Connect program for new employees - day 2

    In the second part of our two-blog series, one Churches of Christ in Queensland staff member continues to tell us about her experiences gained on the Connect Program…

    After a thoroughly engaging and eye opening day one, day two of the Connect program began with a visit to the Churches of Christ Campus at Mitchelton to learn more about the many programs we run and services we offer.

    The first presentation was an uplifting video from the Housing Services team, who provide social and affordable housing and support to those in need.

    Next we were taken on a tour of the Moonah Park Aged Care Service, which has fantastic facilities and programs that help improve the lives of our elderly residents.

    A new gymnasium equipped with specialised equipment has already had a positive impact on many residents’ lives. One of the uplifting stories told was about a resident who had been informed that she’d probably be permanently bedridden, however, thanks to daily visits to the gym she is now mobile again.

    We learned about, and took part in, Clown Therapy - a program that focuses on fun and guided remembrance. Staff encourage residents to explore and share their stories with the aid of physical prompts, in a safe and light-hearted space.

    The next presentation was a video highlighting the importance of volunteers in an organisation such as ours. With around 1,500 volunteers across our all our services in Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria - and right across to the volunteer-run medical clinic we support in Vanuatu (Medical Santo) - the impact these people have is incredible.

    We heard about the Community Chaplaincy program that supports the communities within our services, and the local communities in which they exist, before taking a stroll to the community garden that residents from  the Mitchelton Social Housing complex had created.

    Our final presentation at Mitchelton was from archivist Jonathan Smith on the history of Churches of Christ in Queensland as an organisation and as a church.

    We finished the day back at Kenmore campus, where we met with a group of senior managers from Housing Services; Seniors and Supported Living; and Children, Youth and Families, who spoke briefly about the work their area does and the purpose and meaning it provides, reiterating what we had learned over the last two days.

    Not only did Connect Program teach us about Churches of Christ in Queensland as a church and care service organisation, it provided a wonderful opportunity to create new relationships and strengthen existing bonds with the other participants.


    Posted February 7, 2018 in Blog