Archive for August, 2013

Outback Angels

Outback Angels

It was a great example of generosity, selfless volunteering and good fortune all coming together to transform the kitchen at the Frontier Services Mount Isa RAFS team office. A Work Party was organised for early August by volunteers Ian and Fay Laurie to do some work at the Mount Isa RAFS office. Four volunteers were …

Patrol Ministers gather in Darwin

Patrol Ministers gather in Darwin

The Frontier Services Patrol Ministers have travelled from remote and isolated locations across Australia to be in Darwin this week. The biennial Patrol Ministers Conference is an important opportunity for the ministers to share with each other the joys and also the challenges of providing pastoral support to people in isolated locations. The Patrol Ministers …

Mental health in the outback

Mental health in the outback

Mental health is a topic not often talked about in the bush. Yet, in the outback, where isolation, drought, fire and flooding are constant companions, depression and anxiety can quickly creep up. Without knowledge about mental health and its symptoms, things can go from bad to worse very quickly. Frontier Services Murchison Patrol Minister Rev …

From Cunnamulla to Oatlands

From Cunnamulla to Oatlands

Rev Dennis Cousens has spent most of his life in Hobart, only an hour’s drive from the Midlands of Tasmania, but he will soon get to know the region and its people far more personally. Dennis is the new Frontier Services Midlands Patrol Minister. His mandate is to provide pastoral and practical support to people …

Outback volunteers, richer than kings

Outback volunteers, richer than kings

Mother of three and mature-aged nursing student from QUT in Brisbane, Sue Swindon, says she was drawn to volunteering in the outback. In early January, with her car packed with supplies and Google map directions, Sue set off from her home in Indooroopilly, Queensland, for her solo volunteering adventure to the community of Eidsvold – …

Welcome Rev Gregor and Rev Alan

Welcome Rev Gregor and Rev Alan

The Uniting Church Assembly and Frontier Services are proud to announce that former Assembly President and long-time champion of Frontier Services, Rev Gregor Henderson, has been confirmed as the new Chairperson of the Frontier Services board. Gregor brings with him a lifelong commitment to the vision and values of Frontier Services. Gregor is current Chair …