If you have got to this page, you are obviously passionate about doing something to support children in detention.
We want all members of the community to feel that they can get involved in some way, and we have tried to make taking action as straight forward as possible.
Follow the links below to:
Participate in our Letter Writing program.
Read about our campaign This Matters To Me.
Learn about our programs designed especially for schools, including our Links, Not Chains program.
Find advice about how to Lobby for Change within our community.
See Links To Other Campaigns.
The purpose of this program is to send a message of support and friendship to refugee and asylum seeker children sent to Nauru by the Australian Government. Children living in detention do not have the same opportunities as other children to communicate, socialise and learn. Their circumstances are poor, limited and oppressive. Children feel and reproduce the … Continue reading Send a Letter of Support to Refugee Children
Befriend a Child in Detention has launched the ‘This Matters To Me’ campaign. On 2 July 2016, Australians vote in a federal election. The election campaign period provides an opportunity for you to tell politicians and members of the public that ending the detention of asylum seeker children matters to you. Read our Campaign Statement, … Continue reading This Matters To Me
The project ‘Links, Not Chains’ is designed to allow schools across Australia to show their support for the children held in detention. Its aim is to promote a sense of compassion among children by raising awareness of the circumstances of children in detention. The ‘Links, Not Chains’ project celebrates our links through multiculturalism and the wonderful contribution … Continue reading Links, Not Chains: Project for Schools
Gabrielle Wang, award winning children’s author and illustrator, has created beautiful greeting cards that are available for you to purchase. Proceeds from greeting card sales go to the Befriend a Child in Detention project to fund various programs, including sending books, letters and other resources to children on Nauru. The greeting cards are $24 for … Continue reading Purchase Greeting Cards
For four long years the government has keep asylum seeker and refugee children (now over 160) stranded on Nauru, without hope, robbing them of their childhood. Kept ‘out of sight, and out of mind’, these children need us to speak out on their behalf, to remind the government of their responsibilities, to give them the … Continue reading Purchase Save the Children on Nauru Badges
A closer look at the current situation on Nauru and how we got there – a reflection on the Robert Manne essay “How The Fortress Came To Pass” Last week, the 12-year-old boy who has been kept on Nauru for the past 5 years fell into a coma and was airlifted to a hospital in … Continue reading Will this be our wake up call?
Directly contacting members of parliament is the most direct way to tell politicians that they must end the harsh and debilitating process of mandatory detention. FIND THE CONTACT DETAILS FOR YOUR LOCAL MP OR SENATOR Follow this link to find your local MP and Senator. Download a list of Cross Bench Senators here. SEND A POSTCARD Raise awareness for … Continue reading Lobby for Change: call on the government to end the detention of children
Still want to do more? There are so many amazing organisations and campaigns actively advocating for the rights of Asylum Seekers. Check them out and get involved! Amnesty International Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children Baptcare Buddies: Supporting Asylum Seekers and Refugees Chilout Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children … Continue reading Links to other Campaigns