ST VINCENT de PAUL, GUNGAHLIN
The main focus of the work of the Society in the Parishes is helping those in need, and Holy Spirit Parish St Vincent de Paul Conference serves the Gungahlin region. The primary objective is to work with those who need to improve their situation and encourage them to take control of their lives, while always respecting their dignity. The emphasis is to try to give those assisted a ‘hand-up’ rather than simply a ‘hand out’.
DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE GUNGAHLIN AREA
Gungahlin has grown from 389 residents in 1991 to 46,971 in 2013 according to the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census with the expected population of Gungahlin to reach 90,000. Gungahlin has seen some dramatic growth over the last few years and is made up of the suburbs Amaroo, Bonner, Casey, Crace, Forde, Franklin, Gungahlin, Harrison, Jacka, Mitchell, Ngunnawal, Nicholls, Palmerston, with the suburbs Kinleyside, Kenny, Moncrieff, Taylor and Throsby yet to be developed.
The main work is visiting people in their homes. These visits are always done by two members, usually in response to calls for help received through the Society’s Help-Line. Most calls are for help with food or outstanding household accounts and the help provided is based on the particular circumstances of each case.
In addition to direct assistance from Vinnies, we have good networking relationships established with various local organisations where we regularly refer clients to for miscellaneous or other assistance.
Do you want to make a difference by serving those in need?
Are you prepared to listen and respond without judging?
Become a St Vincent de Paul Society volunteer and come join our home visitation teams.
Members can be of any gender and religion, they simply come with a willingness to serve within the Christian spirit and ethos of the Society.
St Vincent de Paul Gungahlin Conference meets fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm in the Church Meeting Room, 93 Burdekin Ave Amaroo.