Rapid Response for Refugees (Circle 110) was set up in February 2011 by a meeting of the combined Circles of Friends to meet the need for a group that could provide prompt responses to appeals (within 48 hours) Essentially, this is a Circle “of last resort” to help with living expenses and settlement needs. Most referrals come from experienced Agencies which have exhausted all other options including Red Cross, Australian Refugee Association (ARA) and STTARS. Our goal is always to help when a person:
- has no money
- is homeless or at risk of eviction
- needs urgent medical treatment or rehabilitation
- is a child.
Our preference is to err on the side of providing urgent help and risking a mistake, rather than leave a refugee or asylum-seeker with a desperate situation unresolved.
If the Rapid Response for Refugees Circle can’t help, or can only provide part of what is needed, the appeal is sent to a special focus Circle or to all Circles and we co-ordinate the response.
This Circle currently has three members – Denise Callaghan, Leeanne Head and Tricia (Trish) Dundon.