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Melville Smith was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 and died in 2003, shortly after his father, Cliff, was also lost to cancer. Mel left a wife and three sons, family, and hundreds of friends through his local Salvo church and brass banding.
Salvation Army staff and other practitioners met in Coburg last month to undertake a two-day training course in ‘Start Today Again’ (STA), by Dr Ron Frey and Don McCrae. The program is designed to try to help fathers heal relationships after family and domestic violence, and is aimed at those who have used violence against their families, as well as onlookers, sporting clubs, educators, ethnic communities, prisons and courts, and other interested groups.
The Salvation Army has been granted $78,900 over two years by Perpetual. The application, by Edith Jones, Salvation Army territorial trusts and foundations representative, was supported by Ann Sathasivam, project coordinator, territorial social programme department, and by St Kilda crisis accommodation services manager Rob Ellis and his staff members. The funds will go towards outfitting and staffing the services’ new educational hub.
The Salvation Army acknowledged 40 years of accommodating homeless youth through Tranmere Street by launching an eBook entitled ‘Shelter From The Storm’, on Wednesday, 27 June.
The Salvation Army is holding a Just Brass seminar at its Geelong Conference Centre from Tues-Thurs., 7-9 September 2018. Just Brass is an international program that delivers free musical tuition to primary and secondary schoolchildren from predominantly marginalised and disadvantaged communities, delivered both in their schools and at Salvation Army premises.
The Salvation Army thanks the 70,000 Australians who supported the annual Red Shield appeal national doorknock weekend by volunteering their time to collect, and all those who made donations to the appeal.
Broadcaster Stephen Quartermain welcomed approximately 600 people to the 2018 Red Shield Appeal launch early on Thursday, 3 May at the Sofitel on Melbourne’s Collins Street. He cited the many services provided by The Salvation Army, the projected national appeal goal of $73 million, and said it was hoped that ‘almost $18 million would be raised here in Victoria’.
e-connect spoke with the territorial AOD Unit on the way forward with The Salvation Army’s addictions policy and programs
AHURI and Homelessness Australia will convene the 2018 national homelessness conference at Melbourne’s MCG on Monday,Tuesday, 6,7 August 2018, as part of Homelessness Week 2018. It has been four years since the last National Homelessness Conference.
More than a hundred Salvation Army chaplains and those ‘with a heart for chaplaincy ministry’ met for a teaching and networking event at Eva Burrows College in Ringwood (Vic.) on Monday,Tuesday, 19,20 March.
Australia Southern territorial Doorways coordinator Pamela Hanney reports that Telstra is partnering with The Salvation Army to give marginalised Tasmanian children access to the internet at home.
The Salvation Army Tasmania received the 2018 Innovative Solutions Award as part of the Strategy To Action Awards Recognition (STAAR) PROCESS.
The ‘Start today again’ project (funded by DSS under the ‘Building Safe Communities for Women and Children’ national program) was launched by the Tasmanian Governor, the Hon. Kate Warner, on 20 March at Government House Hobart. Start today again was inspired by the Paul Kelly song of the same name and is a contemporary project consisting of a comprehensive one- and two-day training program and resource tool kit. (The kit is designed to engage with violent fathers and motivate them to change their behaviour, so that their children will be safe and not grow up to be violent themselves.)
As the school year continues for primary and secondary students, pupils, parents and teachers are invited to discuss the benefits of having Salvation Army representatives contribute to the school year.
The 24th Spirit of Christmas album – which is also the 23rd album that directly supports The Salvation Army’s work – has been launched by Myer.
Silvie Paladino has joined forces with The Salvation Army’s Melbourne Staff Band and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir to produce the 12-track Christmas album, O Holy Night. The album features classic carols such as the titletrack, Away In A Manger, and Silent Night, as well as stirring Christmas songs like Mary Did You Know?, Bethlehem Morning and When A Child Is Born.
