Shaping communities - our Annual Review 2011
As the title of this Review suggests, Wesley Mission is in the business of shaping better lives for some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised in our community. We address the major problems people face and in doing so, we also build stronger, more sustainable communities.
In 2010/11 we also put considerable effort into reshaping our own internal community, taking decisions and making changes that will take us forward as a more effective Christian church and charity.
The financial year was also one of expansion: we began construction of 16 new independent living units at Alan Walker Village at Carlingford, as well as a new 74-bed, ageing-in-place residential care facility to be known as Wesley Rayward.
We also officially welcomed into the Wesley Mission family the highly-respected child mentoring program Aunties & Uncles after we were approached to take over its operations when the service was at risk of closure.
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CEO and Superintendent's report
Decisions taken in 2010/11 created significant changes which now place Wesley Mission on a firm footing financially and organisationally for the future. They will underpin our continuing commitment to express Christlike servanthood as we work with disadvantaged and marginalised people in our society, and enable us to show unfailing integrity in the important work of shaping communities.
About Wesley Mission
Each day Wesley Mission helps to shape a better life for some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in our community. It does this by providing a range of services which help individuals, families and, in the end, our community.
Our Christian community
Wesley Mission's congregations provide a solid Christian foundation for our work and give a faith-based impetus for shaping communities. Today, we are building on our congregational base with the latest technology, enabling us to reach larger numbers of people seeking the inspiration of God's Word.
Wesley Mission believes in good stewardship of its people, resources and funds, giving shape to our services and the communities we serve. Wesley Mission is a parish mission of the Uniting Church in Australia, consisting of 10 related congregations of the church which appoint representatives to a Mission Council. The Wesley Mission Board Chair is also an Executive Officer under Uniting Church governance.
Family and Community Services
Wesley Mission works hard to shape and nurture family life through a broad range of services that address both family emergencies as well as people's needs for long-term support, healing and growth. Families provide the stability that allows children to develop confidence and self-esteem to face life's challenges and to form healthy relationships themselves.
Employment and Training Services
Wesley Mission believes in caring for the whole person, and part of that care involves assisting people to find meaningful employment. When people have jobs, it has positive benefits for so many other areas of their lives. We work closely with disadvantaged job seekers throughout NSW to offer them new skills and new hope for shaping their employment future.
Mental Health and Counselling Services
Wesley Mission addresses tough issues that can severely impact people's lives - mental health, gambling, suicide, addictions and financial stress. We are committed to providing professional therapy and support for the most disadvantaged in our communities.
Community Ageing and Disability Services
We focus on the aged and people with disabilities as some of the most vulnerable in our community. Wesley Mission devotes much time and energy to these people through a diverse range of services - respite care, day centres, employment programs, in-home support, visitor programs - to enable them to have a choice in how they shape their lives.
Residential Aged Care Services
Support to live independently as they age or assistance with their more complex care needs: Wesley Mission has the facilities and professional staff to provide both. Our extensive and growing services focus on providing people-centred care, with an emphasis on the social and spiritual, and all within a Christian environment. Such growth defines - and will continue to give shape to - our ageing communities.
Our people and culture
Our staff and volunteers are the driving force for all that we do at Wesley Mission and translate our principles and goals into action every day. Wesley Mission is committed to providing a safe workplace with up to date systems and an environment of continuous learning where employees have every opportunity to reach their potential.
Suppliers and sustainability
Whether it is the amount of fuel we use, the vehicles we choose to drive or the suppliers we trust to engage, Procurement plays a vital role in ensuring that many of the things we take for granted at Wesley Mission actually happen.
Communications and Fundraising
Communicating our Christian ethos and position on important social issues to the public and donors is vital in consolidating Wesley Mission's image in the community as a professional, caring and trusted charity. This work goes hand in hand with supporting our generous and loyal donors, while constantly seeking new avenues for raising funds for our work.
Finance and Corporate Services
Wesley Mission's finance and information systems form the backbone of our work, enabling staff to deliver each day on our commitments to those we serve. During the year both areas introduced new system improvements and maintained their focus on continuous improvement and optimum service delivery. In addition, under this portfolio there are also a number of revenue-generating businesses.
This section includes our financial summary as at June 30, 2011.
Wesley Mission is extremely grateful for the support in various forms it receives from a wide range of organisations including corporates, clubs, councils, schools, trusts and foundations.
Help Wesley Mission shape communities
In everything it does, Wesley Mission is shaping communities for the better. You can help us continue that work into the future with a one-off donation or a regular gift. Other support can be through a gift in your Will or by volunteering your time and skills.