Where can I find the recipes from the Refugee Ambassadors?

Recipes can be found under Ambassador Stories here.

How many people do I have to invite?

 The benefit of the ‘Share a Meal, Share a Story’ event is that is can be as small or large as you would like it to be, from a few close friends to the whole office!

What happens at a Share a Meal, Share a Story event?

 During the event you will have the opportunity to sit with your guests and share facts regarding refugees in Australia and globally (which may be found in the event pack we will send you), watch a video or read a story about our refugee ambassadors and raise awareness regarding the current situations for refugees.

How do I know what to say to my guests?

We will provide you with materials in the event pack such as, facts on refugees and our refugee ambassador stories and links to their favourite recipes.

What resources do you provide to hosts?

You will receive a host pack including instructions for hosting an event, stories from our Refugee Week Ambassadors, talking points about refugees in Australia and globally, and a fundraising envelope for you to raise funds from your guests for RCOA, if you choose to. Resources are both available in print and digitally on the website here.

What if I don’t want to cook?

No problem! If you don’t want to cook, we encourage you to support social enterprise catering throughout the country. Here are some caterers we have worked with in the past and recommend:


  • Parliament on King – Social enterprise catering provided by asylum seekers and refugees, in partnership with local Australians. Sydney Based (Newtown).
  • House of Welcome – Social enterprise catering aimed at creating connections through cultural and fusion-inspired cuisine made by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Sydney Based (Granville)


  • ASRC Catering – A social enterprise established by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre to employ people seeking asylum who have the right and capacity to work. All surplus funds generated from the catering business go towards supporting people seeking protection who do not have the right to work and are unable to access Federal Government services.  Melbourne Based.


  • CARAD’s Fare Go Food Truck –  A social enterprise catering service for refugee and asylum-seekers aiming to offer skills development and employment to the refugee community. Watch a video about the food truck here. Perth Based.

How can I have a refugee speaker or ambassador attend my event?   

You may request a paid speaker through our face-to-face program. We especially encourage organisations to invite a speaker to their event, as this is beneficial in large groups. Another option is to invite someone from your organisation that has a lived experience to speak or share their experience.

To request a speaker from our face-to-face program please contact Deena Yako: deena.yako@refugeecouncil.org.au

Do I have to fundraise? 

 No, you do not have to fundraise. The primary goal of these ‘Share a meal, Share a story’ events is to raise awareness about the contribution refugees make in our community and also their plight to seek safety. That said, of course we’d appreciate if you included a fundraising aspect, asking your guests to contribute to RCOA. The Refugee Council does not receive any government funding so we rely completely on the generosity of passionate individuals like you.

How much time will it take me to organise?

Depending on the size of your event, it may take a few hours to a few days to plan. Although, there are options you could take to simplify the planning and preparation process, for example by ordering food from a social enterprise catering company, or skipping the food altogether and sharing some tea and/or coffee while discussing the videos, ambassador stories and refugee facts provided!

How should I share my event on social media?

We encourage you to share photos from your event on social media and please tag the Refugee Council when you do so we can share your event photos!

Instagram @refugee_council

Facebook and Twitter @OzRefugeeCounc

You can also use the following hashtags: #refugeeweek #Withrefugees #Aworldofstories

How can I register my event?

Register your event below!

Still have more questions?

Email us at refugeeweek@refugeecouncil.org.au to get in touch!