POSITION DESCRIPTION: Rosies Branch Coordinator – Cairns (PDF)

SERVICE STREAM Branch Coordinator
LOCATION Cairns
CLASSIFICATION Negotiated Salary
TERM 12 months with possibility of extension
HOURS OF WORK 18 per week including night work plus a level of voluntary contribution
REPORTS TO General Manager

 

Our Purpose and VALUES
Rosies is a community of people sharing the Oblate spirit of daring. Inspired by the Gospel, Rosies reaches out to those most abandoned, to be present with them, offering them experiences of community and belonging.

Rosies vision is to reach those who are most abandoned in our society to offer a time of presence and connection with others through:

•           Street Outreach;

•           Drug and Children’s Court support;

•           Youth Detention Centre Visitation;

•           Prison Visitation

 

POSITION PURPOSE
To ensure delivery of Rosies mission and volunteer safety in Cairns.

 

KEY PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
1.   Mission, Vision and Values ·       Contribute to the development of an organisational culture that is consistent with the philosophy and values of Rosies.

·       Work ethically and model Gospel and Rosies values through your personal leadership.

2.   Key Duties ·       Be the face of Rosies within the Cairns community

·       Maintain and develop partnerships within the Cairns community

·       Lead a Coordinating Team to ensure the various branch responsibilities (see 3 below) are carried out

·       Liaise with State Coordinator regarding training, rosters, volunteer numbers and supplies

·       Liaise with GM and State Coordinator when considering branch growth

·       Liaise with Team Leaders and State Coordinator following a reported incident

·       Manage and maintain the branch resources

·       Manage required documentation in a prompt manner

3.   Branch responsibilities ·        Supplies and logistics

·       Team liaison

·       Outreach mentoring and monitoring

·       Training

·       Vehicle management

·       Public Relations

·       School liaison

·       Parish liaison

·       Financial recording

·       Events management

4.   Workplace Health & Safety ·        Oversee branch adherence to safe work practices at all times.

·        Model safe work practices and ensure appropriate reporting

5.   Other Duties ·        Participate in relevant forums and training programs.

·        Work as an effective team member in accordance with Rosies mission, purpose and values.

·        Other activities as directed.

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Required to have Beneficial to have
·        Commitment to the Rosies mission and values

·       Team leadership experience

·       Strong communication skills both written and verbal

·       Organisational skills

·       Community engagement skills

·       Demonstrated basic ability to use computer IT systems including email and MS Word.

·       Queensland ‘C’ class Licence.

·       Ability to obtain positive notice in the legislatively required personal history check in line with compliance requirements

·       Significant experience as a Rosies volunteer

·       Thorough understanding of Rosies vision, mission, and guiding principles

·       Thorough knowledge of Rosies policies and practices

·       Member of a faith community

 

Contact Head Office for more details.  Closing date: Monday 19 November 2018

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: Rosies Chaplain Formation (PDF)

SERVICE STREAM Chaplaincy, Formation
LOCATION Wynnum (base) outreach to across Queensland
CLASSIFICATION Negotiated Salary
TERM 12 months with possibility of extension
HOURS OF WORK 20 per week with majority between 5-10pm
REPORTS TO General Manager

 

Our Purpose and VALUES
Rosies is a community of people sharing the Oblate spirit of daring. Inspired by the Gospel, Rosies reaches out to those most abandoned, to be present with them, offering them experiences of community and belonging.

Rosies vision is to reach those who are most abandoned in our society is to offer a time of presence and connection with others through:

•           Street Outreach;

•           Drug and Children’s Court support;

•           Youth Detention Centre Visitation;

•           Prison Visitation

 

POSITION PURPOSE
To promote and model the Mission and Values of Rosies within the outreach teams.

To promote a person-centred practice and faith-inspired environment responding to and respecting the human and spiritual needs of staff, volunteers and patrons.

To assist in the implementation of initiatives such as parish-based outreaches and branch-based chaplaincy.

To work collaboratively with the Oblate Chaplain and the General Manager to create an effective chaplaincy team.

 

KEY PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS
1.   Mission, Vision and Values ·       Execute the duties and functions of the role aligned with the Gospel and Catholic traditions as well as the mission, ethos, and values of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

·       Contribute to the development of an organisational culture that is consistent with the philosophy and values of Rosies.

·       Work ethically and model Gospel and Rosies values through your personal leadership framework.

