at Bowden helping refugees and new migrant arrivals to get connected to technology.

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As part of the college’s Service Learning Program, which encourages young people to build life skills while supporting others in the community, students assisted by setting up donated phones with SIM cards and getting them ready for use.

Welcoming Centre director Kate Leaney said the centre has an arrangement with Optus to provide free phone plans for clients, who are very grateful to be able to stay in contact with family in their home country.

“Communication technology is also vital for any person who is trying to navigate a new country,” she said.

Run by volunteers and relying on donations from the community, the Welcoming Centre is open to refugee families and recently-arrived migrants. It offers access to a food pantry, assistance with finding work and learning English.


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