National Aged Care Alliance meeting November 23 and 24
Roland Manderson and Sandra Hills, for Anglicare Australia, attended the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) meeting in Adelaide. Highlights included a report on a NACA aged care reform project on ageing, disability and assistive technology, discussions around the implications of the Tune review of new aged care system, and the Carnell-Paterson report on safety and quality in aged care facilities.
NACA also agreed to a letter calling on the Minister to adjust the membership of his Age Care Sector Workforce taskforce to include someone from a relevant union, for obvious reasons, and made further progress on a position statement on the inextricable links between secure, appropriate and affordable housing and successful ageing. For more information contact Roland Manderson.
Brotherhood of St Laurence announces Conny Lenneberg as new Executive Director
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has appointed a new Executive Director to succeed Tony Nicholson when he steps down at the end of the year.
Conny Lenneberg, who for more than six years led World Vision International’s organisation and programs in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, will commence as the Brotherhood of St Laurence's new Executive Director in January 2018.
Conny has 25 years’ experience in the development and social justice sector, from service delivery in the field to leading large teams and senior executive and board roles. Recently, she has been serving as the interim CEO of World Vision New Zealand. Prior roles include being a senior manager at Australian Volunteers International. As a key board member of Community Aid Abroad, as it was then known, she also contributed to the critical organisational restructure and merger with Freedom from Hunger that led to the formation of Oxfam Australia.
In taking up the role, Conny is the first woman to lead the organisation which was founded by the Anglican priest, Father Gerard Tucker, in 1930. Conny has shown a deep commitment and passion for addressing the root causes of poverty and disadvantage through her career.
Click here for more information about Conny Lenneberg and the Brotherhood of St Laurence's work.
Anglicare members at Family Relationships Services Australia (FRSA) Conference
Anglicare network members attended, and presented, at the FRSA Conference in Melbourne 22 to 24 November and took the chance to have dinner together. The general opinion was the key message from the conference was about linking up our work in this sphere outside the bounds of programs and their funding.
To make contact with Anglicare Australia’s Family, Children and Communities network email Glenda Devlin at Anglicare Sydney or Sue Christophers at Anglicare SA.
Residential Aged and Community Care Strategic Collaboration Group
Anglicare Australia’s Aged Care SCG ran a workshop on Customer Experience on November 30, led by Dr Catherine Joyce, analysing the different ways across the network that we see and learn about our ‘customer’s’ experiences.
Anglicare WA welcomes support for Young Hearts program
Anglicare WA has welcomed a $300,000 donation from shipbuilder Austal to its family and domestic violence support service, Young Hearts, over three years.
Including Austal's first $100,000 instalment, Anglicare WA has raised a total of $180,000 for Angels Rising's first year, $80,000 above the goal it had reported to Business News prior to the event.
“Anglicare WA was absolutely thrilled to have the CEO of Austal, David Singleton, announce their three year pledge of $300,000 at our Angels Rising, Dinner in the Cathedral,” said Anglicare WA CEO Ian Carter.
“Austal have been long-term supporters of the work of Anglicare WA and have previously supported our Young Hearts program, which provides counselling and recovery support to children who have witnessed or experienced family violence.”
Young Hearts works with children by helping them:
- explore their experiences through art, drama, dance, play and talking
- identify and express their thoughts and feelings about the family violence
- develop and enhance safe family relationships
- gain life skills and social skills which build confidence.
Click here for more information about the Young Hearts program.
Stronger Together: AnglicareSA and ac.care
AnglicareSA Housing and ac.care have merged their housing business and staff.
ac.care and AnglicareSA have a long history of shared foundations, values and working collaboratively together and we are very excited to welcome our new regional team to AnglicareSA Housing.
AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman said that the transfer aligns with the objectives of AnglicareSA Housing.
“AnglicareSA is committed to the development and continuation of providing Community Housing in rural communities, and we are very pleased the transfer of the Housing business has been smooth. The transfer has been operational from 1 November 2017,” Peter said.
ac.care as an agency will still continue to provide to services to those in need in rural communities such as microfinance, homelessness services, foster care and family support.
Click here for more information on AnglicareSA's work with ac.care.
Jennine Blundell joins Work Ventures as new CEO
Work Ventures has welcomed a new CEO, Jennine Blundell.
Jennine Blundell is a highly effective leader with diverse sector experience, providing strategic solutions that have delivered sustainable organisational growth, business goals and social outcomes. She has held executive and consulting positions in both commercial and not for profit organisations.
Jennine has been a WorkVentures Board Member since 2015 and had previously held the role of Head of Employment, Training and Human Resources. Jennine now brings her authentic and collaborative leadership to build on the success of WorkVentures as a sustainable social enterprise.
Click here to find out more about the Work Ventures team.
St Bartholomew’s House partnership to provide relief for homelessness in WA
St Bartholomew’s House in East Perth is partnering with BHP to help break the cycle of homelessness through a new $1 million partnership.
The two-year Helping Homelessness partnership will assist St Bart’s to help West Australians at risk of or experiencing homelessness, to access a range of accommodation and individualised support services.
John Berger, CEO of St Bart’s, said at least 10,000 people were homeless on any given night in Western Australia, with the leading causes being domestic violence, and financial and housing difficulties.
“We are very proud to partner with BHP, which is supporting St Bart’s to intervene and assist some of our most vulnerable women, children and men within our community,” Mr Berger said.
“The experience of homelessness is devastating and can affect anyone, given the wrong set of circumstances. Losing a job, dealing with trauma, lack of family support during tough times, or poor mental health can all lead to homelessness.
“We provide unwavering support to our clients, who come from all walks of life. We acknowledge the difficult and complex journey they take, and we empower them to regain control and rebuild their lives using best practice recovery approaches.”
Click here for more information on St Bartholomew’s House's partnership with BHP.
Anglicare Northern Inland welcomes back Larry Apthorpe as interim CEO
Larry Apthorpe will serve as interim CEO for Anglicare Northern Inland. Mr Apthorpe is an experienced leader, who previously served as Anglicare Northern Inland CEO. He will lead Anglicare Northern Inland until February 2018.
Click here for more information about Anglicare Northern Inland's work.
Anglicare Australia HR Network meeting
The Anglicare Australia HR Network will hold a meeting on Wednesday 14 March to Friday 16 March 2018. Staff with interest in and responsibility for HR are invited to join this meeting and learn from the experience of others and provide leadership themselves. Further information on the meeting location and program will be available shortly.