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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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Seeking professional staff

Camcare are currently recruiting for two staff :

Client Services Manager – Part time (0.6 FTE) 12 month contract

We are seeking a highly qualified and experienced professional to join the management team.  Services currently delivered include:

  • wellbeing services; individual, couple and family counselling;
  • outreach support for women at risk of post natal depression;
  • group work;
  • Integrated Family Services;
  • sessional Psychological Services for children, young people and adults

For more information, please click here.

Case Worker – Integrated Family Services – Part time (0.7 FTE) over three days

The IFS Caseworker position provides case management, outreach support and group programs to families to ensure the safety and well being of children and young people by addressing protective concerns and enhancing family functioning.

For more information, please click here.

These roles are also advertised on

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Bouncing back & evolving program: moving on from family violence

Have you  been affected by family violence or abuse in childhood or adult relationships?

Camcare in partnership with the Rotary Club of North Balwyn

brings you


a group to equip women to move on from family violence and abuse


Wednesdays: 19 July – 6 September 2017, 10.30am-12.30pm

at Craig Family Centre (Ashburton)

Please see the flyer for more details and to RSVP.

>>>>   Bouncing Back & Evolving session flyer July 2017


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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?

This FREE workshop focuses on identifying key issues that impact both teachers and parents in a cross cultural setting.

Camcare in partnership with the City of Boroondara

brings you


Monday 31 July 2017, 4.30-6.30pm

at Camberwell South Primary School

Please see the flyer for more details and to RSVP.

>>>>   Building Bridges school session flyer June 2017

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May 2017 e-news

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

Read our May 2017 newsletter


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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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