News

Read our latest news to discover what is happening around Centacare.

School Savvy eases back-to-school journey

Community and pastoral care

More than 40 families have enjoyed a smoother back-to-school journey, with access to School Savvy – an initiative to help reduce the financial burden for families so they can confidently prepare their children for the school year.

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Debra heeds calling with care that is person-centred

Community and pastoral care

A recent report by Queensland Council of Social Services reveals 300,000 Queenslanders are currently homeless or experiencing housing insecurity. This Homelessness Week (7-13 August) we talk to Debra, one of our dedicated community housing officers about the vital work she does in the Bundaberg community.

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Post Release Service reflects our shared humanity

Community and pastoral care

Many people are released from prison into recurrent poverty. From an office behind St Mary’s Church in South Brisbane, our Post Release Service does powerful work, supporting people through what can be a difficult time as they transition from prison into the community. This can include help with food, clothing and accommodation, support to apply for a driver’s license and commence looking for employment.

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Hospital volunteers give the gift of deep listening

Community and pastoral care

Just to be listened to and have someone to spend time with is a gift a pastoral carer can give to patients and loved ones in hospital.

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A place to call home for Fraser Coast Families

Community and pastoral care

The Homeless Accommodation and Housing Support services on the Fraser Coast walk alongside people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness to identify immediate supports and pathways to safe and permanent accommodation.

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The work of giving hope to those in prison

Community and pastoral care

For many people in prison, a visit from a chaplain leaves them experiencing a sense of peace, acceptance of what is happening for them and some clarity about how they can move forward. Centacare prison chaplain Deacon Russ Nelson speaks about the important work of giving hope to those in prison.

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No wrong door for those without a home

Community and pastoral care

During Homelessness Week (1-7 August) we talk to Centacare housing support manager Jodie Anson whose team walks alongside those who are experiencing homelessness to identify immediate supports and pathways to safe and permanent accommodation.

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The pandemic from behind bars

Community and pastoral care

Speaking to our Post Release Service and Prison Chaplaincy teams we discover what it has been like to experience the pandemic from behind bars.

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Experiencing Christmas following release from prison

Community and pastoral care

We asked Cherelle, from the team at Post Release Service what being released from prison is like and how their clients might be feeling as we approach Christmas.

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A safe place to rest

Community and pastoral care

Discover the importance of having a safe place to rest your head at night, fresh clean sheets and other essential items.

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