For 30 years, Australians have purchased and donated presents for children from disadvantaged and marginalised communities, as part of Kmart’s Wishing Tree Appeal, which has given more than eight million gifts to children across the length and breadth of Australia.
The Salvation Army has launched its 100thousandmeals campaign, to prepare for the estimated 100,000 Christmas meals it will serve to people in need next month. The public appeal asks people to donate $10, which would cover the cost of a Christmas lunch for one person.
The Salvation Army State Social Command, Victoria is running a conference entitled ‘Intersectionality – Policy and Practice in Service Delivery’ in Melbourne, from Wednesday, 25 October to Friday, 27 October.
The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory has published its AOD (Alcohol and Other drugs) strategy for 2017-2018.
The Salvation Army is holding a ‘China: Trek for Hope’ from 8-18 September 2018. The five-day hike along the Great Wall of China will visit remote sections of the wall, explore local villages, and include sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City’.
From Wednesday-Friday, 8-10 November, 100 Salvation Army officers and staff from across Australia will gather at the Gold Coast to discuss the present conditions and the future of Salvation Army social programs.
The ‘Souperheroes’ fundraising program was taken up by more than 200 people, who donated $32.810.
The Salvation Army extends its congratulations to Salvation Army Housing Common Ground Tasmania, which won the ‘Excellence in Social Housing 2017 Award’ at the Australasian Housing Institute's Tasmanian Awards presentation night on 3 August in Hobart.
The 2017 national ‘Homelessness Week’ is/was from 7-13 August. The 2017 theme of 'Action and innovation' showcased ‘the many effective approaches specialist homelessness services continue to implement to respond to homelessness’.
For the second year, The Salvation Army is calling on people to be a ‘Souperhero’, slurping down their sustenance in the name of love, joy and peace. Souperheroes raise funds through sponsorship by family, friends and workmates to support people in crisis.
Against a backdrop of tight deadlines, logistical complications and pressing need, The Salvation Army has received a donation of some 250,000 bottles of drinking water, on 143 pallets. Worth approximately $75,000, the water will be distributed to 10 Salvation Army bodies, including the Army’s emergency services. (The cost of transportation was also donated to The Salvation Army.)
Major Mark Soeters took the opportunity earlier this month to thank all collectors, donors, media supporters and other stakeholders who had helped with the annual national Red Shield appeal doorknock.
The Salvation Army is conducting Safe From the Start training from 9 a.m. – 4p.m. at 55 James Street, Dandenong (Vic.) on Wednesday, 6 September. The training is open to all agencies and programs that work with children and families
Collecting money from your neighbours or total strangers can be a bit daunting, but for Major Mark Soeters* – a quietly dignified, reserved bloke – the Salvos’ annual Red Shield Appeal is a chance to get out and about, paying back the generosity that he himself received.
The Salvation Army in Australia has a long and proud history of helping people in need. For 137 years ‘the Salvos’ have been there when they have been needed; The work that is done for members of the general public is also significantly funded by the public, through the annual national Red Shield Appeal. Next month, as the Salvos once again ask for your help, please consider joining the cause by helping as a volunteer collector or by donating online.
A two-day national conference on child safety and wellbeing next month, 15-16 May, will be held in Brisbane. It will address ‘the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009 – 2020.
The Salvation Army is one of the groups helping people in Queensland and New South Wales rebuild their lives in the wake of Cyclone Debbie and the extensive flooding that followed.
Salvation Army worker David Drysdale* says the coming annual Red Shield Appeal is an opportunity to raise funds for homeless Australians and raise community awareness of the dangerous nature of their existence.
* David is The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory’s marketing and fundraising director.
Lyndel has joined the Australia Southern Territory’s social programme department to administer contracts and the Nimblex contract management system. The administration and support rendered applies to all social work contracts, as opposed to the contracts undertaken by legal and PR sectors, etc.
