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Deputy Premier attends Taree Community Kitchen celebrations

  • Dec 06, 2017

There’s no doubting Taree Community Kitchen’s volunteers and donors provide an exceptional service. Since CatholicCare took over the operation in 2015, 10,000 meals have been served. CatholicCare recently invited Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro,…

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Accustomed as I am…

  • Dec 06, 2017

Q   I have an intense fear of public speaking. This would not be a problem if my job didn’t require me to speak in public from time to time. I am worried that people will see how nervous I am and this will make me feel worse. What can I do to build m…

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Help CatholicCare’s gift giving tree share the love at Christmas

  • Dec 06, 2017

Christmas. For many of us it’s a joyous time, celebrating the birth of Christ and encompassing family traditions, celebrations with friends, gift-giving and the sharing of food. However, for the 10,000 children and young people living in Permanency S…

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Help CatholicCare’s Gift Giving Tree share the love at Christmas

  • Dec 05, 2017

Christmas. For many of us it’s a joyous time, celebrating the birth of Christ and encompassing family traditions, celebrations with friends, gift-giving and the sharing of food. However, for the 10,000 children and young people living in Permanency S…

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White Ribbon Day 2017

  • Nov 28, 2017

Imagine for a moment you’re in your car, stopped at the traffic lights, with your two sons in the back seat.

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Deputy Premier attends Taree Community Kitchen celebrations

  • Nov 14, 2017

The Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, and Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, joined with CatholicCare staff and volunteers to celebrate the Taree Community Kitchen volunteers serving the 10,000th meal since CatholicCare took over the opera…

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Collaborating with thought leaders

  • Nov 01, 2017

Appointing a person whose role is “Manager, Practice, Development & Innovation” says a lot about an organisation.

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How much is too much?

  • Nov 01, 2017

Q   The end of year is approaching and I have been reflecting on my drinking habits. I feel I drink too much alcohol and would like to address this. I used to enjoy a few glasses of wine on Friday night and then Saturday nights, but over the past yea…

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GALLERY: Carers Luncheon

  • Oct 31, 2017

On Friday 27 October CatholicCare hosted a lunch at Harrigan’s Irish Pub in the beautiful Hunter Valley, as a way to say ‘thank you’ to our wonderful foster carers who provide a safe and secure home to vulnerable children and young people.

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CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning opens new office in Singleton

  • Oct 24, 2017

Upper Hunter MP, Michael Johnsen MP and Bishop Bill Wright officially opened CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning’s newest office in Cambridge Street, Singleton, earlier today.

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Share the journey

  • Oct 16, 2017

Mental illness is very common. In fact, according to the Black Dog Institute, one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. The most common mental illnesses are depressive, anxiety and substance use disorder.

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  • Oct 09, 2017

Tuning into Teens, a course designed for parents and carers to better understand their adolescent children and enhance their wellbeing, will commence in Kurri Kurri on 16 October and attendance is free (for those living in the Cessnock Local Governme…

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Building resilience in children

  • Oct 04, 2017

Q   I’m a parent of two young boys and would like some tips on helping them cope with making mistakes. I see other parents with great intentions trying to fix their children’s problems but I’m not sure that telling my children everything will be okay…

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Dual citizenship’s not always a liability!

  • Oct 04, 2017

Not many people can say that they have a family in two different continents but CatholicCare’s Virginia Tsang is very used to having a Mum and Dad in Australia and a 媽媽 and 爸爸 in Hong Kong. She shares her story.

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An invitation to DNA Workshop

  • Sep 25, 2017

An invitation to DNA Workshop, courtesy of the Small Grants program Forced Adoption services, Relationships Australia, to be held on Saturday 21 October 2017.

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Counselling Support for Carers

  • Sep 25, 2017

Are you a carer? Are you feeling stressed? Do you need some emotional support?

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Register early for supported accommodation

  • Sep 18, 2017

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning’s Acting Director, Gary Christensen, is encouraging people who have a disability and are interested in moving into modern, supported accommodation to register their interest early to avoid disappointment.