2.   Role outline ·       This is an accompanying role and does not have a compliance focus

·       Develop relationships with teams especially Team Leaders

·       Learn ‘Rosies’ especially from identified exemplar teams

·       Develop an understanding of the cultures that exist across teams

·       Attend 3 outreaches per week (on average) with a tactical selection of branches and teams

·       Develop strategies to enhance engagement of volunteer teams with Rosies Christian spirit and Oblate charism

·       Identify a network of branch level chaplains to assist in assessment of distributed Chaplaincy resources

·       Contribute to communication activities such as reflections for volunteers, networking and guest speaker engagements promoting Rosies.

·       Report identified issues at an individual or team level which may require suitable staff/volunteer support responses.

·       Participate in maintaining a workplace culture within Rosies, which respects human dignity, provides equality of opportunity, addresses the needs of the poor and disadvantaged, and protects human rights.

3.   Leadership ·        Demonstrate understanding of, and personal commitment to the mission, vision and values of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, to a Christian spirituality and in the spirit of St Eugene de Mazenod and to an appreciation of Rosies as a missionary activity.

·        Model a leadership style which promotes a person-centred practice throughout the service ensuring a whole-of-person and faith-inspired environment reflecting Rosies mission and core values.

·        Support the formation of volunteers, in line with organisational procedures.

4.   Documentation, Quality Systems & Continuous Improvement ·        Create, store and archive documentation in line with legislative requirements.

·        Identify improvements to policy, procedures, work instructions, other organisational systems and the work environment to ensure Gospel values and principles of Catholic teaching are reflected appropriately.

·        Participate in the development, implementation and review of relevant Rosies policy, procedures and other documentation, as required.

·        Work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders to prepare, undertake and maintain external requirements, as necessary.

 

5.   Workplace Health & Safety ·        Adhere to safe work practices at all times.
6.   Other Duties ·        Participate in staff development and team meetings.

·        Work as an effective team member in accordance with Rosies mission, purpose and values.

·        Engage in reflective practice and participate in meaningfully regular professional supervision sessions.

·        Other activities as directed.

 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Required to have Beneficial to have
·       Relevant qualifications in Pastoral Care, Theology and/or Spirituality and/or Counselling.

·       Demonstrated commitment to, knowledge and understanding of the principles of Catholic teaching, tradition and ecumenism.

·       Demonstrated knowledge and experience in providing pastoral care and/or volunteer services within a Christian perspective.

·       Team leadership experience.

·       Demonstrated intermediate ability to use computer IT systems including MS Word and Excel.

·       Queensland Provisional Green or above Driver Licence.

·       Ability to obtain positive notice in the legislatively required personal history check in line with compliance requirements.

·        Previous experience in a similar role, either in Christian ministry environment.

 

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
1.     Demonstrated ability to accompany small teams with human and spiritual guidance tailored to the needs of the person and ensure persons are treated with respect and empathy.
2.     Demonstrated ability to apply and integrate in real practical ways appropriate Catholic teaching, Gospel values, the charism of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the vision of Rosies.
3.     Experience in pastoral care and volunteer support that focuses on supporting those who are assisting the most abandoned in our society.
4.     Proficient communication and interpersonal skills to engage on a personal level providing comfort and confidence, as well as the ability to build relationships across an organisation to assist in the provision of support for staff and volunteers.
5.     Demonstrated understanding of the emotional and spiritual needs of people at different ages and stages of life, and special attention to those working with the poor and vulnerable.
6.     Demonstrated commitment to a community of faith.

Contact Head Office for more details.  Closing date: Thursday 22 November 2018

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“Following in his brother’s footsteps, 16 year-old Jake Priestly has stepped up to  take on the 15th annual Great Wheelbarrow Race as a solo competitor. In 2015, Jake’s brother Josh won the male solo category and it was his determination that inspired his younger brother, Jake to take on the challenge. The Great Wheelbarrow Race will take teams from Chillagoe to Mareeba in a three-day, 140km endurance event from May 18-20. [May 18 | May 19 | May 20]

‘Watching Josh do the race solo three years ago has motivated me to do the same thing and give it a go’, Jake said/ ‘It’s all for charity, so why not.’

The St Stephen’s Catholic College student will compete in this year’s event to raise money for Rosies, a local charity which reaches out to those less fortunate in the community.

‘Rosies reaches out to those most in need, those people who are lonely, abandoned, and marginalised within our communities.'”

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Credit from the The Cairns Post2 Apr. 2018

These Rosies Cairns volunteers will receive a special mention for the 25th celebration, as the longest serving in Queensland.

SABRINA BECKER-MILLS
How long have you been involved with Rosies?

I joined Rosies Youth Mission (as it was called back then) in 2002. My daughter has been involved from a young age and as an adult, she continues to volunteer.

