Female hands and word SUPPORT on wooden background

After 28 years of actively addressing unmet social need in the community, the community-based, social welfare organisation Sisters of Charity Outreach - which operates the Visit Program, South West from offices in Miller - has a new name: Open Support. The not-for-profit organisation, which addresses unmet social need by providing much-needed support services to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients from across metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW, launched its new name and brand on March 21.

“Our name change from Sisters of Charity Outreach to Open Support represents an exciting and historic new chapter in the 28-year history of our organisation,” Lucy Riggall, Chair of Open Support, said at the launch of Open Support.

“Our fresh and inclusive new name has been derived from the history and heritage of our organisation and its core purpose, which is: being ‘open’ to providing much-needed support to the poor and vulnerable in need. Open Support really conveys what this organisation has been providing to our community for the past 28 years, with our devotion to Compassion and Action. Open Support will continue to provide the same caring services all our clients have come to appreciate.” 

As well as the Visit Program, which provides fortnightly visits to socially isolated people across south west and eastern Sydney, Open Support operates a number of other services for people in need. 

These include Country Care Link, its no-cost transport service for regional NSW people coming to Sydney for medical reasons, and Chisholm Cottage, which provides affordable shared accommodation at Westmead for regional people coming to Sydney for medical appointments and hospital stays. Open Support also runs Safe Haven, its domestic violence crisis accommodation and support service from an undisclosed western Sydney location.

Open Support’s name change is part of a handover of Sisters of Charity ministries within the health, education and social welfare sectors to Mary Aikenhead Ministries. This process officially began in July 2009, and ensures the heritage, tradition and charism of the Sisters’ ministries - including St Vincent’s Health Australia and its various hospitals and other health care services - are taken purposefully into the future. 

General Manager of Open Support, Gary Sillett added: “Our name change marks an exciting new era for all our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters and we look forward to taking Open Support into the future by continuing to address unmet social need with the same dedication, commitment and caring presence as the Sisters of Charity have done for so many years.”

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Source: Open Support

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