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Childcare centre fosters friendships across the ages

THE Little Marchant’s Child Care Centre has arrived in a very special and unique environment – an aged-care community. Little Marchant’s was named after the historic Marchant cottages in which it is housed and is a child care service looking after just 20 children per day. The Centre can be found within Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Wheller Gardens, the first aged-care ...

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Mentoring program engages local artists

IN 2011, Heiser Gallery founderand director Bruce Heiser selected six artists from Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Art From The Margins program to participate in a mentoring program. Many months of dreaming, creating and hard work later, the mentorship has culminated in the Heiser Gallery Emerging Artists Exhibition. According to Mr Heiser, there was no formal structure in the mentoring program, giving ...

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Art finds a place

THE Vera Wade Gallery at St Andrew’s Uniting Church in Brisbane City has had an exciting line up of exhibitions in the first half of this year. In February, Rev Dr Geraldine Wheeler exhibited her series of thoughtful gouache paintings on black Stonehenge paper entitled Biblical Women. In her work, she invites the viewer to enter the worlds of influential ...

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Building begins in Carina

COCKRAM Construction will build Blue Care’s new Azure Blue Lifestyle Community at Carina after winning a soughtafter tender. Moderator, Rev Kaye Ronalds, was at the turning of the sod ceremony in March. Blue Care executive director Robyn Batten said Azure Blue Carina will comprise a care precinct and a luxury retirement living precinct where residents’ amenities include a swimming pool, ...

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50 Days of Prayer creates connections

THE Albert Street Uniting Church congregation in Brisbane will engage in 50 Days of Prayer to coincide with the 50 days of the Easter season. Beginning on 8 April, Superintendent Minister, Rev Lyn Burden, said the initiative strives to create relationships between the congregation and the staff , volunteers and individuals involved with Wesley Mission Brisbane programs and services. “I like ...

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Call heard for aged care reform

A poll by Essential Research has found that 80 per cent of respondents believe Australia is not prepared to meet the huge challenges of an ageing population. In the wake of these results UnitingCare National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds, said Australians are sick of “Band- Aids being applied to a broken system”. “All around Australia people are calling for lasting ...

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Reforms a win for older Australians although more thought needed

LEADING aged and community care provider Blue Care has welcomed the Federal Government's aged care reform announcement, but urges policy makers to reconsider financing arrangements. Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said the government‟s Living Longer, Living Better response to the Productivity Commission‟s Caring for Older Australians report, released on Friday, was largely positive, with key areas acted upon. "The ...

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Somerville welcomes new Head of Boarding

THIS year Somerville House boarders have welcomed a new Head of Boarding, Pamela Hodgetts, following the retirement of Alayne McDougall. Ms Hodgetts is not new to Somerville House, having been a Somerville House student and Boarding Mistress, and has more than 25 years of boarding experience in both girls' and boys' schools, including Head of Boarding at another Presbyterian and ...

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Biloela community blooming

YOUNG clients and some staff of Blue Care Callide Valley Community Care have been busy learning the skills needed to keep young native trees alive and thriving. The majority of trees are common to the Central Queensland area. Recently, the Callide Valley Community Nursery was relocated to the Blue Care grounds in Biloela when a band of volunteers from Rotary, ...

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King’s College celebrates its centenary

UNITING Church University of Queensland residential college, King's College, is this year celebrating its centenary. Master and Chief Executive, Greg Eddy, said the College had a strong history formed on the shoulders of Kingsmen over the past 100 years and it was still as relevant today as it was at its formation. King's College was established by the Methodist conference ...

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