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Read the latest media releases from UnitingCare NSW.ACT and its Service Groups on the issues that affect the people for whom we care.

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UnitingCare NSW.ACT

2014

Productivity Commission Right to Focus Funds on Greatest Need
22 July 2014
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to see priority going to where need is greatest in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Early Childhood Care and Learning.

Vulnerable children should be forefront concern from Productivity Commission’s report
21 July 2014
UnitingCare Australia looks forward to tomorrow’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, hoping it will pave a way forward for an increase in the proportion of disadvantaged and vulnerable children receiving early childhood education. 

Preschool children contribute to the design of the new bridge
23 June 2014
Children at UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool have been contributing to the design of the new river crossing in Grafton. The children had been researching and investigating challenges with the old bridge, and came up with real and meaningful ideas for the new one.

Children’s Health and Nutrition Stall
10 June 2014
Parents of children aged between 0-12 years of age are encouraged to attend the free Junior Checkpoint Health stall at Centro Shopping Centre, this Thursday 12 June, between 12-3:30pm.

What it means to care
5 June 2014
Seniors in the Nambucca community can now benefit from emotional and spiritual guidance proved by UnitingCare’s Pastoral Care Worker.

UnitingCare launches Reconciliation Action Plan
30 May 2014
The single largest provider of aged care in NSW, UnitingCare Ageing has committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), developed to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in aged care.

Federal Minister for Social Services visits Arrunga residential aged care service
21 May 2014
Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP today visited UnitingCare Ageing’s Arrunga residential aged care service and the accompanying Arrunga Community Men’s Shed.

UnitingCare and SSI to deliver disability inclusion program
16 May 2014
Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka MLC has announced UnitingCare NSW.ACT and Settlement Services International (SSI) as successful partners to roll out a new program, Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) across suburbs in Sydney City, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney and Southern NSW.

Help available for South Coast problem gamblers
12 May 2014
In the lead up to this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May to 1 June), UnitingCare Unifam would like South Coast residents to know there are new gambling help services available in Nowra.

Help available for Central Coast problem gamblers
12 May 2014
In the lead up to this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May to 1 June), UnitingCare Unifam would like Central Coast residents to know professional gambling help services are available in Gosford, Wyong and Warnervale.

Help available for Macarthur region problem gamblers
12 May 2014
In the lead up to this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May to 1 June), UnitingCare Unifam would like Macarthur district residents to know there are new gambling help services available in Campbelltown.

New Ability Links partnerships announced
12 May 2014
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the three successful partnership applicants for the Ability Links disability community program.

The importance of sound oral and dental care the focus of education and awards day at Goonellabah
15 April 2014
The importance of sound oral and dental care in the overall health and wellbeing of seniors will be the focus of an education and awards day at UnitingCare Ageing’s Goonellabah aged care services on 30 April.

Keeping Youth on Track in Kempsey
3 April 2014
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Greg Smith SC visited Kempsey yesterday to see first-hand how local scheme Youth on Track is steering young people away from crime.

Chatswood Expo to help seniors live life!
2 April 2014
As we get older, it is more important than ever to look after our health. UnitingCare Ageing Keenagers Day Centre in Chatswood is hosting a Health Expo next Tuesday to provide seniors with practical ideas on how to best look after themselves.

UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool exceeds National Quality Standard
2 April 2014
Both staff and parents alike were delighted but not surprised when UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool in Clarence Valley was recently rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard.

Cinema Under The Stars planned for Youth Week
2 April 2014
An open-air movie night for the whole family will be one of the many activities taking place during Youth Week (4-13 April) in Dubbo this year.

Enrol in HIPPY to encourage a child’s love of learning
1 April 2014
Since 2010, UnitingCare Burnside’s HIPPY program in Bidwill has encouraged local children and parents to develop a love of learning. HIPPY is now taking enrolments for 2014 to give children the best chance of doing well at school.

Home maintenance service to seniors set to expand
1 April 2014
A valuable home maintenance service for seniors operating in central Sydney will be expanded to the city’s inner western suburbs.

Open Day to focus on youth homelessness
31 March 2014
Youth homelessness in the Orana region will be the focus of an Open Day in Dubbo on Wednesday 9 April.

