Kayleigh Meumann joins Anglicare Australia
Anglicare Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Kayleigh Meumann to the position of Policy and Research Officer.
Working closely with Director of Policy and Research Imogen Ebsworth, and fellow Policy and Research Officer Ellen Bugge, Kayleigh's role will include Anglicare Australia’s research and resource collection, policy and research development support and Special Interest Network support.
Kayleigh has strong research skills, familiarity with the political and policy processes of the federal parliament, and a commitment to support social justice. She has previously worked as a policy advisor in federal parliament, and in community sector organisations in drug and alcohol policy as well as in the care and resettlement of offenders.
Kayleigh holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Social Policy from the University of Melbourne.
Anglicare Australia Network members embark on New Zealand study tour
A delegation of CEOs from across the Anglicare Australia Network embarked on a study tour in August to visit our Associate members in New Zealand and share their expertise and knowledge. The tour was held on 12-15 August 2019 and included Conny Lenneberg of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Karen Crouch of Anglicare Southern Queensland, Mark Glasson of Anglicare WA, Shane Maddocks of ac.care, Suzie Christensen of Anglicare Central Queensland, and Kasy Chambers of Anglicare Australia.
The tour began with a visit to the Anglican Trust for Women and Children, one of Auckland's oldest charities assisting mothers, children and families. The second day focused on ageing, aged care, and spirituality with a visit to the Selwyn Foundation. The Selwyn Foundation is a charitable trust providing retirement village living, affordable housing, community services and support for older people. On the final day, CEOs visited Auckland City Mission. The Mission provides advocacy and social and medical services to marginalised people in Auckland.
In addition to meeting with staff and clients of these services, the delegation met with Professor Cindy Kiro, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori) at the University of Auckland, and Trevor McGlinchey, CEO of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services.
Throughout the tour, all of our New Zealand colleagues shared their ideas, services and relationships with Australian CEOs. They also heard about our services and the challenges facing our Network in Australia. The tour helped to develop deep discussions as well as strong relationships across the Tasman.
For more information about the tour and the key lessons, contact [email protected].
Kasy Chambers delivers Gerard Tucker Oration
Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers delivered the Annual Gerard Tucker Oration in Melbourne on 18 August. The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the Oration each year in Melbourne at the Christ Church South Yarra, the birthplace of its founder Father Gerard Tucker.
The oration was titled Beyond Tucker: Poverty and hope in modern Australia. It explored poverty and inequality, and what it means to truly be a democratic society:
“The yearning to belong is something truly human and yet so many people in this precarious society we have created experience real poverty in belonging…
The criminalistion of welfare, the assumption that those in poverty are different to us makes it very easy for us to start to treat them differently. To make them into “the other.” Once we do this we can blame them for their plight. We can see poverty as a symptom of a moral failing of that person.
So, may be there isn’t too much difference between Tucker’s Melbourne and ours and as we meet here tonight in Gerard Tucker’s own church I have to ask myself “Is this the society God wanted for his people?”
Click here to read the full oration.
Anglicare Australia Network members continue to meet with key ministers
Anglicare Australia has been meeting with new Ministers and a small group of relevant CEOs, which are being hosted by Anglicare Australia Network members in the Ministers’ electorates. These meetings cover key issues of interest to Network members.
Over the last month, meetings have been held with Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Stuart Robert; Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters Zed Seselja; and Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services Luke Howarth. The meetings have covered issues surrounding foster and young people in care, the Home Stretch campaign, housing, homelessness, and the expiry of funding for the Equal Remuneration Order for the sector.
As part of these meetings, Anglicare Australia has also been preparing briefs for Ministers on key issues facing our Network. We have been liaising with members about these briefings and their content.
For more information about the ministerial meetings and briefings, contact [email protected].
Registrations still open for Anglicare Australia’s 2019 Conference
Registrations are still open for the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Conference, to be held at the Pan Pacific in Perth from 8–11 September 2019. Registrations can be arranged online.
Our theme for 2019, Our Stories: The Power to Change, will capture our work and builds on our mission. As Anglicare Australia Network members, we work in hundreds of communities across Australia to build resilience, inclusion and justice. And as a Network, we are always sharing stories of change as we advance our mission.
Speakers will include:
- The Hon Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia and former Opposition Leader
- Jane Caro, commentator and author
- Adjunct Professor Tracy Westerman, West Australian of the Year
- Katie Stubley, of the Centre of Social Impact and Director of the Social Impact Festival
- Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner
- Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy will preach at the conference’s opening service
- An expert panel will explore issues in philanthropy and social ventures
Delegates will be treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network, outstanding keynote addresses, and networking opportunities throughout the three days. And as always, we will kick off on Sunday evening with an opening service. The conference itself with a welcome from the traditional owners.
And hurry - the conference is just days away! Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Conference now.
Tours of Anglicare WA services available for Anglicare Australia conference delegates
Anglicare WA is offering Anglicare Australia conference delegates the opportunity to tour Foyer Oxford. Foyer Oxford is a cutting edge youth housing service located on Oxford Street in Leederville. Part of the international Foyer movement, the multimillion dollar project is founded on the idea that ending youth homelessness can be achieved through education, training and sustainable employment. This program has the capacity to house and support 98 young people, including 24 young parents and their children. It is the largest single site homelessness service for young people in Australia. You are invited to tour this program and see how the facility runs on Wednesday 11 September. The tour will leave the conference venue at 2.30pm.
Delegates are also invited to meet with Anglicare WA’s Rainbow Committee. Anglicare WA prides itself on being fiercely inclusive and we have a vibrant Rainbow Committee that have led the agency through many terrific initiatives. If you would like to meet our Committee or learn more about the Rainbow program, representatives will be available at the Pan Pacific in Perth (the conference venue) on Wednesday 11 September at 1pm.
To express interest in participating in the tour, contact [email protected].