Congratulations on your decision to become an active participant in our Refugee Program. In making this decision, you are prompted to turn your awakenings into Actions. Having determined the type of role(s) you wish to play in our refugee crisis, in this step you are encouraged to prepared an Action Plan for yourself. A Plan to which you commit to follow, as far is as humanly possible for yourself. You make a commitment of your time to spend upwards of say one hour per week on those specific areas support you know you are capable of provide; which you also know will make a difference. A difference to the humanity crisis of our refugees and YOURSELF.
In making this type of commitment, there are 5 identifiable realms/role in which you can choose to participate:-
- Independently, undertaking your own Self-Help, as an independent resource (not the ideal for this particular big hard problem)
- As a Community Volunteer, delivering an array of Community services to our Refugees (preferred)
- As a registered Volunteer, working directly with Refugee (Families) supporting them identify and promote their specific Needs for other Volunteers to follow-up on (most probably through yourself work with specific regugees)
- As a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Volunteer, owning and supporting this Website content to promote this cause far more effectively than done here. You are probably a specialist is the field of Refugees (like our own David Addington)
- As an Administrator of Volunteers & Initiatives, managing our Refugee support efforts across Broken Bay (BB) NSW
What was your specific participation role decision?
- Activation for Self-Help. Using the content material supplied by the YSH website, as a registered and authenticated signed-up Refugee Volunteer, you would operate independently with our assigned in-take of Refugees by inter-acting within the Website, blogging and sharing your experiences and suggestions with all the other Volunteers signed up for our Refugee challenge.
- Community Volunteer. Kindness and respect for others in our community are the hallmark of a life lived well; a constant in all scenarios. Having complete the required Self-Help steps for Refugee Volunteers, you should now feeling more confident that you are capable of making the necessary changes in your life to be successful at what you have to offer. This is the ideal point to start from and eventually return to – a state of community inter-independence. Working as part of an integrated Community effort or with an recognised charitable organisation (like the Salvation Army, Helpline, St. Vincent De Pauls, Catholic Care etc) and being able and keen to consider the ideas of others like-minded Volunteers, finding the most effective way to live a good life through increased engagement within your community supporting our Refugees. It could be through relationships within your community, working on community initiatives or even on-line. The foremost important thing to realise is that YOU need to take the initiative in considering the various options available to you by drawing up your own Action Plan designed to maximise the extent of your self-help, working with the Refugees themselves and bring to bear your skills on now issues being faced by the Refugees you support.
- Refugee Needs Volunteer. Register and Sign-up to work closely consistently and regularly with the same Refugees
- Refugee SME. Simply blog me with your resume of specialisation in Refugee Care. As you have already discovered, I’m no expert in Refugee care. I would welcome your participation as an SME to either enrich and better authenticate this content or better still to take upon total ownership of this field of the proposed new Social Care Model i”m proposing to introduce.
- Refugee Administrator. After having some basic Refugee Volnteer experience, simply blog me your resume or experience in Program/Project Management. As you have already discovered, I’m no expert in Refugee Care, but I do have some experience in Program/Project Management. One of the best ways to grow this predominately on-line capability would be to start as a Refugee Volunteer. “Walking the Talk” and listening to Refugee stories are some of the best forms of management experience for Managing Others. After some experience, you will be far better placed to take upon the role of either a Project Manager of specific initiatives (Manly Refugees) in your suburb with defined participation numbers) operating within your own demographic or larger Programs potentially involving many suburbs across a far broader spectrum (New Care Model solution made possible by modern digital disruptor technologies)..
The reality is that each and every scenario is unique, because all parties (be they Volunteer, Refugee Needs submitter or specialist) are unique in themselves because of each unique situation. All that is done here is to present a few typical scenarios to illustrate the versatility of the solution platform and the approach it infers. Once the Federal Government makes known more detail on how, when where and why they are going to process and integrate our Refugee in-take in NSW (under our Premier Mike Biard), we will be better placed to be more pragmatic in how to run this program. Once this is known the “awareness” step will be updated accordingly and the approach reshaped.
Again it’s not where you live necessarily that’s important but how you live within your community. Its also the decision in life that we make that shapes our life which makes all the difference. The process of making a decision is far more important than the decision itself. It’s the journey not the arrival that’s important. Besides, no-one knows the extent of your own capabilities and potential for goodness better than YOURSELF.
The answers to most of your now issues and challenges are to be found within the communities we rely upon so heavily. The deepest quandary is that we are both an individual (with an independent sense of personal identity) as well as a member of social groups (with a strong sense of social identity). Finding this balance across our own independence and interdependence is key. These two sides of our nature often seem to be in conflict. The clues to obtaining a better balance can be found in the answer you provide to two simple questions in our awareness session:-
- Who am I? Diarise, as these may well change over time.
- Who are we? Diarise, as these will change over time.
Finding how to seek security in being better woven into the social fabric around you is at the core of the second question. The (Who are we) answer diarised becomes central to the solution(s) to your own aged care and disability challenges. Assuming we are looking after ourselves as best we can (Who am I) given our circumstances, the next logical step is to establish greater interdependence with our local neighbourhood; where we are most likely to share common space, facilities and infrastructure in supporting any gaps in our current life. Local neighbourhoods are where we bump into other people and where we find our destiny as social beings. It’s the natural extension to our independent self. Each identity (independence & interdependence) is better served when they serve each other; growing in independence and in interdependence – a fuller life, a good life.
Places like libraries, clubs, churches, schools, hairdresser, sporting events, cafes, bookshops, any place where other people tend to congregate and hang out. Start by diarising what you know to be your strengths, special interest and the known gaps in your now life (SWOT – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats). Begin by focusing upon the opportunities – opportunities for becoming connected with other people in possibly similar situations to yourself. Those who are engaged in various forms of social relationship groups are best. Some things we already know what would probably fill some gaps (like joining a reading club, or men’s shed, interest tours, etc.). In this case your interest group is the Refugee Program accessed via a social network utility (YSH). Other things we already know we don’t like, like events involving noisy children or dance classes. The important and most likely best gap fillers are those you have never been exposed to before (genealogy, charitable works, archaeology, theology, etc.). It is critical to be open to all possibilities, for herein lies the most likely “nuggets” of your self-help problem solutions.
“Click” on the “SignUp to Help Others” in the above dashboard tab and select the “Refugee” Initiative.
“Click” to download a PDF of the latest Action Plan for this initiative (what follows is only a sample from another initiative:
YSH Action Plan for SVDP Food Van Initiative 7 Aug 15
Again, congratulations on deciding to become a Refugee Volunteer. Completing such an Action Plan is how we make our commitment real by following it and applying to the the way we live our transformed life – a good life, a life worth living!
This is where you will note in your Action Plan that one of your first tasks is to seek approval to sign-up as a Refuge Volunteer. After obtaining approval to operate as an authenticated Refugee Volunteer, you will next need to indicate your particular area(s) of interest, by articulating the role(s) they would like to play & makes suggestions on any related Community Initiatives you would like to do (potentially requiring some Administration, etc.).
As a member of a unique collection of individuals and/or community initiatives, you remain intensely interested in the outcomes and outworkings of this journey. In the concluding “Accountability” step, every attempt is made to keep you informed on our progress of this undertaking which you are volunteering for.
Click the Refugee “Accountability” button below to monitor how your chosen Initiative is progressing.
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