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As the social justice arm of the Anglican Church, Anglicare’s mission is to tackle disadvantage, helping children and families break free from the cycle of poverty.
Our work focuses on helping children, young people and families who are homeless or in crisis. We do this through our Survive and Thrive approach.
We also support parents to make sure their children are school ready, and stay engaged with school and post-school training.
Survive and Thrive
The Survive and Thrive approach addresses both short term and long term needs.
- The Survive component meets immediate, critical needs through services like emergency food relief and crisis accommodation.
- These services are often an entry point from which people can be directed to further services and assistance.
- The Thrive component meets longer term social, emotional, spiritual and educational needs to break the cycle of poverty.
These services focus on children and young people in the context of their families to help them avoid returning to crisis.
We want to see a reduction in the number of children needing to enter the Care and Protection system through early intervention services that strengthen family relationships.
Hope. Heal. Thrive.
Hope is a state of mind that helps someone continue on despite problems and stresses. It helps them see beyond their current situation – to continue dreaming of, planning for and pursuing a brighter future.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
Healing happens by acknowledging the complex, intertwined nature of human needs. A holistic approach to healing recognises social, emotional, spiritual and educational needs, as well as physical needs.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 ESV
The word ‘thrive’ is a wonderful expression of Christ’s desire for humanity to live abundantly (John 10:10). What thriving looks like will vary according to each individual, but the overarching aim is to see people living in healthy relationships with other and with themselves.
“I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10