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Awkward conversations

  • Sep 06, 2017

Q Last month you gave advice on how to begin an awkward conversation with a colleague. I would like advice on how to be on the receiving end of those awkward conversations. I hate conflict and am worried that I might let my emotions get in the way of…

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CatholicCare’s supporting our most vulnerable children

  • Sep 06, 2017

“Foster carers are very special people who provide love, support and stability to some of our country’s most vulnerable children,” Gary Christensen, Acting Director of CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, said on the eve of NSW Foster Care We…

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Meet the new Manager of CatholicCare’s Counselling and Clinical Services team

  • Aug 29, 2017

Derek Gilligan was born into a Catholic family. When discussing his childhood and early adolescence, Derek recalls trips to Hawks Nest to visit his grandparents where they would all attend Mass every day and volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Soci…

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The challenge of homelessness – what more can the Church do?

  • Aug 29, 2017

This article draws on the recently released Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Occasional Paper on “The Human Face of Homelessness”. A full copy of the paper can be purchased from the ACSJC http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/

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CatholicCare’s creating a calming space

  • Aug 21, 2017

CatholicCare’s Maitland office has undergone renovations. Upgrades to our Family Contact Room and Meeting Room are now complete and there is also a teenage retreat space.

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Transforming the lives of people living with a disability

  • Aug 15, 2017

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning has launched a video to help the community better understand what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is, and how it’s transforming the lives of people living with a disability.

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Love Child: It isn't like that anymore

  • Aug 02, 2017

Jackelyn Bassett spoke to Chloe Allsopp, CatholicCare’s psychologist working in the field of open adoption. Q What is your role in supporting the open adoption process? A I provide information and counselling to anyone affected by adoption, past or …

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Maintaining sound professional relationships

  • Aug 02, 2017

Q   I work in a small team and generally get along well with everyone. However, there is one person I find it difficult to speak up to, and I am often upset by how she speaks to me. Her sarcasm towards me can be tiring and often upsetting. How do I t…

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Renewing pathways, growing hope

  • Aug 02, 2017

Towards the end of last year CatholicCare Hunter Manning took on a new project for women and children victims of Domestic Violence.

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Knights kicking goals on and off the field

  • Jul 31, 2017

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning was proud to partner with the Newcastle Knights and Black Money Enterprises to deliver a once in a lifetime opportunity for people accessing their Young Adult Services and Disability Services.

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CatholicCare’s offering services in Upper Hunter

  • Jul 25, 2017

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is set to host its first Singleton Out of Home Care (foster care) Information Session tomorrow evening.

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CatholicCare and WEA join forces for youth outcomes

  • Jul 17, 2017

Helping young people get a job and establish their own independence is behind a partnership between CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning and WEA Hunter.

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GALLERY: NAIDOC Week

  • Jul 11, 2017

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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Introducing the Development and Relief Agency

  • Jul 10, 2017

With established agencies offering education, social services, banking, early education and pastoral services to the local community; the diocese will expand further with the announcement of the new Development and Relief Agency (DARA).

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A Different Approach with Therapeutic Parenting

  • Jun 28, 2017

We all know that foster carers do very special work. They provide a loving, supportive home for vulnerable children in our community. What many may not know is that most foster carers need to learn, and apply, parenting techniques different from the …

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GALLERY: Art for more than art's sake

  • Jun 20, 2017

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning hosted its Annual Indigenous Art and Cultural Program on 11 and 18 June, with participants thrilled by the artworks they created with guidance from artist Lesley Salem, daughter of renowned artist Les Elvin…

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Being mindful, thinking mindfully

  • Jun 07, 2017

Q I have friends who highly recommend mindfulness meditation as they say it quietens their minds and has done wonders for their worrying thoughts and mental health. However, I am not one for meditation and would like some ideas of how to incorporate …

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CatholicCare’s serving the Muswellbrook community

  • Jun 07, 2017

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning opened the doors of its new office in Muswellbrook on Monday 5 June.

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Supported Accommodation Superstar: Penny’s Story

  • May 23, 2017

With a beaming smile and confidence that any Hollywood actress would envy, Penny is a natural in front of the camera.

