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Some might say that volunteers are priceless, and that is certainly true with our group of Moreton Bay Transport Program volunteers. The volunteers completely manage and organise the social bus trips for clients and these outings have gone from success to success since a new 22 seater bus was introduced.

The trips are voted on by the clients and previous trips include to the beach and the countryside, locations that the clients can’t normally access. 

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Getting older comes with its own challenges. There may be things that we used to be able to do around the home that we now find harder to manage. For many this can cause worry and frustration. When this situation arises it’s comforting to know that along with family and friends there is the option of support through a home care package. Our home care package can help with personal care and support as well as assistance around the home when things
get a little bit tougher.

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Anyone who has ever met Nick Darby instantly finds his enthusiasm and his ability to learn infectious. 

Nick has been a disability client of Centacare for over 10 years. Our Centacare Salire, based in Goodna, has implemented a program that aims to provide Nick the best quality of life by supporting his everyday needs and developing an ever-growing independence at home and within the local community. Nick is like any other 26 year old, who enjoys arts, crafts, dance, music and sport. He is also enthusiastic about his indigenous heritage and enjoys learning and displaying his cultural background.

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Murray and Florence Creyton have many a story to tell about years gone past and Murray’s love of playing sport.

The Creyton’s had been living their retirement dream in good health until one day back in January their world was turned upside down, when Florence went on her normal
Friday visit to the local shopping centre.

Florence unfortunately took a tumble at the shops and was rushed to hospital, with husband Murray following the ambulance in a police car. Whilst at hospital a social worker mentioned Centacare and how we could help Florence. Within 2 hours of receiving the phone call from the social worker, Centacare Aspley was there at the Creyton’s household providing help for the family. Over the next four weeks we provided a twice daily service 7 days a week assisting Murray.“Centacare put a survival package together for me!”, said Murray. His survival package included breakfast, personal care and cooking whilst his wife was in hospital.

“We felt scared at this time and I never thought it would happen to us”, said the Creyton’s. Murray went on to say “I would tell anyone that Centacare is the ‘ants pants’, they’ve helped us so much.”

Centacare was also there to provide transport for Florence to bring her home when she was discharged from hospital and helped her to unpack when she got back.

Our support to the Creyton’s continued providing personal care and checking on Florence daily. Centacare staff member Leah Randle then recognised that long term assistance was also required for Murray.

“I identified a package of care that would help him, I realised there was a need for daily care, morning and night. I really wanted to help the Creyton’s in their time of need. We even arranged to have his hair cut. What a great feeling to be able to assist the Creyton’s in an emergency and to be able to offer continuity of care to them. We certainly have provided help and created hope for this family”, said a smiling Leah.

Murray and Florence Creyton have many a story to tell about years gone past and Murray’s love of playing sport.

Centacare Community Services provides a wide range of services that provide support and care for older people, with the aim to help people stay independent in their own homes. For more information please contact 1300 CENTACARE  (1300 236 822).

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As part of Australian Government changes to the aged care industry, from 1 July 2015 all new and existing Home Care Package clients will come under a different approach to home care, known as Consumer Directed Care.

 Consumer Directed Care recognises that we are all individuals with individual needs and so gives clients the flexibility to choose how much involvement they would like in managing their package. To help achieve this, each client is allocated a budget that is held by the home care service provider.

 We have been busy behind the scenes preparing for the changes, to make sure that our clients can take full advantage of the benefits that Consumer Directed Care provides. This includes making sure we have the resources to support the changes, updating our systems and preparing our team of dedicated staff through training programs and workshops.

At the same time we have established formal partnerships with like-minded organisations to ensure that we can offer greater choice for clients.


What we are doing now?

 Our Case Managers and Coordinators are currently in the process of contacting existing Centacare Home Care Package clients to arrange a time to meet and discuss the changes as well as help to organise a home care package that meets their specific needs.

 All new Home Care Package clients will be automatically able to take advantage of Consumer Directed Care.


Why Centacare?

 We’re passionate about providing a high standard of quality care and support. To achieve this our Home Care Packages offer:


  • High quality care through fully qualified and screened support staff.
  • Freedom of choice with an extensive range of services and activities tailored to meet your individual needs.
  • Flexibility of a home care service that:
    • is available seven days a week
    • is based locally
    • can respond to requests for changes in service times at short notice.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that:
    • after hours support is available
    • a pool of experienced workers means that we will be able to support your needs.
  • Access to a range of additional Centacare services including:
    • home safety assessments
    • yard maintenance
    • heavy duty house cleans
    • family and relationship services
    • grief and carer support
    • overnight Cottage respite
    • dementia specific services
    • the Award winning ‘Share the Care’ program that provides support to carers.

Contact Us

Call us on 1300 CENTACARE (1300 236 822) or speak to your Case Manager / Coordinator.



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You are invited to participate in a series of professional training opportunities presented by hoarding expert, author & researcher Dr Christiana Bratiotis.

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Matthew delivers ‘first class service’ with the assistance of My Future: My Life

Centacare’s My Future: My Life client Matthew Horan, may have autism but this has not stopped him going into business.

Matthew made an application to Centacare’s – My Future: My Life initiative which saw him secure financial assistance to develop a business plan to establish a courier business in his local area. He was successful in his application and it has allowed him to design and print advertising flyers and purchase business uniforms with his company logo. Matthew is unable to manage his business independently, however with support “Horan Courier Services” successfully went from strength to strength.

Horan Courier Services was started earlier this year and Matthew can be found travelling across the north side of Brisbane; soon to be five days a week.

