Celebrating 106 years

Celebrating 106 years

When one of our residents turns 106, it’s worth celebrating with a party, and that's exactly what happened at Baptcare Amberlea Community recently.

Mrs Jean Phillips, a resident at Amberlea for over a decade, shows no sign of slowing down, which is a testament of her country upbringing.

Born in 1913, in the country town of Rosedale, Jean worked as a pharmacy apprentice, before marrying her sweetheart Ron, a founding student at Carey Baptist Grammar School, in 1935.

Jean and Ron made a life together as dairy farmers in Lardner, along with raising their three children, David, Sue and Michael. Jean still enjoys a close relationship with her extended family and is often found chatting on the phone to bridge the distance, something she credits as the highlight of her day. Up until only very recently, Jean was an avid knitter and reading was another of her favourite pastimes.

Jean has built a wonderful rapport over the years with her 'staffing' family at Amberlea, and staff member Tanya recalls fondly "Jean loves to quote her favourite lines of poetry from her youth as she was sowing seeds on the farm with her father. Jean has a good sense of humour often sharing a joke with the staff caring for her"​​.

Jean's family and friends gathered in the balcony lounge area at Baptcare Amberlea Community on Saturday 16 March to share this special day, a day full of celebration and laughter.

From all at Baptcare we wish Jean 'Happy Birthday' and wish her well on this momentous milestone.

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Baptcare Victoria and Tasmania has joined the National Redress Scheme to provide acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. The Scheme was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia. Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts and can provide people with access to: counselling;a payment; anda direct personal response from the institution (for example an apology) for people who want it.The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. Baptcare has now joined the Scheme, which means that if there are people who were abused in the care of Baptcare, they can apply to the Scheme for redress. Baptcare also represents the following defunct institutions: Abercare (Price Street, Essendon), Abercare (Buckley Street, Essendon), Abercare (Niddrie), Abercare (Keilor), Abercare (Moonee Ponds), Westside Children’s Home, Heathmont Family Group Home, Boronia Family Group Home, Baptist Social Services, Baptist Community Care Ltd. We believe it is vitally important to endorse and join this Scheme, supporting people who have experienced abuse. People can apply now using an online or paper form. Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. For more information, visit nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377. -ENDS- About BaptcareBaptcare is a purpose driven organisation focused on delivering the best of care to people of all ages, cultures, beliefs and circumstances. Through our social enterprise model, we deliver better outcomes for more than 13,000 people in our community, combining the best commercial practice with a social a heart. Baptcare has more than 3,000 dedicated staff across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia to deliver the best of care to people in Residential Aged Care, Retirement Living, In Home Care, Family and Children Services, Affordable Housing and Disability