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9 Jun 2020
Statement attributable to: Leith Sterling, Executive Director, Child & Family, The Benevolent Society
26 May 2020
The national Every Child campaign is calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to better prioritise the needs of children as part of Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
6 Apr 2020
The Benevolent Society to deliver metropolitan Sydney services
27 Mar 2020
Community sector organisations call on Government to act on communications affordability issues
2 Mar 2020
A collective of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations are calling for the NSW government to make a significant commitment in this year’s budget
19 Feb 2020
Australia’s first charity The Benevolent Society has announced the appointment of Josie Kitch as Director of its South Australia operations.
11 Feb 2020
The Every Child national alliance urges all governments to act on the recommendations made by Commissioner Mitchell.
5 Feb 2020
The Benevolent Society to Mark Anniversary of the Queensland Government’s Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Chatswood
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in East Maitland
2 Sep 2019
The Hon. Gareth Ward to address Child Protection Week Sydney event.
30 Aug 2019
The Redlands Integrated Early Early Years place wins child protection award
27 Aug 2019
National Launch of Child Wellbeing movement across Australia
22 Aug 2019
The Benevolent Society is today pleased to announce its successful tender, in partnership with Your Side, to deliver the Commonwealth Government’s Integrated Carer Support Service (ICSS) Regional Delivery Partner program in Metropolitan Sydney.
6 Aug 2019
Hosted by The Benevolent Society’s Cairns Early Years Centre and Gordonvale Early Years Centre
Hosted by The Benevolent Society’s Cairns Early Years Centre
16 Jul 2019
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Batemans Bay on Tuesday 20 August from 6.00pm-8.30pm to provide information and support for local people affected by adoption.
12 Jun 2019
Acacia Ridge Early Years Centre Community Connections And Collaboration Event: 4 July 2019
6 May 2019
The Benevolent Society – Australia’s oldest charity – today announced it is making changes to its approach to providing services to people with disability in NSW and the ACT. We are ensuring that our staffing levels and property footprint meet community demand and are financially sustainable under the NDIS.
29 Apr 2019
The Benevolent Society welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s promise to introduce the Pensioner Dental Plan if elected, and calls on Scott Morrison to match the plan to demonstrate his Party’s commitment to older Australians.
24 Apr 2019
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) team will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Cairns on Saturday 15 June 2019 from 10.30am-1.30pm to provide information and support for local people affected by adoption.
23 Apr 2019
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Griffith NSW on Tuesday 21 May from 6.00pm-8.30pm to provide information and support for local people affected by adoption.
16 Apr 2019
National Seniors Australia, COTA Australia and The Benevolent Society have issued a joint statement about the importance of Newstart Allowance to older workers.
15 Apr 2019
Families at Browns Plains are being inspired to encourage reading from an early age, thanks to the launch of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in May.
21 Feb 2019
MPs and Senators across the country have been challenged to tackle the complex issue of ageism against older people in Australia during a cross-party morning tea at Parliament House in Canberra today (21 February 2019).
12 Feb 2019
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Parramatta NSW on Tuesday 5 March from 6.00pm - 8.30pm to provide information and support for local people affected by adoption.
4 Feb 2019
Run by The Benevolent Society and funded by the NSW Government, Cooking for One or Two is a popular program that provides older Australians living alone or in a two-person household with the opportunity to learn cooking, shopping and dietary tips and tricks from experts.
22 Jan 2019
The result of generous funding granted to United Way Australia (UWA) by The Courier Mail Children’s Fund, The Benevolent Society’s Early Years Centre is now working in close partnership with the Queensland office of UWA to facilitate the Imagination Library in Beaudesert.
15 Jan 2019
Findings from the Index of Wellbeing for Older Australians (IWOA), commissioned by The Benevolent Society and developed by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra.
3 Dec 2018
Young people bullied online are turning to their parents to help them cope, with some so seriously impacted they are seeking medical and mental health support, with flow on costs to Australian families and the health system.
Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society, today welcomed its new Chair Tim Beresford. Tim is currently the Deputy CEO of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and was the former Deputy Chair of The Benevolent Society.
27 Nov 2018
New South Wales Department of Family and Community Service announced continuing support to the Social Benefit Bond program Resilient Families.
9 Nov 2018
The Benevolent Society calls on the NSW Government to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past by stopping the proposed reforms to make it quicker and easier to adopt children from out-of-home-care.
7 Nov 2018
Event marking anniversary of the Queensland Government's apology for forced adoption policies and practices.
23 Oct 2018
A group representing Australia’s largest disability service providers has formed a new alliance to advocate for solutions to problems in the NDIS and improve services and lives for NDIS participants and their families.