His mum Sharon said “he has a disability but he just wants to be like everyone else”.

Matthew embraces every customer with a smile and an enthusiasm that is contagious.

“It’s great to see Matthew doing so well with his business idea and it’s nice to see him benefitting from the assistance we have provided. We are all following his progress and we wish him all the best with his business”, said Natasha Hepi, My Future: My Life Assessor.

Centacare’s – My Future: My Life is an initiative designed to help students with a disability pursue the goals they have set for themselves when they complete school, whether that is to join the workforce, study further or pursue other options. The initiative provides assistance to eligible young people with a disability in their final years of schooling at a Queensland secondary school to help them pursue their vision and goals for life after school. For more information contact 1300 697 526 or click here.

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Centre stage in the theatre is where aspiring actress Emma Gordon-Smith feels most at home.

The 23-year-old Beaudesert resident slipped out her ballet slippers over 4 years ago to pursue her life’s passion – acting and singing.

This year Emma was cast in a local theatre production Song Cirle, organised by Centacare and the Blue Roo Theatre Company.

The young aspiring actor was born with Down syndrome and is one of many people with a disability who are clients of Centacare who enjoy being involved in the performing arts.

Blue Roo was started after a drama workshop for Centacare’s disability services centre was delivered to 28 disabled people in 2009.

Emma’s loving mum Debbie Gordon-Smith, remembered the day Emma decided to drop her 12 year dancing pursuit in exchange for a life in the theatre.

Mrs Gordon-Smith said Emma’s involvement in the theatre company had boosted her confidence.

“It’s been a wonderful journey and a joy to see her grow,” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.

“She’s doing something she loves, which is something that not everyone gets to do, I really admire her.”

Emma is one of three children. Mrs Gordon-Smith said Blue Roo was “more than just a drama class, it’s a good, inclusive environment that’s caring and compassionate. The Centacare staff are wonderful, and I am very impressed with their support.” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.

Mrs Gordon-Smith, who has two children with Down syndrome, said life could be challenging, but parents had to be persistent.

“You are your child’s best advocate,” Mrs Gordon-Smith said.

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Child care centres may have begun as a pragmatic solution to labour market needs, but for Centacare they are more than a child minding service. Centacare is at the forefront of investing in our child care needs, enabling Centacare to offer child care solutions for modern families.

Centacare’s 118 child care centres throughout the Archdiocese of Brisbane, contain dedicated and committed staff who provide a caring and warm environment and offer every child a chance to be part of the wider faith community.

Centacare’s network of Outside Hours School Care (OHSC), Long Day Care and Kindergartens provide care for nearly 23 000 children. The state of the art kindergartens are ergonomically designed, meaning all equipment and resources have been created especially for kindergartners.

“Our biggest expansion has been in the number of kindergartens and in making access to early learning programs easier. In turn, this enables more parents to enrol their children in Queensland approved programs such as ours”, said Peter Selwood, Executive Director, Centacare.

Centacare has recently opened two new Kindergartens, St Benedict’s Kindergarten at Mango Hill and Our Lady of Good Counsel in Gatton. We also opened new Outside Hours School Care (OHSC) services at Siena, Sippy Downs and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Gatton. Alongside the expansion of new centres, Centacare upgraded the outdoor play spaces at St Augustine’s Child Care Centre Springfield Lakes and St Mary’s Child Care Centre, Coomera.

“The past twelve months we’ve seen a continuation in the growth of our child care services and it is an example of how we are providing help and assisting families and investing in the future of our children” said Mr Selwood.

If you would like to find out more information about the locations or services provided by Centacare Child Care Services please call 1300 CENTACARE (1300 236 822).

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“Our presence is a pastoral one, we provide a listening ear – we don’t judge”

Centacare’s Prison chaplains include priests, religious sisters, lay men and women from the Brisbane Archdiocese. We offer on request pastoral care to prisoners and staff irrespective of their faith. Chaplains regularly visit correctional centres throughout the Archdiocese.

Sister Elisabeth Keane from the Sisters of Loretto Order is one of them….

“I have been visiting Numinbah Correctional Centre each week since 2000, and am yet to be given parole! Numinbah is a low classification prison farm in the Gold Coast Hinterland and being in such a beautiful setting must help the women’s rehabilitation. It was a men’s and women’s prison but is now females only with about 100 women. However they will soon be able to house up to 130. As most of the women are near the end of their sentence, a number of them are involved in community service, as well as a Work Camp at Warwick. An innovation at Numinbah has been the building of six houses with five women in each. Each house is responsible for their own cooking, cleaning and gardening – a wonderful preparation for when they leave.

What do I find so rewarding about being part of Centacare’s Prison Chaplaincy? Our presence is a pastoral one, so I go with a ‘listening ear’, accepting the women where they are at and not judging. I believe a Christian is someone who sees with the eyes of Jesus and that is what I try to do. I hope the women see me as a woman of welcome, of honour, with a compassionate acceptance, who helps them to believe in themselves, in spite of what has happened, and encourages them to forgive themselves. Only then can their self-esteem be restored.

There are many reasons why people end up in prison – mental health issues, poor education, drug or alcohol addiction, racism. I cannot solve these problems, but I do encourage the women to look at what it was that got them into prison, and how they can change in order to lessen the chances of re-offending. I believe there is good at the heart of us all, some of us have used our opportunities better, but if the women can understand a mistake is not a death sentence, and Jesus loves and forgives them, they may have the belief in themselves to choose better lifestyles.

I meet some wonderful women, and I am proud of so many of them who are now making a worthwhile contribution to our society, this is where Centacare is helping to make the difference!”

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