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New Reconciliation Action Plan for 160 year old organisation

26 May 2017

“Anglicare’s Reconciliation Action Plan is an important way to set measurable goals and commit ourselves to achieving these outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” says Anglicare Sydney CEO, Grant Millard.

Rental stress worsens in Greater Sydney and the Illawarra

27 April 2017


Less than 1% private rental properties now affordable for single minimum wage earners in Greater Sydney.

Bikers roar in to Wollongong to raise funds for Anglicare

5 March 2017

More than 100 bikers are anticipated to roar down Keira Street to help raise funds for Anglicare Wollongong.

The local biker’s social club will be riding from Picton to Wollongong this Sunday, March 5. Arriving at the Anglicare office at 12pm, many will bring donations of old and new clothing, and Easter eggs.

“Every year more than 3,300 emergency relief appointments are made with desperate households who turn to us for help and more than 4,200 bags of food are given out,” says Anglicare Sustainable Living Manager, Debbie Magyar.

“We are always thankful for the support from the community and will put the donations to good use.” 

The social club will provide sausages and drinks for their member to purchase with the money going towards Anglicare’s Sustainable Living Program.

Members of the Sustainable Living Program and Counselling team will be cooking the BBQ on the day.

Greg Hirst of Brotherhood CMC and organiser of the event says the club has a long history of supporting Anglicare.

“We supported Anglicare’s work with homeless youth in Parramatta and when a Wollongong rider suggested the Anglicare branch there, we thought that would be a great thing to do,” Greg explains.

“The clubs attending are trying to get a positive message about motorcycling and challenge the negative anti-association laws that are affecting many unfairly.

“We are inviting the Illawarra community to support the work of Anglicare and other charities as there are more and more Aussies who are doing it tough. Many bikers can relate to this and are happy to help when they can. I think that applies to most Australians so come down to Anglicare, make a donation, check out the bikes and and bikers over a bbq.”


Media contact:
Agnes Wilson, Media Officer, 0412 434 307
Janine Jones, Public Affairs Manager, 0407 066 813


Dharug language comes alive through Bidwill poetry program

16 February 2017

An ancient language at risk of dying has been given new life through a Bidwill poetry class. An expansion of Anglicare’s Gulyangarra Yellamundie (Dharug Children Storytellers) project, the poetry class aims to engage Aboriginal students at Bidwill Primary School between the ages of 9 and 12. Held every Wednesday afternoon, 25 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students are taught how to express themselves through poetry in the Dharug language.

“For contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their communities, poetry is an important part of Aboriginal art,” Anglicare Coordinator, Narelle Hennessy explains.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people express how they feel in their societies today. Their poems are about the barriers and challenges they share with non-Indigenous people but also about problems that directly affect their lives.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth need to be able to express themselves and this is a way for them to express their feelings in a safe environment. They are able to write their feelings and grievances through poems, free from repercussions.

“Poetry can also be a powerful tool for advocacy where you can express your feelings and ideas without resorting to violence.”

The language of the Dharug nation is said to be 5,000 years old and covered much of the Sydney Basin. Many state it was the first Aboriginal language heard by European colonisers when they arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788.

“We’ve had our first class and it was quite successful,” says Narelle. “By the end of the hour we had about five students writing two or three sentences of poetry.”

Local elder Aunty Edna Watson has translated English words to Dharug and will assist the Bidwill class with pronunciation through a series of recordings.

Media contact:
Agnes Wilson, Media Officer, 0412 434 307
Janine Jones, Public Affairs Manager, 0407 066 813


Edna Robinson celebrates 100th birthday with Anglicare

24 January 2017



Edna Robinson will be celebrating her 100th birthday at Anglicare’s Mary Andrews Village in Hurstville.

She was born on 9 February 1917 and grew up in Murrundi, NSW.

She was always active growing up and enjoyed playing tennis and swimming. Later in life she enjoyed playing bowls and became a champion lawn bowler.

Known for her sense of humour, Edna wants people to know that she has had a wonderful life and she wants to stay busy and active.


Cake cutting, 12:30pm, Thursday 9 February 2017

Where: Anglicare’s Mary Andrews Village, 857-861 King Georges Rd, South Hurstville NSW 2221


Media contact:

Agnes Wilson, Public Affairs Officer, 0412 434 307

Janine Jones, Public Affairs Manager, 0407 066 813

Anglicare welcomes push to alleviate housing crisis

24 January 2017

Anglicare Sydney welcomes the Premier’s undertaking to ease the housing affordability crisis in NSW and urges the State Government to do more to assist low income households secure suitable and sustainable housing.

“We are encouraged to hear our new Premier has housing affordability as one of the top three priorities of her government,” says Susan King, Anglicare Manager of Advocacy and Research.

“If people on low incomes are to build a future for themselves and their family, accessing affordable housing is crucial.  We urge all levels of government to agree to a five year plan with numerical targets to increase the supply of social housing in NSW, and commit to at least 20,000 additional new social housing dwellings by 2025.

“This is more than being able to own one’s own property. For many people we help, renting in the private rental market can be a poverty trap due to the lack of affordable housing supply.

“The subsequent demand for private rental properties and lack of social housing, are forcing more people living on supported incomes into rental stress. Many are surviving on very little disposable income after the rent and utility bills are taken out.”

Anglicare Sydney’s Rental Affordability Snapshot last year reviewed approximately 15,000 properties that were available in Greater Sydney and the Illawarra Region on the weekend of 2-3 April. Of the 14,774 properties advertised, only 76 were affordable and appropriate for households on income support payments without placing them into rental stress.

In Greater Sydney and the Illawarra Region there were no

There were few suitable properties available for other household types, including:

  • 14 properties for singles on the Aged Pension
  • 12 properties for couples with two children on Newstart Allowance
  • 3 properties for single parents with two children on the Parenting Payment
  • 2 properties for single parents with one child on the Parenting Payment.

Rental affordability in Greater Sydney for low income households has been consistently low for the past four years, hovering at less than 1%. Last year Anglicare’s Snapshot also revealed that affordability was beginning to decrease in the Illawarra Region.

Please Note: 1 July 2016, Anglicare and Anglican Retirement Villages merged to become one organisation known as Anglicare.

Media contact:

Agnes Wilson, Media Officer, 0412 434 307

Janine Jones, Public Affairs Manager, 0407 066 813

New program opens in Parramatta for refugee children

17 January 2017

Children from refugee backgrounds living in the Parramatta area will benefit from a new Anglicare program from 16 Feb.

The Early Learning Through Play (ELTP) program provides play-based educational experiences to children aged 3 to 5 years old from refugee and migrant families to prepare them for the Australian school system.

“There will be free play, art and craft, reading, singing and other group activities for the kids all specifically designed to support the development and wellbeing of children from refugee and migrant backgrounds and help prepare them for school,” explains Roberta Perkins, Anglicare’s ELTP coordinator.

“We hope to create a safe environment to support the entire family as well. Not only does it provide an opportunity for them to improve their English skills, we can also give them practical support, and referrals to other services if needed. Importantly, we hope to provide a sense of belonging as they settle in Australia.

“With up to 1 in 5 of the current intake of refugees expected to be children under five, ELTP will have much to offer these families.”

A parish partnership with Anglicare, the playgroup will be held every Thursday during school terms from 10am to 12pm at St John’s Cathedral, 195 Church St, Parramatta.

Each group will support up to 20 preschool aged children and their families. ELTP Parish is part of Anglicare’s Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Response project.

“Refugees are among the most vulnerable people in our community and this is one way, an effective and practical way, to reach out to them with the love of Christ,” says Roberta.

“Access to education is one of the many disruptions commonly experienced by refugees. Children also experience disruptions to their normal development because of trauma and displacement. Early education maximises their potential and provides a foundation for future learning success.”

For more information contact Anglicare Migrant and Refugee Services on 02 9895 8008 or email MARS[at][dot]au

Castle Hill graduate program trains new nurses to care for the aged

17 January 2017

Nine nurses who have registered for Anglicare’s New Graduate program will be starting their carers with the organisation on the 6 February 2017.

For the next 12 months these dedicated men and women will be supported through the program by Melissa Jansson, Anglicare’s Nurse Educator as well as onsite clinical educators.

“We are always looking for someone with a passion to care for our frail aged in a way that was person-centred,” Melissa explains.

“These new graduates have been exceptional in their willingness to learn, as well as their ability to meet the clinical challenges of our residents’ and clients’ increased health needs.”

For Seven Hills resident and Anglicare’s newest registered nurse, Natasha Woods, it was the values, mission and overall support provided by Anglicare that attracted her to the Graduate Nursing program.

Apart from clinical placements, I don’t have on-the-job experience. So when I was looking for a Graduatte Program, the organisation’s values and support were very important to me,” says Natasha.

“I hope through the program I will broaden my knowledge and confidence in all aspects of nursing skills and development.  I’m especially interested in learning more about engaging and caring for those with dementia and other debilitating conditions that often affect the elderly.

Being an aged care nurse is not just about caring for the elderly; you are also their support network, their company on some days in an unknown or lonely place. That’s why I want to be an aged care nurse, not only care for the elderly but also to have the time to listen and learn from them, to grow as a person and as a nurse.”

New graduates are rotated through various locations within Anglicare, where they are exposed to a wide variety of learning opportunities in caring for residents and clients with low and high care needs, as well as those requiring chronic and complex, dementia and palliative nursing care.

For more information about Anglicare’s Graduate Nursing program, call 1300 111 278 or email Learning&Development[at][dot]au

Small grants available for Refugee Ministries

12 January 2017

Churches looking to set up or grow their ministry to refugees fleeing the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts will be able to apply for small grants from $1,000 to $5,000 as part of the Anglican Agencies Syrian Refugee Response.

The Syrian Refugee Response is a consortia of Anglican agencies, lead by Anglicare, which seeks to respond to the needs of Syrian and Iraqi refugees arriving in greater Sydney following the six month period of government resettlement support. Anglican Deaconess Ministries (ADM), as a member of the consortia, will be releasing a total of $50,000 in small grants for churches in the Diocese.

Margo Leach, Director of Mercy & Justice Ministries at ADM explains, “A key component of the Syrian Refugee Response is the involvement of church congregations within the Sydney Diocese caring for refugees from the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. Archbishop Glenn Davies called on Anglican parishes in Sydney to provide a ‘warm and generous welcome’ to these arriving refugees.

“Many churches are already responding to the needs of refugees in their area, and many others have great ideas for new ministries that could serve refugee communities. Through this small grant funding from ADM, the Syrian Refugee Response is seeking to enable community based, church-led responses to meet refugee needs.

“Churches are encouraged to apply for grants to develop their ministries, and in so doing, welcome and extend God’s love to refugees.”

Applications will be assessed and grants awarded based on how the ministry proposes to meet demonstrated refugee need; the expected impact of the proposed activity; the level of congregational involvement; the likely level of ongoing sustainability of the ministry; and the proposed use of grant funds.

Grant applications open on 21 January and close on 19 February 2017. Application forms will be available at

For more information on the grants visit ADM’s Mercy & Justice page on

Media contact:
Agnes Wilson, Media Officer, 0412 434 307
Janine Jones, Public Affairs Manager, 0407 066 813



Carers’ future uncertain under the NDIS says latest Anglicare report

5 December 2016

Launched today, Anglicare Sydney’s Carers: Doing it Tough, Doing it Well report raises concerns about unmet needs of carers under the NDIS.