Refugees and asylum seekers can soon expect to benefit from a smart phone app that helps to create goals and achievement pathways, thanks to the joint efforts of developers, refugees and the start-up community at the first TechFugees Australia Hackathon.…
The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT) expresses its profound concern that the Australian Border Force Act 2015 has created a serious criminal offence for people providing services to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to publicly disclose information about damaging effects of government policy on individuals in detention and other asylum seekers.
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.
Young children who have experienced trauma will now be able to benefit from one of STARTTS’ most successful projects combatting trauma in early childhood. Thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Bank at Fairfield, STARTTS is revamping the popular ‘Monkey Tales’ program which has proved very successful in helping children in their recovery from trauma.
Urban SmARTS brought together many of STARTTS’ ongoing youth arts projects in a vibrant celebration and showcase of STARTTS’ arts programs with young people. On the 8th of August Powerhouse Youth Theatre (PYT) in Fairfield played host to an exciting array of youth-led projects using artistic activities to build connections between refugee young people and to overcome trauma.