SSI News Blog

Summer Hill café empowers refugee entrepreneurs

Four Brave Women is open for business!

Developed as a joint initiative between The Trading Circle, a division of the charity Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, and SSI, Four Brave Women is a café and community space where refugees have the opportunity to create a sustainable income for themselves using their culinary skills. It is a creative and inclusive space that celebrates different cultures through food and art.

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From the CEO — Establishing SSI as a thought leader in global migration

CEO Violet Roumeliotis at her desk

At SSI we excel in providing essential services to new arrivals in Australia, but to achieve the best outcomes for our newcomers we must take our role a step further: we want to drive conversations about settlement and migration, and use our knowledge and expertise to lead discussions that will inform policy and help millions of people all over the world.

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Success stories

Refugee turned citizen feels privileged to have a say

Paz Roman smiling to camera.At 17, Paz Roman was nominated as Young Australian of the Year, mostly for her volunteer work. Ironically, she wasn’t an Australian. She came here from Chile as a refugee with her family when she was just a baby, and despite living in Australia since then, she struggled with the idea of becoming a citizen.  

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