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Help Camcare help others in Boroondara

For forty years Camcare has been helping people living in Boroondara who are socio-economically disadvantaged or facing personal adversity.

Your generous donations have enabled Camcare to meet increasing demand for our services and broaden the scope of our activities in response to identified needs in the local community.

One such innovative program developed in the last few months is an outreach well being service to a local government secondary school where there are a number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds posing challenging behavior in the school and at home. A trained counsellor has offered relaxation and stress management training for the students, building a presence at the school whereby both students and teachers feel confident to seek her assistance with a range of issues such as students’ absenteeism, disruptive behavior, peer group pressures and risk taking behavior, including self harm.

Camcare staff have also delivered highly popular parent education groups, called Tuning into Teens, for parents seeking information and support to improve their relationship with their teenage children. We have had high demand for these groups.

The following story highlights the help Camcare has been able to provide because of your past support.

Marie is a single parent of two children living in rented accommodation in Mont Albert. Her older son, Josh, who is 15 years old, has exhibited anger and acting out behavior since Marie and her husband separated two years ago. Josh has been mixing with a group of peers who do not attend school regularly. He has been staying out late at night and is verbally abusive towards his mother when she seeks to impose limits. Recently, he has been away from home for several weeks and Marie does not know where or with whom he is living. The student welfare coordinator at the school where he is enrolled contacted Camcare expressing concern about Josh, his absenteeism from school, acting out behavior and self harm.

Marie agreed to a referral to Camcare. Our youth counsellor was able to track Josh down and talk to him and the student welfare coordinator. She also went to see Marie. It became apparent that Josh was feeling lost and felt rejected by his mother. Marie, while concerned about Josh, did not agree to his return home unless he met conditions like going to school regularly and ceasing to mix with his recent peer group, whom she blamed for his current problems.

Camcare’s counsellor worked with Josh, key school staff and Marie to negotiate his return home. It was clear Josh missed his father and the counsellor contacted him to see if they could reconnect. She linked Josh to the local youth service and continued to see him there, addressing issues he raised about his mother’s expectations, changes in his relationship with her since his parents’ separation, his feelings of anxiety and recent poor academic performance. Josh has now returned home and attends school most days. He has contact with his father. He knows he can talk to the student welfare coordinator about issues at school and that his Camcare counsellor will support him to negotiate any concerns that come up at home.


Those who attend Camcare deeply appreciate the support they receive. It is because of your generosity that we are able to continue our work in the local community.

Below is just a sample of the comments we have received from the people we have helped.

Camcare provided an “Incredibly helpful and effective service.” They offered, “Very practical help which has made a big difference in my family and my life.”

“I always felt supported, important and guided in a very empowering and encouraging way. I don’t believe I would have been able to cope without this counselling.”

I felt comforted by the empathy and level of care which was a great support at the time when I felt all alone in my grief.”

With numerous skilled volunteers deployed throughout Camcare and linked to professional staff we offer a cost effective model which strengthens community capacity.

  • In 2016, Camcare responded to 10, 300 requests for assistance.
  • We assisted nearly 600 people with material aid including food parcels, travel cards, and small grants for essential items such as prescribed medicines.
  • We provided counselling to 268 people with issues ranging from grief and loss to family violence.
  • Our Family Services team delivered more than 4,900 hours of service to 78 vulnerable families in their own homes.

Your donation will mean Camcare can continue to innovate and provide a range of important services to people experiencing disadvantage and personal adversity in your community.

How You Can Help

$300 will pay for a brief counselling intervention (2- 3 appointments) for someone in crisis

$150 will provide support for a student to attend a school camp

$35 covers the costs of prescribed medicine for a disadvantaged young person experiencing health issues such as asthma.

All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and will make a big difference to someone in your local community.

Please support Camcare’s work in Boroondara by giving generously.

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St Hilary’s Hope Food Drive 2017

Camcare has received over 700 large shopping bags filled with approximately 9,000 dry and non-perishable food items, conservatively valued in excess of $27,000.

The delivery was entirely thanks to the HOPE FOR BOROONDARA AND BEYOND” initiative organised by St Hilary’s Church in Kew. This involved fourteen churches based throughout Boroondara who arranged for volunteers to collect food donations from homes in their areas by means of a bag drop and collection process.

Above:  Receiving the bags on a wet delivery day

The response from the public was amazing and it was great to see food for special diets being included, such as gluten free, as this food usually has a premium price tag.  This year, on our request,  we also received much needed toiletries.

Our Board Vice President, Peter Stansfeld, took on the formidable task of organising the logistics of receiving, sorting and stacking the contents of the bags.   Thank you to Peter for the many hours of effort you have contributed for this cause!

