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Gardening boosts wellbeing

The Botanic Gardens Community Greening team and Sydney Community Services (SCS) volunteer gardeners collaborate to develop community gardens for social housing residents in Hunters Hill. Two wonderfully industrious days in June saw the two teams replace decrepit garden beds that produced fruit and vegies, herbs and flowers for Meyers Ave residents for many years. Meyers [...]


Meet our volunteer – Denis Morris

 Denis Morris has been helping people out one way or another since the early 1980s.  After the army he became a taxi driver and was still driving cabs when he became a director of Lane Cove Golf Club in the early 1980s and, with others, helped “turn the club around”.  He kept working voluntarily for [...]

Meet our team – Michelle le Dain

Canadian-born, New-York-bred visual artist and administrator Michelle le Dain shares the role of managing and scheduling our home maintenance and modifications, and gardening services. Michelle and Kathy Brodie work part-time to organise teams of qualified tradesmen, horticulturists and volunteer gardeners who make people’s homes and gardens safer, more accessible, and more enjoyable. "Job-sharing gives me [...]

Get on the edible garden trail

Bridget Kennedy ( left) with Laurie Green If you love sustainably growing your own food, you’re invited to be part of the inaugural Sydney Edible Garden Trail on the third weekend in March 2020. The ticketed, non-profit event will send all proceeds back into community and school edible gardens to raise awareness about [...]

New Ageing & Disability Commissioner – and review

Robert Fitzgerald, newly appointed NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner sees the role as an extension of a career which he has spent “helping protect vulnerable people”. Robert Fitzgerald, NSW's new Ageing and Disability Commissioner The Commissioner will be given 70 full-time staff and the power to initiate investigations or following a referral or [...]

Meet our client – Adrian Bowden

“Many men have a rather solitary life outside their families and work,” says Adrian. “So retirement’s great – for about six months!" "One of the things I like about BOOMers is that we’re not sitting around, we’re actually doing things; we’re talking but we’re out and about.” This mechanical and industrial engineer, who has worked [...]

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Meet our team – Lisa Bremner, Domestic Assistance Coordinator

Lisa has joined the team at Sydney Community Services as the Domestic Assistance Coordinator, organising our linen service and its volunteer team as well as introducing our new Domestic Assistance service to the Lane Cove community over the next few months. “This role is a chance to deepen my understanding of the importance of community [...]

Colbeck on for young and old

Re-elected PM Scott Morrison has shuffled the cabinet positions, removing  Ken Wyatt from his spot as Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians.  With Sen. Wyatt's new appointment as Minister for Indigenous Australians, indigenous people at long last have an indigenous representative. Taking over the Aged Care and Senior Australians portfolio is Tasmanian Senator,  Richard [...]


Sing praises for local heroes

Victoria Caush, an awarded SCS volunteer who  volunteers on our delivered meals service Exceptional individuals who contribute to the wider world should not go unsung, and local deeds were recognised late May by Lane Cove’s Annual Citizenship Awards and Ryde Council’s Volunteer Recognition Awards.  More than 100 people attended the Lane Cove celebration [...]

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