CareWorks Partners are churches or agencies which enter into a partnership with CCVT through Churches of Christ Community Care, a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI), which is tasked to care for the poor, the sick, the marginalised, and the vulnerable in our society.

This partnership provides affiliated churches and agencies with tax deductibility for all donations to CareWorks projects and a range of other benefits, including seed funding and assistance with grant applications. CareWorks partners are active across Victoria and Tasmania.

For further information on each partner, please contact the church or agency directly. The list featured here is not exhaustive. You can also donate directly to any CareWorks Partner through Pushpay.

CareWorks Grants

CareWorks Grants are a way to boost your church or agency’s social initiatives, and to be a sign, witness, and foretaste of the Kingdom of God in your local neighbourhood. Standard grants of up to $10 000, and High Impact grants starting from $20 000, are available annually.

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The initial focus of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (then two separate conferences) was on evangelism and planting churches. In common with other religious organizations, in the late 1800s ‘Churches of Christ’ held their annual conferences for the purposes of devising plans for the co-operative work of evangelization. The churches working harmoniously together for the consolidation and extension of the Kingdom of God.

Within this wider CCVT narrative, the story of Community Care is the story of God’s people reaching out to care for people who were in need of support and assistance. The story also includes the stories of visionary leaders who were committed to discovering relevant ways in their context to love God and to love people, and so to announce the Kingdom.

In 1921 the ‘Churches of Christ Anti Liquor Temperance and Social Questions Committee’ was elected at that year’s Churches of Christ in Victoria Annual Conference. By 1923 it had been re-named the ‘Social Services Committee’. The Social Services Committee was established to provide material help to needy persons and families, and to give assistance to those with personal family problems. In June 1925, confronted with the social and economic problems created by World War 1, and with the great Depression beginning, the Committee resolved to appoint a part-time worker. The work had expanded enormously, particularly in the following areas: Meeting immigrants and arranging hospitality, investigating cases of charity, and responding to their needs; and finding employment for the unemployed.

By 1935 a benevolent fund known as the Christian Fellowship Association was established by the Committee. The purpose of the CFA was to provide interest free loans to people experiencing financial difficulty. Also during the 1930s a Fund to provide a ‘Home for the Aged’ was established, beginning a long Churches of Christ involvement with aged care, as an expression of the ministry of Jesus. In the 1940s Community Care’s work of ministry and mission included care for the aged, chaplaincy to migrants following World War 2, industrial and hospital chaplaincy, and support for local church welfare programs. In the 1950s the Victorian and Tasmanian Conferences merged. By 1979 the CCVT Social Services Department (formerly Committee) had changed its name to the Department of Community Care. From the 1990s Community Care took steps to reconnect with churches and to partner them in community mission through CareWorks. This was a strengthening of an aspect of Community Care’s charter to be actively involved in public benevolence activities.

In 2011 Community Care transferred the management of three of its aged care facilities, Oak Towers, Arcadia and Betheden, to Churches of Christ Care, Queensland. A fourth facility was sold, with the proceeds being invested as a financial basis for a newly shaped Community Care that would re-focus on public benevolence and community engagement.

Unlike large welfare agencies which provide centralised community services on behalf of their churches, in Churches of Christ care most often occurs at the coalface through churches and agencies. This is consistent with the Churches of Christ theology that every church member is a minister.

Community Care now exists as a legal entity within CCVT, supporting the work of CareWorks partners and groups seeking to provide care and support to those in need in local neighbourhoods. CareWorks partners continue to have profound effects on their neighbourhoods every day, offering friendship, support, and care to vulnerable people.

Since 2000, Chelsea Care Works has provided a free Big Breakfast on Wednesday mornings to between 80 and 100 persons of all ages—from school children to older persons.

Many attendees are representative of the lower socio-economic area of the surrounding community; many are on pensions, homeless, and/or experiencing physical or mental health issues. Research indicates that sharing around a meal leads to a reduction in loneliness and isolation, and increases friendships and access to support networks.

Other CareWorks programs to assist those who feel excluded in society and gives them a caring and welcoming place to come include free food pantry and haircuts every Wednesday morning.

Fee paying programs offered on site include Karate, Age Strong exercises for older persons; Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services; Music with Mummies for children 14 months to 5 years and Fit Mums ‘n Bumps.

The site is open 7 days a week with an average of 300-350 persons passing through each week, attending the various activities. 

