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19 May

Commitment, kindness, resilience: celebrating our wonderful volunteers

Commitment, kindness, resilience: celebrating our wonderful volunteers This week is National Volunteer Week and this year’s theme, “Changing Lives, Changing Communities” could not be more apt. The uncertain times we live in have undoubtedly tested our ability to adapt to a world that has never changed so drastically and quickly before. When it’s about adjusting to better support the vulnerable in the community, we find a way. At Open Support, that adjustment unfortunately included the suspension of activities with volunteers for a while...

08 May

Intensity of care meeting intensity of need for domestic violence survivors

Intensity of care meeting intensity of need for domestic violence survivors  Marianne Ibrahim, Domestic and Family Violence Manager at Open Support, spoke with Dr Dan Fleming in his podcast series “Compassion, Courage, Consolation : Voices for St Vincent’s during COVID-19”. Listen to the discussion to learn from Marianne how she and her team have adapted the intensity and delivery of care to domestic violence victims to meet the challenges presented by COVID-19. Click here to listen to the Podcast   Message from Marianne Staying...

17 Apr

COVID-19: How Open Support is stepping up to address rising social needs

COVID-19: How Open Support is stepping up to address rising social needs Helping the most vulnerable through the crisis The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the way we live to an unprecedented level over the past few weeks. Yet the vulnerable in our community have seen their lives affected by the crisis even more heavily. At Open Support, our mission has been to address unmet social needs since 1990, and today these unmet needs are rising in the face of the crisis. Actions...

12 Mar

Spotlight on our volunteer Jane Worsfold

Spotlight on our volunteer Jane Worsfold Jane Worsfold has been a volunteer Country Care Link Driver for the past 3 years. Jane embodies the values of Open Support and she is dedicated to her voluntary work and the work she does to help others. We are so grateful to have her as part of our team. What are your reasons for volunteering at Open Support? I began volunteering as a driver as soon as I stopped working. Being able to accept requests that...

09 Dec

Myer Gift wrapping, we need YOU!

At Open Support we do a variety of social services to help the poor and the vulnerable and we need YOU to help us. We are doing a Christmas wrapping campaign at Myer (City store, 436 George St, Sydney) from Friday 9th Dec to Tuesday 24th Dec and we have positions that need to be filled to help wrap Christmas presents. This generates much needed money that allows us to continue the good works that Open Support does, so sign up...

09 Dec

3 Questions to Sister Jan O’Grady

3 Questions to Sister Jan O’Grady, Open Support champion As a Sister of Charity, Sr Jan has carried out the congregation’s mission through her work at Open Support for 10 years, and is embarking on a well-deserved retirement at the end of this year. If you ask Open Support volunteers and staff to describe her, they will tell you Sr Jan is a source of inspiration, a great example of humility and a caring woman. In her eyes, her successes are...

02 Oct

Josie Regional Finalist

One of our volunteers, Josiane Reubens, Visit Volunteer South West was nominated for Westfield’s Local Heroes community recognition and grants program. Josiane was not successful in being the winner of the $10,000 grant however she was selected as one of 6 regional finalists. Josiane was chosen from 19 inspiring nominees from the local community and we are very proud to call her one of our volunteers. Congratulations Josie! ...

30 Sep

Driver Volunteers are needed

Volunteers Needed Would you like to help Open Support to provide increased accessibility to heath care services to our clients from regional NSW?  Our Country Care Link Program does just that by providing free transport to health care services in Sydney. Country Care Link is a no-cost service provided by a team volunteers to clients travelling to Sydney from rural NSW. Open Support responds to community needs by providing greater access to healthcare services through our Country Care Link transport program. We are really...

05 Jun

Open Support Seeks Local Volunteer Drivers Happy to Help Regional NSW Families in Need

With National Volunteer Week from May 21-28, community-based social welfare organisation Open Support is seeking kind-hearted Sydney-based locals who would like to join its large and diverse volunteer team as it continues to support and help those in need. The not-for-profit organisation – which provides a variety of support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients from across the state with the help of a dedicated team of 200-plus volunteers – is particularly looking for locals aged 18 and over to become...

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