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Chatham food store donation

Thank you to Eve and Daniel from Chatham Food Store in Surrey Hills for a number of beautifully crafted Gingerbread houses and Christmas Trees  they donated to share with the local community.  We look forward to their continued support.


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Camberwell Primary School Grade 3 Christmas Stall fundraiser

Thank you to Grade 3 from Camberwell Primary School for their Christmas fundraising for Camcare!  The class created a community project and they made and sold all the Christmas goodies so others could also share in Christmas cheer.

Students Hayley Davies and Alicia Labza have written up their efforts for us below.

Students from Year 3 handed the money they raised to Pari, Camcare’s Community Support Manager

The Grade 3 Christmas Stall held on the 20th of December was a great success. We raised $1232.75 for Camcare. That’s more than triple the amount raised last year! We made three sizes of transforming wreaths, gift tags in packs of five and ten delicious shortbread (not store bought!) that walked out the door, hand crafted baubles and an assortment of Christmas decorations, not to mention Christmas cards.

The head bankers and bankers of Class Economy dealt with the money, police officers were on crowd control and everyone else was advertising. All the teachers had to do was pin the money down so it wouldn’t fly away! In the end, everyone had lost their voices yelling and had lots of fun.

Pari Sanyu with the Year 3 students from Camberwell Primary School

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Camcare’s Christmas Appeal

This Christmas your donation to Camcare will make a difference.  It will mean that someone in need in your community is cared for, supported and has a place to belong.

Christmas can be difficult for those who feel alone and who are not able to afford the extras that are taken for granted by so many.   Christmas food and toys for children are often out of reach living on low incomes.

Camcare is there at times like this.  We provide Christmas food hampers, and toys and gift vouchers so children will have a gift under the tree on Christmas day and more importantly we provide a warm and welcoming hub for those who are alone.

Camcare needs your help this year to ensure
that everyone enjoys the festive season.

Our volunteers and staff could not provide this help and support without your gift this Christmas. Your donation will ensure that they can continue to provide support for Camcare clients this Christmas.

You can donate by going to Give Now


In person at 51 St Johns Avenue, Camberwell (9am-4.30 Mon-Fri)




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Balwyn Christmas Carols event – this Saturday

Carols in MacLeay Park this Saturday will be a relaxing, family-friendly time when the whole community can come together to enjoy a picnic tea and some top entertainment from our local singers and musicians.

Even Santa thinks the event is so important he is making time in his busy schedule to fit in a visit, and the fireworks at the end are going to be better than ever.

Camcare volunteers will be distributing programs and collecting donations. Thank you to the organisers for choosing Camcare as the sole recipient charity for 2017!

For more details, click here





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Boroondara Cares – CHANCES program benefits Camcare client

Boroondara Cares Foundation runs the CHANCES Scholarship Program which facilitates educational chances for motivated young people who have the skills and passion to achieve but are experiencing financial disadvantage.

The Boroondara Cares Foundation showcased some of their talented CHANCES scholarship recipients during the program’s 10-year celebration in August at Swinburne.  One of the recipients of a CHANCES scholarship, Emelia, was nominated by Camcare’s Emergency Relief Worker, Jennifer Jones.

Emelia, a year 7 student, expressed her appreciation for the opportunity CHANCES has given her by reading a letter to the audience.

Emelia reading her letter to the audience

It was a pleasure to see this amazing young lady so grateful for the opportunity she has been given and so willing to give back.  Her father and strongest advocate Garry, has every reason to be very proud.

Emelia with Camcare Emergency Relief worker, Jennifer Jones

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Camcare’s profile raised over Dine In Dine Out weekend

Camcare staff and volunteers have rolled up their sleeves and for the first time participated in all the fun of the Camberwell Traders Association fifth Dine In Dine Out festival.

Staff, volunteers and board members all helped out at the Camcare information stand on Saturday August 5 at the Camberwell Fresh Food Market to help promote Camcare and our vital work in the local community assisting those in need, running education programs and providing counselling.

Camcare Treasurer Raymond Ngo provided information to festival goers at the market.

