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About CatholicCare

CatholicCare, previously known as Centacare, has grown from the grass roots of volunteering to the leading not-for-profit community organisation we are today.  We started in 1957 with a very humble and noble premise, to help people. This has not changed or wavered in 60 years.

From the extensive coastline, to the Snowy Mountains, to the rolling hills and flat plains out west, our geographical diversity reflects our client base and the wide range of support services available to anyone in need. Whether it is counselling, family support, homelessness, NDIS services, mental health, aged care, youth outreach, drug and alcohol or housing support you need, we are here to help you.

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At CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn we recognise that it is our people, their drive, loyalty and commitment to delivering a great service for the community that truly makes the difference.

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When an organisation is as diverse as CatholicCare, your generous donation can contribute to supporting people to make a difference in many ways. Your donation will go towards the various programs and services that CatholicCare provides throughout Canberra and the surrounding Southern NSW Regions.

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Latest news
ACT and NSW Agencies Talk Drugs, Alcohol & Mental Health
November 29, 2017
Today saw the culmination of over one hundred community sector workers in what is Canberra’s biggest forum for drug, alcohol and mental health services. When there is a co-occurring condition of alcohol and/or drug use and mental health conditions, this is known as comorbidity. Evidence has shown that when both conditions are treated at the same time the outcomes are more effective. Therefore it is important for mental health and alcohol and other drug services to collaborate and work together. A recent statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing determined that of those who used illicit drugs in the previous 12 months, 63% reported having a mental health disorder during the same period. For these reasons and more, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn hosted the 10th Annual Comorbidity Interagency Day for agencies to network and strengthen interagency partnerships and referrals, to better support individuals with comorbidity. Given the level of commitment this work requires from staff and the resulting burn out rate, the theme of this year’s event was to look after yourself so you can better look after others. The service workers were invited to participate in Tai Chi, and listen to a guest speaker from Relationships Australia discussing strategies for self –care. Among the exhibitions, there was a particular focus on young people, the homeless and individuals engaged in the criminal justice system, as these groups are identified as being the  most affected by comorbidity. For further information about the day or for any media enquiries please contact Aerin Gordon Heinrich on 0419 555 560.
CatholicCare Launch new Reconciliation Action Plan
November 17, 2017
On Friday, 17 November 2017, CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn were proud to launch their latest Reconciliation Action Plan. Staff gathered to commemorate the launch, with a Welcome to Country by Ngunnawal Elder Warren Daley and an address by CEO Anne Kirwan. The celebration included a speech from artist, Sarah Richards, who produced a beautiful indigenous artwork representative of the organisation’s reconciliation journey. CatholicCare’s vision for reconciliation is where the past treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is acknowledged and accepted, and where all of us who call Australia home work together to achieve improved health, wellbeing, and economic status for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. To read CatholicCare’s Reconciliation Action Plan in full as well as the story behind the incredible artwork by Sarah Richards, click here. (image) (image) (image)
Archbishop to lead blessing for CatholicCare’s 60th Anniversary
October 31, 2017
Everyone is welcome to join the Archbishop for Mass this Sunday, 5 November 2017 at St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, where the Archbishop will be bestowing a special blessing upon CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn. This will be in recognition of CatholicCare’s 60 years of service to the local community as well as an offer of thanks and recognition to the hard working and dedicated staff. The details are as follows: Where: St Christopher’s Cathedral, Franklin Street, Manuka When: Sunday, 5 November 2017 Time: 11am – 12pm Please come along if you can, with your families, to respectfully commemorate this special anniversary.
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