It is with immense pleasure that we welcome you to the website of Downs & West Community Support (DWCS), a ministry of Sisters of Charity Community Care Ltd ABN 39 093 448 410.

Over the past 10 years DWCS has offered encouragement and pastoral and practical support to individuals and families of the Downs, the Lockyer Valley, the Burnett and south-west Queensland. Initially we worked as the Downs and West Drought Appeal, which was concluded in September 2010 to make way for DWCS to more appropriately reflect the activities and work being carried out by the ministry.

In responding to urgent and emerging needs, DWCS has always strived to reach out to the suffering as Jesus did:

“When you saw that I was isolated and alone you came and sat with me;

I was struggling and you extended a helping hand;

I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink;

I was naked and you gave me clothing…

just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,

you did it to me.”

                                                                                                                     Matthew 25: 36, 40

Downs & West Community Support is a ministry close to the heart of Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the Sisters of Charity. Like Mary Aikenhead, who responded to the needs of the poor in her time, we too are motivated by a sense of responsibility to communicate God’s love by word and concrete action through the provision of compassionate care and sharing available resources with those who are deemed to be amongst the neediest.

Sister Christine Henry rsc is our ‘person on the ground’ and she is the energy behind this ministry.

Your donations are always welcome as we cannot hope to support people without continuous financial assistance. Please click here to donate now.

Additionally, volunteers are always welcome as we work to establish working groups in various towns or areas of the South West. Information on volunteering is also available on this website. Please click here for more information.

Let us know your ideas or comments to help this supportive service blossom.

Annual Review for 2017-18

Time for Review

The 2017-18 DWCS Annual Review outlines the activities and initiatives undertaken by the support service.



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