COACH is a long term mentoring program that equips volunteer mentors from within the community to support disadvantaged families, assisting them to create a brighter future for themselves.These volunteers will be trained by Mission Australia and will be matched, by a Hope Coordinator, with struggling families and, in some cases, young people where they will act as a life-coach.
Kids’ Hope is a mentoring program aimed at developing emotional and social resilience in children, thereby enhancing their capacity to learn. Currently there are 8 mentors from various congregations. We operate Kids’ Hope in Balwyn North Primary School. The mentor meets with the student for 1 hour each week during school term.
Crossroads is a once-a-month program that provides a social night with craft, games and a light supper for the intellectually impaired and disabled. Many of the members either did or do currently reside at Villa Maria and the Old Kew Cottages. The program has been running for over 30 years. There are 14 St Hilary’s volunteers. There are an average of 27 members who attend with 37 on the list of attendees. A Small Group, from Ten Am St Silas, provides a light supper as an expression of their mission.
Prague House Fellowship
Prague House operates under the auspices of St. George’s Health Services Kew. The residents suffer from mental illnesses and or have a history of substance abuse. As an outreach of friendship and care, members of St. Hilary’s attend Prague House to spend time with the residents. Members spend time in conversation and either cook a BBQ or provide supper and clean up afterwards. Each Christmas, the members provide the residents with a food hamper and have a special EOY celebration. The Prague House Fellowship has been in operation for 12 years. The fellowship meets once-a-month.
Hope Connect is about connecting people with needs, to people and groups who can practically help. Practical support will be available in the following ways:
- Home maintenance: for the elderly and those incapable, to be linked with the St Hilary’s Tom’s Shed group in order to assist with basic home maintenance.
- Gardening: for the elderly and incapable, to be linked with a St Hilary’s Missional Community.
- Pastoral care: for those requiring pastoral support to be linked with the pastoral care team/volunteer.
- Meals: for those requiring meals to be connected to the food bank team.