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    Collaborative Community Projects

    Baptist Care SA and the Baptist Churches of SA partnering together in mission.

    To find out about the next round of funding or to discuss a project area, please contact Collaborative Community Project Officer Rachael Foster via rfoster2@baptistcaresa.org.au or
    M: 0428 864 486. 


    Purpose of the Funding

    Baptist Care SA is committed to empowering people to move from Adversity to Opportunity via Transition Pathways. We work with people to empower them to move from adversity to opportunity via uniquely tailored transition pathways.  We recognise that our partners; local South Australian Baptist Church congregations, represent unique opportunities to encourage flourishing local communities that are resilient and engaged.


    We believe that when we come together around our shared faith in Christ and work together in a collaborative partnership, South Australian Baptist Churches and Baptist Care SA can effectively mitigate disadvantage and strengthen our local communities. By collaborating, the people and communities we serve can be inspired and supported to build upon their strengths and abilities in order to overcome barriers, develop resilience, make positive community connections and lead fulfilling lives.


    This funding presents the opportunity for our partnership with Baptist Churches SA to move from strength to strength as we work together to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.


    So Far we have funded the following exciting Collaborative projects:


    Round 1:

    Get Out – an adventure based friendship program run by Blackwood Hills Baptist Church in partnership with Baptist Care SA’s Crossroads and Inner Southern Youth Homelessness services. This program links interested clients who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness, with volunteers from Blackwood Hills Baptist Church to empower them to strengthen their life skills and to connect them with a welcoming community and ongoing genuine friendships.




    Know Your Neighbour – a community led program facilitated by Richmond Baptist Church. This program is continually evolving in response to the ideas of local neighbourhood ‘champions’;  with local events being run to connect local neighbours around West Torrens together to increase the strength of local neighbourhoods and to connect vulnerable people in their community with their neighbours.

    Kids COACH – a school based mentoring program run by Clovercrest Baptist Church who link volunteers from their church with local school students to mentor them in a way that celebrates their strengths and helps them to grow in confidence, connection and to develop in areas important to them.


    Round 2:

    Community Meals Program  –  a meal preparation training and mentoring program run by Soul Food Christian Community that will support vulnerable people in Adelaide’s North East who are experiencing unemployment, to develop their strengths and skills, become more socially connected and increase their employability by learning various meal preparation skills.

    Enrich Life Café Ministry – a café based hospitality training program run by Rostrevor Baptist Church that will mentor and train volunteers. The program will support vulnerable people to become aware of their current skills and to develop skills in hospitality, become more socially connected in their local area and to increase their employability by growing in confidence as they develop new skills.

    English as a second language classes – a weekly ESL class run by Enfield Baptist Church for vulnerable people in Adelaide’s Northern suburbs who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This program will seek to equip and empower participants to grow their English skills, connect with local community members and to become more confident and employable.


    Round 3:

    Hours – Driver Mentor Program  –  a weekly driving mentoring program run by Blackwood Hills Baptist church. This program will further support the participants from Round 1’s ‘Get Out’ program who are at risk of homelessness and do not have the finances or social connections to be able to achieve the required 75 hrs of supervised driving practice to enable them to obtain their provisional license. Lacking a driver’s license can make finding and maintaining employment and safe housing a significant challenge. This program aims to remove this barrier and empower young participants to thrive.

    Whyalla COACH Mentors – a family mentoring program working closely with a variety of community partners through ‘The Hub’; an established Collective Action located at Whyalla Baptist church. This program will empower and support families through friendship and mentoring to achieve self identified life goals and boost their connection with their local community.

    Port Pirie Community of Hope Creative Arts Project – a weekly outdoor community arts program run by Port Pirie Baptist Church, focusing on the local indigenous community. This program will celebrate the artistic talents of local participants, increase their opportunity for community connection, and empower them to increase their skills and encourage them in selling their art.


    About this Funding

    This project funding exists to facilitate partnerships between Baptist Care SA and local Baptist churches; assisting them by providing resources and greater access to Baptist Care SA staff expertise to work with vulnerable people in their local community in a creative, community informed, collaborative, participant-led and ongoing manner.  


    How to apply

    For more information please click here to download the 2020 Project Funding Guidelines. 


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