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National Families Week

  • May 16, 2017

Each year, over a hundred thousand people and hundreds of organisations celebrate National Families Week (15-21 May), Australia’s annual celebration of families.

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The Skye’s The Limit

  • May 09, 2017

Showing off her dreamcatcher craft project and newfound confidence, Skye Hudson has blossomed under mentoring received through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) facilitated by CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning.

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Caring for those in supported accommodation

  • May 03, 2017

In my role as NDIS Program Manager with CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning, I have been fortunate enough to witness our clients in supported accommodation experience so many memorable times.

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Out Of Home Care focus group feedback night

  • May 01, 2017

Last year CatholicCare foster carers were invited to attend CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning’s Out of Home Care Focus Group Discussion.

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Taree Community Kitchen National Volunteer Week

  • May 01, 2017

It was smiles and scones all round at Taree Community Kitchen on Monday, with CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning hosting a special morning tea to celebrate volunteers ahead of National Volunteer Week.

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Achieving goals, one step at a time

  • Apr 03, 2017

Troy is up early. He’s packed his bag with pen and note book and asks Hayley, his Care Team Co-ordinator, for the first but definitely not the last time “When are we going?”

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What on earth is a silent disco?

  • Mar 27, 2017

Imagine walking into a room. The energy is electric. People are smiling and engaging with one another. Everyone around you is dancing. Dancing in rhythm to the music… but the only audible sounds are those of feet tapping on the timber floor.

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Closing the gap

  • Mar 20, 2017

It is no secret that there is a significant gap between the outcomes across many different domains for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when compared with the non-Indigenous Australian population.

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Two sessions announced for Dr Tony Attwood autism event

  • Feb 13, 2017

Last week we brought you news that world renowned Autism guru, Dr Tony Attwood, would be presenting in Taree on Friday 3 March. We’re pleased to report that in addition to a morning session, aimed at parents of children with Autism and adults who sus…

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14 things you can do for your relationship

  • Feb 10, 2017

What a lovely reminder is St Valentine’s Day on 14th February for those in a relationship! The day’s a reminder that we should be thinking daily about what we should be doing for our partner.

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Autism information session with Dr Tony Attwood

  • Feb 07, 2017

If you have ever questioned whether you, or someone close to you, may have Autism, then CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning invites you to attend its free information session with world renowned Autism expert, Dr Tony Attwood.

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GALLERY: Newcastle Knights visit CatholicCare Disability Services

  • Jan 31, 2017

Newcastle Knights players Peter Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia and Sione Mata'utia have recently formed the Mata'utia Brother's Foundation, promoting the #StrongerTogether initiative.

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Family And Community Services high school scholarships

  • Jan 25, 2017

Family And Community Services (FACS) is offering High School Scholarships to help students enrolled in education or training to complete their studies. Successful applicants will receive $1,000 to help with school expenses.

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Strong is your only choice

  • Jan 09, 2017

Some will recall the June Aurora cover depicting teacher Michael Eccleston and students from St Joseph’s Lochinvar participating in #3weeks2days, an imaginative honouring of John Sandy’s walk for three weeks and two days in order to make a phone call…

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CatholicCare expands early intervention services

  • Jan 06, 2017

In 2016, CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning commenced a range of new Early Intervention programs for vulnerable children and families.

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Service with a smile

  • Jan 05, 2017

Serving wholesome meals to the public, with a smile, is what the Taree Community Kitchen is all about.

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Executive report: CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning

  • Jan 04, 2017

The lifeblood of our service delivery is through the continued passion, dedication and hard work of all our CatholicCare staff and I thank everyone for their support in ‘making things happen’.

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St Pius X Refugee Awareness Day

  • Dec 21, 2016

On Friday 25 November, the St Pius X High School, Adamstown Student Representative Council hosted a Refugee Awareness Day.

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GALLERY: CatholicCare, looking back on 2016

  • Dec 20, 2016

View a gallery of the year that was.

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NDIS in the Manning

  • Dec 13, 2016

CatholicCare Social Services is now providing disability support services to participants who have NDIS packages in the Manning Region.

