Community picnic helps Afghan families feel more at home

ABOUT 25 Afghan families came together for a community picnic yesterday at East Launceston Primary School's oval.

Organised by Launceston's Migrant Resource Centre, the afternoon saw representatives from the Northern Tasmanian Junior Soccer Association kick a ball with kids and share information on joining the league.

Platters of fruit and conversations were also enjoyed.

Migrant Resource Centre chief executive John Brown said the day was about building relationships.

"The families do come together a lot, but if there have been recent arrivals it's a good opportunity to meet others and a good opportunity to get together and relax in a social- type setting," he said.

"Events like this help them feel like Launceston is their home."

About 30 Afghan families have arrived in the past six months, the most recent arrivals moving to Tasmania about two months ago.

Mr Brown encouraged Launceston residents to welcome new arrivals.

"It's as easy as saying hello when you see them in the park," he said.

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