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Winter 2006 Friends of ACS Newsletter

Thursday 1st of June 2006

Dear Friends,

I want to say to each of you, thank you for your marvellous support through personal encouragement to me and the staff of ACS and the College through prayer and your financial support.


ACS anticipates ending the financial year with a surplus. This surplus is to be used to replace aging and uncomfortable furniture, painting of buildings, provide necessary office equipment, information technology and support the College in the re-accreditation of its Degree.


In the words of Psalm 138: 1, 2 we will indeed praise the Lord with all our heart because of his love and faithfulness.




ACS has re-instituted the internship position to provide suitably qualified staff for ACS. Sharon Kirk is currently doing an internship in Tamworth. It is hoped to have a further 2 interns in place by the end of the year.


20th Anniversary

ACS looks forward to celebrating its 20th year on October 14 at a Celebration Dinner in Tamworth. Our friends are most welcome to join us.


Pray for the organising committee of Ruth, Wendy and Carol.


Positions Vacant

ACS has advertised 2 new positions—Business/Project Manager and the Manilla Family Support Worker.


Please pray that God will direct to us his people to fill these position


Mental Health First Aid Courses

ACS has conducted MHFA Courses at Warialda, Tamworth, Quirindi and Narrabri with some 150 people attending. The aim of the course is to increase community awareness about mental health. A further 100 have attended Public Mental Health Forums to hear about services available in their areas and from our guest speaker, Mrs Fay Jackson who is both a mental illness sufferer, with bipolar disorder, and a mental health advocate. The response to the courses and forums have been amazing meeting a real need in the community. Many Christian brochures on depression and suicide have been taken.


Please pray that we will continue to have the means to provide this community training.



ECActive, a Tamworth based website hosting and design company, has offered to redesign and host ACS’ website free of charge.


But what of the challenges?

ACS continues to lobby the Federal Government for equitable funding for the ‘counselling programme’. In 2006/2007, the government is offering ACS only $96/client to provide counselling. At an interview with a senior officer with the Department of Family, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, in February 2006, I was told that the average cost was $350/client.


This inequitable funding continues to hamper our ability to re-staff Narrabri and Gunnedah and provide appropriate staff to ensure we meet new and changing quality assurance requirements set by government.


Please continue to pray for us as we seek to address this issue or should the Lord so move you, write to the Minister, Mal Brough MP C/- Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2610 on our behalf.


Tamworth is moving!?

We have been told that in September, St Paul’s West Tamworth intends to auction the building where ACS currently provides counselling in Tamworth. To date, no alternative building to incorporate all Tamworth operations has been found.


Please pray that a suitable building can be obtained.


The Next 5 Years

The ACS Board signed off on a new Strategic Plan for 2005—2010 by adopting new mission and vision statements and new goals.


Mission (or purpose): ACS is a Christian organization which supports and strengthens individuals, families and communities in their relationships with each other through professional counselling, education and counselling training in regional and rural areas.


Vision: To be a high quality relationship service staffed by Christians who are committed to the welfare of clients and each other.



1) Develop partnerships with relevant Christian, Government and community-based organisations

2) Become a professional, well-resourced and managed organisation

3) Provide accessible service to all people including children, young people, individuals and families in rural and regional areas

4) Set, monitor and evaluate clear targets

5) Commit to improve the quality and credibility of our services


Coledale Project

We continue to be excited by the wonderful work being done with Indigenous people in respect of family violence especially at Coledale (Tamworth) by our counsellor Jenny Regan and our Indigenous Liaison worker, Kate Green. Contacts are being made in the community resulting in young men and women seeking help. As a consequence, changes are being made in people's lives and homes resulting in safer, stable homes.


Jenny has been invited to give a paper at the national conference for the Psychotherapy and Counsellors Federation of Australia in Melbourne in August on ‘Counselling Indigenous People’.


Please pray for Jenny.



  • Rain and those impacted by the ongoing drought
  • The staff of ACS and the College
  • Appropriate new staff
  • God’s protection over staff and clients
  • Equitable funding from the government
  • A new building for Tamworth
  • The Celebration Dinner in October will be an opportunity to give thanks and re-launch the work of ACS
  • The working out of the new Strategic Plan



Life Skills Courses 2006


  • Know Yourself in Narrabri and Tamworth



  • Skills for the Road Ahead in Tamworth
  • Know Yourself in Uralla



  • Know Yourself in Manilla and Dubbo


  • Know Yourself in Glen Innes

Anglican Counselling Service, Executive Director: Rev Brian Kirk

Lois Reid College of Counselling Studies, Principal: Jenny Regan

Financial Counsellor: Faith Boehm

Relationship Counsellors: Ruth, Donna, Libby, Catherine, Judy, Cheryl L, Caroly, Wendy, Ros, Lynn, Jenny M, Ran, Jenny R, Shirley, Betty

Other Staff: Cheryl C, Lois, Fran, Meryl, Carol, Elaine, James, Sharon, Joy, Kate

Volunteers: Barb, Colleen, Eleanor, Phyllis, Jane, Suzanne

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