Hardship and Help: the incredible support of the not-for-profit network

During this current period of drought, bushfires, and disaster, there have been some heart-warming stories shared throughout the aged care community of people within our sector stepping up and stepping in with demonstrations of support for their fellow service providers.

19 Dec 2019

A number of aged care service providers in rural and remote areas are now on high-level water restrictions, meaning they are severely restricted in their access to water and are now facing limitations on livestock watering, on top of the many other existing challenges and constraints.

Aged care providers are facing so many everyday challenges; yet consider the additional pressures our regional, rural and remote colleagues are up against - not only in the workplace, but also personally, in their homes and communities.

Even the most empathetic city-dwellers cannot begin to imagine the difficulties our drought-affected colleagues are facing, in areas where access to basic resources can be challenging at the best of times.

The stress and emotional strain the drought has created is undeniable and yet our aged care colleagues in affected areas – while perhaps not necessarily able to leave their personal crises ‘at the door’ – continue to provide high-level support and compassion for those in their care.

It has been truly inspiring to hear the many stories from ACSA Members about occurrences of support, contribution and collaboration across the country. ACSA is proud to contribute to drought and bushfire relief, and to mobilise our member network to support each other through these horrific conditions.

What’s been happening?

  • Abel Tasman Village, a Sydney-based provider in Chester Hill, had an inspirational way of showing support for their fellow aged care providers in drought-affected NSW. A small group of staff organised a fundraising Pilates session, which not only gave Abel Tasman residents an opportunity to be involved – the session raised $300 which was donated to Grace Munro Hostel in Bundarra, an 11-bed facility west of Armidale currently facing Level 4 water restrictions and a host of challenges within their facility and their community.


  • Anglican Care dispatched a team from their Booragul head office on Thursday morning to transport 6,912 litres of water to the Upper Hunter town of Murrurundi, where they are on Level 6 water restrictions and quite literally running out of water. Over the past two months, Anglican Care staff have undertaken a fundraising campaign to raise funds to purchase pallets of water, with management matching dollar-for-dollar all donations raised. Their initial fundraising goal was three pallets, or 4,000 bottles. The extraordinary result was eight pallets, or equivalent 11,520 bottles of water.

These are just some of many touching displays of support from the aged care sector that reflect the incredible power of community, along with the generosity and compassion of those in the not-for-profit sector.

Ask yourself, how can you contribute to your network, or to these communities facing particularly difficult circumstances? Not all heroes wear capes, and all support is welcome during these times of hardship.

ACSA is proud to help facilitate collaboration and cooperation between our member network and to foster mutually beneficial relationships between providers.

Reach out to your local ACSA team to find out about upcoming networking events, or other ACSA members you can seek to collaborate with.

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