Many of you may have heard, or seen reports in the media, about the incident that took place at STARTTS last week, where two of our staff members were attacked outside our Carramar office. Everyone here was obviously very shocked and upset about the incident, and concerned for the welfare of their colleagues. The good news is that both women are now doing very well, and are set to make a full recovery.
In response to the rapidly growing number of refugees settling in Greater Western Sydney, STARTTS opened a new office in Blacktown to help us reach refugees in this area.
Officially opened by the Mayor of Blacktown, Cr Alan Pendleton, and attended by many local service providers, the Launch was a reminder of the great need for expanded refugee services in this part of Sydney.
The new office brings together in one place the range of torture and trauma treatment services that STARTTS provides, which otherwise would have been dispersed across the Blacktown LGA.
A dedicated nine-member team based in Blacktown means that refugees in Greater Western Sydney will now be able to access the full range of services that STARTTS offers, including counselling, community development and work with refugee young people.