Uniting Aid is a service available to residents of the City of Stirling, located in Nollamara. The service respects cultural diversity and keeps all clients personal details confidential. It is a service open to anyone living within the City of Stirling and holding a Health Care or Pension Card.
- Emergency Relief: Food, clothing and financial assistance for those in need or suffering crisis.
- Resource Centre: New and recycled clothing and household goods at a minimal cost.
- Negotiation: We advocate for clients with electricity, gas, phone companies, suppliers of accommodation and other bodies.
- Information: If we are unable to assist we refer clients to other community services and groups.
- Interpreter: The telephone interpreter service enables us to speak with people in their own language where appropriate.
The dedicated volunteers run this fantastic service which helps many people each year who are really in need of extra help. There are a group of volunteers who are trained in financial counselling to assist with that side of the service.
Please give to this wonderful support service in our local area.
Click on the link to go to Uniting Aid’s web page:
Formerly known as UnitingCare West
Uniting WA is a community services agency of the Uniting Church that touches the lives of thousands of families and individuals each year.
Uniting WA believes communities thrive when everyone has a sense of belonging, hope and purpose. Uniting WA’s vision is justice, hope and opportunity for all. Supporting communities to thrive so that everyone can enjoy a life of belonging, hope and purpose.
Uniting WA runs many different programs and is one of the largest community services agencies in Australia.
In WA there are 25 programs being run to assist with housing, homelessness, respite, child and family therapeutic services, drug and alcohol dependency, independent living for people with disabilities, breakfast for the homeless, plus many more.
Donations to Uniting WA allow them to provide these services to vulnerable people and families in our community. There are many ways in which Uniting WA is giving people hope and the ability to gain independence in difficult circumstances in their life.
To make a donation please click on link: https://unitingwa.org.au/get-involved/donate/
How did the Christmas Bowl Appeal begin?
As a Christian, Rev Frank Byatt believed he had a responsibility to share the joy of his Christmas with our brothers and sisters in urgent need.
That’s why on Christmas Day in 1949, he put a Bowl of Remembrance on the dinner table and asked his family to place a generous gift in it to ‘share your good dinner with hungry children in other lands.’
Today, tens of thousands of us now follow Frank’s example; sharing God’s love with our brothers and sisters in urgent need around the world, through our gifts to the Christmas Bowl.
Over the past 70 years, we have seen that real change is possible and we will continue to respond as the church across Australia and commit to loving our neighbours around the world.
In June 2019, the number of people displaced worldwide by conflict or persecution reached over 70 million – more than any time since records began. But, through the Christmas Bowl, we are actively responding to this injustice.
In a world that is becoming increasingly divided, and where much of our response to the refugee crisis seems to come from fear, not faith, our action through the Christmas Bowl is a powerful demonstration of our unity in Christ.
In 2018, 1,300 churches celebrated the Christmas Bowl by bringing much needed shelter and medical care to Rohingya refugees, as well as essential support to other communities affected by conflict and disaster around the globe.
Every year in December Trinity North Uniting Church encourages our church community to give to the Christmas Bowl Appeal. Every year we are reminded we have so much to be grateful for and we can give more.
To give to the Christmas Bowl Appeal please click on the link:
The Black Pearl Network (BPN) is a partnership between the Uniting Church in Western Australia and the GKI church in Papua (Gereja Kristen Indonesia di Tanah Papua).
The partnership was formed over 10 years ago after a small group from All Saints Floreat Uniting Church ventured to Papua on a cultural exposure trip. They were overwhelmed by the need that they saw and decided to do something about it. The group saw it as a natural response to the call that Jesus made for us to love our neighbour. The formation of the BPN was a practical way to love one of our nearest neighbours and help them to flourish in their own land.
Trinity North Uniting Church (TNUCA) became involved in the BPN in 2015 when it hosted students taking part in the Australian Papuan Cultural Exchange Program (APCEP). Every second year the APCEP brings a group of young Papuan students to Perth to spend 3 months living here and attending Intensive English classes. This is a life changing experience for the young Papuans and also those who care for them during their stay in Perth.
