Baptcare is a faith-based not-for-profit organisation that provides residential and community care for older people, support to children, families and people living with a disability, financially disadvantaged people and people seeking asylum.
Our experience has been built over a 70-year history of providing care and support to vulnerable and sometimes marginalised people in our community. Today our broad range of services extend across Victoria and Tasmania with care and support being provided by over 1,600 skilled and professional staff at over 40 locations.
The Foundation of Baptcare can be traced back to 1945 when a group of Baptist women joined together to raise £4,000 in a time of war to open Australia’s first Baptist home for older people.
The work established the Strathalan aged care residence, which has grown into a thriving community that continues today.
This missional spirit from Baptist communities founded the local services that have become part of Baptcare today: like the Community Nursing Services seeded from the Brunswick Baptist church and Family & Children’s Services from Abercare founded by Aberfeldie Baptist church.
Baptcare responds to community need through advocacy on behalf of those who have a limited voice in Australian society.
We recognise that it matters how governments, the community sector, churches and local communities understand poverty, disadvantage and adversity, as it impacts how we determine solutions.
BANC PASS Cross Sector Partnership: A successful collaboration & a pathway to better outcomes for people with Younger Onset Dementia
Baptcare Social Policy Paper: Abuse and Violence in Family and Other Carer Relationships (2016)
Disability Conversations: The Dignity of Choice and Risk (2015)
Church community projects
Baptcare’s Community Engagement program provides grants to Baptist Churches to support programs in their local community.
Baptcare development projects
Baptcare has an exciting development pipeline with plans in place to develop a range of aged care, independent living units and community projects over the next few years to meet future demand.
The Homeless Project
Baptcare provides no-cost nursing services to help homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in the north-west of Melbourne.
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