Partnering with Churches

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Partnering with Churches

This year has seen the ongoing strengthening of partnerships with Baptist Churches, including collaborative activity around domestic violence awareness, grants, pastoral care training, consultancy advice and supporting one another through a variety of activities that reinforce our relationship.

This infographic shows the details of this partnership, including 111 Baptist Churches registered nation-wide with our domestic violence awareness campaign, and more than 2,000 downloads of the awareness resources, which we provided in association with the Public Engagement Group (PEG).

Our Church Relationships Manager role, commenced in January 2018, is co-located between BaptistCare and the Baptist Association. The part time nature of this role sees much of the work around building relationships both at Baptist Ministry Centre and with Regional Ministers while strengthening some of the collaborative activities already in place. This has resulted in a noticeable increase in cross referrals between both organisations and adding values to each other’s endeavours.

The Baptist Gathering in May 2019 was also an opportunity to trial partnership in the way we developed the resources for the BaptistCare expo stand, themed 75 years of partnership, and as we connected with Pastors and Baptist Association staff who assisting us by telling their stories around partnership.

Northern Rivers housing goes live

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Northern Rivers housing goes live

Lismore locals struggling in the private housing market benefited from the completion of our 35 new social and affordable homes in March 2019.

Developed and operated by BaptistCare for the NSW Government’s $1bn Social and Affordable Housing Fund (SAHF), the units provide accommodation for people over fifty-five and single-parent families who are currently on the social housing waiting list or in need of affordable housing.

Through the SAHF, tenants receive access to affordable accommodation with links to tailored support, to help households gain independence.
Former Minister for Social Housing, Pru Goward, visited the Lismore location and was on site to cut the ribbon, open the site and welcome in a new era of housing for the area.

“These homes are ecofriendly, modern and well designed, close to shops, the hospital and other vital services so people are part of genuine communities,” said Ms Goward.

“Our commitment to deliver more housing means that people in Lismore who are currently struggling to find a stable, affordable place to live will soon have a home of their own.”

Sydney’s ageing population

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Sydney’s ageing population

In May 2019, we partnered with the Committee for Sydney and Stockland, releasing a report finding that urgent attention must be given to public investment to support senior citizens in Sydney due to the lack of housing, transport and access to healthcare to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population.

The report, Dignity and Choice: An inclusive future for our ageing population identifies the key challenges that need to be overcome to ensure Sydney remains inclusive and accessible for our senior population.

The report also contains over 30 different recommendations for federal, state and local governments to help policymakers prepare for a future where one-quarter of the population will be aged 65 or over, and 15% of the population will be aged 75 by 2056.

“There are few things so fundamental in life as feeling secure in your own home; this is true for us all, and especially so for older people. Many older Australians live dangerously close to the poverty line, at risk of losing their home, or in a home that no longer accommodates their changing needs,” said Mike Furner, BaptistCare’s General Manager Housing and Retirement Living.