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  • Summer Days are Fun Days

    BCR Communities has just wrapped up our 'Summer Days are Fun Days' school holiday program. Thanks to funding from the NSW Government - Office of Regional Youth, we were able to create wonderful holiday memories for deserving young people in our communities. The experiences were curated around getting participants out of their comfort zones, building confidence, fostering team work, learning new skills and just having fun. They scaled the indoor rock climbing wall, held a python at the zoo, took on the treetop climb, played mini-golf and ten pin bowling, created their own jewellery, learnt about the traditional culture of where we live and had a whole lot of fun at Funland! The best part of the program was seeing how the kids supported and encouraged each other to try the activities and the friendships which formed. Friendships we hope they will take with them into the new school year.

  • School Holiday Fun

    Are you a young person with a NDIS plan (or are you thinking of getting one)? Create unforgettable memories these school holidays with the BCR Work, Life and Training – Two FREE Days of Summer Fun! Yes, that’s right - entry, tickets, transport and refreshments are free! Disability inclusive and fully supervised by BCR support staff. Bus leaves and drops off from Sanctuary Point.

  • Ve's Secret for Healthy Ageing

    Moving home at any age can be a stressful experience but retiring to a new community when you are older can feel especially isolating and overwhelming. BCR Communities client, 85-year-old Vasanthi (Ve) Rao, knows all about the excitement and challenges that comes with moving, not just to a new community but to a new country. When she was 29-years-old, Ve moved with her husband Bob and baby daughter from India to England. It was a culture shock and she soon discovered that not everyone in 1960s Birmingham was welcoming to new arrivals - one neighbour refused to acknowledge her for 20 years. Ve said she found her place in her new community through her work as a high school maths teacher and then as the principal of an all-girls school. After 30 years in the UK, Ve and Bob decided to do it all again, this time retiring to Wollongong Australia to be close to where their daughter was now living. No longer working, the couple threw themselves into volunteering instead and soon built up a large friendship group. They had 17 happy years in Wollongong before starting over yet again in a retirement village in Nowra. “When we first moved to Nowra, I felt really lonely,” Ve said. “First it was the bushfires and then it was the COVID lockdowns so meeting people was hard.” “But I’m a naturally happy, outgoing and social person so I just started doing different activities and trying to bring people together with exercise classes, line dancing, sharing food, and going out together.” “I’m now running a chair exercise group and about 15 people come to the class. We try to keep moving, and we do meditation and mindfulness as well.” ‘Keep moving’ is Ve’s mantra for life and she said she wouldn’t have coped with the recent passing of her beloved husband without keeping active and involved in her retirement community. “Sometimes older people will immediately say ‘oh no, that is not for me,’ but we have to keep trying new things and keep an open mind,” Ve said. “Talk to people, communicate, laugh, be social, be friendly and practice mindfulness. When you go out for a walk don’t just walk, use all your senses – look at the clouds, smell the flowers, touch the leaves, taste the berries.” “Without doing this, I wouldn’t have survived Bob’s passing. If I wasn’t living in a retirement village I would have felt very isolated but there there are many of us in the same boat here and we support each other.” Ve has in home support from BCR Communities with cleaning and shopping so she can continue living independently in her own home within the retirement village surrounded by her friends.

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  • HOME | BCR Communities - aged care, NDIS, youth & community services

    BCR Communities Building Connected Resourceful Communities (Formerly Bay & Basin Community Resources) Explore our services COMMUNITY Chat Chat COMMUNITY AGEING WELL NDIS Your community. BCR Communities is a community-owned, not-for-profit organisation which has been serving the Shoalhaven and Illawarra for over 30 years. We believe in thriving communities living happy, healthy, meaningful and productive lives. Our team of dedicated staff and volunteers support our communities through our quality Aged Care, NDIS and Community Services including our Community Radio Station – Bay & Basin 92.7FM. To find a service, get involved or discover more, please get in touch here . ALL STAGES We are for all ages and stages From creative classes for kids through to social groups for seniors, we are supporting our communities through every life stage. PEOPLE FIRST We put people first As a community-led, not-for-profit organisation, our mission is to partner with our communities to provide person-centred services for all. TRUELY LOCAL We are truly local BCR Communities was created for locals by locals and nobody understands the communities of the Shoalhaven and Illawarra better than we do. RESPONSIVE We are responsive to the needs of our communities For over 30 years, we have been building brighter, more connected and resourceful communities through our services and supports. INCLUSIVE We are inclusive We welcome and celebrate every person. The diversity of our organisation reflects the diversity of our communities. LISTENING We listen to you Understanding your values and what’s important to you helps us to support you to live a happy and healthy life. Are you looking for rewarding work that makes a difference? Whether you have experience in a caring or support role or are looking for new and fulfilling work, if you share our core values of inclusion, integrity, empathy and encouraging wellness, get in touch here . Keep up to date with our latest news Summer Days are Fun Days School Holiday Fun Ve's Secret for Healthy Ageing “I think this is a wonderful job because I like talking to people and helping people and knowing that I am enabling them to stay living in their own home. I really enjoy working for BCR Communities, it has a family feeling and the clients and the management and the staff are all just lovely. It’s a pleasure to come to work.” FRANCINE 1/1

