Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania


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Welcome to the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas). Our mission is to work alongside people from refugee and migrant backgrounds so individuals and communities throughout lutruwita/Tasmania thrive.

As a volunteer at the MRC Tas, you will play a part in fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for members of our community, providing important services, resources and a sense of belonging. Through your commitment to volunteering, you become an integral part of our mission, contributing to a vibrant and diverse lutruwita/Tasmania where everyone is included and everyone belongs.

Whether you bring specific skills, language proficiency, or simply a warm heart and open mind, your time and effort will make a meaningful impact on the MRC Tas community. Whatever your motivation, volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet new people, learn about other cultures, build confidence, learn new skills and gain experience.

All MRC Tas volunteers must have a current National Police Check and Working with Vulnerable People registration before commencing in a role.  We can assist you to apply for these checks if you do not already have them.

If you would like to submit an Expression of Interest to volunteer with Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, please click on Fill in an Application at the top right of this screen. You will need to create a user account for MyImpact Page. We recommend using your email address as your username. Keep you login details safe - you will need these again.

Our commitment to the safety of Children and Young People

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania is committed to the safety, wellbeing, participation and empowerment of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. This is reflected in our robust policies and procedures. Children and young people’s rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or who are impacted by our work. All staff, volunteers, contractors and clients are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the Tasmanian Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework.

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Volunteering with MRC Tas programs

Aged and Community Services (South)

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MRC Tas Aged and Community Services connect older people, and people with a disability and their carers, with social activities and support to live at home, be part of the community and to access services. MRC Tas also provides cultural education to aged care service providers and to other community organisations. Services have a focus on cultural needs, wellness and independence.

Volunteers with Aged and Community Services can:

  • provide individual social support to clients at home and in the community
  • support group social activities

Humanitarian Settlement Program (North and South)

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MRC Tas delivers the Humanitarian Settlement Program (HSP) in Tasmania. The HSP supports humanitarian entrants and other eligible visa holders to integrate into Australian life. It does this by helping new arrivals build the skills and knowledge they need to become self-reliant and active members of the community.

The program has a strong focus on:

  • English
  • Employment
  • Education and training

Volunteers can support the HSP by:

  • Assist with arrival preparation and on-arrival support
  • Assisting clients to attend appointments
  • Assisting with looking for long-term rentals and understanding their obligations as tenants

Phoenix Centre (North and South)

The Phoenix Centre provides individual and group therapeutic mental health and wellbeing support to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 

The Centre focuses on mental health promotion, prevention, early intervention and capacity building activities. It provides specialist support to survivors of torture and other traumatic experiences and their communities. Services include counselling, group psychoeducation work, social connection programs and community development activities. 

Volunteers can support the Phoenix Centre by:

  • assisting with group activities and events

Settlement Services (South)

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MRC Tas Settlement Services equip clients with the skills and confidence needed to address their settlement needs and thrive in daily life. Services focus on social participation, economic wellbeing, independence, personal wellbeing and community connectedness. Services include information and referral, individual case support, community development, English and skill groups, citizenship support, employment assistance, and driving support.

Services focus on:

  • social participation
  • economic wellbeing
  • independence
  • personal wellbeing
  • community connectedness

Volunteers can support Settlement Services by:

  • assisting with group programs
  • assisting the employment programs
  • being a driver mentor
  • assisting with events
  • Administration support

Multicultural Youth (MYT) (North and South)

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The Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) program provides targeted services and projects to support young people aged up to 25 years from multicultural backgrounds to reach their potential and thrive as members of the Tasmanian community.

MYT also provides training, support and resources to ensure that the needs of multicultural youth are being met within mainstream services.

Volunteers can support MYT by:

  • assisting with events and group activities
  • assisting at youth drop-in (study, employment, fun) on a Wednesday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:00

Driver Mentor Program (South)

Three people standing with a certificate with the quote " when someone passes their driving test they're just so happy they pass and you know it's gonna make a huge difference to their life when they are able to drive. It particularly helps with work, or going to the doctor, picking up kids from school, or driving late at night and not having to pay for an uber or something. And that gives you a real feeling of happiness and satisfaction."

In Australia getting a driving licence takes time, money and a lot of effort. The Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) Driving Program supports learners (and pre-learners) at each step so they can get a licence safely and legally.

The MRC Tas Driving Program is for people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in their first five years of settlement in Australia.

Volunteers support learners with on the road driving practice in dedicated learner vehicles.

The Driver Mentor program is available in the Glenorchy office only.

Driver Mentor Program

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Humanitarian Settlement Program

Humanitarian Settlement Program volunteers provide hands-on, practical assistance to newly arrived refugee families in their first six months of settlement. This is so the families can become familiar with essential services and learn about daily life in Australia.

Settlement Volunteering is a meaningful role, empowering refugee families to build confidence and engage in the community independently.

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Mission Statement

Our commitment to the safety of Children and Young People

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania is committed to the safety, wellbeing, participation and empowerment of children and young people. We seek to prevent harm of any kind impacting children and young people and have zero tolerance for racism, child abuse and inequality. This is reflected in our robust policies and procedures. Children and young people’s rights, relationships, identity, and culture must be recognised and respected, their voices heard, and their concerns acted upon. We aim to foster a culturally safe, child safe and child friendly environment for all children and young people we have contact with, deliver services to, or who are impacted by our work. All staff, volunteers, contractors and clients are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is consistent with the Tasmanian Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework.