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AUTUMN EDITION 2012 NOT sO sEcrET MEN s BUsINEss Men s shed AppeAl Bcs AUsTrAlIA DAy HErOEs AwArds Across Bcs ATTrAcTINg gOOD INTErEsT loAns scheMe grows ceo welcome Our Mission To express Christ s love as we serve individuals families and people in the community who have unmet spiritual emotional or physical needs Our Vision To be a passionate innovative Christian organisation bringing life transforming care to our clients I am also pleased to continue to share with you growth in our LifeCare Division through our Food 4 Life and microfinance loan programs (pages 7 and 8). In some cases these programs are working alongside of each other and with AgeCare services allowing BCS to truly provide holistic care to many Australians who are in need in our communities. Values Mutual respect and trust in all relationships Integrity and the highest ethical standards Stewardship of the resources and responsibilities in our care Communication that is open consistent and two way Continuous improvement in all we do Performance with recognition for results Creativity co-operation and commitment in the workplace We re already three months into 2012 and no doubt for you like me it has been a busy few months. In early February the organisation s Strategic Leadership Team and Senior Managers from across BCS met to determine a number of key business priorities that will be our focus for the coming financial year. This year BCS will continue to strive for excellence in a number of significant areas including care improvement safety information technology human resources Community Housing and of course our major developments in Kellyville and Griffith & Red Hill in Canberra. I look forward to bringing you updates on these areas throughout the year. Each year BCS Staff Dedication Services take place throughout February and March. These services held in four locations are the ideal opportunity for staff and volunteers to come together and commit the year ahead to God. You can read about our first two services on page 5. Finally I encourage you to read about the very special Men s Shed ministry taking place in Port Kembla as part of BCS Darcy House. BCS latest Men s Shed project will give three quarters of the Centre s clients an opportunity to combat boredom depression and social isolation. As the Australian Men s Shed Association states Men s Sheds are not just fixing furniture and building toys they are fixing men and building communities. BCS has also recently received funding to operate a Men s Shed as part of the BCS MayCare Community Centre in Newcastle and a number of our aged care sites also provide residents with active Men s Shed opportunities. The full story is on page 2. Thank you for your continued support in 2012 it is both valuable and greatly appreciated. sign up for E-News like us on Facebook baptistcommunityservices Visit our you Tube channel user BcsnswAcT ross low cHIEF EXEcUTIVE OFFIcEr ABN 90 000 049 525 Your Care Our Passion contents 2 cOVEr sTOry not so secret Men s Business 4 NEWs Bcs Australia day heroes 5 small but significant 7 More sustainability Awards for Bcs Food on the Table in dubbo 8 loans scheme Attracting good Interest meeting unmet needs As Baptist Community Services ventures into its 68th year of ministry it is evident that the mission continues to drive and influence all that we do. Our mission to express Christ s love as we serve individuals families and people in the community who have unmet spiritual emotional or physical needs is no small challenge. To stay focussed on meeting unmet needs requires careful planning wisdom and diligence as BCS makes difficult decisions about how we best steward the resources entrusted to us but also what BCS leaves to others who are better equipped or better placed to respond appropriately. This is where the words of Jesus are able to provide us with some reassurance and guidance as we seek to follow in His footsteps. When calling Matthew into Kingdom ministry Jesus declared It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick. But go and learn what this means I desire mercy not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous but sinners. (Matthew 9 12-13 NIV) BCS has grown on the back of this foundational belief that the focus should always be on the sick and that we should be taking God s love to those places where the needs are greatest. with Brendan Wood (rev) community relations Manager regulars 6 cHUrcH PArTNErsHIPs developing connections 9 sErVE 10 Bcs VOlUNTEErINg 11 VOlUNTEErINg OPPOrTUNITIEs 13 TrUsT FIlE This focus on serving people with unmet needs is seen in strategic decisions in the early days of BCS work right through to the more recent broadening of BCS LifeCare s outreach to include affordable food outlets no interest loans and homeless programs. Through these and other programs we have opportunities to assist those who need it most through tangible expressions of the love of Christ. As we reflect further on this passage from Matthew s gospel we discover an amazing invitation. We are each invited to learn that Jesus desires mercy above sacrifice. We are encouraged to understand a deep truth as we go and find those with unmet needs and as we demonstrate the gospel we ourselves experience the mercy of God. This is the great paradox of the Kingdom of God as we seek to meet unmet needs by His grace the Lord meets an unmet need within us. As we serve this year may we trust in the ways of Jesus because His ways are always best. This publication is printed on EVOLVE 100% recycled paper BW TRUST AUTUMN 2012 1 TrUsT Editorial Team Brendan Wood & Elizabeth Byrne Graphic Designer Zo Scott y ou ve probably seen signs for Men s Sheds popping up all over the country and may be wondering what they re all about. Sheds hold a special place in Australian culture. Traditionally a common site in suburban Australian back yards a man s shed was more than just a place to store tools it was a safe place for him to retreat to to think create fix and bond with other men. Over recent years an increase in medium density housing and family breakdown are just two factors that have resulted in a lack of personal space for many men. Couple this with a cultural perception that men are supposed to be tough and not express their feelings and it s no wonder that many men today are struggling to cope with such stressful events as broken relationships job loss and physical and mental illness. Unlike women most men are reluctant to talk about their emotions and that means they can often find it hard to ask for help. As a result men s health is generally worse than women s they drink more take more risks and suffer more from isolation loneliness and depression. In an effort to address some of these issues for men the Men s Shed movement was born. Modern Men s Sheds provide a substitute space for shed-less blokes . They are an updated version of the backyard shed a communal space for men to congregate and work together on practical projects in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. Men s Sheds fulfil a range of roles in the community. They enable men to revive old skills or learn new ones. They facilitate Men s Business Not So Secret cover story the passing of skills from one generation of men to another. They encourage a spirit of teamwork. They enable men to feel productive and that they can make a valuable contribution to the community. They provide a non-threatening and comfortable environment for men to socialise and talk about personal issues. A major objective of the Men s Shed movement is to advance men s well-being and health through a range of prevention information and referral initiatives. BCS has a history of supporting Men s Sheds around NSW and the ACT. Through the BCS Connect Grant initiative BCS has funded the development or enhancement of Men s Sheds through Ulladulla Baptist Church (2006) Wellington Baptist Church (2008) Windsor District Baptist Church (2008) Ballina Baptist Church (2009) and Belconnen Baptist Church (2010). Recently BCS opened its first Men s Shed at BCS Darcy House in Port Kembla. BCS Darcy House is a drop-in centre for street-based sex workers and people who are homeless or disadvantaged. Every day more than 50 people visit for a hot meal and some companionship and to receive practical help for a range of problems like housing health financial assistance and referrals to various community services. Three quarters of BCS Darcy House clients are men many of whom are homeless or live in local boarding houses. Most are unemployed or casual workers who struggle to make ends meet. Boredom depression family breakdown addictions and social isolation are serious issues affecting many Darcy House clients. BCS Darcy House Chaplain Matthew Woolley says God made each of us to be creative. If men don t have a positive outlet for their creativity they can become destructive. And when guys have something in their hands they re more likely to talk. The first project for the Men s Shed at Darcy House is to build a Communal Garden. The men are converting an unused space near the Shed into a fruit and vegetable patch. They have already marked out the garden beds and measured up the wooden planks for the raised garden. Not only will the Communal Garden provide the men with fresh fruit and vegetables it will also create a relaxed and calming space for them to interact and talk about deeper issues. The BCS Darcy House Men s Shed has already received some donations to refurbish the Shed and purchase several small tools. But they are in need of larger tools and equipment to enable them to finish the garden and work on other projects. Specifically they need table saws band saws metal cut-off saws lathes and a variety of other equipment. If you are able to give towards the purchase of this equipment please use the donation coupon on the back page or visit Men s Sheds are not just fixing furniture and building toys they are fixing men and building communities. Australian Men s Shed Association Pray Participate Support the BCS Darcy Please pray for the House Men s Shed ongoing ministry of financially using the the Men s Sheds coupon on the back at Ulladulla Baptist page or by donating Church Wellington Baptist Church Windsor online at District Baptist Church Ballina Baptist Church Join a Men s Shed in and Belconnen Baptist your area. Find your Church. Pray that men nearest Shed at who are involved in the Sheds will experience authentic Christian community and be drawn to the Nazarene Carpenter who came to give them abundant life. Pray for the new Men s Shed at BCS Darcy House in Port Kembla. Pray for BCS Chaplain Matthew Woolley as he coordinates the Shed and for the clients who are involved. Give thanks for the Shed and the renovation work that has been completed and pray that the additional tools they need will be provided. TRUST AUTUMN 2012 3 news BCS AUsTrAlIA DAy Heroes Bcs Kularoo centre BCS Kularoo Centre Forster were appreciated and recognised for their services to the Great Lakes Council with a Mayoral Award during Australia Day Celebrations held at Club Forster. A framed award was presented to ECM Deidre Moylan from the Australia Day Ambassador Rev Graham Long CEO of Wayside Chapel. Australia day is about celebrating our great nation including people who contribute to their local communities with passion. It s not surprising then that Bcs staff volunteers teams and clients were recognised on this special day. Jim Mallice BCS honorary historian received a MEDAL (OAM) OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA on Australia Day for his service to the community through roles with social welfare organisations including BCS. As an outworking of his faith in Jesus and his commitment to BCS Jim has dedicated himself to recording the organisation s history as a volunteer since his retirement from staff on in July 1998. Jim has worked tirelessly with BCS since 1975 in many roles some of which include volunteer councillor Sercom volnteer for 18 years Assets & Projects Manager serving on the Executive Committee and of course as a historian. Ron Robertson Jim s first CEO at BCS said of him He was too good a man to miss ... He was a faithful worker absolutely dependable and loyal very pleasant and most supportive. Jim was a team worker who neve sought honour for himself and was an outstanding colleague for whom I could thank God. Awards in the Australian honours system represent the highest level of recognition accorded by our nation for outstanding achievement and service said Ms Quentin Bryce The Governor-General Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC CVO Chancellor of the Order of Australia. robyn & gary Hayes Bcs Food 4 life Wellington & Dubbo Wellington s colourful Australia Day ceremony saw two BCS team members awarded with Community Service Awards Robyn Hayes Operations Manager for Wellington and Dubbo BCS Food 4 Life outlets and Garry Hayes BCS volunteer for his work with the local Men s Shed. oes er H Bcs care centre Murrumbidgee Leeton Shire Council honoured the work of BCS Care Centre Murrumbidgee who were nominated in the Council s Group Organisation of the Year Award category. The Council noted Baptist Community Services works to aid the elderly and house bound to remain independent and in their own home. The staff are extremely committed to their roles and work odd hours to fit with other services and appointments of their clients. Baptist Community Services continues to offer valuable support to the residents in the Leeton Community. lynne sawyers Volunteer client Bcs care centre central West Lynne Sawyers attends Wisdom Plus a Social Support program run by BCS Care Centre Central West in Cowra in partnership with Cowra Baptist Church. Lynne is also a foster mother and over the past 15 years she has cared for an incredible 200 children. Lynne was named Australia s Local Hero 2012 by The Hon Julia Gillard MP Prime Minister during Australia Day celebrations in Canberra. 4 TRUST AUTUMN 2012 news sMAll but significant small but significant was the theme of this year s annual Bcs staff Dedication services being held in canberra sydney Newcastle and the Northern rivers during February and March. The annual services are an opportunity for staff and volunteers to come together with colleagues and commit their service and the year ahead to God. Both Mr Ross Low CEO and Chairman of the BCS Board Dr Graham Henderson attended all services encouraging and thanking staff and volunteers for their contribution to the organisation. Each Staff Dedication Service includes a short devotion music and readings by local staff. An interactive but simple activity for all staff is also part of the service which is followed by morning tea. The four services saw 250 staff enjoy a time of inspiration and fellowship at Epping Baptist Church Mayfield Baptist Church BCS Maranoa Centre - Alstonville and BCS Daybreak Centre in Red Hill ACT respectively. At the Sydney service Rev Andrew Hall Pastor at Epping Baptist Church encouraged BCS staff and volunteers with a tongue-in-cheek anecdote to serve and care freely from their hearts knowing that God sees this and is pleased. A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around looking for valuables and when he picked up a DVD player to place in his sack a strange disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying Jesus is watching you. He nearly jumped out of his skin clicked his flashlight out and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit he shook his head promised himself a long vacation after his Sydney staff placing post it notes onto a cork board which reads GOD SEES to symbolise the big small significant & insignificant tasks that staff & volunteers perform next big score then clicked the light back on and began searching for more valuables. Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires clear as a bell he heard Jesus is watching you. Freaked out he shined his light around frantically looking for the source of the voice. Finally in the corner of the room his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot... Did you say that he hissed at the parrot. Yep the parrot confessed then squawked I m just trying to warn you. The burglar relaxed. Warn me huh Who the heck are you Moses replied the bird. Moses the burglar laughed. What kind of people would name a parrot Moses The bird promptly answered Probably the same kind of people that would name a 140 pound Rottweiler ... Jesus. Pastor Hall concluded his devotion You are not to think the bosses are watching you that even God is watching you rather we are to all seek to follow the women s example [in the passage Mark 12 40-44]. As you seek to care many people won t see how you care yet those who receive your care will often value it and respond to it but some won t and yet like the woman we are still called to give. A resource pack has also been prepared for BCS more isolated sites and facilities to conduct their own local service. Great opportunities to help others seldom come but small ones surround us every day. Mother Teresa TRUST AUTUMN 2012 5 church partnerships Developing connections w ho commenced in the role of Partnerships Development Group Manager in February a new division in BCS LifeCare Services. BCS is committed to making and maintaining connections with churches businesses and individuals who support BCS lifetransforming care services. Howard comes with wide and varied experience in a number of different settings and is an accredited Baptist pastor having ministered for 17 years in three churches (Eastwood Islington and Casino). He then moved to Baptist World Aid Australia as Church Liaison Manager for seven years before taking up a role as Staff Wellbeing Officer Sydney with Lifestyle Solutions (Australia) a disability and out of home care service provider. BCS iS pleaSed to introduCe rev Howard Bennett... During his time at Lifestyle Solutions Howard had a number of roles including Staff Wellbeing Officer Project Administrator Manager Disability Accommodation Emergency Response and Recruitment Officer. The Partnerships Development team includes responsibility for fundraising including bequests major gifts corporate giving trusts and foundations membership of the BCS Foundation and the facilitation of church partnerships as well as raising the profile of LifeCare services among Baptist churches and donors as a catalyst for prayer and support in various forms. In his spare time Howard is also involved with the Baptist Union supporting the Ministry Support and Development with the administration of the Continuing Howard Bennett Accreditation program and is a member and deacon of Epping Baptist Howard is available to visit churches church groups and groups of supporters highlighting the ministries and needs of LifeCare. E hbennett P 02 9023 2500 Sharing by giving through your Will Leaving a Will is a powerful way of offering care to your family and others you care about. Your Will is an expression of how you would like your resources distributed to meet the needs of others. For many people giving through a bequest in their Will is the only opportunity they have to give a significant gift to an organisation that they have been committed to throughout their life. To find out more about caring through your Will and receive a copy of BCS bequest information pack Call 1300 ASK BCS (1300 275 227) Visit the BCS website GetInvolved Bequests.aspx or You may choose to include a gift to BCS and provide help Email your request to wills and hope in the name of Jesus to the people we serve Every gift given to BCS makes a real difference across NSW and the ACT. however large or small. 6 TRUST AUTUMN 2012 news More sustainability Awards for Bcs Food on the Table in dubbo Dr Geoff Lee MP with Rene Marte & Lord Mayor of Parramatta Clr Lorraine Wearne Bcs has been working with the state government sustainability Advantage Program for three years and in many areas the organisation is demonstrating commitment to the environment and to operating care services in a sustainable and responsible way. In 2011 BCS was recognised as a Silver Partner by Minister for the Environment The Hon Robyn Parker for demonstrating significant environmental achievements including the design of BCS newest aged care development in Kellyville. Since then the Sustainability Advantage program has provided workshops in regional areas bringing industry sectors together to form clusters. BCS has been part of the Hunter cluster for Aged Care since 2009 and has been achieving great results in energy and waste efficiency. Last year BCS Kularoo BCS Kara and BCS Warabrook Centres were recognised by the Minister for the work they have done as part of the program. At two separate breakfasts BCS employees Peter Wells and Christine Russell accepted certificates on behalf of their facilities. BCS Catering Solutions has also been working with the Office of Environment & Heritage to reduce their energy consumption and waste. Ren Marte BCS Catering Solutions Manager accepted a certificate in recognition of their achievements from the Lord Mayor of Parramatta City Council and local member Dr Geoff Lee MP at a recognition breakfast in December. Robyn Hayes (centre) with two volunteers BCS newest Food 4 Life shop has joined forces onsite with BCS local microfinance team see article on page 8 as together they assist the local community with practical and life-transforming care. We re helping people in our local community they have more food on the table and money left over to pay the bills too said Robyn Hayes Operations Manager for Central Western NSW. Robyn has been overseeing the Food 4 Life shop in Wellington for 15 months and now oversees both shops. In 10 working days we had 157 new members. Membership is free to any person who has a Centrelink card pension of any kind or Department of Veterans Affairs she said. We are thrilled to show organisations who are also helping people in need that we are the next step up from those who help with free food and Woolworths vouchers. We offer household personal and edible goods. We encourage folk to come and choose what they what. Our volunteer staff are also often looking for employment so we re also helping people with an opportunity to serve the community as well as receive some training in the retail industry. Dubbo is now home to a range of BCS services including in-home care for older Australians through BCS Care Centre - Mid State as well as BCS LifeCare s Food 4 Life and microfinance services. TRUST AUTUMN 2012 7 news loans schemes Attracting good Interest Bcs microfinance programs are getting bigger and better as Bcs becomes a key provider of no and low-interest loan programs while giving Australians practical access to loans for essential household goods. In 2007 BCS was accredited to offer the NILS program at BCS Warilla North Community Centre with a capital loan base of just 30 000. This year the organisation now oversees seven NILS and three StepUP programs with the organisation s newest locations in Sutherland and Moree. Working in partnership and alongside the local BCS Food 4 Life outlet the NILS program at Sutherland expects up to 200 loans will be approved in its first year of operation Mr Graham Annesley MP Member for Miranda and Sport Minister presented BCS NILS Coordinator Charmaine Waru with a cheque from the State Government in early January to cover administration costs and wished the program every success. The purpose of the scheme is to allow low-income people to access fair and equitable finance without going into the debt that would occur with high-interest loans said Mr Ross Coleman They may be people on Centrelink payments