Some 60 staff gathered at Ingle Farm Corps last month, from across South Australia, to undertake training in Doorways procedures. Territorial Doorways coordinator Pamela Hanney remarked on the enthusiasm of the trainees, and said a similar training process occurred in Tasmania in November last year.
The ‘10 Thousand Meals’ campaign surpassed the fundraising goal for the first time this year, with $117,937 raised. The Australia Southern Territory’s digital fundraising coordinator, Pamela Lam, says the donations, which averaged $80, will be used to provide 11,793 meals.
As of February 2017 the new masthead Others has replaced the territorial internal print publications On Fire and Pipeline, both online and in hard copies.
This year’s annual fundraising Christmas album from Myer, helping to fund The Salvation Army’s social programs, features performers and celebrities such as Russell Morris, Jimy and Mahalia Barnes, Marina Prior and Mark Vincent, Justice Crew, Katie Noonan, Kate Ceberano, Lee Kernaghan, Kate Miller-Heidke and Waleed Aly and Gorgi Coghlan.
The Just Salvos’ newly released board game, Just Chocolate, retails for $25. Each player receives their own ‘ingredients’ cards, the better to complete blocks of chocolate (with more points scored for using ‘ethical sources’ of ingredients). A fun game for lovers of chocolate and social justice, designed for players aged nine to 90, and targeting primary and high school students.
The Salvation Army’s ‘Freedom partnership to end modern slavery’ is promoting a ‘Great Ocean Walk’ from Friday-Sunday, 24-26 February, 2017.
Salvation Army officer Major Andrew Craib is joining the Cure Tour 2016, riding his bike 1,300 km from Adelaide to Geelong from 22-29 October, the better to raise money and awareness of the impact of cancer on people’s lives.
Forget the plastic and the chocolate, the clothes, accessories and garden gnomes. This Christmas, please consider giving the gift that gives and gives again to other people’s lives –please consider sponsoring a child through the Salvos. The financial aid generated by sponsorship enables The Salvation Army ‘to run pre-schools and schools, children’s homes for orphans and children with disabilities, feeding and counselling programs and tuition programs, as well as supporting children living in the community’.
The Salvation Army drew attention to youth homelessness and raised money to alleviate it by running ‘the couch project’, where people raised sponsorship as they slept on their couches on 16 September.
The first large-scale ‘Souperheroes’ fundraiser has raised $47,121 as of 11 August 2016; well above last year’s pilot program total of $18, 453.
A training opportunity exists to explore the existence and nature of the inherent ‘privilege’ many of us enjoy. The backstory training regimen brings ‘insight into the asylum seeker debate, globally, nationally and locally, and the implications for community and business; develops mentoring for those who want to explore their personal backstories and discover a way forward – through looking back and owning the past; and [presents] an engaging and inspiring message for community and religious groups, through workshops and keynotes.
It’s not too early to consider seasonal presents for your friends, family and colleagues. Creative Opportunities is an Australian Disability Enterprise within The Salvation Army, accredited with the NDIS. Its mission is ‘to secure meaningful employment and training opportunities for people with disabilities’.
Fifty Salvationists and Salvation Army staff members met at Arndale (SA) on Wednesday, 1 June 2016, to participate in two simultaneous training sessions re working with members of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) communities.
Fifty Salvationists and Salvation Army staff members met at Arndale on Wednesday, 1 June 2016, to participate in two simultaneous training sessions on working with members of the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) communities.
The Salvation Army is calling on Australians to become ‘Souperheroes from Monday-Sunday, 25-31 July, by replacing every meal with soup and raise crucial funds for Aussies in need.
Tasmania Division’s development and research manager Nell Kuilenburg reports that she and consultant Wilma Gallet conducted the ‘Safe from the Start’ training in Box Hill (Vic.), organised by the Family Access Network.
Please consider sponsoring a child through the Salvos. The financial aid generated by sponsorship enables The Salvation Army ‘to run pre-schools and schools, children’s homes for orphans and children with disabilities, feeding and counselling programs and tuition programs, as well as supporting children living in the community’.
