Ten staff from Lutheran Community Care (LCC) have graduated with nationally-recognised qualifications from Swinburne University on Thursday 15 May.
LCC has operated in Alice Springs for five years now, and the demand for its services has increased significantly in this time. In July 2013 they expanded their office premise to include the old Mission Block Store, and this shop front site has contributed to an increase in clients accessing their services.
LCC offers a range of services and support to the community as a whole regardless of language, culture, ethnicity or religion. Their financial services range from simple tips on budgeting, money management and prioritizing bills, to helping people deal with severe debt issues. Their early childhood
services provide a supportive learning environment for families of young children through various playgroups.
The employment strategy adopted by LCC is a reflection of their inclusive policy of offering their services for all: the majority of their 22 staff members are Indigenous, others are recent migrants to Australia, and many of these are now classed as long term employees.
‘The benefits of having Indigenous people as part of our team are obvious. They are able to converse with clients in a variety of local languages, which helps to make our clients feel more comfortable and eliminates the need for interpreters’, said central Australian manager Robyn Richter.
Ongoing training is essential to LCC’s employment strategy and all staff are encouraged to undertake further study and study time is also provided.
Ms Richter also adds, ‘LCC is extremely proud of our entire team and in particular the ten staff members who have graduated. They have put in a great effort to study and continue their work within the community.’
For more information about the work that LCC does, and the services they offer within central Australia, please contact them on 08 8953 5160 or visit their website at www.lccare.org.au