Our mission: To enhance people’s quality of life and independence by providing a range of health and community services.
Sydney Community Services was established in July 2017 – however our history runs deep in the community – back to the early 1960s. Sydney Community Services was formed by a merger between Lane Cove and North Side Community Services (LCNSCS) and Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services (HHRCS).
- RESPECT – We respect people’s abilities, qualities and achievements through providing relevant non-judgemental service.
- EMPOWERMENT – We empower people through inspiration, example, encouragement, adventure and creativity.
- DIVERSITY – We celebrate people’s diversity and uniqueness.
- INCLUSION – We include people in decisions and actions and are sensitive to their individual needs.
- QUALITY – We strive to meet or exceed people’s expectations.
SCS believes in:
- Assisting those in need to maintain and improve their quality of life
- Responding to the changing needs of the community
- Encouraging self esteem, self respect and independence
- Fostering community interest and involvement in the objectives and activities of the organisation
- Providing services and information to the community and referring community members to other appropriate service providers
- Cooperating with other relevant organisations in the provision of community support services
SCS could not exist without the dedicated contribution of its hundreds of volunteers who work locally to support people by connecting the elderly, the frail and people with disability to the wider community.
Clients can be referred to SCS through My Aged Care, local hospitals, doctors, other service providers, family or themselves.
To find out more about accessing services or volunteering with SCS, contact our office on 02 9427 6425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Lane Cove and North Side Community Services
The establishment of a voluntary organisation devoted to the welfare needs of its local community was pioneered in Australia by residents of Lane Cove. Since the inception of the organisation in 1961, many other communities have followed.
In 1959, while conducting house-to-house visits during her campaign for election to Lane Cove Council, Mrs Claudia Leach found a great void in the community for people needing assistance at a certain point in their lives. The outcome was the foundation of the ‘Pool of Service’ which, in 1961, became Lane Cove Community Aid Service (LCCAS). Meetings were held at Council Chambers with volunteers working from home. In January 1962, LCCAS became independent of Council and at the same time received a grant from Council for administration expenses. LCCAS moved to its current location in 1965.
Services were introduced as needs were identified. Meals on Wheels began in the early 1960s, with the Lane Cove Club providing a limited service. The Home Companion Service, forerunner of the current Nursing Service, also started at this time. Welfare counselling was introduced in 1982, and in 1983 the Friends of Community Aid Shop (FOCAS) began fundraising with their monthly craft sessions.
As demand increased, more services were introduced with the Home Maintenance and Modification Service being added in 1987; an Easy Care Gardening Service was added in 2002; In-Home Podiatry in 2003 and a Linen Service in 2004.
More recently, the organisation was funded to extend its services to clients living in the local government areas of Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby. Along with this expansion, LCCAS underwent a name change to Lane Cove & North Side Community Services, with a mantra: ‘We care for you.’
History of Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services
Caring for our community started with several prominent Gladesville residents and business owners including retailer John Evans, who saw members of their community struggling and living in poverty
At the time the businesses came together and each donated £10 towards the first budget, and the local community centre was founded on November 24, 1966.
Meals on Wheels started its first run on July 31, 1967 delivering 15 meals. Fifty years later, Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services delivered over 13,300 meals and provided seven Social Support Programs and six Community Support Services with 55,993 hours of direct services to its diverse community members to realise their potential and independence.
- Some of the highlights in the HHRCS history are as follows:
After moving three times the new headquarters of Gladesville Community Aid Centre was officially opened in Cowell Street Gladesville back in 1975 thanks to the financial support of Hunters Hill Council.
- A migrant conversation group from ten different ethnic groups was commenced in 1979
- In 1981 Gladesville Community Aid received a huge boost with the donation of a mini bus by Hunters Hill Rotary for transporting isolated men and women to functions at the entre and excursions to places further afield.
- Commencement of the Learning for Leisure program took place in 1983.
- The impact of the Home and Community Care Program on the Centre has been substantial.
- In 1985 new programs were funded such as Volunteer Visiting, social bus outings and transport.
- The NSW State Government donated a 22-seater bus to the Centre in 1991 before the commencement of the Community Visitors Scheme in 1993.
- ‘BIRDS’ – Brain Injury Respite Development Service – became a registered independent incorporated organisation and in 1994 Maria Harasymczuk initiated the Carers Support Program.
- The new Hunters Hill Respite Care Centre opened at 42 Gladesville Road in 1995 after the Centre officially opened in 1990 at St Joseph Hostel.
- In 1999 the Neighbourhood Centre opened at 46 Gladesville Road.
A significant milestone came in 2008 when Gladesville Community Aid & Information Service Inc, Hunters Hill Respite Care Centre Inc and the Brain Injury Respite Development Service Inc formed the Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services.
The Centre was recognised for its community work over the past decade with a swag of awards. Gladesville Community Aid received the North Sydney Community Award in 2005 ; BIRDS received the North Sydney Community Award in 2013 while the Carers Group of Young Adults with Disabilities collected the NSW Group Carer’s Award in 2014.
New programs were funded such as Social Support Gladesville and CALD – Culturally And Linguistically Diverse programs in 2006 while Hunter Holden donated a new car for the Home-delivered Meals Service.
The Hunters Hill Mens’ Shed was opened in 2012 and this year the Pittwater Road Community Garden won first place in the Best Community Garden category in the City of Ryde Spring Garden competition.