The Salvation Army’s annual winter appeal gives Australians the opportunity to help the Salvos visit the homes of elderly people, provide blankets and food vouchers, put food in the cupboard, pay to keep the heating on, pay utility bills, and feed and clothe those in need.
The national interim result for the Salvation Army’s 2016 Red Shield Appeal doorknock, as of 14 June 2016, was $6.75 million
This month’s annual national Red Shield Appeal doorknock campaign is promoting the theme ‘Help end homelessness now’. Salvationists and Salvation Army staff aim to join with 100,000 volunteer collectors to give Australians the opportunity to donate towards the costs of The Salvation Army’s social programs.
Next month’s annual national Red Shield Appeal doorknock campaign is promoting the theme ‘Help end homelessness now’. Salvationists and Salvation Army staff aim to join with 100,000 volunteer collectors to give Australians the opportunity to donate towards the costs of The Salvation Army’s social programs.
The Salvation Army encourages you to help communities deeply impacted by recent disasters.
Salvationists and salvation Army staff met to discuss disability and inclusion. The conference was open ‘to anyone working in the area of disability inclusion in a church or ministry setting, or church members and friends who want to learn how to better connect with disabled members of their church.’
The Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) is holding a forum in Sydney on 22 March to discuss ‘best practice responses to the needs of, women (with and without children) seeking AOD treatment’. Forum topics include: gender responsive practice in AOD treatment; pregnancy, parenting and family inclusive practice; research on social anxiety treatment for women; and the impact of trauma and importance of trauma informed practice.
Jazz pianist and Australian music industry veteran Michael Harding has released the Christmas album Christmas Every Day, with partial proceeds going to The Salvation Army’s social and spiritual endeavours. The 14-track album retails for $25 and is available from itunes and cdbaby.com/
e-connect has copies of two beautiful books to give away, one on surviving breast cancer, by Rev Dr Fiona Hill, and one on prison chaplaincy, from Rev Paul Gill.
For your chance to win a copy, please email email@example.com and tell us why you look forward to celebrating Christmas. Entries close 18 December.
Throughout 2015, the Australia Southern Territory of The Salvation Army:
690 social programs/activities
597,000 episodes* of care across all our social programs
260,000 vouchers distributed to people in need...
The Salvation Army is promoting a trip to Papua New Guinea’s historic Kokoda track, the venerable scene of courage and carnage in the Second World War. The trek, from 11-22 September 2016, will educate participants on Salvation Army personnel who established aid stations in the Owen Stanley Ranges in the face of Japanese troop advances.
Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched The Salvation Army’s annual KMart wishing tree campaign to help Australian families.
Melbourne Project 614 has welcomed the recognition of several awards last month.
The 2015 Spirit of Christmas CD is now available from Myer. Supporters of The Salvation Army are encouraged to help raise funds for the Salvos’ Family and Domestic Violence work by purchasing copies of this long-running fundraiser. First released in 1993, the album has raised more than $7.45 million for charity, and most of those funds have gone to Salvation Army programs. This year the album takes the form of a ‘greatest hits’ compilation from the decades of material performed and recorded to date. It features John Farnham, Guy Sebastian, Olivia Newton-John, Christine Anu, Paul Kelly, etc., and is available on iTunes.
Ingle Farm Corps’ Salisbury Communities for Children has published its material stemming from the keynote speakers at the bi-annual conference in early childhood development. Copies of Building Stronger Communities with Children and Families can be obtained from amazon or The Salvation Army’s Ingle Farm Corps
e-connect has two beautiful books to give away, one on surviving breast cancer, by Rev Dr Fiona Hill, and one on prison chaplaincy, from Rev Paul Gill. For your chance to win a copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why you look forward to celebrating Christmas.
