Anglicare is part of the broader mission of the Anglican Church. We are called by Jesus’ example to respond to human need by providing loving service and seeking to transform unjust structures in society.
Anglicare (NSW South, NSW West & ACT) is governed by Ordinance of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn and operates in partnership with the Anglican Dioceses of Riverina and Bathurst. We are linked to our sister Anglicare agencies nationally through membership of Anglicare Australia.
Where do we work?
Anglicare employs over 1,000 staff and has a presence in over 50 towns and communities across rural NSW.
Some of our major regional service locations are Wagga Wagga, Goulburn, Moruya, Merimbula, Orange, Dubbo as well as Canberra.
Our Model of Care
Anglicare for many years has looked to provide people in need with "Strength for today" and "Hope for tomorrow". People should never be condemned to a cycle of dependence and despair, and we aim to provide people with pathways out of crisis.
Over the past year we have sought to turn this aspiration into a concrete framework for care. To this end, a model has been developed called “surviving to thriving” which underpins our new five-year strategic plan. The aim is to build stronger communities, so people have the networks they need to build resilience, helping them to better cope with periods of instability.
An embryonic version of the survive-thrive matrix was first devised by the Foyer housing model in the UK. It stressed that homeless young people should have the opportunity to thrive in a supportive and safe environment as they work to achieve independence. Anglicare is taking this philosophy and applying it right across all our business areas. Accountability measures are being developed to test the alignment of programs with this model and to ensure our services are effective in improving the lives of the people we serve.
While there will always be a need for us to provide crisis services, we are not ultimately doing the best by those people we serve if we fail to confront and address the issues that are causing them to fall into crisis in the first place. This survive-thrive model will help us better guide people from reliance on support along the path to becoming full participants in a community that provides them the resources to flourish.
Hope blossoms when people can see that permanent change really is possible.
Our goal: Strengthening communities
A key strategic goal for Anglicare is to strengthen communities as we improve individual well-being. We want to ensure people in our care are not merely "surviving" but they are "thriving"- that life is going well and that they are building community connections. To this end we are developing a range of early intervention and community development models.
One example is our "sustainable living hubs" which are particularly tailored for smaller rural communities. These hubs combine such services as emergency relief, financial counselling and the No-Interest Loan scheme to ensure we are working to prevent an escalation of risk factors. Some of these hubs are co-located with a recycled goods shop in an easily accessible location in the centre of town.