  • ABOUT US | BCR Communities

    ABOUT US HISTORY Our history Around 30 years ago there was a real gap in community services and supports in the Bay and Basin region of NSW, especially for young people. While the Bay and Basin lacked resources, it was rich with people who loved where they lived and were willing to give their time and energy to making sure their community had a dedicated space where local youth and families could access services, programs and activities. In 1989, a group of concerned local residents went to the Shoalhaven City Council to try and find a solution for the gap in community services. From that initial meeting the Bay & Basin Community Resources (BBCR) Committee was formed. ​ The first goal for the Committee was to work with Council to build the Sanctuary Point Youth and Community Centre. Because of their persistence and hard work, the Centre was opened in 1991 and for over 30 years it has been a gathering place for all ages, and has held countless activities, events, workshops and social groups. It is a safe and welcoming space creating many happy memories over the years. From that initial success, BBCR continued to grow and diversify in response to the needs of our local communities. ​ In 1993, we began our Aged Care services so local seniors could be supported to remain living independently in their own homes. In 2000 we started delivering the national Respite For Carers program in the Shoalhaven which transitioned into the HCP and CHSP services we currently provide. ​ In 2002 we launched our radio station, Bay & Basin Community Radio 92.7FM so locals could keep connected and up-to-date with what was happening in their own community. Today we are proud to say we support over 700 seniors and people with disability in the Shoalhaven and Illawarra, and local community members of all ages access programs and events within our Community Spaces and our Activities Hub each week. ​ ​ Bay & Basin Community Resources to BCR Communities As our organisation has grown, our name has also evolved to better reflect our vision and mission, and the many diverse communities we support across the Shoalhaven and the Illawarra. From Bay & Basin Community Resources (BBCR) we have changed our name to BCR Communities – ‘Building Connected Resourceful’ Communities. We may have a different name today than we did in 1991 but at our heart, we are still the same grass roots organisation that is committed to partnering with our communities to provide person-centred services for all. We believe everyone living in our region has the right to live happy, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. 1/6 MISSION & VISION Our mission... We partner with our communities to provide person-centred services for all. Our vision... Communities living happy, healthy, productive and meaningful lives. Our values... Promote inclusion We proudly work with and foster the diversity of individual and community needs. Act with integrity We are honest, fair, transparent and build trusting relationships. Show empathy We are partners in your journey. Encourage wellness We value the health of each person by offering innovative lifestyle choices. OUR BOARD Meet our Board Joanne McAlister Chairperson Jo moved to the Bay & Basin area to raise her two children in 1994. Over her career she has worked extensively with the Department of Education in both the Primary and Secondary sectors. Jo first became involved with BCR in 2011 as she wanted to do something for her local community. She felt the organisation reflected her own personal values and has found being a Board Director both fulfilling and rewarding. Jo has proudly watched the organisation thrive and flourish, providing much needed services to many people. In the past Jo has volunteered with the BCR Communities social group which she describes as a wonderful experience and so helpful for her own well- being. Michele Smith Board Director Michele has had over 30 years of experience as a Primary School Teacher and continues to work for the Department of Education as Teacher In Charge in the Shoalhaven Region delivering the School Swimming and Water Safety Programs to local schools. After settling in the Shoalhaven in 1981, through teaching and in support of her children she became involved with a number of community committees of local organisations in support of youth activities. The local Little Athletics, Jervis Bay and Zone Pony Clubs, Bjelke Petersen Physical Culture to name a few. The opportunity to join a diverse community organisation such as BCR was offered and she has been on The Board for over 10 years. Sharon O'Brien Board Director Sharon has been a volunteer on the Board of BCR Communities for 10 years. She has 30 years of professional experience working in the Human Services Sector and holds a Bachelor of Welfare Studies, Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Leadership and Management, Diploma of Management and Adult Education Training and Assessment qualifications. Her disability experience includes leading change and quality service improvements including a Workplace Trainer pilot to support continuous improvement and compliance, and an Aboriginal Traineeship Project leading to the expansion of the learning program and traineeships across NSW. Sharon is also volunteering in a Primary Ethics teaching role within the local community. Danny Bosevski Board Director Danny has over 20 years of experience in the technology sector and holds a Masters in IT Management. He is an experienced Manager and leader of technical and customer focused teams, driving key business initiatives and advocating technology improvements in business. Danny’s passion for driving technological innovation to support business strategies is evident through successfully implementing client management systems and developing highly responsive and reliable IT systems. He is adept at implementing strategic business plans, driving growth, and improving operations. Danny