The Welcome Dinner Project aims to enable newly arrived people and established Australians to meet one another over a pot-luck shared meal. The project is creating a platform for friendships and connections between people from diverse cultures. The Dinners are always guided by trained Welcome Dinner Project Facilitators, so that any language barriers and other differences can be navigated in a safe and welcoming space.
Approximately half the participants at any dinner are newly arrived people (migrants, international students, asylum seekers or refugees) and half are local Australians. Participants have the opportunity to talk about why they chose the dish that they brought.
There is a rediscovery of our common humanity by sharing our food, talking about our interests and dreams for the future. These interactions create a warm and enjoyable environment where new friendships and supportive connections can develop.