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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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Blue Care facilities escape major damage

Queensland's largest not-for-profit service provider, Blue Care, is in clean-up mode following the wild weather caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald. Executive Director Robyn Batten said it was the third time in two years that Blue Care had launched its organisation-wide disaster management plan. "For almost two weeks the wild weather presented challenges for our team of 10000 staff and volunteers. ...

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Stand up and lead with Women in the Pacific

On this International Women's Day (Friday 08 March 2013) UnitingWorld are delighted to support our partner churches throughout the Pacific as we launch: Transforming Lives through Leadership: a project with Pacific Women. Why theological training? When Pacific women enter the church in leadership positions they can transform whole communities. Women within our partner churches tell us first-hand about the anguish ...

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New project supports Pacific women to take leadership roles

UnitingWorld has launched a project to support the training and ministry of women in Pacific communities. Transforming Lives Through Leadership is the first project of a major UnitingWorld initiative focusing on gender in the Pacific. It will support women at theological college, providing them with practical resources including student fees and accommodation, and encouraging them to take leadership roles in ...

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Blue Care Charleville celebrates 30 years

Blue Care Charleville Community Care celebrated its 30th anniversary with a morning tea on 26 February. Blue Care Charleville Community Care Service Manager Mary Dunne began working at the service in its first year in 1983 as a registered nurse. “When I first started there were only two nurses, now there are 14 staff members who hold various roles including ...

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A land of droughts and flooding rain

As Australians battle multiple natural disasters across the nation, Frontier Services staff are doing what they can to stand beside people and lend a hand. In Queensland, Frontier Services is supporting people who have been inundated with flood water and at the same time others who are desperate for rain on their properties so they can feed livestock. In the ...

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New Blue Care centre for Lockyer

The Lockyer community's fundraising efforts have aided iconic not-for-profit organisation Blue Care's efforts to develop a highly-anticipated new centre at 8 Dawson Drive, Gatton. Construction of the $3.3 million new Blue Care Lockyer Community Care will begin next week and Service Manager Elaine Horrocks said she and the team couldn't be happier as they'd outgrown their leased space at 1 ...

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A chance for the future

Frontier Services welcomes a parliamentary report which has highlighted the negative impact of fly-in fly-out and drive-in drive-out work practices on remote communities and urges all levels of Government and mining companies to act on the report's findings. The Parliamentary Inquiry, which began in 2011, found the growth of the resources industry and the accompanying FIFO/DIDO workforce practices "are exacerbating ...

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Blue Care expansion will provide improved aged care services

Blue Care Mareeba has unveiled a $10 million refurbishment bringing local services together on the one site at MacRae Street, Mareeba. The project includes the refurbishment of the Blue Care Mareeba Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility and the opening of new offices for Blue Care Tablelands Community Care, Mareeba Day Therapy Centre and Mareeba Respite Care. Blue Care Executive Director ...

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Four dollars extra per week won’t keep the wolf from the door

UnitingCare has welcomed a modest increase to income support payments, but hopes that more is coming in the 2013 budget. UnitingCare Australia National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds says that low income Australians will be better off under new legislation which passed the House of Representatives on 5 February. The Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support Bonus) Bill 2012, ...

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