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Professional Development – Child Protection Training – 19/10/17

The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth Administration Centre would like to invite agency staff, volunteers and Committee members to attend an internal professional development workshop on Child Protection Training presented by Andrea Musulin. Andrea is Director of the Safeguarding Program for the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.

This workshop has been designed to teach agency staff the dynamics and impacts child sexual abuse has on children and will also preview the new Safeguarding Program and Resource titled “Protecting God’s Children”. The workshop aims to provide agency staff with knowledge required to prevent and detect child sexual abuse and aims to educate participants on the risk factors and the dangers to look out for.

Please see attached flyer.

 When:  Thursday 19 October 2017 from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Where: Seminar Room, Catholic Pastoral Centre, 40A Mary Street, Highgate (limited parking available from Harold Street)

Morning tea will be provided.

Please RSVP your intention to attend/not attend to Imelda Tassone by emailing or phoning 6104 3600 byThursday 12 October 2017.

Please indicate if you have any dietary or accessibility needs.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Imelda Tassone

Flyer Child Protection Training – Thursday 19 Oct 2017


2017 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement

The Director of the Shopfront, Damian Walsh, was one of the speakers at the launch of the 2017 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement on the 21st September.  He shared the experiences of how The Shopfront and the many volunteers serve the homeless and less fortunate in our society.

Bishop Don Sproxton and Damian

Damian at the 2017 Catholic Bishops Social Justice Statement

Newsletter   August 2017






Volunteer Training Day – Coffee Cup Listening

A small group met on a cold and wintry Saturday morning in late JULY. We started the morning with a short reflection and followed this with a 45 minute workshop on reflective listening.

Following morning tea there was an opportunity to hear concerns and share information and plans for the coming few months here at the Shopfront.

Up dated web site

Thanks to a new volunteer – Tricia, a teacher at Newman College – we have an updated and refreshed website.   Our on-going hope is that we will be regularly updating information. Stay tuned!

Volunteer Rosters

At present when all things are flowing smoothly we seem to have all days and evening covered. From time to time we are still “under the pump” if for whatever reason a person is unable to make it. Ideally we have at least five volunteers + a person in charge at all times. When we have greater numbers it is the perfect opportunity to meet and chat informally with our visitors. If you cannot make it to your rostered day/evening it would be helpful if you were able to arrange for a substitute.

Extra Hands make light Work

Earlier in the year we had three 1st Year Seminarians (Nathan, Adam & Matthew) with us on a Friday for three months. Luckily for us a TAFE student (Anne) completed her 100 hours of practicum over three weeks. For the past seven weeks two UWA Masters in Social Work students (Ammar & Martin) have been with us full time as they complete their 13 week placement.

First Year Seminarians

Nathan Barrie                    Adam Quinlivan                  Matthew Tolczek
Diocese of Bunbury          Archdiocese of Perth          Archdiocese of Perth

Health and Safety

The wellbeing of all visitors and volunteers is paramount. We have updated our link on the website for new volunteers.   Volunteer Guidelines updated 2017.

2017 Christmas Party

Once again, thanks to the City of Bayswater, we shall be having the Shopfront Christmas Party at The Rise. We have been unsuccessful in being able to obtain a date in December so this year we will be celebrating on Saturday November 25th.

A new opportunity

For many years the Shopfront has closed prior to Christmas and re-opened in late January. Over the past eighteen months the Shopfront Committee of Management have been discussing opening hours and services. After deliberating over various options it has been decided that we will open in January 2018 with reduced hours and services

Tuesday 16th Wednesday 17th Thursday 20th

Tuesday 23rd Wednesday 24th Thursdays 25th

Usual full operations will commence Monday January 29th

Further information about January 2018 will be made available later in the year.

Full copy can be accessed here:

Newsletter August 2017