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We are local charity supporting local communities survive and thrive in tough times

Collect and Distribute goods

We collect new non-perishable goods such as clothes, shoes as donations. Technology equipment can be refurbished or used. These donations are collected at our Distribution centres in Docklands, Shepparton and Woodside.

If you are a corporation with excess stock, please send us a message at team@saras.care to discuss further.

Due to COVID we have a strict policy to not receive any used wearables.

Workshops

We work closely with many great Corporations and Professionals who commit their time to share their expertise and experiences with people.

Our workshops cover a range of topics, including:

  1. Mental Health
  2. Yoga during Lockdown
  3. Rules around Domestic Violence
  4. How to network for job
  5. The importance of values you can bring to an organisation

 

International Students

We understand the difficulties sometimes faced by international students in Australia. Living and studying in a foreign country, often without family support or job opportunities, poses a host of potential problems for young people.

Especially through the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many foreign students stranded in Australia with no means to return home, we have been committed to providing assistance and relief.

We offer a range of services to offer social support, career and training opportunities, and material aid. Our passionate volunteers understand the specific needs and cultural sensitivities of international students and work closely with them to ensure their needs are met in a kind and compassionate way. We also help international students to understand their rights in Australia to prevent exploitation and unfair working arrangements.

Women Health and Safety

SarasCare runs a program of Gender Equality Awareness Sessions.

These sessions are designed to educate and address information gaps for newly arrived migrants, international students, and others looking to understand gender equality in Australia.

Our workshops for new arrived women provide them with the information they need to be fully equipped in the Australian context. We provide information and connections to support agencies including housing, employment, domestic violence support, and the relevant official tribunals for these areas. We also assist migrants to access culturally appropriate organisations to get material aid, such as food and clothing.

We run special sessions around the issue of female feticide and female identity in Australia. These sessions empower women by fully informing them about the laws and expectations that protect gender equality in this country. As cultural norms can differ significantly between countries, these sessions are helpful building blocks for new arrivals to understand Australia.  

Our program of workshops for newly arrived men help to educate them about the legal and cultural framework of gender equality that exists in Australia. For many newly arrived men, there is a cultural and legal information gap about the laws that protect women in Australia from harassment and discrimination. By making newly arrived men aware of this different framework we can change future behaviours to bring them into line with Australian expectations.

Many newly arrived migrants find it difficult to balance the stresses of moving to a new country, cultural differences, and their own personal situation. We offer a place to voice concerns and source assistance in a range of areas.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious social issue affecting Australia. Approximately one in four women will experience violence by an intimate partner, with domestic violence contributing to other issues such as homelessness and mental health problems.

Domestic and family violence involves abusive and violent behaviour, including actions that are designed to control, scare or humiliate a partner, former partner or family member. It is not limited to physical violence. Domestic violence also affects children, with 36% of people who experienced family violence in the last year being younger than 18.

It is imperative that we tackle this problem. SarasCare are committed to helping to end the domestic violence that is endemic in our communities. Through our support services, we offer relief for people suffering from the effects of domestic violence.

We are also dedicated to changing mindsets and perceptions around gender and equality to stop domestic violence at its root. A more equal and respectful society will decrease incidents of domestic violence. Our programs are working towards this goal, through workshops and information sessions designed for new arrivals to understand gender equality.

Additionally, we provide newly arrived migrants with a range of links to support agencies such as housing, employment and domestic violence support.

Awareness Campaigns

We believe that an aware and conscious society is most suited to address issues. As a first world developed nation with above average quality of life, this is the time to tackle some global issues that put humanity to shame.

We believe, very strongly, that Australia is a progressive nation that can lead the world and promote Human Rights locally and globally.

Amongst many campaigns, two of our most important campaigns focus on women, and their right to life with dignity.

#HerNameMatters #NoFemaleFeticide

#HerNameMatters

Her Name Matters seeks to abolish the foundation of an unequal and unjust society that pressures women to adopt the surnames of their fathers and husbands.

A name matters. Your name is a part of your identity, your sense of self, and your self-worth. No one should ever be forced or pressured to change their name.

The Her Name Matters campaign seeks to empower and educate women about their choices regarding their surname. Currently, societal pressure and government regulations enforce the practice of women changing their names after marriage. This social norm dates back to a sexist and misogynistic period in our history, where women were considered the property of their fathers and husbands. Changing this practice is a step towards greater equality and respect for women everywhere.

We hope to end the suppression of the female identity and we seek to change the legislation to make this a reality.

To find out more about the Her Name Matters campaign, and to pledge your support, visit our website:

Her Name Matters

#NoFemaleFeticide

Female feticide is the practice of aborting a fetus when it is female. It stems from the outdated and misogynistic view that male children are superior to female children. In some parts of the world today, girls are being denied the right to live based simply on the fact that they are female.

 “According to UN statistics it is estimated there are up to 200 million girls that are missing globally.”

Reggie Littlejohn | President, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

 

“Today, India and China eliminate more girls than the number of girls born in America every year.”

Dr. Sabu George | Public Health Activist

 

Having a child should always be cause for celebration and excitement. But when a culture prioritises having male children over the lives of their potential daughters, it leads to female feticide. Patriarchal societies view sons as more valuable, both economically and socially.  

This practice embodies discrimination against women at the earliest stages. Advances in gender-detecting technology at early stages of pregnancy have caused the number of gender-selective abortions to increase in the past twenty years. If we want this practice to stop, we need to change the way that women are viewed in society. We can only achieve this through education, female empowerment and spreading awareness of these important issues.

Training and Skills

SarasCare offers simulated on-the-job training to students to assist them to get work experience in their chosen field.

 As part of our training opportunities, students are able to work closely with our project teams, community members and clients. These experiences give our interns a chance to develop interpersonal and communication skills in an Australian setting. We follow up these experiences with day-to-day feedback from managers. This gives both Australian-born and international interns a chance to develop skills and confidence that will help them in the job market and other employment.

 Some examples of work undertaken by our successful interns include:

  • Policy work for the state government in the areas of domestic violence
  • Domestic violence outreach programs with a not for profit organisation
  • Working within Local Council’s
  • Work for a NGO as a cyber security specialist
  • IT graduate found work at Apple Australia in product and technical support.

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