Our people

Meet our families

"We really like family day care because of the small numbers and relaxed environment. Both of our children have attended and it has been a wonderful experience! They have made very special friends and have developed close relationships with their 'day care Mum'."

- Rachael and Anthony, parents with Jamboree Heights Family Day Care

"We would recommend Churches of Christ Care Family Day Care Wide Bay to others. In fact we have already! From the initial phone calls and meetings, to play dates when transitioning into care, nothing has been a bother, and every concern has been addressed. There is a real sense of community between the educators and the Wide Bay team in general."

- Joelle, parent with Wide Bay Family Day Care

"The service provided by Maryborough In Home Care means our children have access to quality, loving and structured care which we could not otherwise access due to our location.  Exceptional staff, resources, and ongoing meetings and visits provide us with all we need to ensure our children are cared for safely in our home on a daily basis."

Rachael and Dane, parents with Maryborough In-Home Care

 

 

Meet our carers

“My husband and I weren’t able to have our own children, coming from large families this was important to us. A friend of ours had been a foster carer for years and asked us to consider it. We didn’t think it was for us at first but we stuck with it and today feel fulfilled in a way we hadn’t imagined we could”

~Janice, Foster Carer

 

“My husband and I had four children of our own but we knew these two young children needed a home so we made the space. Twelve years later they are very much a part of the family, we weathered the storms together and looking back wouldn’t change a thing.”

~Tanya, Foster Carer

 

“Each child needs something different, being foster carers has challenged us to adapt and support the child we have today, tonight or this week. The reward for us is in the connection we make and the experience we share.”

~Rose and Ernie, Foster Carers

 

“We were so naïve when we started our fostering journey but we faced each challenge head on and 23 years later are so much stronger for it. We are so proud of our girl’s achievements, one of them has completed her degree and purchased a house before the age of 23.”

~Dawn and Dean, Foster Carers

 

 

Meet our team

"We support our fellow colleagues and volunteers and work hard to develop innovation to meet the needs of clients.  I feel that I work for an organisation that continues to focus on improvement and creating real change for vulnerable people."

- Kate Martin, Program and Practice Development Manager

"It is the passion and dedication of staff that allows our children and young people to have opportunities to feel nurtured, important and to just simply be themselves."

- Leanne Rutherford, General Manager

"The most rewarding part of my role is visiting a service and seeing the work I do at my computer being transformed into everyday practice!"

- Cathy Brandon, Quality and Compliance Officer, Early Childhood

“Connecting and communicating in a meaningful way with Young People is important to me, and consistently being someone that they can rely on makes the world of difference” 

- Jacob Spall - Senior Youth Worker, Semi-independent Living Services

“I support our team of case workers and foster carers, no two days are the same. It is so rewarding to see smiles on children’s faces and proud moments when our carers realise they’ve made a difference.”

- Leanne Smith, Senior Admin Support Officer, CYF