What keeps you involved?

At each outreach I meet new people from different walks of life. I enjoy talking with patrons over a cup of coffee and a bit of food. As a team leader I enjoy taking new volunteers and students out on outreach and listening to their experiences and thoughts of the outreach at the end of the night. How do you deal with seeing people struggle? It is hard seeing people struggle but we are limited to what we can do. We have resources where we can guide patrons to services, but it is still hard to leave. Over the years I have listened to patrons telling me their life stories and I often wonder where they ended up.

What is the most heartwarming thing that’s happened from being involved with Rosies?

Rosies has been volunteering in Cairns for 25 years and I am always amazed at the growing support from the Cairns community, which is evident in the growing number of volunteers and organisations that donate to Rosies, so we can provide a valuable service back to the community. A lot of the patrons thank us for coming out and spending that time with them, sharing a coffee and some food.


CARL SLOAN
How long have you been involved with Rosies?

This is my 16th year, you do one year as a provisional member.

What keeps you involved?

I love the Rosies philosophy of being there for those in need. It is a way of doing something rather than just talking about doing something. It is a way of being of service. We are all called to serve. In giving you receive. I love the sense of community in our team and the link between Rosies and the school communities, and the parish communities who support Rosies on an ongoing basis. Also, the wider community of Cairns is very supportive of Rosies’ good work.

How do you deal with seeing people struggle?

It is difficult but of course sometimes you can help in a practical way. Often a Rosies group will not actually know of their impact. Being there for the marginalised and treating them as dignified human beings is the most important aspect. Hence the the term Friends on The Street.

What is the most heartwarming thing that’s happened from being involved with Rosies?

I cannot think of one individual thing but often people stop and ask how can they get involved with Rosies and make donations of money on the spot. If a patron returns and has made it out of their difficulty, that is heartwarming and then you know that we have had a positive impact on that person


RICKY GUTHRIE
How long have you been involved with Rosies?

Since 2012.

What keeps you involved?
The volunteers and patrons are great company. I would not stop going. I feel like the patrons don’t have too many friends in the community, often complained about and looked down on by so many. I want them to know I value my time with them by being around. How do you deal with seeing people struggle? I cope fine these days, I’m used to seeing the hardships. If something shocks me I probably shed a tear on the drive home.

What is the most heartwarming thing that’s happened from being involved with Rosies?

I had some very appreciative patrons but one woman comes to mind for me. She had been beaten and strangled so badly she could only swallow rice. I tried really hard to find her a bed as it was her first few days on the street. She couldn’t go home. Services had been cut and all beds were full at that time but she was still incredibly grateful. She asked me if I was cold just wearing a T-shirt! It’s sometimes hard to leave the patrons, you wish you could do more.

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Cairns has developed a unique way of providing friendship with hospitality

THE abandoned, the socially isolated and the lonely are given a shoulder to lean on and a warm meal four nights a week by a group of volunteers who are trying to help the homeless and the disadvantaged of Cairns. About 170 volunteers of Rosies Friends on the Street have formed a kind of family and it’s this warmth and generosity that reaches out four nights a week from 7pm on Draper St. Tonight, this “family” will gather to celebrate the service reaching 25 years of operation on Cairns streets, while paying tribute to some of its longest serving volunteers and the Cairns businesses that keep the charity running.

Among those who will be recognised at the Rosies Cairns Branch 25 Years Strong evening is Joyce Coutts, who has been involved with Rosies for 22 years. At 85 years old, the Gordonvale resident can no longer volunteer with the service, having stopped about a year ago. “I just loved doing it,” she says. “I would have kept on going a while longer but I can’t drive at night anymore.” Joyce is a humble woman. When Rosies co-ordinator Lyall Forde told her she was the only platinum volunteer being recognised on the night, she had a pretty straight response for him. “I said they don’t have to give me a party,” she says. Joyce has seven children – four girls and three boys – and is the youngest from a family of eight. Her husband died while the children were young, leaving Joyce to work and raise them. By the time the kids were older and a little more independent, she became involved with Rosies.

I’m a Catholic and I heard about it and decided I wanted to go, and went, and that’s it,” she says.

“The people that need help came to Rosies and we would give them something to take home. It was really good. I enjoyed every minute of it. We would take sandwiches and fruit, and went down with whatever we had. Now I am 85, I am just too old to really do much.”