Tasmania’s Department of Health and Human Services has decided to fund a Salvation Army residential rehab service in the state’s north-west. A 12-bed facility will be established and operated in Burnie for people suffering the effects of alcohol and other drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’.
Next month, on Saturday, 7 November, walkers will raise funds for homelessness work in the seventh annual ‘Walking Home’ event.
On Friday morning, 21 August 2015, DJ Matt Tilley from KIIS 101.1 clambered up 88 levels of the Eureka Tower to raise $103,840 to help The Salvation Army help homeless Victorians.
The Collingwood Football Club and The Salvation Army were honoured at the 2015 BRW Most Innovative Companies awards. Collingwood, which was also placed among ‘the top 50 most innovative companies in Australia’, won the Best Service Innovation award for its ground breaking Magpie Nest program in conjunction with The Salvation Army.
For the first time, the Australia Southern Territory is running ‘The Couch Project’ to raise money to fund The Salvation Army’s work with homeless youth.
The final issue of others has been printed and is now available online. The others four-page resource was a print supplement that ran intermittently in the on fire magazine as a representation of the social programme department since 2007.
The Salvation Army’s annual neighbourhood Red Shield Appeal doorknock for 2015 raised $8,300,000.
The Australia Southern Territory’s inaugural ‘Souperhero’ homelessness appeal, wherein people were sponsored to drink soup to raise funds for the Salvos, has made more than $17,000. The appeal will be finalised at the end of August.
Australia’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock appeal has grown from the interim total of $4,882,039, but the final figures will not be known until late July.
The Salvation Army’s Tasmania Division was one of five ‘organisation finalists’* nominated for the 2015 national HESTA Community Sector Awards.
By 1 June 2015, The Salvation Army’s national doorknock component of the annual Red Shield Appeal* had reached an interim total of $4,882,039. The interim tally was slightly down from the 2014 interim total of $4.97 million. The appeal, which the Australia Southern Territory used to encourage awareness of and support for Salvation Army homelessness programs, concludes on 30 June 2015.
The Salvation Army has encouraged all members, employees, officers and members of the general public to consider supporting the Salvation Army appeal to counter the devastation of Cyclone Pam, in the wake of the damage done to the lives and health of Vanuatu’s people.
Nominations are open for the annual Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards, with categories for ‘both organisations and individuals who show great effort in ending homelessness (including a category for Consumers who show commitment to ending homelessness)’.
A territorial non-residential chaplaincy conference took place on 11,12 May 2015, at the Catherine Booth College in Ringwood (Vic.). The conference included some 90 officers, soldiers, employees and volunteers who are chaplains or ‘who have a heart for chaplaincy’, both within or external to The Salvation Army, and its stated aim was to inspire, equip, encourage and challenge its delegates, with the theme ‘chaplaincy – the vital connection’.
Positive life messages for children about smoking and drinking alcohol have been produced by The Salvation Army in Tasmania* and have crossed Bass Strait.
Hope For Life and insight* have joined forces to produce a promotional DVD called Hope Saves Lives – You Can Make a Difference.
The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory has announced the new legal name for its community housing body: Salvation Army Housing.
The Salvation Army’s annual fundraising Christmas CD, Spirit of Christmas, has been released by Myer.
Last month the two Australian territories launched The Salvation Army’s latest anti-human trafficking website; within days more than 2,685 people have already viewed content on the site.
‘Think Outcomes’, a two-day conference presented by the Centre for Social Impact, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth and the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia, will occur in Sydney from 20-21 November.
The Salvation Army Highett Mission Centre is hosting a two-day mental health first aid training course at the Highett Neighbourhood Community House (2 Livingstone Street, Highett) on 15 and 22 October.
Director of the territory’s school for learning and development Major Jim Weymouth has flagged the end of public access to the Parkville (Vic.) Catherine Booth school for officer training in late 2014 and a public launch of the new CBC training college in Ringwood (Vic.), at the purchased and redeveloped/refurbished Tintern campus.
