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Why Baptcare

Why Baptcare

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 75-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, Tasmania and South Australia with care and support being provided by over 2,000 skilled and professional staff at over 40 locations.

Our History

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.

Read the latest news from Baptcare

01 Apr 2021

Bec's story

When Foundations started working with Bec she had been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, was living at home with her parents and had frequent bouts of hospitalisation following severe episodes of self-harm. Bec was despondent about her future, and during her first session with her Foundations Care Coordinator said that she understood her diagnosis to mean she was “just a horrible person”. Bec is an extremely intelligent young person with a wide range of interests. When she started the program, she had little confidence she had anything to offer the world. Bec spent her days at home, in her room, knowing she wanted more from life but only seeing looming failure in her future. Bec‘s Foundations Care Coordinator took time building rapport by taking walks through the countryside, progressively engaging her in conversation. Some of the early sessions were largely silent, but Bec slowly opened up and decided she wanted to try university and look for a part-time job. Bec then started acting, applied for a part-time job and was successful, and applied for a pre-degree program at uni. Bec was successful at that too, and juggled her wellbeing with her studies, achieving a particularly high-grade point average. The year was not an easy one for Bec though (with several difficult episodes in her mental health, and a requested medication change), but she got through it with support from her Foundations Care Coordinator and the Disability Support Office at university. Bec slowly grew in confidence, and at the end of the Foundations program she could make plans, act on them and adapt when things didn’t quite pan out. Bec was awarded a significant scholarship with accommodation at UTAS, had her diagnosis and medication changed, and was now living happily without MHS support. *Name changed to protect privacy

26 Mar 2021

Barbara and Sam's story: Baptcare Karana Residential Aged Care Community

19 Feb 2021

Changes to Victorian Government COVID restrictions from Thursday, 18 February 2021

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.

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