News

Call for donation of laptops for 2018

Our rehoming project for unwanted laptops (very popular particularly because of wireless internet capability) and small PCs continues to be in huge demand, particularly with schools and colleges starting again soon.  If you have a laptop or small PC looking for a new home we can make good use of these items. Our very skilled… Read more

Great training opportunities to start the year

Understanding refugee experience This session provides an overview of the refugee experience, the impact of trauma and the process of migrating to Australia.  The workshop also offers useful tools for anyone assisting or supporting people from a refugee background. Date: Wednesday January 24 Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm Venue: Companion House, 41 Templeton St, Cook Community… Read more

Refugee Nurses of Australia launched

Companion House nurse, Lisa Clements participated in the launch of the Refugee Nurses of Australia in Melbourne on the 24 October 2016. More about the launch of this group is available at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation

2015 – 2016 Annual Report

Companion House Annual Report 2015-16 launched by Kim Ryan, Chairperson and Kathy Ragless Director at our Annual General Meeting held on 12 October 2016.  The report is now available Annual Report 2016 You can also review previous reports through Publications and Resources. 

Paris Aristotle on refugee transfers to PNG & Nauru

For the latest statement from by Paris Aristotle AM, CEO, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture regarding people transferred by Australia to Papua New Guinea & Nauru please go to Foundation House website.

Still seeking $ for Student Fees

We have had great support so far towards student fees for Semester 2 2016 for five students who we are supporting in their goal to achieve university education here in Canberra, through the University of Canberra.  These students all did well in with great results from their Semester 1 studies. These five young students are… Read more

Organic Gardening proving great value for Companion House

Neville Jackson, a Companion House volunteer and Convenor of COGS Kambah Community Garden features in a story about his work with refugees through gardening.  See story from Canberra Times.  The Kambah Community Garden is holding an Open Day on 8 October and will be donating all proceeds from the Open Day fundraising components to Companion… Read more

FASSTT conference – Call for abstract submissions

STARTTS is organising the 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference in Sydney, Australia, 29-31 March 2017 on behalf of FASSTT.  For more information about the conference go to http://www.startts.org.au/training/refugee-trauma-conference-march-2017/. Abstracts submissions for papers and oral presentations are now open until Monday September 12 2016.  For details about submitting an abstract… Read more

UC Student Fees – Fundraising appeal

Student fees for Semester 2 2016 are due soon for five students who we are supporting in their goal to achieve university education here in Canberra, through the University of Canberra. These five young students are asylum seekers who are on University of Canberra scholarships that discount their International Student fees but these are subject… Read more

Statement re settlement of refugees

Here is an important Statement regarding the settlement of refugees in Australia made by Paris Aristotle AM, CEO, Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. Please go to Foundation House website to read this statement.