Chelsea CareWorks is the Outreach arm of the Chelsea Community Church of Christ.


3-5 Blantyre Avenue CHELSEA, VIC 3196

Mail to: P.O. Box 357 CHELSEA, VIC 3196

P: 03 9773 0301





A social group for Men over the age of 18 of all faiths and cultures where they can meet and make new friends, travel to places of interest, partake of indoor and outdoor activities and learn new skills (cooking/gardening/computers) and benefit their health through workshops and presentations.

Codger’s Capers is run by a Committee of Management who presents the various activities. Our programmes reach out to all men who may be lonely, widowed, divorced or socially isolated. Our Garden & Cooking programme grows, harvests, and prepares cooked, frozen meals for distribution to the homeless and those in need.

Codger’s Capers meets every Tuesday (except public holidays) between 10am and 3pm at the Church of Christ Hall. New members are always welcome.


105 Corio Street (Cnr. Corio & Nixon) SHEPPARTON VIC 3630

P: 03 5821 7699

M: 0419 307 005




Foothills Community Care is a not for profit Christian organisation which walks alongside those who are in need of a safe place to connect. Through providing a place of hospitality, belonging and engagement Foothills helps people address issues such as family violence, drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental health, and social isolation. For many who come from challenging backgrounds, Foothills is a source of dignity and hope, a place where people can feel safe, valued, and important. 

Foothills  commenced in 2001, and has grown and developed many programs throughout that time. Annually they serve around 9,000 meals and have around 200 volunteers. Their programs include:

  • Ferntree Gully Christmas Day Lunch since 2001, currently 250 people attending, 60-80 volunteers each year
  • Ferntree Gully Community Meal, Wednesday night, since 2007, served over 30,000 meals in Ferntree Gully, 
  • Upwey Meal Night, commenced November 2015, Monday nights @Upwey Baptist Church, averaging around 95 people per week 
  • Community Casseroles, commenced 2015 providing 100 home cooked frozen meals per month to struggling people with in the hills area
  • Knox Council Citizenship Suppers, since 2003, providing supper to new Citizens and their families post ceremony, usually between 6-8 per year
  • Dandenong Ranges DV  Support Group, since late 2017, supporting women and children
  • Ferntree Gully Boarding House Outreach,  weekly outreach and support to our local community
  • Foothills Barista & Hospitality Training, supporting isolated people with accredited training.


Using the medium of theatre, Fresh encourages the strong, gives support to the timid, reminds the indifferent, and warns the oppressor.

Fresh Theatre for Social Change is a not for profit theatre company primarily focused on achieving social change through the use of applied theatre techniques. Applied Theatre is the use of theatre to accomplish nontheatrical objectives. Fresh uses a range of applied theatre practices to bring about societal development and personal growth in the community, corporate and education sectors

Founded in 2002, Fresh began as a youth theatre in the eastern Melbourne suburbs specifically aimed at supporting young people in difficult life circumstances and personal crisis. The program has successfully served youth in several locations within the Maroondah, Knox and Whitehorse Councils and over 2000 young people have walked through the doors since inception. Fresh has venues for its youth theatre program in Bayswater, Blackburn, Templestowe, Ringwood, and Elsternwick.

Plans are underway to continue this expansion to six more sites throughout Victoria in the next three years.

The unique approach inherent in every Fresh program is grounded in the belief that effective, resilient and healthy young people are an integral asset to every community. The leadership of Fresh believe in connecting, supporting and building positive relationships with young people. It is because of this belief that the Fresh theatre has the ability to transform the lives of young people by providing them with the resources to live amazing, positive and effective lives.

The Fresh team runs programs tailored to Youth, Young Adults, Primary School aged young people, and develops projects tailored to the needs of the community.


104 Beverley St Doncaster East 3109

T: 0432 400 844




Food, conversation and a warm welcome is what you will find every Tuesday at Helping Hand Café at Williamstown Church of Christ. Everyone from the community is invited to Helping Hand Café, where they offer a free two-course meal, free grocery items to take away, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is welcome. One regular guest said he feels like Café is “his big family”—exactly the purpose of Helping Hand Café. Those who come along come not just because of the delicious meal provided, but also for the relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they can connect with others and enjoy good company as well as a nutritious lunch.

