Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Relationships Australia recently launched results from their Loneliness Research in September 2018, which revealed that “one in 10 Australians lack social support and one in six is experiencing emotional loneliness – that is, they don’t have a sufficient number of meaningful relationships in their lives to sustain and nurture them, particularly through difficult times.” There are many vulnerable people in our local communities to whom we offer both practical and social support.

Street Teams

Street Teams

Our Street Teams run outreaches into vulnerable neighbourhoods surrounding our locations, nursing homes, homeless and rough sleeping community, and partner with other local council and community services.

We provide this social network of support through personal visitations and large community events. We meet people in their environments with the aim of providing relational connection and referring them to appropriate networks of support.

We are currently operating in multiple suburbs across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

Street Teams: Nursing Home Visitations

Street Teams: Nursing Home Visitations

Our volunteers’ main goal is to build relationship and social connection with residents by singing, playing musical instruments, playing board games and having conversations.

“Hillsong Street Teams has been visiting Anglican Retirement Village (ARV) Nursing Homes for a long time. Their consistency, warm and joyful nature is unforgettable. Residents are overwhelmed with joy at their singing and positive social interaction. They offer our residents so much value, even through gifts and celebrations of big days, but most of all they offer a listening ear. Residents in the dementia specific unit ask when is the next concert and… love to see them walk through the door.”

Shane Watson, Pastoral & Lifestyle Carer at ARV Nursing Homes, Castle Hill

Street Teams: Mobile Shower Unit Service (Melbourne)

Street Teams: Mobile Shower Unit Service (Melbourne)

In partnership with OneVoice we operate a mobile shower unit in Melbourne’s CBD to provide practical and relational support for homeless men and women. This facility provides a safe and clean place where they can have the dignity of a warm shower along with hygiene packs; offer haircuts and clothing items.

Our volunteers are also at hand to provide a supportive community for these individuals by building relationships, giving encouragement and alternative options and referrals for further support.

Prison and Immigration Detention Support Services

Prison and Immigration Detention Support Services

Prison Support Services

CityCare aims to support men and women who are currently incarcerated in the NSW prison system and when they are released into community.

We provide:

• Chaplaincy Visits  

• Chapel Services 

• Family Support: Pastoral Care, Information & Referral Services

Villawood Immigration Detention Centre

CityCare aims to support men and women detained in a Federal immigration detention system. In many cases men and women can be detained for long periods of time while awaiting visa/tribunal outcomes. Separation from families, social connections and loss of employment coupled with a sense of uncertainty is a cause for anxiety and distress for many.   

We provide:

• Chaplaincy Visits

• Sunday Services: ‘Villawood Extension Service’ 

• Mid-Week Bible-Study   

• Family Support: Pastoral Care, Information Services

• Telephone Pastoral Support Service 

Our team is part of the JIGSAW community network supporting post-release programs and affiliated with Australian Prison Fellowship for volunteer ‘prison visitation’ induction and training. We also work alongside custodial staff, community groups  and police.  

All volunteers for the correctional and immigration centres must undertake State and/or Federal police checks and relevant training. In addition all volunteers must comply with code of conduct practices and regulations.

Playgroups

Playgroups

Our Playgroups are a weekly educational 90 minute program geared for children aged 0-5 years with a parent or carer.

Playgroup provides a safe nurturing environment where children play and learn. Opportunities are provided for children to build attachment with each other and adults as they play together and share their experiences that help to enhance their brain development. They also help to develop a child’s resilience and ability to cope with new situations and manage change.

Through playgroups, families are strengthened as it provides a place for parents and caregivers to support one another through sharing ideas, parenting experiences, concerns and information. They have an opportunity to foster long-term friendships as their children grow up together in a healthy community. Playgroup provides an affordable and regular opportunity for families to enjoy shared time.

Playgroups currently run during the school term at the Hills Campus (Baulkham Hills-Wednesday) and in our Inner West location (Mortlake-Wednesday) locations.

DATES FOR 2019

Sydney Hills Campus
1-5 Solent Circuit Baulkham Hills, the Convention Centre Basement
Time: Wednesdays, 10:30am – 12 noon
Cost: $5
When:
Term 1: 6 Feb –10 April
Term 2: 1 May – 3 July
Term 3: 24 July – 25 September
Term 4: 16 October – 27 November
For further information email strengtheningfamilies@hillsong.com or phone 1300 535353

Sydney Inner West location
96-98 Tennyson Rd Mortlake
Time: Wednesday, 10:30am – 12 noon
Cost: $5
For further information email strengtheningfamilies@hillsong.com or phone 1300 535353