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New beginnings in NSW

MacKillop Family Services started the 2017-18 financial year with an exciting expansion of its services and programs in NSW. Two ministries of the Sisters of St Joseph – Good Grief and MacKillop Rural Community Services (MRCS) – joined MacKillop Family Services on 1 July 2017.

As we approach our 20th Anniversary, it is an honour to welcome these two wonderful organisations to MacKillop Family Services.

– Dr Robyn Miller, CEO MacKillop Family Services

The coming together of Good Grief and MRCS with MacKillop Family Services provides all three organisations with the opportunity to expand the support provided to clients, and increase the positive outcomes of our work through shared skills, resources and knowledge.”

Good Grief is based in North Sydney and has a well-regarded history of delivering high quality, evidence-based grief and loss education programs and training in Australia and overseas. Good Grief’s programs including ‘Seasons for Growth’, ‘Seasons for Healing’ and ‘Stormbirds’ are designed to assist children, young people and adults who are dealing with significant life changes.

“MacKillop Family Services values this history and is committed to continuing the valuable work of Good Grief in supporting and strengthening the social and emotional wellbeing of its clients”, said Robyn.

“Good Grief’s training services and programs will continue to be branded as Good Grief and will be complemented by our trauma-informed model, Sanctuary. Good Grief has given thousands of children a voice and to know that they are not on their own in living through painful loss.”

Good Grief will be led by its General Manager, Fiona McCallum. Fiona will join the Senior Management Team of MacKillop Family Services.

Find out more about Good Grief here

“MacKillop Rural Community Services’ head office is in Dubbo, NSW but the organisation works in a diverse range of rural and remote NSW communities from Balranald to Coonabarabran, Lightning Ridge to Bourke and beyond”, said Robyn.

MRCS provides family support, supported playgroups, parenting and early childhood education to vulnerable families, counselling and support to young people who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness and in-home accommodation support, respite and early education to adults and children with a disability. They also provide early childhood intervention and therapy support.

MRCS will continue to be led by former CEO Corrie Taylor, in her ongoing role as a General Manager. As with Good Grief, MRCS’ services and programs will be complemented by Sanctuary.

Find out more about MRCS here

MacKillop’s shared heritage through the Sisters of St Joseph drives our commitment to support children, young people and adults to live to their full potential, and to deliver services in the areas where the need is greatest.