CatholicCare Sandhurst is horrified and saddened by the events in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday 15 March 2019.  Such violent and devastating acts destroy the lives of innocent people and deeply harm the social bonds of the community.

As a provider of family and social support services to people of all faiths, cultures and none, we abhor this senseless crime perpetrated against the Muslim community in Christchurch, which will scar families and communities for generations.

On behalf of the Board and staff of CatholicCare Sandhurst, we offer sincere sympathy to all those whose relatives and friends lost their lives in this hateful attack.

We extend our sorrow, support and sincere sympathy to our Muslim partners and communities. With us, they are the children of God, and our brothers and sisters. We acknowledge the grief and trauma they are experiencing, which is reverberating across the broader community and our staff. We entrust those who have died to the love and care of God; and that all survivors and victims in critical condition may recover speedily and rejoin their families.

May those who are traumatised by this hateful attack find healing and peace, and may we also be bearers of peace and transformation to all those in distress.

CatholicCare Sandhurst and the guilty finding against Cardinal George Pell

As an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst, CatholicCare Sandhurst (CCS) is deeply concerned about the experience of survivors of child sex abuse at the hands of clergy, religious and all survivors of the many kinds of abuse. As an organisation, we are totally committed to the safety, wellbeing and flourishing of children and we have zero tolerance of child abuse. The guilty verdict against Cardinal George Pell has a profound effect on many people, in particular those who have suffered abuse at the hands of clergy and who continue to deal with the lifelong legacy of that abuse. We also note that the distress caused by this high profile case could continue for years in a lengthy legal process including Cardinal Pell’s planned appeal against his conviction.

Our dedicated staff are also impacted by these events. For social service agencies like ours, it is a reminder of the importance and urgency of our work to ensure that all people are respected, supported and safe. At all times we work in partnership with the people we support towards improving their lives, while maintaining the highest levels of ethical service and professional integrity.

Rhonda Lawson-Street
CCS Director


CatholicCare Sandhurst (CCS) is a not-for-profit organisation, providing counselling services, school chaplaincy services and programs to individuals, couples, families and groups across the Victorian Loddon Mallee and Goulburn Murray regions. We are the official welfare agency of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Sandhurst.

At CCS we deliver high quality family and relationship services that are available for all people. We acknowledge that people come to us with a wide range of faiths, cultures and personal beliefs. Hopefully everyone feels welcomed.

We are a participating agency of CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania (CCVT) and a member of Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) and Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA).


CCS is working hard to ensure that we have a safe and nurturing place for workers and for clients alike. We have been finding ways to share the responsibility for making our organisation a good place to work. Sanctuary has been selected as the preferred model for CCS as it is an internationally recognised organisational change model that incorporates healing for all aspects of the service including the organisation itself, our staff and clients, and the children we see. The primary goal of creating this culture change is to promote safety for all of the people who are part of our community.

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CCS provides a variety of programs including counselling, dispute resolution and mediation, in home support and advocacy.

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This program operates in the state funded schools to promote links between a child's school, family and community experiences.

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Programs for children ages 0-18, including mental health support, communities for children, youth justice as well as our School Chaplaincy Program.

ParentsNext Program

ParentsNext program helps to assist parents to plan and prepare for employment by the time their youngest child reaches school age.

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A range of programs and workshops for parents, couples and children of all ages aimed at support and ongoing development.

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Employee Assistance Programs, training and counselling services, Family Law Pathways, Parents Next and Clinical Supervision for Professionals. 

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