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A New Year, A New Direction for CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
May 10, 2017

Wednesday 1 February saw the unveiling of CatholicCare’s new awareness campaign and strategic direction. Aiming to let the ACT and surrounding NSW regions know that no matter who you are, they are there to support everyone in any capacity. CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn have been supporting the most vulnerable in the local community for the last 60 years.

Anne Kirwan, CEO of CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn said that this year was the perfect time to remind the community of their presence, “We are extremely proud of the work CatholicCare does in Canberra and Southern NSW to support families, couples and individuals experiencing a broad range of issues from homelessness, to mental health, relationship problems, addiction, housing, aged care and disability. As we celebrate our 60th year of community service, we thought this was the right time relaunch our organisation.

Ms Kirwan also reflected on the recent funding structure changes such as the NDIS that have had a large influence on how social welfare is delivered, “CatholicCare has had to really reflect on our service delivery, especially in regional areas, to ensure that individuals requiring support and services through the NDIS have easy access to our support workers and that we have the right programs to support those who need it the most.”

The Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, Christopher Prowse, was also on hand to launch the new direction of CatholicCare, saying during his speech, “CatholicCare help over 10,000 people every year throughout the Archdiocese and this is something to be very proud about. While the Catholic Church has rightly been under scrutiny and distrust lately, it is important that we don’t forget the foundations of being Catholic, which is to take care of all our brothers and sisters in need, no matter their backgrounds, beliefs or ideology. We are there for anyone in need.”

The launch was held at the Nishi Gallery in New Acton where there were art pieces on display from CatholicCare’s Hands on Studio, an art school for students with a disability. The event was emceed by Peter Gordon, CEO of Hands Across Canberra, a Canberra wide charity that encourages the community to take care of our own and support all of the work done by the various different charities and organisations in Canberra, including CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn.

The event was attended by heads of ACT Government agencies, CEOs of not for profit organisations, Senator Zed Seselja, Elizabeth Kikkert MLA and other ACT Legislative representatives. The new campaign will launch from the beginning of February.

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