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For this busy mum, 'something's gotta give'

  • Dec 01, 2016

Q As a parent of three children I feel I have lost who I am.  I have put so much effort into what I perceived as being a great parent. I have always put my kids first and now they rule our house.  I have done this out of love but now feel stuck and d…

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GALLERY - Minister and MP visit our Taree office

  • Nov 28, 2016

We were honoured to have Minister Pru Goward and Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead visit our Taree office today.

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GALLERY: Taree Community Kitchen officially opens

  • Nov 07, 2016

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning (CatholicCare) officially opened the Taree Community Kitchen on Wednesday 2 November 2016, seeing the people of Taree able to access fresh, home cooked meals five days a week.

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Psychology Week 2016 – Ways to Thrive

  • Nov 07, 2016

Psychology Week is an annual initiative established by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) aimed at increasing awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.

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Circle of security

  • Oct 31, 2016

Parenting can be one of life’s biggest joys, but that does not mean it is always easy.

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Taree Children’s Week Art Exhibition

  • Oct 27, 2016

CatholicCare Brighter Futures participants took to the paint and brushes last week! All children on the Brighter Futures program were invited to take part in the 10th Children’s Week Art Exhibition held at Taree Manning Regional Art Gallery.

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Have you considered becoming a foster carer?

  • Oct 24, 2016

Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer or are you curious to learn more about Out of Home Care? If so, CatholicCare invites you to attend one of its information sessions, to be held at various locations across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcas…

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Having the Conversation

  • Oct 21, 2016

CatholicCare Family and Domestic Violence Case Manager, Stacey Northam, and Counsellor, Barbra Squire, were asked to present their ‘Having the Conversation, Notes from the Field’ model about utilising empowerment-oriented engagement strategies in sup…

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Brighter Futures craft day

  • Oct 04, 2016

On Thursday 6 October CatholicCare staff in Taree are supporting families with young children to “Brighten their Futures” via a morning of glitter and glue, sparkles and snakes.

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Mental Health Month 2016

  • Sep 26, 2016

October, Mental Health Month, is a timely reminder to take stock of our mental health and that of those around us.

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Rage program teaches anger management

  • Sep 19, 2016

As a counsellor, I work with many clients battling with their anger or the effects of anger. Often, they have never learned to manage effectively this powerful emotion and so they represent a very vulnerable group.

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Parliament right to ditch cuts to benefits for poor and disadvantaged communities

  • Sep 15, 2016

Plans to place the burden of budget repair on those who can least afford it were wrong morally and economically. The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the Federal Parliament’s decision to change their plans to cut the energy supplem…

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Foster care: A willingness to provide love and a nurturing environment

  • Sep 12, 2016

As I arrived at her home, Marg greeted me with a warm smile and an enthusiastic wave. Upon entering, I felt instantly at ease, despite only having met her once, very briefly.

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Holiday of a lifetime for Donna

  • Aug 29, 2016

When you meet Donna Broadhead for the very first time, you are instantly put at ease by her warm smile and love for conversation. An avid artist and gardener, Donna’s home is filled with drawings she has etched of family and friends and the entry to …

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What is it really like to be a foster carer?

  • Aug 19, 2016

It was a sunny autumn afternoon and my class of Year 2 students had just left for the day when I opened a newsletter in my emails. I was reading through it when an advertisement from CatholicCare, calling for foster carers, caught my eye. There was a…

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Tuning into Teens

  • Aug 15, 2016

Tuning into Teens, a course designed for parents and carers to better understand their adolescent children and enhance their wellbeing, has commenced and is open for all to attend, free of charge.

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“Men Talking Trauma” helps children in care

  • Aug 02, 2016

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning recognises the importance of positive male role models in the lives of children and young people. Many who live in foster care (out of home care) have had limited positive relationships with men prior to co…

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I think, or I know, my child has Autism. What now?

  • Jul 29, 2016

CatholicCare invites you to attend one of their information sessions about autism.

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Troy's story

  • Jul 18, 2016

Troy moved into CatholicCare supported accommodation in 2015. Prior to this he had lived with his family his entire life.

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