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Who we are
The Benevolent Society is an independent, non-religious, non-profit organisation.
For 200 years we have worked with people and communities to help them out of disadvantage, advocating to make Australia a fairer, safer place, where everyone feels they belong.
What we do
We meet the specific needs of individuals through our direct support services, and we work with whole communities, connecting people across gender, age and cultural divides to create a renewed sense of optimism and belonging.
Our goal is to bring about lasting change so our clients can overcome the barriers preventing them from participating fully in society.
Focus areas for our services
Our efforts focus on building strong families and healthy communities. The largest area of our work is with children and families, including foster care, child protection, early intervention and training other non-profit workers (capacity building).
We also provide mental health services, community aged care programs, carer respite, domestic violence services, and post-adoption support.
We work with people from all backgrounds, including Indigenous Australians and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
We operate from 64 locations in New South Wales and Queensland, and in the past year we provided care and support to more than 61,000 people.
"Without [your] help, my family and I would have been out on the street looking for somewhere to live with rent in arrears and debt following close behind. When there was nothing and nowhere else, there was you." - Benevolent Society Client