Join Helping Hand Café anytime from 11.30am Tuesdays for coffee and a chat before the meal is served at 12 noon. Helping Hand Café is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who have run the program since it began in 2005.

Helping Hand Café is so much more than a meals ministry. It has been instrumental in the life of the church and wider community in offering a helping hand when needed, a warm welcome, practical service, and lifting people’s spirits with hope.

Helping Hand Café takes a break over some school holiday periods/public holidays so please contact the team to confirm current schedule.


Corner Douglas Parade and John St (119 Douglas Parade) WILLIAMSTOWN VIC 3016

Mail to: PO Box 137 WILLIAMSTOWN VIC 3016

T: 03 9397 5715




Ignite is a grassroots, community-based not-for-profit organisation that works with young people from disadvantaged, culturally-diverse and refugee backgrounds in Greater Dandenong. Ignite partners with secondary schools to run after school sports programs, mentoring groups and camps that increase the social connectedness and emotional health of teenagers who’ve experience disadvantage or are from culturally-diverse backgrounds. Ignite trains young adult volunteers to be leaders and positive role models for young people. 

Ignite is also designing a group mentoring program incorporating a contemporary rites of passage to assist young people in their life transitions for other community groups and church’s to run in their community. 


Level 1, 7 Fiveways Boulevard 


T: 0411 306 678 





Since about 2001, Door of Hope Christian Church has been holding Super Heroes Camps. These camps are held every six months and are now well known in the community for the difference they make in the lives of children and families from  Launceston who are experiencing tough family circumstances.

These biannual weekend camps cater to children in Grades 1-3 and 4-6 and offer some respite to families encountering challenging circumstances such as financial crisis, addiction, domestic abuse, or disability. Many camp participants have faced adversities of this kind throughout their lives and suffer subsequent developmental problems including low self-esteem and behavioural disorders. The primary intent of a Super Heroes camp is to provide each child with a time of encouragement, positivity and fun—three things that may be quite rare in their experience.

Every participant is paired with an older ‘buddy’ (a volunteer from the Door of Hope congregation who possesses a valid WWCC) to act as care-giver, companion, and mentor for the duration of the camp. Children and buddies share meals and join in a range of activities such as crafts and outdoor challenges. Short age-appropriate educational sessions are also delivered to help children gain understanding of basic life skills and positive values. The children also receive a hand-crafted rug, personal toiletries, and other gifts to take home as mementos of their time at camp.

At all times, buddies are available to listen and talk, answer questions, and respond to children’s needs. In many cases, the relationship formed between child and buddy extends beyond the camp’s conclusion and becomes a valued support for the child and family. Frequent referrals to the Super Heroes program are received from school social workers, and community service agencies including Glenhaven Family Care and the Launceston City Mission.

Many families who have connected through these camps also receive Christmas hampers, and other opportunities to participate in youth and family activities at Door of Hope.


Door of Hope Christian Church

50 Glen Dhu St, South Launceston TAS 7249

T: 6344 8450



MAD Wheels (Making a Difference Wheels) and MAD Wheels Youth are run by Door of Hope Christian Church, Launceston, and operate out of a professional workshop located in the Door of Hope complex. Both programs have great support from many community businesses assisting in their development and ongoing running.

MAD Wheels exists to provide motor vehicles free of charge to people in need in the Launceston community. People in the community are asked to donate their old vehicles, which are then refurbished. Some refurbished vehicles are then donated, some are sold (for necessary cash flow and sustainability). Some vehicles from the community are used for parts and others are sold for scrap metal. MAD Wheels is a totally volunteer program that operates on a Monday evening, providing a fantastic community of like-minded car lovers to work together for a great cause.

MAD Wheels Youth Mission exists to assist students to progress to responsible adulthood through mentoring and support while giving them access to practical mechanical skills and training. MAD Wheels Youth provides a program for students that are struggling in the conventional teaching environment. Students get their hands dirty working in a workshop environment, while being taught and mentored by trades’ people.  MAD Wheels Youth operates on a Tuesday and Wednesday during school hours with the help of volunteers, providing a safe and supportive community for students to attend.

Both programs exist to provide much needed assistance to struggling people in the community while providing a safe place that people love to attend and work together for the greater good of the community. 


50 Glen Dhu St, SOUTH LAUNCESTON, TAS, 7249

P: 6344 8450




Dismas is the traditional name of the repentant thief on the cross next to Jesus mentioned in Luke 23: 40-43.

