Edmund Rice Community Services
Across the Oceanic region, Edmund Rice Community Service Centres and Programs respond to the needs of their local communities, supporting and empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people and families. True to our commitment to work in partnership with others, many Centres and Programs work in partnership with other agencies and organisations and with the support of external funding bodies, including government departments.
As Edmund Rice Ministries, these Centres and Programs exist to build life‐giving communities which affirm and celebrate difference, and promote Presence, Compassion and Liberation.
Some of our Community services projects are listed below. Click on the service to read details.
Edmund Rice Centre, Mirrabooka
Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka provides a gathering place for people from diverse cultural backgrounds to be accepted for who they are and to value their gifts.
Building on the primacy of relationships the Centre creates opportunities for people from indigenous, refugee, asylum seeker, youth and family backgrounds to be engaged in advocacy and education processes that empower them.
They offer a range of educational programs and community development activities, including:
- English as a Second Language, Computer skills, Cooking, Sewing and Art/Craft classes
- After school and weekend Youth activities.
- Women's groups
- Social events for families
- Lifeskills for living in Australia - education in household management and family care for recently arrived Humanitarian entrants
- Driver Education for adult Humanitarian Entrants
- Generalist casework, referral and advocacy services to Humanitarian entrants and migrants in the North Metropolitan area
style="text-align: left;">Established in March 1998 to support Humanitarian Entrants and Indigenous families the Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka is a non-government incorporated not-for-profit organisation and a ministry of the Trustees of the Christian Brothers Oceania.
For more information about our services or getting involved in our community, please visits ERC Mirrabooka Website
Edmund Rice Community and Refugee Services St Albans
In the spirit of Edmund Rice, ERCRS seeks to improve the lives of and opportunities for, children and young people of a disadvantaged background by supporting them in their education and providing them with access to free learning support along with a range of social activities throughout the year.
We're a not-for-profit organisation based in St Albans, Melbourne, and we provide free learning support and a range of social services to students of a disadvantaged background.
The Mt Atkinson Community Project
The Mt Atkinson Community Partnership incorporates an agreement between Mt Atkinson Holdings Pty Ltd (MAH) and Edmund Rice Services Oceania (ERSO), operating within the auspices of the Trustees of the Christian Brothers, Oceania Province. The Partnership is designed to support three communities: residents of the broader western suburbs of Melbourne, those who visit the area for work, education and recreation; and those who will reside in Mt Atkinson.
ERSO is privileged to participate in this innovative and inspiring community development project. The Partnership will provide support and outdoor experiences for families, youth and the vulnerable in Melbourne’s west, and assist in building healthy communities. It will be inclusive of multiple Faith Traditions and promote multiculturalism, diversity, assimilation, cultural tolerance, leadership and acceptance. It will be inclusive of all members of the community.
Edmund Rice Presence in Developing Nations
The Edmund Rice Oceania Province has extended its outreach beyond the boarders of Australia and New Zealand to some of the less technically developed nations to our North.
Community Engagement is the key to beneficial presence and mutual transformation in these cross-cultural situations.