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Among those who will be recognised at the Rosies Cairns Branch 25 Years Strong evening is Joyce Coutts,

Joyce’s daughter, Gloria Hinspeter, will join her mother for the Rosies celebration tonight and says the recognition for her is well deserved. “I think her life as it was, made her the woman she is today,” Gloria says. “She was always giving as much as she can and I have the utmost respect for her and what she has achieved in her life. Quite a few times lots of the family would say, ‘You shouldn’t be going there, it’s dangerous,’ but she would not listen to anyone. “She did not think it was dangerous, she would just say ‘it’s good for me and I’ll know when it’s time to give it up’. “She is very committed to doing what she could to help others.” The tales of selflessness continue and among them is that of Cairns branch co-ordinator Lyall Forde.

Lyall was working in the medical field when he decided he should be doing more than “collect the weekly salary”. He joined Rosies 15 years ago and now co-ordinates the local operation. He has now retired from his work as a psychiatric and general nurse, which included 20 years in Papua New Guinea. Twelve of those years were spent in “the bush” where he established a clinic for people who had lived whole lives with no medicine. “This was in 1976 and they had never had anything,” he says. “I had a 12-hour walk to the village and I stayed there with other nurses,” he says. “It was a team and I managed to start a school too. There were no older people and 78 per cent of all children died before the age of two (due mostly to malaria). We reduced it to 25 per cent. It was probably some of the happiest years of my life.” With up to 170 local volunteers with the service, Lyall says they are never short of helpers. “They are a cheerful crowd. They make me proud,” he says.

One of the things about Rosies is we don’t put much demand on volunteers. We don’t have meetings and we ask them to come once a month only. That could be the reason for our success. You join and you do a night and then you go home. For the first six months you only do once a month, otherwise you burn out. We’ve got almost 170 in Cairns – that’s a lot of good people. I think people want to do something good.”

Among those volunteers are Cairns high schools, which have partnered with Rosies, so students can get involved. Lyall says students attend with a teacher or parent and get to see “another side of life”. Meanwhile, Rosies continues to operate successfully on the generosity of Cairns. The Muslim community has for years donated all the meals needed for a night, packaged and ready to go once a month. Hotels and church groups also regularly lend a hand. In fact, Double Tree Hilton, where the Rosies 25-year celebration is being held, has donated everything for the evening.

Cairns is generous. There are wonderful people in the community,” Lyall says.

All walks of life access the service, with Lyall saying they regularly feed and offer friendship to the very young right through to the very old.

I never ask where they are living,” he says. “They may tell me they’ve got a flat and pay $180 a week but they’ve got no money left or any extra money is going to cigarettes.”

 

 

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L-R Mitch Fitzpatrick, Rick Hauraki, Theresa Redgwell, Christine Alifraco, Three first year dental students, Bri Blackmore, Bill Matthews, Lyall Forde

Rosies Cairns branch features in this year CAIRNS DIOCESAN NEWS EASTER edition (you can read the article below). This year Rosies celebrates its 30th birthday.

Rosies was founded by an Oblate of Mary Immaculate priest (OMI) in the beachside suburb of Melbourne called Rosebud, hence the name Rosies. Throughout  Queensland, we operate in many suburbs and towns, including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns, and Mareeba.

Our work is to be friends with those forced to live on the street, the homeless and poor. Here in Cairns we take hot meals and drinks out to them four nights a week. We have 160 volunteers who done night per month in 16 Teams. The volunteers come from all walks of life and this contributes to the Rosies family.

We also have nine high schools that participate as part of our School Engagement Program, these being Cairns State High School, St . Andrew’s Catholic College, Redlynch State College, St Monica’s College, Peace Lutheran College, TAS, St Augustine’s College, AFL Cape York Academy, and St Mary’s Catholic College. These Outreach schools are involved once per month and consist of four Grade 12 students plus a teacher and parents.

Along with our face-to-face outreach volunteers, we have a small army of “back room” supporters who cook hot meals for the volunteers to distribute. We also have a large group who make up sandwiches to cover the four  nights. It is also worth pointing out that for the last few years the Cairns Muslim Community has cooked 90 hot meals per month. Then in the wider community, we have many parish and community members who collect food for us and fundraise to assist our financial commitments.

All our volunteers are required to have a Blue Card and undertake the in-service (Initial Training Course) which is an introduction to our Rosies work in Cairns . The Rosies outreach room is located on the ground floor of Centacare and we are grateful to the Diocese of Cairns for making this available.

Thanks to Kay Rivers and the team in Cairns who kept everything running smoothly while Lyall, the branch coordinator, took a well deserved break.  Our volunteers and patrons are looking forward to autumn as the summers are always tough in tropical Far North Queensland. Our local committee are working closely with the Cairns Regional Council to secure a long-term venue for our well-patronised service reaching out 4 nights per week.