St Philip's care

St Philip's Care at Northbourne Community Centre

Coordinator: Robin Moore (Deacon)
c/o St Philip's Anglican Church
PO Box 6022 O'Connor ACT 2602
Telephone (02) 6161 7334
ABN 82 903 869 176
E mail comeandsee@stphilipsoconnor.org.au

St Philip's

Directions

Go to the double doors at the end of Block 5, Northbourne Flats, Forbes Street, Turner.

From Civic: along Northbourne Ave, first bus stop on the left past Haig Park (pine trees).

Open

Mondays 12.00 noon - 5.00 pm. Closed most, but not all, public holidays. We aim not to close for more than one Monday in succession.

Providing

a free nourishing lunch, together with physical and emotional support in a friendly, caring atmosphere.

For

low income/disadvantaged people in Canberra's inner north, with some people coming from further afield. Homeless people call in, as do people who are referred by various support agencies. All age groups attend the centre, with older children calling in after school.

Attendance

Now, in the early stages of the redevelopment of the Northbourne/City public housing complexes, reduced Monday attendance usually ranges between 40 and 60; annual attendance is around 2,000.

The Centre

is very small so much use is made of the outdoor areas all year round. People attending the centre need to wear clothing that suits the weather conditions.

Recreational activities

include basketball practice rings, books, magazines, various fun competitions, chalk boards, musical instruments, board games, children's toys and a makeshift table tennis table.

Physical support

includes free clothing, utility, decorative and fun items. Sheets and blankets etc. — when available. An emergency food supply assists both people and pets in cases of short-term need. People attending the centre also contribute items from their own limited resources and there is much generosity and sharing.

Problems that affect this community

— either directly or indirectly — include loneliness, poverty, marginalisation, isolation, mental illness, physical illness & injury, drug & alcohol addiction, family & relationship breakdown, poor living & communication skills, violence, aggression and sexual abuse; also, problems associated with high density living. Isolation can apply to retired people and those new to the area. The centre provides a casual environment for migrants to practise their English skills.

The Centre provides

a supportive, positive & caring atmosphere — a place to share not only the bad times but, just as importantly, the good ones too. Community information is available and referral to specialised services may be suggested. Additional support may also be given, depending on individual circumstances and available resources.

Crucial financial assistance

effect, influencing others to help in a variety of ways. A valuable grant from the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate has allowed our work to continue, and the Dickson Tradies, NextGen Health & Lifestyle Club Lyneham, The RUC Turner and members of St Philip’s parish are among our current generous supporters..

Long term support

Now in its 22nd year, St Philip's Care was established in January 1996 — first attending the Condamine Court housing complex in Turner, then, when refurbishment took place in 1997, along the road at the Northbourne Flats. Total Monday attendance has now exceeded 66,000.

We are grateful for donations

. . . of good quality clean clothing, sheets, blankets, tinned and packet foods, tinned pet foods and pet accessories; also utility, decorative and fun items. All items need to be clean and in good working order. Regrettably, due to safety concerns we are unable to accept electrical items. Donations of money go fully and directly to the Centre's work.

Northbourne is a small community centre with a big heart — a special place.

Download a pdf file for printing: St Philips Care Statement February 2017.