15 Oct 2018
Rural Youth Mental Health outreach program launched to support youth in rural Western NSW.
9 Oct 2018
This month, Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond matures, as announced by The Benevolent Society – Australia’s first charity.
19 Sep 2018
The Benevolent Society welcomes the announcement made by the Prime Minister last weekend of a Royal Commission into the Aged Care sector in Australia.
3 Sep 2018
This National Child Protection Week, ReachOut Australia and The Benevolent Society are pleased to share the honour of receiving this year’s National Play Your Part Award by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).
28 Aug 2018
A new program called Cooking for One or Two provides older Australians living alone or in a two-person household with the opportunity to learn cooking and dietary tips and tricks from experts.
3 Jul 2018
The Benevolent Society’s Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) will host an Adoption Connections meeting in Orange NSW on Tuesday 10 July from 6.00pm-8.30pm to provide information and support for local people affected by adoption.
20 Jun 2018
The NSW Government has announced a $3.9 billion surplus in this year’s budget but according to The Benevolent Society – Australia’s oldest charity – the Government has failed to allocate any serious funding to a child protection system described in the recently released Tune Report as ineffective, crisis-driven and unsustainable.
1 Jun 2018
On the 2nd of July ‘Inclusive Directions’, a specialist provider of disability services to children, will become part of the Benevolent Society. They will continue to deliver the exceptional, family-focussed services they have developed for over 30 years and we will work together to expand services to benefit South Australia. We will also create at least 230 new jobs to provide services to South Australians with help from the SA government’s Future Jobs Fund.
8 May 2018
The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first and oldest charity, welcomes aspects of this budget with a focus on programs aimed at assisting older Australians, including new home care packages, a re-drawing of the home care scheme, and an increase in the work bonus.
7 May 2018
During National Volunteer Week (21-27 May), The Benevolent Society would like to recognise the contribution made by older Australians. While we celebrate their contribution, there is also a concern that it serves to mask a significant social problem: older people who want to work but can’t because of ageist stereotypes and attitudes.
3 May 2018
The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first and oldest charity, and now the leading provider of disability services in Australia, will lead discussion groups on understanding the impact of the NDIS on people with disability and their families at the Sydney Disability Expo, 25-26 May, at the Sydney showground, Olympic Park, Homebush
In a Benevolent Society survey of 1,005 people aged 50 plus from across Australia, people currently in the workplace and people seeking work were often told they were too old to learn new things and particularly too old to learn technology. These were often ‘excuses’ for people over the age of 50 not being successful in their job hunt.
23 Apr 2018
Read the Case Study on Amanda, who was able to find help with the Early Years Centre in Browns Plains.
26 Mar 2018
The Benevolent Society thanks Rebekha Sharkie MP, member for Mayo, South Australia, a member of Nick Xenophon Team, for introducing a motion in the House yesterday supporting The Benevolent Society’s initiatives made after its introduction of The Adequacy of the Age Pension to Fix Pension Poverty in September 2016.
20 Mar 2018
The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first charity, officially opened its Chatswood Hub at Citadel Towers, 799 Pacific Highway, Chatswood today.
15 Mar 2018
The Benevolent Society’s advertising campaign showcases the numbers that make it the most experienced provider of specialist disability services in NSW and the ACT. The campaign, launching next week in suburban newspapers, outdoor, and specialist media, illustrates the number of specialists available to assist and support people with disability.
5 Mar 2018
The Benevolent Society, Australia’s first charity, has received a $1.5 million grant - $300,000 per year annually for five years – from The J.O & J.R Wicking Trust managed by Equity Trustees to support its advocacy campaign to tackle ageism, EveryAge Counts. The Wicking Trust supports organisations driving systemic change in the wellness and quality of life of older people.
26 Feb 2018
The Benevolent Society is extremely lucky. We have employees and volunteers who stay with us for decades. Meet Bob Fergusson. For 16 years he has hopped on the bus from his home at Mirabooka in Little Bay and travels to The Benevolent Society. He has been coming in to The Benevolent Society’s headquarters in Paddington every Thursday to help out wherever he is needed.
In September 2017 we launched the findings from the issue of ageism research project.
Despite our prosperity, the ACOSS Poverty Report found 17 per cent of Australian children are living in poverty.
Australia’s oldest charity has launched the findings from their Research into Ageism Report
The Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) and Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ) teams were well prepared to meet the increase in services during COVID-19.
Now more than ever carers (and everyone for that matter) should make their mental and physical wellbeing a priority to help them navigate through this uncertain period.
Part of our National Support Centre, our Carer Gateway team support unpaid carers of older Australians, people with chronic illness, disability or people living with mental illness.