Our Journey

From humble beginnings a seed was planted in unknown soil. Through tender care and commitment it began to grow and thrive and the values of local people helping local people began to be.

  1. 1977
    September 1977 The inaugural meeting of representatives 1977
  2. 1977
    October 1977 A Board of Management
  3. 1978
    January 1978 Establishing Our Reputation
  4. 1978
    November 1978 Our Anniversary
  5. 1980
    January 1980 Expansion of services
  6. 1984
    January 1984 Our First Street Appeal
  7. 1985
    January 1985 First After School Care Centre
  8. 1987
    January 1987 Our Inclusion Support Program
  9. 1988
    January 1988 A New Occasional Care Centre
  10. 1989
    January 1989 Our Services Expanded
  11. 1990
    January 1990 Federal Funding
  12. 1991
    January 1991 SkillShare Launched
  13. 1992
    January 1992 Refurbishment of Canning Council House
  14. 1993
    January 1993 First Mission Statement
  15. 1994
    January 1994 The Enchanted Garden
  16. 1995
    January 1995 Partnership With Foodbank formed
  17. 1996
    January 1996 Hosted Our 'Cultural Car Park Carnival'
  18. 1997
    January 1997 'Building a Balance' service established
  19. 1998
    January 1998 Our 21st Anniversary
  20. 1999
    January 1999 Support over the Years
  21. 2000
    January 2000 Employment Services
  22. 2001
    January 2001 $95,000 in Support
  23. 2002
    January 2002 New Chairperson
  24. 2003
    June 2003 Commencement of the 'Breathing Space Pilot'
  25. 2003
    July 2003 First Purpose Built After School Care
  26. 2003
    September 2003 The 'Harmony Project'
  27. 2004
    January 2004 Launch of Christmas Appeal
  28. 2005
    January 2005 Delivered the VIP Plus @ Communicare program
  29. 2006
    January 2006 Commenced Our Family Day Care Village
  30. 2007
    January 2007 Our 30th Anniversary
  31. 2008
    January 2008 Offical Opening of Family Day Care Village
  32. 2010
    June 2010 Commenced 'Job Services Australia' Model
  33. 2010
    November 2010 'Corporate Claus' Campaign
  34. 2011
    January 2011 Awarded the 'Humanitarian Settlement Services' Program
  35. 2013
    January 2013 Youth Services Expanded
  36. 2014
    January 2014 Melissa Perry appointed as CEO
  37. 2015
    January 2015 Opening of the CBS Transitional Accommodation Facility
  38. 2016
    July 2016 Our New Brand
  39. 2016
    September 2016 Farewell Rev. John Morine
  40. 2017
    January 2017 Celebrating 40 Years
  1. September 1977

    The inaugural meeting of representatives 1977


    The inaugural meeting of representatives from a number of local churches was held and the decision to sponsor a new community based organisation was formulated.


  2. October 1977

    A Board of Management


    A Board of Management was formed with representation from six local church groups.

    Communicare was voted as the organisation’s new name. 

  3. January 1978

    Establishing Our Reputation


    We began to establish our reputation in the community and the number of community members seeking our assistance increased.

    The first ever services delivered included:

    • Community Education and Research
    • School Holiday Care
    • Youth Care at a Drop-In Centre
    • Family Day Care Scheme
    • After School Care
    • Individual Counselling
    • Social Welfare Services
  4. November 1978

    Our Anniversary


    On the eve of our first anniversary we became an incorporated organisation. Our volunteer base increased to 180 pairs of helping hands.




     

  5. January 1980

    Expansion of services


    With an increasing volunteer base, our services expanded to also include:

    • A Toy Library
    • Community Aid
    • Information and Advocacy
    • Child Care
    • Youth Work
    • Employment Services
  6. January 1984

    Our First Street Appeal


    Our first Street Appeal raised $1,400 from local shopping centres, the Western Australian Institute of Technology and the Park Centre in Victoria Park. 
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  7. January 1985

    First After School Care Centre


    Fundraising initiatives and additional grants received enabled us to open our first permanent After School Care Centre in Riverton supporting families in living in the Langford, Lynwood, Parkwood, Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley and Willetton areas. 

  8. January 1987

    Our Inclusion Support Program


    When the Commonwealth Government provided funding to facilitate the integration of children with disabilities into day care centres, we developed and introduced our Inclusion Support Program, providing Support Workers and equipment to support four local family day care and school holiday care centres.
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  9. January 1988

    A New Occasional Care Centre


    Increased families in the area resulted in a new centre for Occasional Child Care services being established, enabling up to 560 families per fortnight to access the service. 
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  10. January 1989

    Our Services Expanded


    As services expanded so too did our facilities. In July, our ‘Regional Centre’ on Cecil Avenue, Cannington, was officially opened by Prime Minister Bob Hawke. Today this building is well-known as our Corporate Office with 16 programs still being delivered from this facility daily. 


      
  11. January 1990

    Federal Funding


    From Federal funding, our first Grant in Aid program commenced, providing recreational activities, domestic violence intervention and community information provision to support resettlement for Iranian families.
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  12. January 1991

    SkillShare Launched


    We launched SkillShare; a skills based training targeted to support the most disadvantaged through unemployment with services to help them gain employment or undertake further training to enhance their work prospects.


  13. January 1992

    Refurbishment of Canning Council House


    In August, nine young people from SkillShare were employed to refurbish a Canning Council house for the South East Aboriginal Development (SEAD) Group. Upon completion of the renovation, over 80% of these young people went on to achieve an apprenticeship with other businesses and the house recommenced the delivery of SEAD programs.
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  14. January 1993

    First Mission Statement


    Our employees developed our first Mission Statement and a set of objectives to give guidance to the work we do. A second building was constructed at Cecil Avenue, named ‘Kevin Morris House’ in recognition of one of our longest serving voluntary Board Members. 


  15. January 1994

    The Enchanted Garden


    New clients accessing our Financial Counselling service increased by 18% from previous years, leading us to promote our affordable child care services and opening ‘The Enchanted Garden’ which was designed to enhance and promote children’s imaginative and dramatic play skills. 


  16. January 1995

    Partnership With Foodbank formed


    SkillShare assisted a total of 564 people (35.5% male and 64.5% female) with further assistance offered through a partnership formed with Foodbank allowing us access to purchase food items at extremely reasonable prices for Emergency Relief. 
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  17. January 1996

    Hosted Our 'Cultural Car Park Carnival'


    We hosted our inaugural ‘Cultural Car Park Carnival’ involving ten local ethnic groups participating in dance performances, music concerts, food tasting and information stalls to promote multiculturalism in the community.


  18. January 1997

    'Building a Balance' service established


    Our ‘Community Counselling Program’ expanded to include the new ‘Building a Balance’ service; a parent and adolescent counselling program emphasising skill development for parents and their 10-17 year old children who were experiencing difficulty maintaining functional family relationships.
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  19. January 1998

    Our 21st Anniversary


    While celebrating our 21st anniversary; we were awarded the Federal Government’s new ‘Job Network’ employment services contract; offering job seekers assistance with job matching, job search training, intensive employment assistance and computer skills training. Known as ‘Communicare Employment and Training Services’, the program assisted almost 4,000 people in our first year of operation.

  20. January 1999

    Support over the Years


    In the last 21 years, 500 employees and over 1,000 volunteers have supported us to be “Leading the way….” in:

    • Resettling 70 families through our Humanitarian Settlement Services
    • Providing 2.1 million hours of child care.
    • Supporting over 50,000 people through Emergency Relief.
    • Assisting over 8,000 people to be trained or to find work.
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  21. January 2000

    Employment Services


    Three new employment services sites were opened in Victoria Park, Belmont and Armadale; allowing us the capacity to better respond to the changing needs of the community, along with the commencement of the Work for the Dole scheme. 
     

  22. January 2001

    $95,000 in Support


    During 2001 we provided approximately $95,000 worth of support in the means of:

    • Counselling for 110 families (a total of 204 individuals) in addition to workshops for single mothers and parenting skills for reformed alcoholics.
    • Job search training for 580 job seekers.
    • Emergency Relief for over 500 clients, operated entirely by volunteers. 

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  23. January 2002

    New Chairperson


    As we celebrated our 25th anniversary we experienced more organisational growth to meet the community’s needs, and saw a changing of the guard with Rev. John Morine joining us as our new incoming Chairperson of our Board.


  24. June 2003

    Commencement of the 'Breathing Space Pilot'


    We commenced the Communicare Breathing Space pilot in Perth’s south metropolitan; a first-of-its kind program for male perpetrators of domestic violence, allowing women and children victims to remain in the family home.


