Sydney Alliance: Invitation to people seeking asylum who would like to share their story

Did you come to Australia as an asylum seeker?
Are you interested in sharing your story with local communities so they can understand why people seeking asylum come here and act to make Australia more welcoming?

Since 2014 the Sydney Alliance has worked with organisations all over Sydney, to host more than 40 “table talk” events where people seeking asylum have told their stories. By sharing their stories, people seeking asylum have helped members of the Australian community better understand what is happening to people who seek protection in Australia. They have moved Australian citizens to act as part of campaigns to get concession Opal cards and TAFE access for asylum seekers. They have also practiced their English, gained public speaking skills, and made friends and connections for their lives in Sydney.

Right now the Alliance is looking to make contact with more people who would like to join our team of asylum seeker speakers. No public speaking experience is needed – just conversational English and the willingness to share your story.  (Tamil and Arabic interpretation are also available). The Alliance provides support and works closely with host organisations to make table talks as safe as possible for speakers – there are no media and no photos.

There will be an information session for new speakers on Sunday July 30 at Parramatta. If you’re interested, please contact Chantelle at

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