Because poverty is complex and pervasive, impacting many areas of a person’s life, a holistic approach is required to produce lasting change. This is why we deliver services through a community-based Survive and Thrive model that address immediate critical needs as well as long term needs of those who are most disadvantaged and marginalised.
The Survive and Thrive approach is delivered by Anglicare in the community through assistance points called ‘hubs’ or ‘community centres’ which will offer at least two types of services.
- A Survive component meets immediate, critical needs through services like emergency food relied 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 the longer term needs in order to break the cycle of poverty and move people towards positive life outcomes.
Survive & Thrive Locations
The Gordon Community Centre provides a range of services and programs to support children, young people and families in the local community. Services and programs are free or low cost. Follow the link below to see the full range of services and current program timetable.
Gordon Community Centre is a joint venture between Anglicare and Lanyon Valley Anglican Church.
The success of Gordon Community Centre has led to the expansion of our emergency relief services which are now also offered at Arawang Parish in Kambah.
St John’s Care is a parish-based community centre run in partnership with Anglicare and St John’s Church, Reid. The service aims to bridge the gap and break the cycle of disadvantage, isolation and economic hardship with compassion, advocacy, respect and encouragement through the provision of emergency relief and other programs.
St John’s Care is Anglicare’s largest emergency relief centre, helping hundreds of people each month. St John’s Care also hosts a community lunch on the first Friday of each month with the aim of bringing unity and friendship to many people who often live in isolation.
Anglicare offers a range of youth services to support young people in Canberra’s CBD. The service includes The Junction Medical Services on Level 2 which provides free, confidential medical services to young people.
The centre also hosts a support program for young carers named CYCLOPS and a drop-in centre provided in partnership with YMCA.
Anglicare has a partnership with Canberra Community Law to provide a free legal service for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. A lawyer from Street Law is available at the Junction on Tuesdays between 2-5pm or other times by appointment. CLICK HERE to find out more.
Ashmont community Centre is located in Wagga Wagga and offers a range of services to the community as well as outreach and referral services. These services include individual and family support, family case management, No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) and parenting resources.
The centre also runs a supported playgroup during the school term and offers health and general wellbeing checks for Aboriginal community members. Ashmont Community Resource Centre has become a hub for many locals to come together and build connections and stronger friendships in the community.
Clients often visit the centre to use phone, computer, fax, printing and photocopying facilities.
Anglicare’s Survive & Thrive program in Orange aims to strengthen and support family relationships and improve children’s wellbeing.
Survive & Thrive services at Orange include parenting resources and education programs, supported playgroups, family case management and advocacy, early education programs and emergency relief.
Georgie’s Pantry runs in partnership with St George’s Anglican Parish in Parkes. This emergency relief service runs alongside Georgie’s Boutique – an Anglicare Parish Partnership Op Shop which raises funds to support local causes and works to build stronger community.