Camcare Vice-President Peter Stansfield and Camcare volunteer Anne Stansfield enjoyed meeting the roving performers at the Camberwell Fresh Food Market.

As part of the Dine In Dine Out festival, Grill’d Camberwell partnered with Camcare and during the weekend generously donated $5 from every burger sold to support the Camcare Kitchen Garden and fresh food program.  Grill’d made a donation of $4690.00 to Camcare as a result of this event – a tremendous achievement and a great example of local business supporting their local community.




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Grill’d raises nearly $5,000 for Camcare!

Grill’d Camberwell raised  $4690 for Camcare over the weekend of 5 and 6 August 2017. $5 from every burger sold went towards Camcare.

The money raised will be used to support the kitchen garden project which provides freshly grown nutritious food for those in need in the community.

A big thank you to Grill’d and to those who enjoyed a hamburger to support the event.

Grill’d has a policy of supporting local community organisations in the areas where they have retail shops and Camcare is proud of our ongoing association with the Camberwell store.


Grilld Logo










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Expression of interest for Camcare Board of Governance members

  • Experienced NFP Board members sought
  • Skills including change management, legal, HR, organisational design valued
  • Local (regional) connections preferred

Camcare is a community organisation of professionals and volunteers working together to help people in Boroondara when times are tough. We provide wellbeing and support services, information and practical assistance, as well as a welcoming community space for people to meet and participate in activities. With annual revenues of $1.54 million and 40 years of successful operation, Camcare is a well-regarded participant in the community welfare sector.

Our Board of Governance is drawn from skilled and capable people who live in or have an association with the Boroondara community, or have a commitment to the work we do. The Board comprises up to 11 members from various professional backgrounds who volunteer to contribute to the governance of the organisation, including strategic planning, risk management and organisational development and performance.

Camcare, like many other NFP organisations in the community, is facing challenges arising from changes in local, state and federal government policy in relation to the nature and delivery of social services within the community. We are also pursuing new initiatives in response to these challenges.

We seek new members with experience on the Board of an organisation undergoing transformative change, such as changes to the business operating model to ensure long term sustainability. Useful skills would include change management, legal, HR, organisational design and business strategy. Experience in the NFP sector and local connections – as a resident or through business, volunteering or other activities –  are highly valued.

An appetite for achieving successful results on a values-driven Board is essential.

To apply, please download and complete the form below and email it to

Please include any other information that you think would be helpful to the Governance committee in making its recommendations to the Board.

Expressions of interest are to be submitted by 6.00pm on Monday, 28 August 2017.  In the meantime, if you would like to know more about becoming a member of Camcare’s Board of Governance, please contact Liz Tromans on 0410 449 362.

Interviews of suitable and short-listed applicants will be conducted in mid to late September 2017.

Download Board Expression of Interest Form

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PLC students assisted in Camcare’s kitchen garden

At the end of June,  PLC students Cynthia, Ying, Kelly and Carmen joined our garden volunteers for a morning in the kitchen garden.

After a tour of our worm farms, compost bays and garden beds they set to work harvesting baby spinach, rocket and Warrigal greens for the Fresh Food Program. The girls moved onto thinning carrot seedlings and pulling out old pumpkin vines. They prepared beds for planting by digging through compost and fertiliser and planted out spring onions, raspberry canes and kiwi fruit.

It was great fun and I’m always amazed by how much a team of people can achieve in a short time. Thanks girls!

Barbara, Kitchen Garden Volunteer


If this sounds fun to you and you would like to join us in the garden too, let reception or the Kitchen Garden team know on 9831 1900.

For more information on the volunteering at Camcare, please click here.

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Seeking brochure coordinator – volunteer

Camcare iscurrently recruiting for a volunteer to assist with brochure distribution to community organisations around Boroondara, as well as create promotional library displays in Boroondara libraries.

Our brochures can be viewed here.

Click the link for the position description –  Brochure distribution coordinator PD.

The time commitment is approximately 15 hours per quarter.  Initially availability is required between Monday to Wednesday (within school hours) but is flexible ongoing.

For more information on the volunteering at Camcare, please click here.

Any enquiries should be directed to Caroline Trubridge, Information Officer on 9831 1900 or

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