part-time workers or even full-time workers on low wages said Mr Coleman. NILS loans range from 800 to 1 200 and have a repayment period between one and one and a half years at zero per cent interest. StepUP loans are between 800 and 3 000 with a low fixed interest rate no fees and a repayment period of up to three years. It is expected that the total value of BCS microfinance loans will exceed 1million in the current financial year. Charmaine Waru with Mr Graham Annesley MP at NILS Sutherland 8 TRUST AUTUMN 2012 Serve Our last Ministry rEV IAN DUNcAN Bcs heAd chAplAIn To support the work of Bcs chaplains please visit the Bcs website Why am I here I would much rather be in Heaven. Have you said something like that It is a question asked by many folks as they grow older. Let me tell you about a lovely lady who asked that same question. Bill and Olive came to live in the BCS hostel more than 20 years ago. Bill needed more care than Olive could give but instead of sending him into a care facility she moved into the facility with him. A few years later Bill passed into the Lord s presence while Olive continued to live in the BCS home. Olive made many friends but some of them could be very forgetful. So Olive would remind them when it was time for devotions and she escorted them from their rooms to the chapel. Her ministry was to be bright and cheerful. She was an encourager. I m not bad for someone aged 95 she would say. But things changed. Her health began to deteriorate. Instead of saying I m doing well for someone aged 95 she started to say I m 95. My usefulness is over. Why am I still here when I would rather be with Bill and Jesus in Heaven I wonder if you have ever had days when you felt like that Olive s chaplain sat with her and they chatted about Olive s life of serving others so selflessly. Although she could no longer serve others it was time for her to begin a new ministry. Olive was shocked. A new ministry when I am 95 and useless That was the last thing she expected. Yes Instead of serving others she would begin to allow others to serve her. She would still be an encourager but now when she could no longer serve by her works she could still lift up others by her words. No matter how old and frail we become we still have a ministry. Our last lesson is often to learn humility as we allow others to serve us. Our last ministry is often to allow others to learn Christ-likeness as they serve us as we become weak and frail. This is Christian community as our Lord designed it to function. TRUST AUTUMN 2012 9 volunteer craig goodreid is Bcs new Volunteer services consultant. craig has worked with Bcs employment Ventures a lifecare disability employment service in newcastle for the past three years and looks forward to sharing stories about Bcs volunteers from across nsw and the AcT. craig will work from the community relations Unit at Bcs support services. Reg Alley Alstonville volunteer reg s Mystery Tours Meet Reg Alley husband father grandfather dog owner Lions member community volunteer and chauffeur. Well technically his job description says bus driver but for over 200 residents and clients at BCS Maranoa Centre - Alstonville in the Northern Rivers Reg is much more than that. Since 1990 he has driven the community bus and become a friend to most of these people. He is an essential part of their lives. Without Reg their worlds would be considerably smaller and certainly not as easy to manage. Most weekdays Reg picks up people around the community and takes them off on shopping trips out for lunch to interesting locations to theatre performances picnics and museums. In fact wherever people want to go Reg is there for them. Indeed he sometimes takes them places they did not know they even wanted to go to Of all the organised trips I drive on I like best the trips scheduled as mystery tours . They are mysteries to me as well says Reg. I just drive down roads that take my fancy and I can tell you that bus has ended up in some very interesting places. We always have tea and a cake in the bus and we can stop anywhere to enjoy them. When not driving for Maranoa Reg likes to go camping with wife Cath and Bill the meek and mild Rottweiler or to visit their grandchildren. Reg trained as a school teacher but a serious accident in the 1980s severely restricted what he could do. But something I could do was to contribute to the community he states firmly. Armed with a heavy combination licence and a good driving record the community bus driver s seat was an ideal place for him to be. Reg has plans to become a grey nomad when Cath retires from work. It s a big country and there is a lot to see . In the meantime several hundred people on the Alstonville Plateau rely on Reg. He is a friend as well