How preparing for the NDIS enabled us to offer more choice and control to Mary Rose and her family.
On 9 September 2015, the Federal Government announced Australia’s decision to welcome 12,000 Syrian refugees fleeing persecution in their home country. The Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher OP, has echoed Pope Francis in calling on all Catholics to respond generously to the official Archdiocese of Sydney appeal by providing whatever assistance they can.
Each year hundreds of people volunteer with CatholicCare Sydney and give generously of their time and energy to make a real difference in the lives of people in need. Our volunteers come from all walks of life but share a common goal: enabling the social and emotional wellbeing of communities, families and individuals living in Sydney.
Saadi and Asia Maklef are refugees who came to Australia in 2011. Both use wheelchairs as a result of illness and injury, and faced years of persecution and tragedy before finally finding new hope in Liverpool.
The NDIS is one of the largest reforms in Australia’s history. You can find news, updates and information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme right here on catholiccare.org
CatholicCare Sydney is the official welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Our Mission, as an instrument of Christ's liberating presence in the world, is to provide for the social and emotional wellbeing of communities, families and individuals living in the Archdiocese.
General Manager of Disability, Mental Health and Carers, Daniel Culhane talks about CatholicCare’s preparation for the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across parts of Sydney from 1 July 2016.
'Cheers,’ people say as they raise their glasses, ‘Your health’.We are rarely conscious that such a toast is a prayer – for health, healing, safety, happiness – for ourselves and each other. The Risen Christ returns to us on Easter day and, raising a glass full of the new wine of the kingdom, He says: Shalom.
In 2015, CatholicCare Sydney officially opened two new homes for young people leaving the foster care system who are at risk of homelessness, as part of the Rose Gallagher Project. Since then, a group of young people have moved in, and through a generous donation they have the chance to learn important living skills as part of their independence.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports the rate of unemployed young people looking for full time work is over 16%, the highest it’s been since 1998. A recent report from Melbourne-based social justice organisation, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, also revealed one-in-five teenagers are unemployed. With youth joblessness so high – despite teenagers’ and young adults’ desire to work – can anything be done?
When Mary Rose Piscopo’s mother called our Flexible Respite for Children program from Sydney’s West, we were unsure whether we could cater to her needs. In previous years, our services have been restricted to Inner-West and South-West Sydney. But in preparation for the NDIS, we’ve broadened our intake which made this service available to Mary Rose and her family.