Counselling Volunteer celebrates 10 years at Dixon House

St Oswald's parishioner, Win Andrews started at Dixon House in 2010, providing a free counselling service for those in the local area who could not afford paid counselling, after being recommended to the position by Rev Canon Dr Ray Cleary. She was trained through the Cairnmillar Institute of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Win also taught English at Dixon House in her early years and presented multiple times to the women's group on health and wellbeing topics. In her time Win has counselled a multitude of clients, covering areas such as relationships, grief and loss, trauma and chronic health issues. The highlight for Win has been the opportunity to journey with people and to see their appreciation for being able to access this vital service.

At the volunteers Christmas Party on 28 Nov 2019 Winston Chee, the Centre Manager said that Win will be missed and presented her with a certificate of appreciation.

Seniors enjoyed making herbal SACHET - second part of the arts4u program. 

The “Making herbal sachets” program was held in the back of the church on 18th of June with 6 participants. The program was evaluated as enjoyable, good chance for everyone to meet, chat together and learn more about sewing a nice herbal sachet. They also learned using the natural resources such as herbs, flowers and cotton materials into the aroma bags and make it presentable by embroidery. All participants basically enjoy the program and would recommend this art activity to their friends. And most of them are likely to attend a future art activity at St Oswald’s Church. They also rate good satisfaction for the program, date and time, venue and presenter.

Thank to Ann and Hatsumi for conducting the program and all the volunteers and participants for their contributing and joining the art activities. 


Anglicare recognition of Volunteers

Letter received from Geoff Ryan, Anglicare Victoria


On behalf of Anglicare Victoria, may I extend my thanks to your representatives Jill O’Shea, Richard Carter and Judy Johnson for attending our Thank You Morning Tea at St Peter’s Eastern Hill.


We hope that the morning tea reinforced our commitment to you and how appreciative we are of the great work, support and advocacy you provide to Anglicare Victoria.


We hope Jill, Richard and Judy enjoyed the morning and we look forward to working more closely with you over time to build closer and stronger bonds.

Well done Jill, Richard, Judy and Caroline and all who help at the Mission and who donate food for the Mission!

Kids Hope - at Glen Iris Primary School

We have a partnership with Glen Iris Primary through the Kids Hope program. This is a one-on-one mentoring program run by World Vision. Volunteers (and I hope you will consider joining the team) visit the school once a week during school terms to spend 1 hour with a selected student. It will be the same student each week and the aim is to build a relationship supporting and encouraging that young person in all aspects of their life. Jenny MacPherson is the program co-ordinator. 

Glen Iris Community Church Kinder Farewells Music Teacher

FOR 20 years Margaret Gill has been tinkling the ivories and giving youngsters at a Glen Iris kindergarten an introduction to music.

Mrs Gill has been volunteering at the Glen Iris Community Church Kindergarten every week, playing songs and teaching children about music.

“How I got involved was I retired from teaching in 1992 and was looking for something to do,” Mrs Gill said.

“I’ve always played the piano, so it was a good opportunity to come in and play for the youngsters.

“All I do is play the piano, it’s the teachers that set the songs and the lessons.

“It’s not nursery rhymes, it’s more like songs How Much is the Doggy in the Window and songs like that.”

Greg Gliddon - Progress Leader - December 28th 2015

Picture - Janine Eastgate