is familiar with the challenges that not-for-profit organisations face every day and is keen to contribute to providing better outcomes for all BCR participants. Danny joined the Board of BCR Communities in 2024. Rebekah Webb Board Director Rebekah has a background in Health, practicing as a Physiotherapist for the past seven years in the hospital and private sector, holds a Bachelor in Physiotherapy and is also the Owner/Director of Jervis Bay Physiotherapy. She also has experience as a Committee Member on the NSW Australia Physiotherapy Association Board, consulting with professional development for Physiotherapists in Australia, focusing on rural education and neurological education improvements. Since moving to Jervis Bay five years ago, Rebekah has been actively involved in the community through sporting clubs, Community Group Exercise classes for over 65s and ATSI Community Physiotherapy funding for our local community. Rebekah has also been involved in quality improvement projects across NSW Health, Shellharbour Private Hospital, and within the local community through exercise classes and improving health and wellbeing for our local population. Rebekah has been actively involved with BCR Communities for the last four years assisting with clientele health and fitness goals. Using her expertise in her role on the Board of Directors, Rebekah aims to continue supporting our local community with health, wellbeing, accessibility and improving resources. Rebekah commenced as a volunteer Director on the Board of BCR Communities in 2024. John Harvey Board Director John holds a Bachelor Of Commerce (Marketing & Management) as well as being a qualified Electrical Supervisor. He is currently the General Manager of a specialised engineering company supplying bespoke equipment into the waste and recycling sectors. John has over 30 years of experience in management and sales including nine years as an Executive Manager in the disability sector overseeing the operation of one of Australia’s largest disability enterprises ​ He held a volunteer Board of Management role for over 20 years with Fresh Hope Venues and more recently was part of the People and Culture Committee for Fresh Hope Community Care that was tasked with overseeing the renewal process of the Board of Directors. The ability to give back has always been important to John and he welcomes the opportunity to contribute to BCR Communities through participation on the Board. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ OUR TEAM Heather Marciano CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ​ Heather has over 15 years of experience in the not for profit sector including key strategic leadership, innovation and business transformation roles within the Aged Care and Disability sectors. Heather co-authored a research paper on ageing people with disability and presented this research internationally resulting in the development of Kemira, a purpose built community which has received local, national and international awards as the first model of its kind in Australia. Heather’s experience includes executive roles in Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Operations Management, Media, Marketing and Communications, and Stakeholder Engagement. ​ Zanna Elliott PEOPLE, CULTURE AND TRANSFORMATION MANAGER Zanna holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources Management and has close to 20 years of professional HR experience. Having worked in small business through to large corporate, since joining BCR Communities 4 years ago Zanna finds the not for profit community sector the most rewarding and suited to her personal values. Zanna has worked across all areas of human resources, partnering with business leaders to help them achieve strategic and operational goals, while mitigating risk and leading cultural change. Along with a strong business acumen, Zanna’s extensive professional experience has resulted in strong and trusting relationships. ​ Lorraine Williams EXECUTIVE MANAGER AGED CARE SERVICES/REGISTERED NURSE Lorraine has been a Registered Nurse for almost 40 years, working in community and hospitals in acute care and health management. For the last 3 years Lorraine has worked for BCR firstly as a Care Manager in but more recently as Executive Manager. Lorraine has extensive clinical experience, with a passion for clinical governance, change management, innovation and developing a positive workplace that provides quality care. Lorraine has lived in the Shoalhaven for over 27 years, raising 4 children and now has 10 grandchildren. She has experience in volunteering roles in the local community including as a volunteer exec for a local community pre-school. ​ Sean Cleary EXECUTIVE MANAGER FINANCE, GOVERNANCE & SYSTEMS Sean is a finance specialist with over 30 years’ experience managing finances for commercial and Not-for-Profit organisations. He holds a Degree in Business and is a member of the IPA (Institute of Public Accountants). He has worked in a variety of Community Services sector organisations. He has experience in a wide range of corporate services responsibilities. Enhancing business efficiencies is a strength of Sean’s, achieving improvements through system implementation, coaching/developing finance teams and working closely with all stakeholders. Sean believes a strong and efficient ‘back of house’ service compliments and supports frontline workers enabling them to provide quality services to our clients. Meet our Team Acknowledgement of Country Acknowledgement of Country BCR Communities acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and celebrate their continuing culture, the world’s oldest living culture, and the contribution they make to the life of this region and our country. ​ 2023 ANNUAL REPORT 2022 ANNUAL REPORT 2021 ANNUAL REPORT 2020 ANNUAL REPORT 2019 ANNUAL REPORT 2018 ANNUAL REPORT 2017 ANNUAL REPORT Annual Reports ANNUAL REPORTS

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