Community sponsorship for refugees is a growing global movement. Join Northern Rivers for Refugees (NRFR) to ensure that refugees are warmly welcomed to the Northern Rivers and have the support they need to find their feet in our communities.  We provide practical support to everyday people working together to prepare for, welcome refugees and support them for the first 12 months.

NR4R receives its funding from donations and fund raising activities. We do not receive any government support.

We have a new name!

At our Special General Meeting on June 15, the required 75 per cent of members present voted to change our name from Ballina Region for Refugees to Northern Rivers for Refugees.

The new name reflects our expanded activity across the Northern Rivers – supporting the national Community Refugee Integration and Settlement Pilot (CRISP), community supporter groups, and networking with Tweed Welcomes Refugees and Lismore Region Refugee Settlement.

Read more about it!


Donate to help replace a car

For the past eight months one of the Ocean Shores refugee families have been rebuilding their lives with the support of the Ballina Region for Refugees and the local community until recently when driving to Tweed Heads another car failed to stop and their family’s car was destroyed – and with only third party insurance – they can’t afford to replace it.

Can you please help them with you tax deductible donation to buy a replacement car and restore their independence?

Many of our supporters pay a small annual membership fee. Member communication and meetings will connect with you other like-minded people as well as give you the opportunity to have your say. Members may attend and vote at the AGM, take on one of Ballina Region for Refugees’ coordinator roles, or join the management team. Regardless of how little or how much you want to get involved, as a member you have the satisfaction of making a sustained and meaningful contribution to Ballina Region for Refugees.