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Message from the CEO

Did you give an Easter Gift?

 

Whilst Easter is a time of deep meaning and significance on the Christian calendar as we remember and celebrate the Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for all humanity… it can also be a difficult time for many people.

 

The nature of our community service role (and the relationships we foster) provide each of us with unique opportunities to give genuine gifts of care.

  • Did you give a real Easter gift this year?
  • Did you spend some special time or share some smiles and laughs with someone?
  • Did you demonstrate patience or perhaps utter some words of encouragement?

These gifts last longer than chocolate… for they are gifts that provide a window to hope for the future.

 

I therefore extend sincere thanks to all our dedicated staff who supported their clients and team mates by filling shifts over the Easter period and to all those who made special efforts to sustain a friendly home-like environment for the children and young people in our care.

 

Blessings to you… as YOU may have been someone’s best Easter Gift this year!

 

 

Developing a Place-based Approach

 

The adoption of a more ‘place-based approach’ is a key aspect of how our Strategic Horizons Plan is seeking to strengthen the ‘transition pathways’ for our clients over the next few years.

 

Whilst it may take some time, our aim is to bring more people together more often to have more-focused discussions about how our various services can become better integrated and coordinated so that staff can make swift accurate client referrals between the services operated by Baptist Care and other collaborating agencies within their local communities.

 

For this reason, we have begun to hold Regional Pathway Forums that aim to bring our staff together in the Southern Adelaide (March) and Northern Adelaide (April) regions. Whilst this initiative is starting with small groups of managers and team leaders, we trust that these constructive discussions and training opportunities will ultimately enable many more staff to get to know each other better and to learn more about the great work that other staff teams are doing to transform the lives of the people they are working with in the places where we work and our clients live.

 

Staff from the recent Northern Regional Pathways Forum

 

Over time, we will also be inviting representatives from other government and community agencies to attend our Regional Pathway Forums so that we can help to build a strong and responsive service network within local communities.

 

Graham Brown

CEO

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