Safe Shelter for homeless men gets ready for Winter

Safe Shelter is getting ready for winter and needs volunteers to run its overnight shelters. Safe Shelter provides basic emergency shelter for homeless men in winter.
ACT shelters will operate in three donated inner-North church halls staffed by teams of trained volunteers, male or female, aged over 18. Guests and volunteers sleep on the floor. For guests who have been sleeping rough on the streets, just being warm and safe is luxury. For guests who have recently become homeless, Safe Shelter provides somewhere safe while they try to sort out their lives. For the volunteers, it is uncomfortable but rewarding.

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Uniting Councils

Uniting is currently recruiting for their eight voluntary Councils that span across NSW and the ACT.

Operating in a community engagement capacity with Uniting, the Uniting Councils have a broad reach. Each Council develops its own programs and activities, relating closely to their local needs, and they aim to involve, engage, develop and have an impact. The Councils are an important contributor to the ‘Uniting for the common good’ strategy of the Uniting Church NSW/ACT Synod.

In 2017, a new Canberra Region Uniting Council will be established, looking for people who:

  • Are Uniting Church members, passionate about strengthening the relationship among congregations, presbyteries, Uniting and the community
  • Have a strong interest in and connections with the local community
  • Hold a vision for service provision that is grounded in the compassion and justice of the Christian message
  • Have an appreciation and understanding of cultural differences within the community
  • Have a willingness to be involved in activities
  • Have a passion to make a difference

If this sounds like you, the Council would love to hear from you.

Please call Briony Griffiths, Church and Community Engagement Consultant (Uniting) Mb: 0427038180 or visit

Give Hope Sunday: Finding a better way for refugees

On Sunday 27 November 2016 – the first Sunday of Advent, the Uniting Church called for us to find a better way for refugees. Congregations were encouraged to write to our political leaders to let them know that “We can do better”. Queanbeyan Uniting Church did just this – they wrote to local member Mike Kelly, with the below collage of photos of congregation members expressing their hope for a better way. WE CAN DO BETTER










It is not too late for other congregations or individuals to get involved. Together, our voices can register a clarion call to find a better and more compassionate way for refugees and people seeking asylum.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Head of Social Justice Forum, Jon O’Brien, on 9407 3225 or