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St Andrew’s staff shake a leg for Reconciliation Week

Despite the rain, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital staff turned out in great numbers to learn more about the culture and histories of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Time to Shake a Leg event on Tuesday 28 May. The event was held to help raise awareness of our journey with the Reconciliation Action Plan. “I ...

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Record number of entries for Moderators Medals

Valued volunteers from the Uniting Church and UnitingCare Queensland service groups from around the state were nominated for the Moderator's Community Service Medal in record numbers this year. A total of 46 nominations (including three couples) were made – double the numbers received for the last Moderator's Medal held in the lead up to the 29th meeting of the Queensland ...

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UnitingCare Australia budget reply response

UnitingCare Australia's National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the Coalition's decision to cut the Income Support Bonus, should it form government after the Federal election in September, will deliver a significant blow to low income Australians including people on Newstart, Youth Allowance and Parenting payments. Speaking shortly after the Budget reply speech in Canberra last night, Ms Hatfield Dodds said ...

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Making a difference for people in the outback

During National Volunteer Week Frontier Services is looking for more people to lend a hand in the bush through its volunteer program, Outback Links. Each year up to 600 Outback Links volunteers travel to rural and remote parts of Australia to lighten the load and fill the gaps for people in the outback. With farmers across the country facing worsening ...

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When is it okay to want more?

If you've grown up around churches or with some kind of spiritual heritage, you're probably uncomfortable with the idea of wanting more. It sounds greedy—and who wants that when you're trying to walk in the footsteps of the one who recommended giving away even the shirt from your own back? Is it ever okay to want more? Yes, it is. ...

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Funding things that matter

UnitingCare Australia's National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said today that long run social priorities can be delivered in this year's Federal Budget by redistributing existing revenue and scaling back wasteful tax concessions. "The starting point for the 2013 Budget is that the economy is performing well, but is vulnerable to weak international conditions. "While this context does not give the ...

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Ministering in dark places

Prison chaplains from all over Queensland gathered for their annual conference in April to support each other and to empower, encourage and equip people to work in the field. UnitingCare Community Prison Ministry coordinator and senior chaplain Beatriz Skippen said the conference was unique, as it was an open forum for everyone who wants to help or understand how to ...

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50 years of Lifeline; Help is just a phone call away

Fifty years after Lifeline volunteer counsellors took their first call, the telephones are still running hot. Journey looks back to the beginnings of this remarkable organisation. The first call made to Lifeline was at 5 pm on 16 March 1963, one minute after the telephone lines were opened. The crisis counselling service was founded by the late theologian, evangelist, and ...

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UnitingCare backs new aged-care legislation

UnitingCare Australia has encouraged all political parties and Independents to support the aged-care legislation tabled in the Federal Parliament on 14 March. National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said the five Bills will provide older Australians with better choice and access to a range of services and supports, regardless of their ability to pay. These principles are in line with recommendations ...

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Campaign for Change winner announced

Two mothers with a dream of establishing a respite centre for families of children living with a disability have won the 2012 Wesley Mission Brisbane (WMB) Campaign for Change initiative, announced on 13 February. Kath Coory and Tina Graham hope to give local families a break by setting up Project Sleepover, an out-of-home respite centre where children can enjoy a ...

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