Provided services from more than 700 social programs and activities in 290 different locations Provided more than 520,000 episodes of care* across all our social programs in Australia
Male Health Victoria is planning its third annual event at Lyrebird Community Centre, in Carrum Downs (Vic.) on 10 September.
Last month The Salvation Army in Tasmania hosted the launch of three anti-bullying books by Bruce and Denise Morcombe, child safety ambassadors from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
Jenny Stanger and Laura Vidal from the Australia Eastern Territory facilitated an all-day ‘Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery’ workshop for practitioners in the Australia Southern Territory headquarters chapel, on how to ‘identify and respond to modern slavery in Australia’.
By early June The Salvation Army had raised approximately $6.8 million nationally from the annual Red Shield Neighbourhood Appeal.
The territory spends 82.3% of donations, including bequests, on the needs of clients and 17.7% of funds raised are invested ‘into activities that ensure our financial sustainability’.
As well as the option of making a donation to the appeal, please consider volunteering a few hours of your time as a Red Shield Appeal collector.
The Australia Southern Territory uses Red Shield funds in the following sectors: Aged care services * Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) services * Alcoholism Detoxification service * ...
Major Henry Greene and Joans Piho, from the territorial social programme department, have received a cheque for $1,530 from Christmas cards sold by CamCare for The Salvation Army.
The Australia Southern Territory has sold its Parkville training building to the University of Melbourne for more than $20 million.
The Western Australia Division opened The Beacon on 22 February; the new site will accommodate up to 102 homeless men.
The Salvation Army’s national suicide postvention and education work continues in 2014.
To date, territorial Hope For Life liaison officer Hennie Watts reports, several training sessions have been booked throughout South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
The Salvation Army’s Northside Corps and Community Centre joined with Glastonbury Family Services and the Percy Baxter Charitable Trust to launch the $65,000 ‘Imagination Station’ playground for the 40 children who rock up each week for the two Glastonbury playgroups hosted on the Army’s premises.
The Salvation Army invites its members and staff to view ‘Suicide And Me: Opening Shot 2’
Prime minister Tony Abbott has thanked The Salvation Army for its work among disadvantaged and marginalised Australians, and Royal representative the Governor-General Quentin Bryce has publicly noted The Salvation Army’s work among FDV survivors.
Australia Southern Territory’s 2013 annual report is available for reading
The Premier of Victoria the Hon. Dennis Napthine presented the 2013 Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence to The Salvation Army’s Melbourne 614 for its ‘The Couch’ international student drop-in centre.
Major Christine Pickens* reports that a volunteer PLP facilitator is doing a great job working with young people. Court chaplain and PLP coordinator Mike Ryan told Christine that Nichole Burke-Finn’s input ‘in the area of youth, PLP and networking has been outstanding. There has been a shortfall in what we can offer youth in our community and Nichole has begun excellent efforts to fill the gap.’
On 2 November the fifth annual ‘Walking Home walk for homeless fundraiser will occur. The 37-km trek from Queenscliff to Geelong helps The Salvation Army and its partners raise funds and ‘raise awareness and understanding of homelessness issues within the Barwon South Western region’.
The Salvation Army’s ‘Safe from the Start’* project won the Tasmanian State NAPCAN Award**, presented by the Hon. Julie Collins on 2 September 2013 in Hobart (Julie was the minister for housing and homelessness, community services, indigenous employment and economic development, and the status of women, from 14 December 2011 to 18 September 2013).
The Salvation Army and its partners Common Ground and Wesley Country Housing received a ‘Leading Housing Project’ award at the Australasian Housing Institute Housing Awards, in Adelaide on 30 October.
Myer is celebrating 20 years of supporting The Salvation Army (and to a much lesser extent other charities) through the annual Spirit of Christmas CD, which has showcased Australian recording artists and performers and many memorable Christmas songs and carols. If you and your colleagues make it your stocking filler this year, you’ll be helping to put money towards Salvation Army mission.
