Sam, a client of Centacare is a young man with a disability, has gained a huge confidence boost by being given his first real job at a local café. His father David recently posted his sons good news online and the story touched hearts right around the world.
Sam who is 22 years old has been working at the Urban Village Café in Benowa for a few months now and has never been happier. “I wash the dishes, dry them and put them away. Then when I finish I go and ask what else I can do”, said a smiling Sam.
In a joint announcement David Swain Chief Operating Officer of Churches of Christ Queensland and Peter Selwood Executive Director of Centacare Brisbane announced a unique collaboration to enhance the lives of people living with Dementia and their carers, through the establishment of a Memory Café.
As part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, Centacare is getting involved in a church led campaign to send out a powerful message for everyone to help end the cycle of domestic violence by rewriting the story. It is essential as an organisation we take a proactive stance concerning this issue and to promote a cultural and attitudinal change. Centacare is one of many organisations across our Archdiocese who engage with families within our community and provide an active response to domestic and family violence. Here is one such story of how we are providing help to those in need.
If you would like more information on the roll out please click through and watch the video:
International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. It is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level.
People are living longer, and that includes people living with an intellectual disability. However, research shows that people living with an intellectual disability may begin ageing much earlier and have an increased risk of dementia. Warning signs and changes in memory can be harder to detect in a person with an intellectual disability and sometimes communication difficulties make common memory tests challenging. Getting a dementia diagnosis and support can be a difficult process.
In November The Blue Roo Theatre Company and Opera Queensland will present the production of “The Bulimba Opera”.
Centacare’s Aspley ladies knitting club, knitted Peter Selwood, Executive Director of Centacare a scarf for his CEO Vinnies Sleep Out. Peter recently attended the service to say thanks to the ladies over a morning tea on a cold winter’s day.
“It was great to see such enthusiasm and skill on display by this small army of knitters. Hearing their stories and what they do for the community is really an inspiration to all of us”, said Peter Selwood.
Congratulations to Centacare’s Melissa Hendry on becoming a State Winner in the 2015 Australian Family Early Education and Care Awards! Melissa is now the Queensland Australian Family Early Childhood Educator of the Year.
This is a wonderful achievement by Melissa and we at Centacare are extremely proud of her.
Recently Centacare won two out of the three awards at the LASA (Leading Age Services Australia) conference that was held on the Gold Coast.
LASA Awards promote and recognise excellence in a range of areas that contribute to the quality of life of older Queenslanders, people with disabilities and/or their carers. The Awards also acknowledge efforts to increase public confidence and community involvement in age services, from individuals or organisations that deliver outstanding care and support to ageing Queenslanders. The awards aim to recognise winners for their dedication and commitment.