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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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Busy hands make the difference for David

Aged care

Dementia impacts close to half a million Australians. In the lead up to Dementia Action Week (19-25 September) we tell David’s story and show how, with a little bit of support, people living with dementia can live active and fulfilling lives for many years after diagnosis.

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Footy fan Brad gets in the game

Disability care

While the season is over for his team, die-hard Broncos fan Brad is glad he was in the stand for their final home game against the Eels. The 31-year-old from Logan has faced some challenges in his life but is kicking goals with support from his close-knit team.

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Jordan and Shiralee answer calling to care

Aged care

Jordan and Shiralee didn’t start their careers as support workers. Jordan, 30, served in the army and mother of three Shiralee, 31, worked as a receptionist and a cleaner. Now, as part of the Centacare team, they are fulfilling what they describe as a long-held calling to care. Sunday 7 August marks Aged Care Employee Day, an opportunity to recognise the incredible work of 360,000 Australians who enrich the lives of older people in residential, home and community care settings.

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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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Lyndal inspires with handmade dinosaurs

Disability care

When the curtain went up on Quirky’s debut at QPAC last week, the 25 artists were joined on stage by some very special guests. Patchwork dinosaurs Thumpy and Lumpy were made especially for the show – lovingly designed and hand-crafted by Lyndal, one of the cast of the Real and Diverse (RAD) Theatre ensemble, supported by Centacare.

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Gold Coast hub artwork reconciles two worlds

Family and relationship care

This NAIDOC Week (3-10 July) Centacare reaffirms its commitment to social justice and the importance of healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, commissioning an original artwork by contemporary Indigenous artist, 17-year old Brooke Sutton. The artwork takes pride of place in the reception area of Centacare's new Gold Coast hub and Gold Coast Family Relationship Centre.

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RAD theatre gears up for QPAC debut

Disability care

Comic tragedy QUIRKY is the debut production by inclusive theatre ensemble Real and Diverse Theatre (RAD), supported by Centacare. It will run 14-16 July at QPAC.

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How to recognise the signs of elder abuse

Featured

More emphasis is being placed on learning to recognise the signs of elder abuse, with calls to Queensland’s elder abuse hotline showing older people are more likely to experience abuse in their own home, at the hands of their own family. Centacare's Desley Chorlton manages the delivery of vital in-home and social and community support services and outlines the signs that can help us recognise elder abuse.

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Your old mobile phone could save a life

Family and relationship care

A mobile phone is often one of the first items to be smashed during an incidence of domestic and family violence. This May, during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, we talked to Founder and CEO of DV Safe Phone Ashton Wood about an urgent need that he says pretty much everyone can help with.

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