Welcome to CatholicCare Sandhurst

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Peter Richardson
Executive Director

BA BSocWk MSW Cert Theol

CatholicCare Sandhurst (formerly CentaCare) is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services and programs to individuals, couples, families and groups across the Victorian Loddon Mallee and Goulburn Murray regions. We are the official welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sandhurst.

At CatholicCare Sandhurst we deliver high quality family and relationship services that are available for all people. We acknowledge that people come to us with a wide range of faiths, cultures and personal beliefs. Hopefully everyone feels welcomed.

We are a participating agency of CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania (CCVT) and a member of Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) and Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA).


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 As work on our new McCrae Street Office entrance in Bendigo progresses, I would like to let you know about plans to establish a flag pole flying the Aboriginal flag at the (new) front of our building……..and also in front of our Shepparton Office as well. 

The message that we will hopefully be conveying by displaying the Aboriginal Flag, is a message to our Aboriginal communities. We want Aboriginal people to know that we believe and accept that they are a first or privileged peoples whose priority must be recognised. 
 
We also believe that cultural safety is one of the most critical elements in people accessing our services. The Aboriginal flag is a significant means of demonstrating our recognition of Aboriginal people, and encouraging access to the services that we provide. Flags can be used to promote a sense of community partnership and demonstrate our commitment towards closing the gap. 

 We want Aboriginal people to access our services and one way to do this is to create a welcoming and culturally appropriate environment when entering our facilities.

 Also, flying the Aboriginal flag at our facilities shows our recognition that we are on Aboriginal traditional land, land that they have been custodians of for centuries (and still are) and we hope that Aboriginal Communities see this step as a respectful symbol of our strong commitment to ‘Close the Gap’.

 We have been questioned as to why we will only be flying the Aboriginal Flag, and not the Australian Flag as well.

 We are not “replacing” the Australian flag with the Aboriginal flag. And if our intent was to be patriotic – we’d be flying the Australian Flag…………..but this is not what we are wanting to achieve.  Flying the Aboriginal flag at CatholicCare Sandhurst is another step in our development as a culturally aware and safe organisation.  There is further work that we need to do as a staff group to continue this journey, but flying the flag will hopefully send a significant message about the sort of organisation we are (and want to be) - to the Aboriginal community, to Aboriginal people we work with and to the wider community.

 Peter Richardson

 Executive Director


CatholicCare Sandhurst is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).

Donations of $2.00 or more paid to CatholicCare Sandhurst may be Tax Deductible.
We are able to provide Receipts upon request for Taxation purposes.
Funds received by us prior to 30 June 2014 may be eligible for claiming as a Tax Deduction in the current year.
Donations can be made by cash, cheque, direct credit or EFTPOS.
Monies received from donations directly assist CatholicCare in broadening its services to vulnerable children and families.

Please telephone (03) 5438 1300 and ask for the Finance Office if more information is sought.

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