THE team at ac.care is celebrating the organisation’s win of the Community Conscience award at the 2023 Women in Business and Regional Development and Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Awards.

The award, presented at the gala ceremony at The Barn Palais on Friday night, recognises a not-for-profit or social enterprise that tackles social problems to generate positive change in the community.

“This award celebrates the life-changing impact the organisation has on individuals’ lives,” event emcee and Women in Business and Regional Development deputy chair Toni Vorenas said.

Like the businesses celebrated at the awards, ac.care was founded in Mount Gambier.

From humble beginnings in a spare room of the Mount Gambier Anglican Church in 1986 with one social worker employed to support homeless youth, ac.care has grown to become a diverse organisation with around 250 staff who offer direct care for children, as well as working with foster carers, delivering homelessness support, along with emergency relief and other diverse services, extending its country-specialist approach across eastern regional South Australia.

“ac.care has certainly grown to be a significant soial services provider and trusted charity,” Ms Vorenas said.

“It is with gratitude that we congratulate the incredible individuals who make up the ac.care team for the lifechanging work they do.”

ac.care representative Jason Wallace said the organisation’s role had become more challenging as the rising cost of living put more pressure on families and vulnerable people.

“Our team works to support the most vulnerable people in the Mount Gambier community and across eastern county South Australia to ensure they have safe homes, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships,” he said while accepting the award on behalf of ac.care.

“Everyone at ac.care welcomes this valued recognition of the work we do every day, often in challenging circumstances, as we recognise we cannot generate change in our communities alone – it takes a whole of community approach and we could not achieve all we do without the support and trust of the business community, foster carers and so many other contributors to our vital work.”

For more information visit accare.org.au or call 1300 ACCARE (1300 222 273).

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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