The task of sorting the contents of the bags has been undertaken by many generous helpers, including  twelve Year 9 students from Presbyterian Ladies College and eight Year 9 students from Trinity Grammar School, Camcare volunteers and staff.

Above:  Anne Stansfeld (Camcare volunteer) assisting with sorting

This food enables us to provide emergency relief for our clients who do not have the  resources to buy enough food and the donations are gratefully received.

Above:  Sorted food in the Camberwell office

The Progress Leader also reported on the delivery and we were thrilled to have Peter featured on the front page.

Source: Progress Leader 16 May 16 2017

Click here for article



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Seeking administration staff

Camcare are currently recruiting for two staff to fill roles in our administration area.

Office Administrator – Part time (0.5 FTE) over three days

We are seeking a highly capable and experienced person for this role which supports Camcare’s Client Services team at our Ashburton office, and the administration team and reception at our Camberwell office.

Medical Receptionist – Monday to Friday approximately 26.5 hours per week starting at 11am and finishing at 4pm.

We are expanding our services and require an enthusiastic and motivated receptionist to facilitate both our existing services and our start up psychology service.

For more information on both roles, please click here.

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Progress Leader food drive article

Camcare is front page news in the May 16 edition of Progress Leader.

The story covers the donations to Camcare from the 2017 St Hilary’s Hope Food Drive which assists Camcare’s Emergency Relief program.

Pictured in the article is Peter Stansfeld, the Vice President of the Camcare Board, who organised the logistics of receiving, sorting and stacking the contents of the bags.

Source: Progress Leader 16 May 16 2017

Click here for article

We are extremely grateful to those in the community who donated and to all those involved at St Hilary’s Hope for their time and energy.

For more information on how Camcare processed the delivery and how it will help us, please see this article.

If you are able to support Camcare through donations, please click here.


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Progress Leader funding article

Camcare was front page news in the March 28 edition of Progress Leader.

The story reflects the upcoming funding review by Boroondara Council as our three year funding contract expires at the end of June 2018.   Pictured in the article is Gabriel Gate, one of our ambassadors, and Gayle Austen, the President of the Camcare Board.

Click here for article

Camcare are asking for the Boroondara community to show its support for the organisation, for the disadvantaged residents to whom we provide services, and to speak up for Camcare as a worthy recipient of council funding.

If you are able to support Camcare through donations, please click here.


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Building Bridges: A cross cultural parenting experience

Are you a migrant parent or from a different culture, raising a young family away from your home culture?

Do you worry about your child’s behaviour, especially in the early years and what you can do about it?

Do you find it hard to balance your child’s need to explore?

Learn new things and have an understanding of their roots?


Camcare in partnership with the Craig Family Centre (Ashburton)

brings you


Thursday, 16th March 2017, 12.30 -2.30 PM

Please see the flyer for more details and to RSVP.

>>>>>   Building Bridges Parenting session flyer March 2017

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January 2017 e-news

Please follow the link below for our January newsletter.  You can also sign up to receive future newsletters here.

Read our January 2017 newsletter


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Cairnmillar Institute Training Opportunity

Cairnmillar is a partner with Camcare in the delivery of counselling services.

Students obtain practical experience at Camcare as part of achieving their qualifications.

Cairnmillar is offering courses for counselling training in 2017.

Download brochure for more information >>>>  cp-course-enrolment-advertising

Applications close January 31 2017.

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40th Anniversary Celebrations


Over 150 people gathered at Swinburne University on 11 November to celebrate Camcare’s 40th Anniversary.

At the party following the AGM we were entertained by EmCee Brian Nankervis, cabaret sensations Ginger & Tonic and students from Swinburne’s ‘National Institute of Circus Arts’; everyone had a ball and tackled the silent auction with gusto.

Mountains of thanks to staff and students from Swinburne’s Events Management  course (and especially Vice Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson) and to the numerous local traders who generously donated goods and services in support of the event.

Now with a new Board, it’s off into Camcare’s 41st year and our future.

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Garden Designfest 2016 a Great Success

15085574_1840610396183687_5016872443175107017_nGarden Design Fest 2016

Rotary’s Mr Phil Mortimer, Chairman of Garden DesignFest, recently announced the preliminary results of the event:

“On behalf of Rotary, I am both pleased and proud to announce that Garden DesignFest 2016 attracted over 17,000 individual garden visits over the two weekends of the event. Every dollar received at the gardens will go to our many Rotary charities and 3 children related charities nominated for the 2016 event. More than $130,000 was raised from the 2016 event, which brings the total raised to over $500,000 since we commenced Garden DesignFest in 2004; all going to charity”.

Camcare thanks all our volunteers in particular who gave up their weekend to achieve this amazing result!



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