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Cherice's story: surgical nurse and former Anglicare client

“I’m Cherice. I’m a surgical nurse at a major Brisbane hospital. I became homeless at 16 after a family breakdown…I was working two jobs at the time, but it still wasn’t enough money to put myself through school and pay the rent, so I ended up homeless and needing support and help,” says surgical nurse and former Anglicare Southern Queensland client Cherice

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Welcoming and including autistic people in our churches

Two Australian Anglicans – a young woman with autism and the parent of a child with autism – share their stories of inclusion and respect in parishes: “The overwhelming impression I got was that the parish community members were there for the common good rather than for their individual needs. As a result of their experience, both my primary-aged children understand church and want to go to church”

When Cherice was 16, she was forced out of her home. Cherice connected with Anglicare Southern Queensland's homelessness services where she was provided with emergency accommodation, as well as 24-hour access to youth workers
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Anglicare supporting women and youth experiencing homelessness this Christmas

While most of us will be spending Christmas at home with our loved ones, Anglicare Southern Queensland will be supporting the many women and youth facing the loneliness and insecurity of homelessness. Currently, there are almost 10,000 women experiencing homelessness in Queensland, with around 40 per cent of these are under the age of 25, just like Cherice, a former Anglicare Southern Queensland client, who is now a surgical nurse

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Church youth camps: blessings, insights and tips

“I go to St Bart’s, Toowoomba CHARGE Youth camp each year to connect with others my age and leaders in a friendly environment where I feel like I belong. This year I was excited to go to CHARGE Youth camp on hearing the theme was ‘Belong’. I knew right away that this was going to be the camp that would speak to me,” says Noah Gunders, with Youth Minister Peter Dutton providing valuable camp facilitation tips for parishes

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St Bart's CHARGE Youth: interview with Zeke and Bethany

St Bart’s, Toowoomba parishioners and Toowoomba Anglican School students Zeke and Bethany share about their highlights and insights of the recent CHARGE Youth Camp, including about what it means to belong to God and to a community: “I learnt that we should love others because Jesus first loved us”

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Gary: an Anglicare Valuable Volunteer

Meet Anglicare Southern Queensland lifestyle assistant Gary, who volunteers three times a week driving the Anglicare bus for Gold Coast respite clients: “Most of these guys like going to see the water. They like the beach…A lot of the people say, you know, they miss me when I’m not here”