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Organisation : Friends of Refugees

Location : Melbourne (Springvale )

Time required : 2.5 hours a week

Duration of project : ongoing

Sector : Community Development, Community Support Services, Women

About the role

Under direction and support from the Sewing group co-ordinator and the CEO, engage with newly arrived refugee and migrant women to provide sewing and English conversation. 

Work within the philosophy and guidelines of Friends of Refugees Inc. to ensure that program policies and procedures are implemented and adhered to.


  • Familiarity in working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to a variety of cultures and participants with special needs
  • Ability to sew simple clothing: cutting out of patterns/following patterns/ explaining how clothing is constructed 
  • To plan for simple sewing projects for beginners and/or more advanced sewers
  • Able to operate sewing machine and overlocker; threading, tension, different stitches
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with good listening skills and responding to participants needs within organisational guidelines.

Please note: a valid working with children check is required for this role.

About the organisation

Organisation name : Friends of Refugees

Friends of Refugees is an independent not-for-profit organisation which has responded to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and helps to create a positive future for people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia.

Founded in early 2013, Friends of Refugees Inc. (FOR) has developed as a practical response to address the complexities and changing needs of people seeking asylum and refugees in Victoria by filling the service gaps that other funded organisations do not meet. Friends of Refugees has become a central source of first-line relief for people seeking asylum in Melbourne’s south-east. The ranges of services we provide include material aid, food aid, education support, job training and resettlement programs. Our office in Dandenong operates as a drop-in centre which provides a welcoming and safe environment for people in desperate need.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this volunteering opportunity.

Please quote in application: Sewing group volunteer via Pro Bono Australia.


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