The Philosophy of the Centre is that of Christian outreach, and working with the community to provide care and support for people who need assistance. It is a philosophy of caring, understanding and treating each person as an individual worthy of respect without regard to age, race, colour or religion. The Balmoral Uniting Community Centre Staff and Volunteers work compassionately to give to people in need an awareness that someone cares, and that such caring provides comfort, support and hope for the future.
Our philosophy is put into action in the following ways:
Centre Staff and Volunteers have an empathy with all people: for those who are in good health and those who are troubled, sick, frail, or who have a disability.
Centre Staff and Volunteers will always work in a way that respects the individual’s dignity and hope.
The Centre is an integral part of the Community providing a drop-in centre for people who want information, support, and company, and also for people who seek to have more involvement in community activities.
The Balmoral Uniting Community Centre aims to respond to the perceived and stated ongoing needs of local residents in developing and expanding its programs and activities. It seeks to provide an effective base from which community programs can be planned and implemented while also offering a welcoming and supportive environment within which community members can meet and interact.
The Mission of the Balmoral Uniting Community Centre is to join with others to create conditions through which all people can choose opportunities that assist them to enjoy life and to experience a sense of community.
Inclusive Community Champion 2013
Presented by Spinal Injuries Australia for Best Community Service Provider.
Queensland Week Award 2013
Presented for community group achievement by Aaron Dillaway State Member for Bulimba.
Griffith Australia Day Hall of Fame 2012
Presented for contribution to the community by The Honourable Kevin Rudd Federal Member for Griffith.
Certificate of Appreciation 2011
Presented for assistance given during the 2011 Brisbane floods by Di Farmer the Sate Member for Bulimba and Shayne Sutton the Councillor for Morningside.
Quest Small Business Award
Achievements in the Community Service Non-Profit sector:
What we are:
The Balmoral Uniting Community Centre (BUCC) is home to an extensive network of community care services run by Wesley Mission Brisbane and Morningside Uniting Church.
Working with elderly, frail, disabled or disadvantaged individuals, the Balmoral Uniting Community Centre provides a forum and resources to facilitate the development of friendships without dependency, reducing the social isolation experienced by our clients by giving them the opportunity to contribute to a social environment of fun and companionship.
What we do:
Operating in Brisbane's south-eastern suburbs, Balmoral Uniting Community Centre offers personal support for approximately 120 individuals who find themselves at the margins of their community.
Our team of nine staff and more than sixty volunteers facilitate a range of social groups and activities based around music, exercise, food, excursions, shopping and anything else that gets people together and having as good time!
Who can attend:
BUCC mainly assists frail elderly people and those with disabilities. Assessment for eligibility is usually completed over the telephone by the Home and Community Care Coordinator after a referral to the centre by GP, Health Care Worker, or any concerned person.
What about volunteering:
Being a non-profit organization, our Centre relies heavily on volunteers. We are fortunate to have a dedicated team who go to great lengths to support the work of the Balmoral Uniting Community Centre. In fact we really couldn’t run all the activities we do, or support the number of clients we have, without our volunteers – and we always need more!
What our services cost:
Costs are minimal – $9 per session - with programs supported by the Home and Community Care (HACC) program
Our operating hours:
From 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday to Friday