CatholicCare Sydney is working with parishes across Sydney to help them to provide, support, information, companionship, connection and care for older people in their communities.
To assist parishes to develop these communities of care for older people, we are offering a collection of group classes, workshops, training and information for participating parishes. These events are designed to complement activities, events and other parish-based ministry initiatives already offered by parishes to their communities.
Stay up to date with Communities of Care information and events at your local parish by registering for the CatholicCare Digital Community.
Interested in connecting with CatholicCare to support a Communities of Care in your own community? Please contact us to find out more.
The following events are offered by CatholicCare Sydney to participating parishes. Events selected by each parish will be based on the interests of their community. CatholicCare welcomes financial contributions from participating parishes to help sustain these activities.
Hear from CatholicCare’s specialist Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Home Care experts on a range of useful topics to keep parishioners healthy and well. Topics covered will include:
In partnership with the Australian Government, CatholicCare delivers the Be Connected technology workshops for parishioners 50 years and over, including access to digital devices during the training session. There is a wide range of topics to choose from including the absolute basics, getting started online, safety online, using mobile phones, connecting to others, social media apps and internet banking.
Volunteer Companion Training consists of seven foundational modules and one additional module specific to the chosen area of support:
Training is offered face-to-face or online and is supported by CatholicCare’s online learning platform.
Participants are guided through topics such as:
The training supports participants to grow their confidence and capacity in being with someone who is isolated, vulnerable and in need of care in a variety of settings and life circumstances.
Ageing Well brings together a team of clinical experts and professionals in the field of ageing to deliver a six-part masterclass series covering the following topics.
CatholicCare Sydney delivers Ageing Well in collaboration with Catholic Healthcare and Grief Care.
Living Well Dying Well is a two-part workshop that discusses what it means to live well and how this shapes dying well. An initiative of the Archdiocese of Sydney, it aims to normalise conversations about death and dying so that we are better able to support those with a life-limiting illness and their loved ones.
Living Well Dying Well is a collaboration between CatholicCare Sydney, CatholicCare Broken Bay, Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria, Grief Care, University of Notre Dame, St Vincent’s Health Australia and Catholic Healthcare.
In partnership with Grief Care, CatholicCare will deliver specialised training, resources and support to volunteers to enable them to support others in their local community. Support provided will focus on the following key areas:
Register now for the Digital Community linked to your parish of choice or complete the form below to find out more about how your parish can get involved.
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