The mission of Friends of Dismas is to assist motivated adults on parole, ex-prisoners, and their family and friends, to grow in Christian faith, to transition successfully into society, and to live a crime free life.

Our informal church services are a safe place where people can fully participate but know they are not judged. Through mutual support and accountability, we work towards there being ‘No More Victims’.

Our weekly format includes sharing a simple meal together, getting to know each other, communion, bible study, and prayer.

Friends of Dismas was co-founded in 2012 by staff and volunteers from Prison Fellowship Victoria, Churches of Christ In Victoria and Tasmania, and Baptist Union of Victoria. Significant consultation with Corrections Victoria and Victoria Police means Friends of Dismas can offer a gathering where ex-offenders can meet, share a meal and fellowship together without breaking laws. We thank these organisations for their role in getting this program up and running, and for directing people who are in need or isolated to us for support.  We also thank Friends of Dismas Canada for permission to use the name, logo and Dismas Prayer.

Please note that participants must be over 18 years of age.

Our Core Values

  • We welcome and celebrate one another, regardless of religious or criminal convictions, knowing that we are all “offenders”.
  • We encourage everyone to give of themselves in some way – cooking meals, setting and cleaning up, sharing our truth or reaching out to others.
  • We are committed to paying our way by sharing the costs of food and hall hire and contributing financially to the ministry of Friends of Dismas.
  • In the circle everyone is given the opportunity to speak or to pass.
  • We will treat each other’s story with confidentiality and love. Each story is sacred.
  • We are committed to being a safe and responsible fellowship with accountability to the community where our meetings are held.
  • We are committed to ministering to each other as if they were Christ.
  • We continue to offer a safe and welcoming environment to ex-prisoners, their families and volunteers.


Melbourne Welsh Church
320 Latrobe St, Melbourne Vic 3000
Every Wednesday at 2pm

St Andrews Uniting Church
Corner of Sydney Ave and Sydney Pde, Geelong Vic 3220
Every Thursday at 1pm

Box Hill Baptist Church
3 Ellingworth Parade, Box Hill Vic 3128
Every Tuesday at 6.30pm

Contact Us

Paul Moore
Phone: 0466 232 611

Kylie Kendall
Phone: 0411 255 494

Support Us

Friends of Dismas is made possible thanks to the generous support of volunteers, donations and the many people who pray faithfully for this valuable ministry.

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Tax deductible donations to Friends of Dismas can be made through CareWorks.


The Centre is a positive and culturally safe place for local Indigenous youth living in and around Dareton (NSW). The Centre works with agencies and organisations to run art groups, a textile and sewing group, a music and band project, as well as drop-in facilities. The centre is open for children and youth from 3:30pm to 6.30pm Monday to Thursday. Everyone is warmly welcomed to enjoy the facilities.

John Saulo pioneered the Centre with the purpose of building dignity and wellbeing. The community centre is going from strength to strength in 2017 with the new manager, Ilker Deli, who is supported by Jacqui Pasquale and the team from the Wentworth Joint Parish. 


Dareton Youth and Community Drop-In Centre is also supported through GMP.

There are a relatively large number of students at Castlemaine Secondary College who come from financially stressed families and/or have serious behavioural issues and learning difficulties. Castlemaine Church of Christ is located in close proximity to the College campus and, as our desire is to actively engage with the wider community, we have commenced several programs at the College. These include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, the Scripture Union SOAR adventures program, (a life skills program for teens), and a breakfast program that provides breakfast (and for some, lunch), on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We are now supplying in excess of 200 breakfasts per week. This program is run entirely by volunteers from Castlemaine Church of Christ, with the help of some others from the wider community who support what we are doing. Our primary aim in supplying breakfast is to demonstrate the love of Jesus by acting as his hands and feet.

The program relies on donations of bread from local businesses, food sourced from Foodshare in Bendigo, and the purchase of additional materials such as milk, Milo and cheese. As an indication of the scale of our program, in the past twelve months we have spent almost $3,000 on cheese slices alone.

Donations of cash would greatly help to keep the program viable!


Castlemaine Church of Christ,
66 Blakeley Road Castlemaine Victoria

Mail to: PO Box 671 Castlemaine Vic 3450
T: Dave; 0403 189 082; or Chris, 0419 154 392