Rapid Response Circle

Rapid Response 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). Currently our small, but dedicated team consists of David Hoffman, Alexander Reilly and Trish Dundon as Convenor.

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), Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS) and Settlement Agency AMES. 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  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.