“We have hosted three APCEP students since TNUCA became involved in 2015 and now have three Papuan daughters. The girls call me Mum, we keep in touch by Facebook and the internet and I have been lucky enough to meet up with them over in Papua,” said Kerry. “They are remarkable young people with gentle, but courageous hearts. Being in their company is an amazingly uplifting experience.”
Many others in the TNUCA community have opened their homes to these wonderful young people and have had the opportunity to share in the richness of their culture and the warmth of their hearts. It really is an opportunity not to be missed!
Over the years TNUCA has expanded its involvement with the BPN and now supports the Black Pearl English Course (BPEC) which brings quality English education to the people of Papua and West Papua. The BPEC employs 15 indigenous Papuan teachers over 13 remote locations in Papua and West Papua. It is hoped that the people of Papua and West Papua may be able to overcome inequalities they face through the gift of education.
The programs run by the BPN are not only beneficial to Papuan people. Our church communities are also deeply enriched.
“For me it’s been one of the richest, interesting, challenging journeys imaginable & it has taken us to places you could only dream about, given us experiences you can’t buy & brought me (us) into relationships with the most fascinating, interesting, colourful, admirable people you could ever hope to encounter in life”
(Ross Gobby founding member BPN)
The BPN welcomes volunteers from all walks of life. Teachers are needed to help with the biennial APCEP course, and people are always needed to help with fundraising. Opportunities to travel to Papua with the team are available to experience the culture first-hand.
For more information about The Black Pearl Network please visit their website: //www.blackpearlnetwork.org/
2017 APCEP group ready to perform at TNUC Greenwood
Little Drummer Boy, Nabire, Papua
2019 APCEP Students, Hana, Sophia & Lidia
MOWANJUM Aboriginal Community (MAC) and Boab Network Partnership
- This partnership was established after the Derby UC Minister wrote in 2008 to the Moderator seeking urgent help with Mowanjum youth due to many suicides and attempted suicides within this community.
- All Saints Floreat Uniting Church responded to the call and visited and spoke with community elders, resulting in the establishment of a school holiday program which has run every school holiday since 2008
- Floreat Uniting Church Creative Living Centre was established as the legal entity, under which Boab Network (and Black Pearl Network – a partnership with indigenous Papuan people in Indonesian Papua and West Papua which primarily functions as a cultural and English language exchange program) functions.
- The school holiday program has extended into providing Back to Country opportunities for the MAC, who are in fact Worrorra, Wunambal and Ngarinyin people whose country is further north on the Kimberley coast, but relocated to Mowanjum , 10Km out of Derby on the Gibb River Road by government concern for the difficulties of the remote location of their land and physical difficulties of sustaining the people in that place. This disjoint between the Mowanjum people and their traditional land and consequently their language, culture and traditions has in no small way contributed, and contributes, to on-going tensions in terms of educational aspirations, spiritual health and community integration. Youth suicide can trace its path to these tensions. Despite increasing suicides in Kimberley communities, Mowanjum has not suffered a youth suicide since the inception of this partnership.
- Boab Network works closely with the elders, listening, responding and implementing programs and facilities. In recent years an IT Centre has been established at the community to assist high school students meet study expectations. When not met, these create impediments to regular school attendance. With help from a government Resource Centre grant a fully equipped IT centre was set up and is accessed by the whole community. Boab Network volunteers were pivotal in physically establishing and arranging on-going maintenance of this facility.
- The Boab Network has secured grants on behalf of the MAC to develop the adjacent Mowanjum Pastoral Station and this has been successfully implemented including cattle holding pens and pivot irrigation systems which allow fodder to be taken every 6 weeks off the land. The pastoral station is presently leased to a large pastoral company.
