Anglicare Australia pays tribute to Roland Manderson
Anglicare Australia thanks Roland Manderson for his ten years of service as Deputy Director. Roland joined Anglicare Australia in 2009, and has been a fixture of the national office team ever since.
In his time at Anglicare Australia Roland has led many areas of our work and played a vital role in our advocacy. One of Roland's last major projects as Deputy Director was Our Better Selves, which took an in-depth look at five projects across the Network and drew lessons from the best of what they do.
We are delighted that Roland will continue to be part of the Anglicare Australia family, staying on as a part-time member of the policy and research team.
Imogen Ebsworth welcomed as Deputy Executive Director
Anglicare Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Imogen Ebsworth to the position of Deputy Executive Director. Many of you will already know Imogen, who previously led Anglicare Australia's policy and research team.
Working closely with Executive Director Kasy Chambers, Imogen will be fostering alliances with other peak bodies, helping to lead advocacy efforts, and playing an active role in Network development. Imogen will continue to coordinate policy development and research for Anglicare Australia members and other stakeholders.
Imogen has a wealth of policy and advocacy experience, having previously worked in Federal Parliament, the Australian Public Service, and the private sector. She first joined Anglicare Australia in 2017 as Director of Policy and Research, following a role at Anglicare Tasmania's Social Action Research Centre.
Assisting those who need help in the bushfires, and those who wish to help others
Bushfires continue to burn in Australia’s worst fire season yet. Many people are now left without shelter, food, water and everyday essentials. Others are looking for ways to volunteer, or advice on how they can donate.
Anglicare Australia has collated information on where to get help for those effected, including services provided by Anglicare Australia Network members. We have also included information for those who wish to donate to Anglicare appeals or volunteer with our members to assist people and communities impacted by these terrible fires.
Click here to review our advice.
If you would like to suggest any additions, please contact [email protected].
Anglicare Australia joins Charities Bushfire Recovery Coordination Forum
In the wake of the bushfires, the National Bushfire Recovery Agency has established the Charities Bushfire Recovery Coordination Forum. The group has been tasked with coordination of current charity bushfire recovery efforts, identifying the needs and resources available, and coordinating help for those in need.
The group was established following a roundtable with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Families and Social Services Anne Ruston, and Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud. Since attending the roundtable, Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers has been playing a key role in the group.
Anglicare Australia will continue to work closely with members as we represent the Network in these forums.
Cashless welfare card must be suspended in the wake of fires
Anglicare Australia has called for the cashless welfare card to be suspended indefinitely for those affected by the bushfire crisis.
“People must be able to get essential supplies to live and adapt in the wake of the bushfires. With the power out and many outlets closed, people must be able to withdraw cash,” said Anglicare Australia’s Executive Director Kasy Chambers.
“Centrelink has asked people on the cashless welfare card to contact them if they are affected by fires. That’s not good enough.
“With the power out and phones unavailable, contacting Centrelink is just not an option for people in the thick of the crisis. The card must be suspended indefinitely,” Ms Chambers said.
Ms Chambers said that other Centrelink exemptions should also be extended for people in fire affected communities.
This story was covered by SBS, ABC News, Win News, and Pro Bono Australia.
Click here to read our media release.
Aged care in a state of emergency
In December, Anglicare Australia joined older people, their families, carers and other provider groups to call for an aged care funding boost ahead of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).
We joined with Aged and Community Services Australia, Baptist Care Australia, Catholic Health Australia, Leading Age Services Australia, Aged Care Guild and UnitingCare Australia in a plea for help on behalf of older Australians.
Up to half of Australia’s aged care homes are losing millions of dollars each year, and more than 120,000 senior Australians are still waiting for urgent home care. Small and locally run services – some of the biggest regional employers – are facing major challenges.
The group called for action residential aged care, workforce issues, home Care packages, and Regional, Rural and Remote services.
This story was covered by SBS, The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Aged Care Insite, Australian Ageing Agenda.
Click here to read our media release.
Anglicare friends and volunteers recognised with Australia Day honours
Anglicare Australia is delighted to congratulate several volunteers and friends of the Anglicare Australia Network, who were recognised with Australia Day honours this month.
Patricia Murray of Western Australia has been recognised for her service to the community through family social welfare associations. Patricia has a long history of working with community organisations, and previously served as an Anglicare Australia board member from 1996 to 2004.
Catherine Cox of Queensland has been recognised for her service to the performing arts through choral music. Catherine has previously served as artistic and musical director for Anglicare Southern Queensland's Prom Praise.
Caroline Johnston of Victoria has been recognised for years of service to the community, including her service as a former board member of Anglicare Victoria board member.
Reginald Smith of Victoria has been recognised for his service to young people, including through intercultural programs. Reginald previously served as a former board member of Anglicare Victoria board member.
Anglicare Australia congratulates these and other dedicated volunteers who have been recognised with honours.
Anglicare Australia submission to the 2020-21 Federal Budget
Anglicare Australia has made a submission to the 2020-21 Federal Budget, to be handed down in May.
Anglicare Australia made recommendations in the following areas:
- Rebuilding the Safety Net
- Reforming Employment Services
- Delivering Quality Aged Care
- Disability and Mental Health Support
- Action on Homelessness and Housing Affordability
- A Better Future for Children and Young People.
The nation is facing major challenges, and so is the Federal Budget. Hundreds of thousands of Australians cannot find an affordable home. Those who are out of work or underemployed are struggling to make ends meet. And many older Australians are retiring into poverty. Our submission calls on the Government to ensure 2020 does not become another lost opportunity to take on the issues facing our nation.
Click here to download our submission.