as their bus driver...which almost makes him a personal chauffeur in our estimation For a selection of our current Volunteer opportunities please see opposite or contact Bcs at volunteering 10 10 TRUST AUTUMN 2012 Be part of the change... today Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people in need BCS greatly values the contribution of volunteers as we pursue our vision of life-transforming care. Read on and find out more about current opportunities. SYDNEY BCS Dorothy Henderson Lodge (Marsfield NSW) Opportunities to volunteer in the following roles Activities Assistant Craft 1st 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the month 10am - 12pm Activities Assistant Groups Wednesdays 1pm - 3pm Bus Outing Assistant Once a month on Monday 9 30am - 12pm Please contact Aimee on 02 9346 1242 for more information. BCS Care Centre Hills District (Castle Hill NSW) Companion Social Activity and Shopping Assistants Volunteers are needed to provide transport companionship and support to isolated and or housebound aged frail aged and younger people with a disability. The time commitment is 2 hours weekly fortnightly. NSW drivers license and own vehicle (with comprehensive insurance) are a requirement of this role. Please contact Agnes on 02 8896 4700 for more information. BCS Shalom Centre (Marsfield NSW) Entertainer Volunteer with musical talents is needed to play a musical instrument for weekly sing-along on Fridays 2pm - 3pm. Piano is available. Please contact Norma Martinez on 9346 1432 for more information. BCS Food 4 Life (Jannali NSW) Retail Assistants Assist with the daily operation - stock shelves assist clients unload delivery trucks stores logistics store cleaning provide hospitality counter till operations. Time commitment is 1-2 Days per week Tuesday Friday between 9.30am-3.00pm. Computer EFTPOS and POS Scanner Till experience is desirable but not essential. Admin Assistant Assist with various administrative tasks such as filing answering phones preparing documents. Time commitment is 6-10 hours per week preferably Monday but flexible for other days. Computer literacy and ability to work in a team are essential. Please contact Paul on 02 9528 7492 for more information ILLAWARRA BCS Darcy House (Port Kembla NSW) Volunteer Kitchen Support Volunteer required to assist with serving of breakfast and lunch meals and kitchen duties (cleaning etc). Time commitment is one day per week 4-5 hours OH&S Infection Control and Manual Handling awareness. Please contact Colleen Wells on 02 4298 2801 ACT BCS George Forbes House (Queanbeyan NSW) Computer Kiosk Instructor A volunteer is needed to assist and teach residents some basic computer skills such as sending emails typing letters and playing games. Time commitment is approximately 30-40 minutes per week fortnight. Please contact Bernard on 02 6151 6900 for more information. VOLUNTEER FROM HOME If you don t live near a BCS Service did you realise you can still make a difference in the lives of our valued clients Volunteering from home is a great way to contribute Contact volunteering for more information on how to get involved from home BLUE MOUNTAINS BCS Morven Gardens (Leura NSW) Manicurist Morven Gardens is looking for a volunteer to spend approximately 1-2 hours per week fortnight chatting and forming friendships with residents while providing manicures and hand massages. Please contact Nellie on 02 4784 4610 for more information MID NORTH COAST BCS Care Centre - Mid North Coast (Tuncurry NSW) Social Support Assistant In Home More volunteers are needed to provide support for frail aged people living in their own homes either by assisting with socialisation reading mail having a chat in the client s home or assisting with activities in the centre. The time commitment is 3 hours per week. 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OR VISIT THE WEBSITE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST WWW.GRACEWOODKELLYVILLE.COM.AU OWNED AND OPERATED BY Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT Leaders in Community Service since 1944 trust file BCS Managers Graduate with Leadership Qualifications In 2010 the BCS staff satisfaction survey feedback highlighted that we needed to invest in the development of local managers. One strategy put in place was to offer fully funded education courses during 2010 and 2011. December saw 22 BCS staff graduate with an Advanced Diploma of Management (11) and with a Diploma of Management (11) from the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) as part of BCS strategy to invest in the development of managers. Both qualifications were tailored by AIM to cater for BCS business needs for leadership with the intensive courses offered over six months. Students