Andrew Daddo to join Dads for Kids Festival in Dubbo
31 March 2014 
One of Australia’s best loved television personalities and accomplished author, Andrew Daddo, will be special guest at the fifth annual Dads for Kids Festival in Dubbo next month.

Nambucca Expo to Fall Proof local seniors
31 March 2014
One in three people aged 65 or over fall at least once a year and many fall more often. In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and at least 400 deaths in seniors.

UnitingCare Ageing calls for CALD representation
31 March 2014
UnitingCare Ageing commends the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield for consulting with stakeholders in the aged care sector through the establishment of the new Aged Care Sector Committee, which will advise and support the Australian Government as it implements aged care reforms, including red tape reduction.

Newly expanded Nareen Terrace fully occupied
28 March 2014
Reflecting the demand for quality seniors’ developments the recently opened new stage of Nareen Terrace, UnitingCare’s independent living village, is already fully occupied.

UnitingCare Ageing to bring affordable housing to the Mountains
28 March 2014
UnitingCare Ageing this week received development approval from Blue Mountains City Council to transform an unoccupied building in the heart of Katoomba into affordable housing for older members of the Blue Mountains community. 

UnitingCare Ageing cautions against the misuse of restraints in aged care
26 March 2014
UnitingCare Ageing has today voiced support for Alzheimer’s Australia’s report into the use of physical and chemical restrains for people living with dementia in aged care. 

Open Day for highly valuable dementia respite service
25 March 2014
A relatively little-known but highly valuable allied health service in Orange will open its doors next month to allow interested members of the public to inspect its facilities and ask questions of staff about how the service operates. 

Seniors Week BIG MOVE a BIG SUCCESS
18 March 2014
Over 300 people danced against dementia in Sydney Town Hall; joining thousands more across NSW for the launch of UnitingCare’s THE BIG MOVE on Monday 17 March. 

UnitingCare launches the BIG MOVE
12 March 2014
Sydney Town Hall will be transformed into a festival of colour and movement when UnitingCare launches the BIG MOVE on Monday 17 March, from 10:30am.

Elanora to stage Seniors Week art exhibition and auction
7 March 2014
The residents and staff of Elanora Aged Care Centre in Shellharbour are preparing to celebrate Seniors Week (15-23 March) with an art exhibition and auction.

Optus RockCorps helps out at Harris Community Centre
5 March 2014
UnitingCare Harris Community Centre was overrun by the Optus RockCorps team today. Mulching, planting, hammering and painting the crew of around 70 volunteers took to the task of overhauling the community centre’s external spaces.

Younger Onset Dementia program to be launched at Waverley
4 March 2014
An innovative program designed to improve the independence and quality of life of people living with younger onset dementia will be launched at the War Memorial Hospital (WMH) in Waverley this Friday (7 March). 

School training provides foundation for aged care career
25 February 2014
Training and experience gained at Elizabeth Gates Nursing Home has given a young Singleton nurse a bright start to her career in aged care. 

National Apology Day Reflection Walk
11 February 2014
Members of the Dubbo community are invited to participate in a ‘Reflection Walk’ tomorrow (Wed 12 Feb) to mark the sixth anniversary of National Apology Day. 

Demand for students to pursue caring careers
20 January 2014
Recent studies have found the Australian health and community services workforce will grow up to 77 percent in the next 12 years. Choosing a career path that makes a difference is now not only a meaningful choice but a good option for potential employment. 

2013

Official Sydney Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela
12 December 2013
An Ecumenical Memorial Service will be held in Sydney's CBD (Friday 13 December) to commemorate and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.

Local kids give back these holidays
4 December 2013
In the spirit of giving, children from across Sydney will visit UnitingCare's Harris Community Centre in Ultimo on Monday 9 December to pack Christmas hampers for 65 families who are in need.

Wontama Village to host Art Show and Auction
8 November 2013
More than 100 works of art created by more than a dozen elderly artists will be on display and sale at this year's Wontama Village Art Show and Auction.

Gift cards to Target families recovering from bush fires
1 November 2013
Gateway Family Services has three hundred $50 gift cards from the national retailer Target Australia to distribute to Blue Mountains families affected by the devastating bushfires in recent weeks.

Grant will help extend The Anchor counselling service for kids
29 October 2013
UnitingCare Unifam Counselling and Mediation has received a major boot after being awarded a $10,000 grant to help fund the delivery of The Anchor counselling service for children from its Sydney CBD office.

