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Blue Care honoured with grants, hall of fame

Blue Care nurse Lista Tranter (left) with Sister Olive Smith (nee Crombie), who was the first Blue Nurse in 1953.

Not-for-profit service provider Blue Care will launch new programs to care for people with dementia. Journey reports. Blue Care has received $243 000 in grant funding to implement programs to care for people with dementia. The grant funding was awarded by a coalition of philanthropic groups: the Perpetual Foundation—John Thomas Wilson Endowment, the Gladys Myrtle Brown Charitable Trust and the ...

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Photos reveal face of Aussie poverty

Adam sells the Big Issue on his pitch near the Queen Street Mall.

Queensland’s  Anti-Poverty Week launch will unveil the surprising face of poverty in Australia. Rohan Salmond reports. For more than ten years, Anti-Poverty Week has been a reminder for Australians that poverty is a real part of their community and their world. From an Australian point of view, poverty can feel like a distant, abstract problem, but for Geoff Batkin, executive ...

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Edge 2015: Invert your thinking

UnitingCare Queensland director of mission Colleen Geyer (left) with Edge 2015 guest speaker Vicki Webster (right). Photo by Ashley Thompson.

Last month UnitingCare Queensland’s Edge Innovation Festival set out to challenge the preconceived ideas of UnitingCare Queensland staff. Ashley Thompson reports. Created with the objective to “turn your thinking upside down”, Edge is a festival of free events designed to inspire Uniting Church service groups including: UnitingCare Community, UnitingCare Health, Blue Care and the UnitingCare Group Office. Not unlike the ...

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New road for Frontier Services

Four wheel drive in the outback. Photo was supplied.

The 14th Assembly has sought to understand the reasons behind the changing circumstances of the Uniting Church’s valued remote area ministry Frontier Services. Nigel Tapp writes. Frontier Services is changing tack, re-directing its work away from aged-care to community support activities and resourcing patrol ministry. Less than a year after Frontier Services celebrated its 100th anniversary and the 13th Assembly ...

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Packing provides purpose

Having a job provides people with a sense of purpose, hope and dignity, writes Jessica Mewburn. For over 40 years the wmbMailpaQ printing, packaging and mailing warehouse has offered thousands of people living with disability this opportunity. “To get here I leave home at 6.30 am and catch two buses and push my wheelchair to the warehouse and to get ...

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What’s cooking in the Valley?

Cooking up a storm at the Wesley Mission Brisbane community

Dianne Jensen goes behind the kitchen doors at a community meal in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. There’s nothing like a pleasant night out, with fresh flowers on the table and a three-course meal over friendly conversation. The hospitality is especially warm when the food is prepared as part of a training program for women prisoners and served by volunteers to needy ...

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UnitingCare Health nurses’ donated Kiwi Cup saves life

UnitingCare Health nurse, Trish Woods with the newborn baby. Photo was supplied.

The 2015 UnitingCare Health Helena Goldie Project team recently returned from the first of two visits they will make to the Solomon Islands this year. Rev Helen Dick, director of mission and Helena Goldie Project leader, recounted it as a great trip with beautiful weather and wonderful people. “As usual the team worked really hard and made great relationships with the ...

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Supporting young parents

A mother and child playing together outside. Photo is a stock image.

Parenthood is full of challenges and rewards, but sometimes young parents can feel isolated and in need of support. Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Young Parents Support Program nurtures young families who need it most. Rohan Salmond reports. For people 25 years and under, becoming a parent can come as a huge upheaval to their way of life. A new baby does ...

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Climate change: a spiritual crisis

Martha, UnitingWorld gender project officer, standing in front of a devastated Port Vila. Photo by UnitingWorld.

Climate change isn’t just an issue of science and economics, it is also a spiritual crisis for people in the Pacific who are most affected. Cath Taylor explores. Can God fix climate change? It’s the question on the lips of many within Pacific churches—this month more than ever in the wake of one of the region’s most deadly cyclones. Vanuatu’s ...

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Wellness centre opens its doors

Clinical Nurse Manager Janine Porter-Steele and volunteer Sandra Morris at the Wesley Hospital’s new Choices cancer support and wellness centre in Auchenflower. Photo by Holly Jewell.

A grand old house located at the Uniting Church Centre in Brisbane has undergone a transformation into the Wesley Hospital’s new Choices cancer support and wellness centre. Dianne Jensen reports. The massive front door is open for visitors at the heritage-listed brick residence at the heart of the Queensland Synod office and Raymont Lodge Residential College in Auchenflower, Brisbane. Drysllwyn, ...

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