Operated independently on the church property, the Centre is managed by a small staff and a team of trained volunteers. Since 1973 it has offered Emergency Relief, Counselling, NILS (no interest) loans, Vulnerable Families Program, Budget planning,
Positive Living Groups for elderly and those with mild dementia,
a Support Group for Carers, help with study for Primary School children
and a Cultural and Language Diversity program.
Together with people from other churches and the wider community,
Burwood Heights Uniting Church is deeply committed to supporting the Centre,
in many voluntary capacities as well as financial and practical help.
Enquiries are welcome from anyone interested in joining this effort
to meet the needs of people in the community for whom life is a challenge –
either training as a volunteer or assisting with regular tasks
such as organizing food supplies.
The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.45pm.
Contact: 9803 3400.
In our ECOS program,
volunteers offer practice in English Conversation for Overseas Students
and others seeking to improve their English speaking skills.
It is attended by students or graduates of universities such as
the nearby Deakin University, visitors on a working holiday in Australia
and permanent residents.
Most are from various Asian countries, South America or the Middle East.
The program is conducted in an informal and friendly atmosphere, recognizing that
most who attend are a long way from the support of family and friends.
We meet from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm every Sunday night,
from mid-February to mid-December.
A $2.00 donation is requested to cover expenses
Volunteers attend on a roster basis according to their availability,
mostly once or twice per month.
Join us one evening to see if you would like to help.
POSSIBLE DREAMS INTERNATIONAL
Possible Dreams International, Inc is a non-profit organisation,
united in a belief in the dignity of every human life.
It partners with rural and remote communities in Swaziland, to empower families and individuals living with extreme poverty, malnutrition and endemic disease. Emergency relief offers medical care, food and housing for people, many of them
in desperate need. Sustainable development solutions, including water access,
agricultural support and micro-enterprise projects, are undertaken.
The work is carried out by local Swazi people and international volunteers.
Possible Dreams International seeks to build communities of hope
and bridges of possibility that span the world. Burwood Heights Uniting Church
supports the endeavour by fundraising and individual donations.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries a handful of ministers travelled vast distances to visit remote properties in South Australia and a nursing post was opened at Oodnadatta. The Australian Inland Mission was founded in 1912 by the Rev John Flynn, who sought to establish a “mantle of safety” so people could build sustainable communities despite the hardships of outback life right across Australia. Padres travelled by horse and camel, nursing outposts were set up and radio communications gave people access to a central base.
Patrol Ministers are constantly on the road across 85% of Australia,