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.
Photo: Vigil for victims of the Sri Lanka bombings at Strathfield Uniting Church, Wednesday 24 April. Photo Jasmina Bajraktarevic-Hayward
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: STARTTS is deeply saddened at the news of the terrible loss of life and injuries sustained as a result of co-ordinated bombings on Catholic Churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
Sri Lanka experienced a decades-long civil war and these most recent events are more awful acts directed at people that have already suffered through much trauma.
STARTTS condemns the attacks on people while they peacefully observed their religion and we offer our support to the Sri Lankan community in NSW at this very difficult time. Counselling services are available to members of the Sri Lankan community that have been particularly affected by these events and can be accessed via a referral to STARTTS.
How Do I Refer Myself or Someone Else to STARTTS?
Anyone can make a referral to STARTTS, including service providers, medical professionals, a family member or friend of the person or the person themselves.
To make a referral to STARTTS:
Call (02) 9646 6800 – Ask for the Intake Officer
For 30 years, STARTTS has provided clinical and community development services to over 60,000 individuals who were forced to leave their country due to persecution in the context of political conflict, organised violence and human rights violations. We help them build a new life in Australia by providing culturally appropriate and cutting edge treatment to heal their psychological, emotional and social scars.