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Melbourne: Workshops

24 May 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Uniting Church and CAPSA (Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum) are offering local church and community groups an opportunity to come together and build skills for action around refugee issues in Australia.

These training sessions have been designed to support the launch of an action toolkit by CAPSA. You will be offered a hardcopy of this toolkit at any of the sessions.

So what’s on offer?

Training #1 – Community Conversations

Community conversations are a great way for people to learn about the issues affecting people seeking asylum, and to join the discussion about how we can be treating people with dignity and respect. We believe that when a community is made aware of an issue and works together in defence of what is fair and right, anything is possible.

We’ll present a model for having conversations in your local community and give you the tools and structures to organise your own.


Training #2 – Meeting your local MP

MPs are our elected representatives in parliament and have a responsibility to listen to the issues that are of concern to their constituents. In this session we will work through some of the key things to think about when arranging, preparing for and following up your meeting with an MP.

We’ll build your skills to have effective meetings with MPs that are outcome-focused and help us achieve important change for refugees and people seeking asylum.

For our Wednesday 31st May training we will be joined by former ALP candidate for Melbourne – Cath Bowtell – who has years of experience working with government departments, unions and elected officials and is currently CEO of Industry Fund Services.

For both MP sessions, we will be joined by Catherine Neville, who has held senior policy and advocacy roles in government and the community services sector and worked as an advisor and Chief of Staff for the Bracks, Brumby and Andrews Labor Governments in Victoria.

How do I get involved?

Register your attendance for one or two of the four session we have on offer:

  • Wednesday 24th May – 6.00pm-7.30pm – Community Conversation Training #1
  • Wednesday 31st May – 6.00pm-7.30pm – MP Meeting Training #1 (with Cath Bowtell)
  • Sunday 4th June – 2.00pm-3.30pm – Community Conversation Training #2
  • Sunday 4th June – 4.00pm-5.30pm – MP Meeting Training #2

All workshops will take place at the Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert St, East Melbourne.

To register your attendance, please reply by email giving your phone contact details and details of the sessions that you would like to attend!  If you would like further information,  Jill Ruzbacky – 


24 May 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Uniting Church and CAPSA (Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum)


Cathedral Room, Cardinal Knox Centre
383 Albert St
East Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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