CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning in partnership with Federation of Parents and Friends Associations in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is bringing the renowned autism guru, Dr Tony Attwood, to Maitland.
Determined to ensure CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning was fulfilling its vision for ‘inclusive, just and strong communities’, a decision was made by Bishop Bill Wright in 2014 to appoint an Advisory Board.
Sitting down to afternoon tea with Belinda, Crystal and Lily was like most conversations involving a five-year-old − plenty of questions, laughter and cake crumbs on the floor. Yet in many ways the discussion that unfolded was anything but typical.
There’s no doubting Taree Community Kitchen’s volunteers and donors provide an exceptional service. Since CatholicCare took over the operation in 2015, 10,000 meals have been served. CatholicCare recently invited Deputy Premier of NSW, John Barilaro, and Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, along to celebrate this special milestone… and they made it a party to remember!
For many of us it’s a joyous time, celebrating the birth of Christ and encompassing family traditions, celebrations with friends, gift-giving and the sharing of food. However, for the 10,000 children and young people living in Permanency Support Programs (foster care) in Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast, it can be a very different story.