What is the service?

The Community Development & Health (CDAH) is a group of Special Work of the St Vincent de Paul Society’s Wollongong Diocesan Central Council.

The CDAH team connect with local communities, volunteers and Vincentians in a variety of ways including:

  • securing additional funds for CDAH through grant and foundation applications
  • supporting local suggestions for building stronger communities and working alongside social housing tenants who lead and consult in their communities;
  • providing community education and training using an action reflection model, critical reflection and analysis;
  • through reflective practice and evaluation gathering evidence to support advocacy on a range of issues eg housing, community leadership, mental health issues and community consultation;
  • raising awareness on mental health acceptance and tolerance of the most vulnerable through workshops on Trauma Informed Care and project worker at Maryfields;
  • assisting people in recovery;
  • assisting vulnerable people to reach their potential;
  • supporting people who live with a mental illness through the Compeer Friends Program (Illawarra/Shoalhaven and Macarthur /Wingecarribee) and the Social Recreation Program and;
  • CDAH values working alongside Vincentians and community volunteers, it does this by working in a consultative way, encouraging community action and celebrating together.

Where is the service located?

We are located in a number of centres across the Wollongong Diocesan Central Council, Warrawong in the Illawarra Region and in Campbelltown in the Macarthur area.

Who benefits from the service?

We also assist people across the Wollongong Diocese through the following programs: Kalon Community Luncheons in Claymore; the Claymore Community Laundromat and Coffee Shop; Compeer Friends Program in Macarthur/ Wingecarribee and Illawarra/ Shoalhaven; Social Recreation Program; Rosalie Rendu Volunteer Home Visitation Program in Macquarie Fields; Animation Project (at present working in Claymore and Rosemeadow); Nagle Centre Family Care & Support and Maryfields Day Recovery Centre.

How can I find out more about Community Development & Health?

Please contact Kylie Richardson Manager, Community Development & Health

Phone: (02) 4620 8200