- Boab Network and the MAC see education of the young as critical to breaking down real and imagined barriers in the future for MAC, and school attendance is encouraged by the attraction of the Annual Perth Reward Camp. Students from the Community who have a reasonable school attendance record and are well behaved are shortlisted for possible selection of this annual camp, for review, and final selection by elders. 12 students and two chaperons are flown, (previously brought to Perth by bus, 2500km, 3 day there, and 3 day back ) for a week of mostly sponsored events. Events include visits to Clontarf College to give the kids a glimpse of possibilities, and also a visit to UWA Indigenous Studies to really raise the bar when the age group of campers warrants this interface. Mostly fun activities, some almost awesome, are the usual fare. We are indebted to our generous sponsors.
- Boab Network has a cadre of young tertiary student volunteers for the Holiday programs, but funding to get the volunteers to Mowanjum at approximately $1,000 per volunteer per visit (a Co-ordinator plus 4 helpers ) for 4 holiday periods a year equates to some $20,000pa
- The Perth Camp costs some $18,000 for airfares, camphire, food & fuel and relies heavily on the generosity of a city church to ensure the viability of this program.
- Funding of Boab Network remains a continual effort for the Boab Network and Creative Living Centre and the Board is committed to broadening the donor base, principally by encouraging Uniting Church members to contribute modest monthly donations by direct debit.
School Chaplaincy WA
Youth Care is one of WA’s largest non for profit organisations. It brings schools, volunteers, staff and partner organisations together. There are over 400 chaplains in WA providing school chaplaincy to over 620 state schools.
The chaplains aim to provide social, emotional and mental health support to students. Chaplains work with schools to provide programs that best support the students, families and staff in that school. Children, Teachers and families are under more stress and face many challenges then ever before. The role of a chaplain can be as simple as an ear to listen or to refer to an appropriate professional or service who can give further assistance to a child or family.
Youth CARE Chaplains are placed according to an individual school’s needs after undergoing a rigorous application process including qualification assessments, interviews, reference checks, internationally recognised vocational psychological screening and a comprehensive 3 day induction training.
Trinity North Uniting Church has supported Youth CARE for many years and the chaplains in our schools in our local area of Greenwood, Duncraig, Kingsley and Warwick.
Please give to support the amazing work of school chaplains, click on the link below to go to the Youth CARE web page:
Bush Chaplaincy in the outback of Australia.
Our Bush Chaplains are constantly on the road spanning 86% of the country; visiting people on isolated properties, Aboriginal communities, mine sites and small communities.
People who live in the remote areas of Australia are isolated and often doing it tough. When times are hard and people don’t have neighbours close by who do they have to talk to and find support from? Bush chaplains drop in and have time for a coffee and a chat, find out how they’re going, lend a hand, be of service and just be a support.
It’s an important role for those in our country who can experience the effects of drought, loneliness, isolation and stresses of running a farm in difficult times. Bush Chaplains offer practical, pastoral and spiritual support.
If you would like to support Frontier Services please go to this link on the Frontier Services web page: https://frontierservices.org/donate/
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Bush Chaplain Rev Mitch Fialkowski in the Murchison and Remote areas of WA
Mon Parker is an Australian midwife who works for Sustain Projects in Myanmar. Mon’s Midwife project provides services for expectant mums and training that doesn’t exist in the region. This program delivers a platform for empowering young Karen students to gain the skills and knowledge needed to provide high-quality maternal health care for the women of the region and beyond.
What’s happening in 2021 in the Jungle?
One of the priorities for this year is to see the Midwife program open a special facility that has the capacity for delivering babies. This has been Mon’s dream for many years. A block of land in Kyaukkyi has been chosen, plans have been approved, the building will begin as soon as funds have been raised. Not only will the new clinic be used for women giving birth but also for antenatal clinics, ultrasounds and midwife training. This dream can only be made a reality for the families in Myanmar with financial donations. A donation of any amount helps to meet the budget and is very much appreciated. Donate today at https://www.sustainmyanmar.org/donate
Click on the link below to read a Newsletter from Mon: