What We Do.....

The activities of Grainery Care include.....

 

GRAINERY CARE CENTRE

58 Maitland Rd, Mayfield, NSW.

Ph: 49695557 (Mon - Tues) 49674777 (Wed - Fri)

 
 

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The Centre in Mayfield continues to provide services to the needy in the local community and the number of clients is growing markedly. Our volunteer base is likewise growing and the Centre provides a place of meaningful service for those who wish to volunteer, as well as a place of refuge and friendship for regular clients.

 

FOODCARE

The Centre houses our “Foodcare” program. Having this as a base, along with the capable and gifted leadership of our Foodcare manager, Peta Schneider, has allowed Foodcare to operate at least three days per week. The Foodcare services many grateful clients and is a very positive ministry in the community. Cheap and free groceries and personal products are provided to all Centrelink cardholders - pensioners, students, low-income families etc. Free groceries are available courtesy of "Oz Harvest" to families in need.
 
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COMMUNITY MEALS
 
Thursday: from 4:00pm (Drop in for a coffee), 6pm (Dinner)
Free meals, tea, coffee and a place to make some new friends at the Grainery Church, 48 George St Tighes Hill.
 
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BREAD of LIFE

Under the capable guidance of the Grainery Care team the weekly provision of free bread is appreciated greatly by clients. Every Thursday at the Centre.
 
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SMALL GROUPS

The Creative Recovery Group meet weekly throughout the year and membership is growing significantly. Wednesdays, 9am to 11am. Other groups such as "Alpha" meet from time to time - call the Centre on 49674777 for details

Art Therapy group in action

 

PRAYER MINISTRY

The services of a trained and experienced prayer minister are available at the Grainery Care Centre - call for an appointment. Prayer changes things - no situation is too hard for God!!

OCCUPATIONAL PREPARATION/REHABILITATION

The Grainery Care Centre provides the perfect opportunity for work related skill development. We work with organisations such as the DALE school to provide work experience and "Joblink" to provide opportunities for clients to develop skills in retailing. The Centre also provides opportunities for individuals to learn work related skills as volunteers.

 

ADVOCACY AND PERSONAL SUPPORT/COUNSELLING

Grainery Care continues to support many clients in medical and legal and practical ways. The services of life advocates are available at the Grainery Care Centre - call for an appointment.

 

RESPONSE MINISTRY

The continued development of Refugee Sponsorship and Settlement (RESPONSE) at Grainery Care remains a priority. As we attract more and more  African/Australians, the ministry is growing with the need.

The work of RESPONSE includes….

  • Finding housing for refugees – in 2010 - 2015 we have placed  several families in rent affordable, quality housing
  • Driving Instruction – we provide both qualified instruction (free) and people to help with practice – “getting the hours up”
  • Provision of cheap groceries, Op shop items and personal goods via “Foodcare” which opens four days per week and is used by many migrant families. Grocieries etc are up to 25% of the retail price
  • The sponsoring of a “Swahili Choir”. This choir, made up of adults, teenagers and young adults, sings (mainly in the Swahili language) at community events, churches, special functions eg weddings, Australia Day celebrations, community faires. (We are currently considering launching a children’s choir).
  • Children’s programs and youth programs – including school holiday programs eg trips to the Easter Show, water safety/beach safety programs in conjunction with local surf clubs, home-school liaison service.
  • Cultural evenings/workshops taught by local professionals – doctors, nutritionist/dieticians etc – covering such topics as How to Find Work, Nutrition, Personal Hygiene, Health and Safety, Renting a House (bonds, care of property etc)
  • Support for rites of passage eg child dedications, marriage celebrations etc
  • Welcoming new arrivals and providing welcome packs containing personal essentials
  • A “Family to Family” partnership program in which an established Australian family is partnered with a newly arrived family and supports them with transport, friendship, practical help, offers hospitality, help finding work, support in times of crisis eg visiting hospitals/doctors etc
  • Advocacy: eg Help with official documents, helping with the immigration visa applications for spouses/children who are still in Africa etc to re-join their families
  • Support for participation in community multi-cultural events eg Refugee Week and “Welcome to Australia” celebrations
  • Community Transport in a 12 seat mini bus
  • Payment of registration fees for sporting participation eg soccer registrations

 

 

FUNDING AND FUNDRAISING

The charity operates on donations, the proceeds of the Grainery Care Centre and Fundraising. Committee members and supporters such as Brad and Ange McPherson, Ken and Sue Wellham and Loraine Outridge do a wonderful job along with their great band of volunteers in running fundraisers (and "profile" raising activities) such as Bunnings BBQs which raise a substantial amount for the work of Grainery Care.