OUR 2020 ac.care and connect day brought staff from our diverse programs and sites together at three regional locations in the Riverland, Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier.

The event began with a Welcome to Country by local elders and other representatives of the local Aboriginal community, an address by chief executive officer Shane Maddocks reflecting on the agency’s achievements and development over the past year and introduction of the “Embracing Difference” event theme of diversity and inclusion.

A specially produced video was shared featuring Aboriginal/Chinese cultural educator Dana Shen, who supports organisations to improve human services, particularly with Aboriginal people and communities. Her presentation addressed how the organisation can embrace diversity and be inclusive in service delivery and team building, with a focus on individuals recognising their positions of power and privilege so they can be aware of opportunities to provide space for others to thrive.

The video was followed by group activities and learning experiences focused on diversity and incorporating inclusive approaches in the work of ac.care.

Networking and team-building continued into the afternoon with games and other activities and regional wrap-ups shared via large-screen video conferencing, which was in place throughout the day to connect the three sites and encourage interaction between the regions.

Conversations around diversity, inclusion and other topics highlighted through the staff development event did not end on the day, but continued online across the regions, including through ac.care’s internal Workplace communications platform.

“What a fantastic day yesterday was,” board chairman Rick Fisher posted on Workplace.

“I shared the day with people who live inclusivity and model ‘The ac.care Way’. So proud to have the privilege of being associated with such positive and caring people.”

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
9am to 5pm
10:30am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
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

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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