Have you considered becoming a foster carer? IMAGE Social Services

Have you considered becoming a foster carer?

October 24, 2016 Comments Lizzie Snedden

Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer or are you curious to learn more about Out of Home Care? If so, CatholicCare invites you to attend one of its information sessions, to be held at various locations across the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in the coming months.

Having the Conversation IMAGE Social Services

Having the Conversation

October 21, 2016 Comments Lizzie Snedden

CatholicCare Family and Domestic Violence Case Manager, Stacey Northam, and Counsellor, Barbra Squire, were asked to present their ‘Having the Conversation, Notes from the Field’ model about utilising empowerment-oriented engagement strategies in supporting effective, sustainable change in the domestic violence cycle at the 2016 Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne.

Mental Health Month: An opportunity to learn and grow IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Mental Health Month: An opportunity to learn and grow

October 05, 2016 Comments Tanya Russell

October is Mental Health Month, a time when we are encouraged to acknowledge and talk about mental health. Good mental health can be defined in the following way: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” (World Health Organisation).

 

Is anxiety the disease of the 21st century, and what can we do about it? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Is anxiety the disease of the 21st century, and what can we do about it?

October 05, 2016 Comments Steve Zolezzi

God grant me the serenity 
To accept the things I cannot change, 
Courage to change the things I can, 
And wisdom to know the difference. 

Reinhold Niebuhr

Cindy's had the time of her life IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Cindy's had the time of her life

October 05, 2016 Comments Lizzie Snedden

Adorned in a white sequinned dress, lace shoes, flowers in her hair and a satin clutch to complete the look, Cindy Pritchard looked every bit the princess when she recently made her debut at the ‘Love Is in the Air’ Ball.

Learning to pass on the skills of resilience IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Learning to pass on the skills of resilience

October 05, 2016 Comments Tanya Russell

Q  I am interested in learning ways to teach my seven-year-old daughter some resilience skills. She seems to become emotionally overwhelmed every time she is presented with a challenging situation or when she ‘loses’ in a game with us at home or at school. Sometimes she gives up trying because her emotions take over. I really want to teach her that it is okay not to be the best at everything, and also not to give up on something just because it feels too hard. Where do I start?

"Do you love me the same as the other children in your family?" IMAGE Aurora Magazine

"Do you love me the same as the other children in your family?"

October 05, 2016 Comments Fiona McCalden

It was a sunny autumn afternoon and my class of Year 2 students had just left for the day when I opened a newsletter in my emails. I was reading through it when an advertisement from CatholicCare, calling for foster carers, caught my eye. There was a phone number to call. I picked up the phone…

Brighter Futures craft day IMAGE Social Services

Brighter Futures craft day

October 04, 2016 Comments Lizzie Snedden

On Thursday 6 October CatholicCare staff in Taree are supporting families with young children to “Brighten their Futures” via a morning of glitter and glue, sparkles and snakes.