The Salvation Army would like to thank the Australian public for the overwhelming support and generosity to our NSW Bushfire Relief Appeal, with $2.9 million donated to date.
The Australia Southern territorial AOD team has released a series of helpful and informative factsheets, as part of the observance of the annual international overdose awareness day on 31 August.
On 17 May, The Salvation Army officially opened Foley House* in Footscray (Vic.). Foley House provides 24-hour accommodation, case management and support for 46 residents**, all of whom have been homeless and all of whom are living with a disability, which include mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injury, physical disabilities, substance abuse issues and/or complex needs.
The Salvation Army has thanked the public and collectors for their generosity towards the 2013 Red Shield Appeal Doorknock.
e-connect talk to Major Neil Venables. What are our hopes for the Red Shield Appeal results this year? The Red Shield Appeal target for this year is $79 million nationally and we are looking to raise $10 million from the Red Shield Neighbourhood Appeal in this territory.
The purpose of the Catherine Booth College School for Learning and Development. The school is to, ‘upon request, provide advice on content, method of presentation, assessment, accreditation and related matters. Divisions, departments, corps and centres are encouraged to take advantage of this service.
An old truism states that ‘an organisation that trains its staff sustains its staff’. Major Jim Weymouth, coordinator of the Catherine Booth College*, sees some validity in the saying.
A planning day for the territorial AOD unit was held on 1 March 2013, with Kathryn Wright, Deb Little, Belinda McNair, Gurdip Chima and Robert Lister meeting to monitor the AOD unit’s three-year implementation plan. Timeframes for the unit, which had operated for eight months at the time of the meeting, were largely on track and/or ahead of schedule.
Penny Aquino wants to engage with people, helping them enrich their lives while they assist others. Interviewed on her seventh day working for The Salvation Army as the Australia Southern territorial/Victorian volunteer coordinator, Penny Aquino would be entitled to a bit of respite. Instead she is keen to grasp idea, contacts and concepts as she comes to grips with the demands and expectations of both the organisation and the Australian public.
The latest meeting of COAG (Coalition of Australian Governments) reviewed the ‘Closing the gaps’ goals in the social, health and economic disparity between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
In the wake of Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, many communities were aided by government and emergency workers, The Salvation Army and other churches and NGOs. The lives of bushfire survivors and bereaved Victorians in Healseville and the surrounding hamlets, such as the obliterated township of Marysville, were and are impacted by those fatal days.
On Thursday, 8 November, The Salvation Army’s Mitcham Corps (Vic.) hosted GLBTI* sensitivity training for some 18 participants, comprising Salvation Army staff members, officers and divisional leaders who engage with clients from the GLBTI community.
A fundraising afternoon at the Australia Southern territorial headquarters raised more than $1,660 for underprivileged children hoping to attend The Salvation Army’s international SAGALA* jamboree being held outside of London from 3-10 August 2013. The funds were raised through selling food and arts and craft items.
The Salvation Army Tasmania’s STeP123 literacy initiative, in collaboration with The Salvation Army’s Communities for Children program, has co-produced a numeracy DVD and CD resource for children.
Rob Lister, aged 33, joined the territorial social programme department on 1 October as SAMIS AOD administrator. His role is to help configure and implement SAMIS within all Australia Southern Territory alcohol and other drugs programs, in order to gain and present a statistical understanding of The Salvation Army’s work with people fighting addictions to alcohol and other drugs.
Following the success of Emmaline Rabbit, The Salvation Army’s Salvo Publishing and JustSalvos have welcomed the release of Walter Wants Wings; a children’s book targeting the pressures placed upon children and young people to grow up too quickly. Walter has been released with an initial print run of 1,000 copies.
Chaplains are the human face of The Salvation Army. As Christmas approaches, e-connect talks to Mike Ryan about court chaplaincy in Victoria’s Wimmera region.