Celebrations mark 30th anniversary of first intake of Khmer refugee children
16 October 2013
Over 100 people, including NSW Governor, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, attended celebrations in North Parramatta on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the settlement of a group of Khmer refugee children in NSW.

Child poverty rates double for single parent families
11 October 2013
The poverty rate for single parent families in Australia is nearly 20%, double that of the poverty rate for couples with dependant children (8.9% or 831,000).

Ngurambang seeks foster carers
24 September 2013
Around a third of children in care across Australia are Aboriginal but there are not enough Aboriginal carers to support them and their cultural identity.

Caroona Kalina physiotherapists win UnitingCare Ageing team award
18 September 2013
A team of physiotherapists from Caroona Kalina aged care centre at Goonellabah near Lismore has won this year's UnitingCare Ageing Carol Penning Inspired Care Team Award.

UnitingCare Ageing Healthy Living for Seniors Central Coast and Alzheimer's Australia Inspired Memory Day
16 September 2013
UnitingCare Ageing Healthy Living for Seniors Central Coast, together with Alzheimer's Australia, is holiding an Inspired Memory Day on Friday 20 September 2013 to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

Wontama Village design review will improve redevelopment but completion date unchanged
13 September 2013
UnitingCare Ageing is reviewing the design plans for the redevelopment of Wontama Village in Orange to further improve several aspects of the proposed new aged care facilities.

St John's childcare in Neutral Bay waves their flag for 20 years of quality childcare
12 September 2013
To mark 20 years of providing quality education and care to the children and families of Neutral Bay, each child designed their own birthday celebration flag with children and staff voting for their favourite.

Souptember launches in Ultimo
12 September
Woolly blankets, hot soup, a 'pop-up' op shop and volunteer vets, UnitingCare's first Souptember event launches at the Harris Community Centre, Ultimo Sunday 15 September.

National Gallery and Newcastle Museum take exhibitions to the elderly
5 September 2013
An innovative activities program at UnitingCare Ageing's Lindsay Gardens aged care facility in Hamilton is proving extremely popular with residents.

Volunteering improves your health!
2 September
UnitingCare is urging Northern Beaches locals to increase their life expectancy and join in the fun and volunteer at the Jacaranda Day Centre in Warriewood.

UnitingCare Burnside helps dads navigate through nappies and sleepless nights
2 September 2013
Becoming a father, especially for the first time is an emotional experience with a number of challenges. New and expectant fathers in Campbelltown will soon get the support they need when UnitingCare Burnside pilots its fathers' program 'Dad, are you expecting?'

State must properly fund preschool
29 August 2013
Changes to preschool funding in New South Wales proposed by the State Government will see fewer three year old children able to access programs, Ms Trish Brown, Director UnitingCare Children's Services said today.

Ageing residents bring home the gold!
27 August 2013
After their last glamorous 'Calendar Girls' style fundraising effort, the residents at UnitingCare Starrett Lodge were faced with the challenge of what to do next. Their 'novel' solution has come up with the gold!

UnitingCare Burnside helps young people to get back 'on track'
21 August 2013
Young people from Nambucca in the north to Wauchope in the South, including Kempsey and Port Macquarie will be some of the first in the state to benefit from a new NSW Government and UnitingCare Burnside program that aims to divert young people away from committing crimes and falling into the juvenile justice system.

2013-14 ACT Budget Response- UnitingCare & Uniting Church Canberra Presbytery
6 June 2013
The 2013-14 ACT budget contains strong new initiatives, but causes some concern for the Territory's most vulnerable people.

Merit of plan for UnitingCare Ageing Shellharbour service recognised by the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel
16 May 2013
UnitingCare Ageing welcomes the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel's recognition of the merit of its plans for Wattle Road Shellharbour to develop a seniors living campus.

Making a difference for people in the outback
16 May 2013
As National Volunteer Week begins on 13 May, Frontier Services is looking for more people to lend a hand in the bush through its volunteer program, Outback Links.

Budget must increase newstart for the most vulnerable
14 May 2013
Failure to increase Newstart in tonight's federal budget will have the most significant impact on some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people living in Australia, Reverend Brian Brown, head of the Uniting Church in New South Wales and ACT said today.