found the style of teaching enabled them to learn from each other and share information across the organisation. Funding for the two Diploma courses was provided by the Department of Education and Training s Strategic Skills Program. National Student Leadership Forum Two BCS employees were privileged to attend Canberra s National Student Leadership Forum in September last year relishing an opportunity to discuss the significance of faith and values as foundations for effective leadership. Belinda Reay BCS Warena Centre and Douglas Skinner BCS Care Centre South West Sydney represented BCS at the Forum on faith and values which is an initiative of Members and Senators of the Federal Parliament supported by business and community leaders. Through participation in the forum we were challenged to do more than just sympathise with injustices we see or hear about and we were provided with the opportunity to reflect on what our faith and values actually are and their significance in how we not only lead people but live as well reported Belinda and Doug. Baptist Community Services NSW & ACT (BCS) 28A Cambridge St Epping NSW 2121 PO Box 655 Epping NSW 1710 T (02) 9023 2500 F (02) 9023 2501 E ask W ABN 90 000 049 525 The Trust File Christmas Hampers Over 1100 Christmas hampers were distributed to BCS clients from Sydney to Newcastle over the Christmas period last year through three different hamper projects. Despite the retirement of Sercom last year BCS remained committed to the hamper tradition and purchased hampers from Foodbank Australia which were distributed to BCS LifeCare clients from BCS Community Centres in Warilla and Petersham BCS Darcy House BCS youth residential facilities and BCS Care Centres caring for older Australians who are socially isolated. In Epping BCS Support Services staff also adopted residents living in BCS facilities just around the corner on the BCS Marsfield site. Staff donated homemade Christmas hampers and delivered them to residents on Christmas Day. Finally in the Hunter Region BCS Mayfield Community Centre provided more than 260 individuals and families with Christmas hampers as part of the Hampers of Hope project in partnership with Mayfield Baptist Church. Are you training for the 2012 City 2 Surf BCS will again be participating in the 2012 City2Surf and are calling on supporters staff and volunteers to join our team for the 14 km walk or run on Sunday 12 August. By being part of the BCS City2Surf team you re supporting BCS LifeCare services across NSW. Email your interest to events or call 9023 2645. TrUsT AUTUMN 2012 13 Your Care Our Passion Bringing hope practical help and Christ-like compassion BCS LifeCare ministry is a direct outworking of the BCS mission to express Christ s love as we serve individuals families and people in the community who have unmet spiritual emotional or physical needs. BCS are privileged to be serving people on the margins of society such as women and children escaping domestic violence youth at risk struggling families and the homeless. Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT With limited government funding BCS LifeCare relies on the generous contributions and support from individual donors and church communities. online at or by calling 1300 ASK BCS (1300 275 227) BCS is reaching out into the community with a message of love and hope. We are compelled to share the love of Jesus with people in need whatever that need may be so that people may experience genuine acceptance and be empowered to make good choices for themselves and their families. I want to help BCS transform lives 1. My details (please print) Rev Dr Mr Mrs Ms Miss First name Surname Address (please circle) Mobile H( DOB Email ) W( ) You can make a difference to someone. Men don t talk face to face they talk shoulder to shoulder 2. My life-transforming gift I would like to make a gift of to help BCS transform lives. Please direct my gift to Where most needed BCS Darcy House Men s Shed BCS Chaplaincy Services BCS Chisholm Care (for women and children escaping domestic violence) 3. Payment details I enclose my cheque money order made payable to Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT OR Please debit my credit card Visa Mastercard Diners ..................... ....................... ..................... ..................... Name of cardholder Expiry date Signature 4. Request more information Please send me information on How I can support BCS regularly Including BCS in my Will Becoming a BCS Company Member Subscribing to TRUST Volunteering Please detach coupon and mail to Baptist Community Services - NSW & ACT PO Box 655 Epping NSW 1710 DONATIONS OF 2 AND OVER ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE ABN 90 000 049 525 NEWSAUT12