COVID-19 is having a huge impact on the RISE refugee community who are increasingly isolated and vulnerable. They have suffered successive welfare cuts, are e...
RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-Detainees
RISE Covid-19 “Door to Door” Emergency Relief Drive
FIELD OF INTEREST
- Tackling Inequality - Individual / family support and welfare
- Tackling Inequality - Health and wellbeing
- Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and people from CALD backgrounds
- People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability
COVID-19 is having a huge impact on the RISE refugee community who are increasingly isolated and vulnerable. They have suffered successive welfare cuts, are excluded from schemes such as JobKeeper and JobSeeker, and denied opportunities to study or work. Significant job losses across sectors such as hospitality, manufacturing and services have had an instant impact on members employment. Those with pre-existing conditions and are at risk in their frontline roles have lost income.
During these restrictions, the RISE Covid-19 “Door to Door” Emergency Relief Drive will regularly deliver packs of essential items including food, cleaning products and toiletries to members on an as needs basis. Since April the COVID-19 “Door to Door” Emergency Relief Drive has delivered essential items to over 140 RISE members comprising 45 low-income households. Recipients include babies as young as 3 months old and older residents in their eighties. As the RISE office, drop-in centre and social hub has limited opening hours, members are unable to access foodbank. RISE will continue to pivot its services to an online and remote delivery model to ensure continuity of support.
The grant will be used to continue support to 45 low-income households, by sourcing essential items from supermarkets and suppliers, preparing the packs and delivering them on a needs basis. Members include families with babies and young children who require nappies, sanitary items, wipes, breast pads, baby formula and toilet paper, as well as toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and food. RISE estimates that the grant would fund weekly packs which would be delivered to these families who are classed as having a severe need over the next three month period.
The project will buffer members from severe COVID-19 impacts and enhance stability while they lack other forms of income. Until COVID-19 risks are managed in a sustainable way, restrictions will remain in place in some form, RISE anticipates the "Door to Door" Emergency Relief Drive to continue until the end of 2021. The feedback from recipients is that without the delivery of these packs, they would be unable to afford basic items on a day to day basis. With the introduction of mandatory mask wearing, the deliveries have also included
disposable and reusable masks.
RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-Detainees
RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees is a grassroots organisation established in 2010.
RISE had its humble beginnings in the library of RMIT and was established to advocate for the abolition of Australia's mandatory detention policies and provide settlement and support services. It is the first and only refugee and asylum seeker welfare and advocacy organisation in Australia entirely governed by refugees, asylum seekers, and ex-detainees. As such, we view those who seek assistance from RISE as 'members', not 'clients'.
TOTAL BUDGET: $25,000
|GiveNow funding drive for COVID-19 relief||$10,000|
|Funding gap (unconfirmed)||$15,000|
|Food and groceries||$11,000|
|Sanitary items, cleaning products, toiletries||$13,000|
|Delivery - vehicle operating costs, petrol, parking, tolls||$1,000|
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