  25. July 2003

    First Purpose Built After School Care


    We continued our commitment to providing quality child care to school aged children by building the first purpose built Out of School Hours Care centre in Australia in preparation for the new National Quality Assurance licensing and accreditation process.

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  26. September 2003

    The 'Harmony Project'


    Our Harmony Project wrote and published a book of stories about migrants, refugees and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in Western Australia. The project aimed to highlight the rich cultural, ethnic, social and religious diversity on offer in WA.



     
  27. January 2004

    Launch of Christmas Appeal


    We launched our first annual Christmas Appeal with Target at Whitford City Shopping Centre. With support and donations from Target Whitfords customers, the Uniting Church Appeal and Lotterywest, we were able to support over 380 families with food vouchers and gifts for children.    


  28. January 2005

    Delivered the VIP Plus @ Communicare program


    We expanded our Youth Services to also deliver the VIP Plus @ Communicare program, providing training to young people through three key initiatives; Back on Track (for severely at-risk young people aged 16 to 19); the Young Parents Program (for pregnant young women or young parents in need of access to quality child care) and; Track 2 (for young people in YIRRA’s substance abuse program).

    In addition to this, we also became a Recognised Training Organisation (RTO) and commenced providing certificate qualifications to job seekers in a number of vocational fields. 


  29. January 2006

    Commenced Our Family Day Care Village


    We purchased land on Hamilton Street, Cannington and commenced building the design of our Family Day Care Village; offering a unique entrepreneurial opportunity for parents who wished to train as a Carer and operate their own business. 


  30. January 2007

    Our 30th Anniversary


    We celebrated our 30th Anniversary; estimating that we have been able to assist the community with family and employment services for in excess of 750,000 families and 30,000 people in that time. 
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  31. January 2008

    Offical Opening of Family Day Care Village


    The Communicare Family Day Care village officially opened with up to five apartments available in a specially designed setting to promote parents who want to manage their own Family Day Care business.

    An additional children’s service - Communicare Active Together (CAT) was also officially launched on Harmony Day with a soccer match marking the occasion. 
     

  32. June 2010

    Commenced 'Job Services Australia' Model


    We commenced the new Federal Government’s Job Services Australia model and expanded our operations to New South Wales to deliver employment services in Rozelle, Marrickville and Newtown. 

     
  33. November 2010

    'Corporate Claus' Campaign


    To meet the ever-increasing demand for support at Christmas, we launched a new ‘Corporate Claus’ campaign; encouraging businesses support our annual Christmas Appeal by seeking donations of gifts for children through their workforce and networks. The highly successful campaign resulted in 20% of all gifts donated coming from our Corporate Claus donors.


  34. January 2011

    Awarded the 'Humanitarian Settlement Services' Program


    We continued our commitment to multiculturalism; having been awarded the Federal Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Services program contract to assist humanitarian clients to economically and socially resettle in Australia.

    We also commenced an auspice arrangement with Sister Kate’s Home Kids Aboriginal Corporation; supporting them to deliver cultural healing to generations of Aboriginal people from the area.


  35. January 2013

    Youth Services Expanded


    Youth Services expanded to develop specific Education Services to support disadvantaged young people to re-engage with education. The ‘Communicare Academy’ was accepted as a registered independent school and the construction of a purpose-built school on Royal Street in Kenwick commenced in April.


  36. January 2014

    Melissa Perry appointed as CEO


    CEO, Martine Pitt, retired after a 32 year tenure and Melissa Perry was appointed her successor. 

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  37. January 2015

    Opening of the CBS Transitional Accommodation Facility


    We officially opened the Communicare Breathing Space (CBS) Supported Transitional Accommodation facility to provide additional ‘after-care’ for CBS residents upon completion of the residential program to support their integration back into the community.


  38. July 2016

    Our New Brand


    We unveiled our new brand which underscores our commitment to community inclusion and community safety and is a reflection of our aspiration, purpose, values and commitment to Creating Futures.




     
  39. September 2016

    Farewell Rev. John Morine


    After 24 years influencing our organisation, characterised by innovative ideas, strategic thinking and tireless efforts to increase our profile, we farewelled retiring Chairperson Rev. John Morine.


  40. January 2017

    Celebrating 40 Years


    We celebrated 40 years of Creating Futures.

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