Thanks for visiting. It is a privilege to be able to share with you some of the vision and exciting experiences of Missionworx life. Missionworx is a community based organisation offering a heartfelt Christian response to the needs of the people of the city.
We are a community in which hurting people can find friendship, healing and practical assistance. Although the needs we encounter are significant, through the support of our partners we are able to combat hunger with nourishment; hurt with love; homelessness with warmth and advocacy; and isolation with friendship and belonging.
Please consider partnering with us –
together we can make a difference.
Our Streetworx team go out in pairs to be with people on the streets. Workers chat with people or invite them to other Missionheart/Missionworx activities. Their focus is building relationships, breaking down barriers of isolation and providing the opportunity to experience community, access support and know they are valued. Drop-in is a safe place for a cuppa, a bite to eat, a place to tell their story and receive personal support. Workers provide an atmosphere of acceptance, belonging, faith, hope and 'love in action'.
Back to Basics is a basic living skills program for men and women with weekly workshops during school term looking at topics such as budgeting, cooking, nutrition, time management, fitness, simple home maintenance and the like. This program also includes a mentoring component which offers one-to-one mentoring for interested participants.
Staying true to our relational approach of caring for the neediest, Missionworx provides personal support in many ways. Much of this support happens in parallel to our programs throughout the week and compliments the other activities of Missionworx. Our model of support focuses on inclusion and equipping the people we help to gain confidence and skills and to establish themselves meaningfully within community.
We transport our people to hospital, GP and mental health appointments, and provide personal support whilst there.
We attend court dates with our people, working with them to arrive at their hearing date having worked on the issues underlying their arrest, having sought professional help if needed.
We provide support for healing relationships, supporting those estranged from family, friends or partners.
We provide warm clothing, blankets and swags to those sleeping out.
We assist those affected by homelessness to apply for refuge and housing.
We visit those who are confined in prison or at home.
We assist those who struggle with maintaining healthy homes. We organise working bees to clean out rubbish and work with people to implement good housework habits.
We bring a trailer and helping hands to assist moving house.
We provide furniture, clothing and food to those without these essential basics.
We provide mentoring and opportunities for goal setting.
We encourage our people to work with us to help others. Our goal is for our clients to become our friends, and for our friends to become volunteers.
Our MissionArt Show is a regular chance for our people to show their artistic abilities and to gain confidence in revealing their talents to the community. Many of our people who struggle with overwhelming life challenges also have amazing artistic skills. It is good to encourage and celebrate these and give opportunity to focus on positive things in life.
We provide Sunday lunch in Glebe Park (or undercover on wet days) which is free for all. This is an opportunity to eat together with friends old and new and to discover shared interests and experiences. We have fun together, eat some good food, kick a footy, share stories and look after one another. From little babies to Grandparents, homeless to housed, those struggling to those doing well, we come together as community creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement with the desire to both see and enhance the best in each other. Although this is a free lunch we promote it as a community lunch, rather than a free feed, where everyone can be a part of the benefit of this community experience to others and themselves.
We partner with schools, churches and other groups to serve members of the community through a working bee. Past service days have included gardening, organising, rubbish removal, cleaning and providing barbeque lunches.
We give our people the opportunity to be both recipients and donors of Christmas hampers. Christmas can be a difficult time for many people. We seek to gift our people with food and presents to show them they are loved. Many of our people also enjoy the opportunity to contribute items to the hampers, and come along to help pack them in the week leading up to Christmas.
All of our people have an opportunity to attend our annual camp. Those who have previously attended a camp speak enthusiastically of the encouragement received from being in close community for a weekend. We hold men's and women's retreats and we have regular social events such as bowling, movie or trivia nights and games nights. Enjoying life together allows us to build relationships which benefit the whole community.
We would love to see you at a Missionworx activity. Here are some of the people you might see at a Missionworx community event:
Mission Leader and owner of the biggest coffee cup in the cupboard. He can often be found encouraging, listening and praying with people. He is also often found whilst playing hide and seek, due to his large frame and the small amount of furniture in the office.
Co-ordinator of the Back2Basics program and originator of great ideas for Missionworx events. She has a lovely singing voice and even lovelier manners, and is the frontrunner for this year's "Nicest person to talk to" award at the annual Missionworx gala.
Missionworx Director and perennial runner-up at UNO. His current projects include training for Missionworx volunteers, getting out into the streets to meet new people and growing an awesome beard. His wife supports two of those projects.
Organiser of ladies social events and supporter of clean shaven husbands. She is a teacher by trade, and can often be found on maternity leave. She enjoys most things chocolate, except for the awesome chilli chocolate that is passed directly to James.
Drop-in volunteer, prayer email warrior and oldest member of Missionworx. He has more energy than the rest of the young volunteers combined, as evidenced by his victory in the stair running relay of 2011. His retirement as a modern history teacher was so long ago that were he to emerge from retirement, his expertise would now be classified as ancient history.
Social Co-ordinator and administration volunteer. She thoroughly enjoys having her photo taken, and often goes out of her way to get in front of a camera. She has almost reached the maximum limit of friends on Facebook, and is currently only accepting friend requests from people named Tim.
Treasurer in the financial sense, and a treasure in person. He writes discipleship manuals in his spare time, when he is not moving his car from four hour parking to all day parking. His current ambition is to buy all his clothing from online stores, an aim which has had sparkling effect already this year.
Essential member of the Missionworx team. You have a desire to love the people of the city and a willingness to invest your time into someone who feels unwanted. You are appreciated and valued, and work well with others. Together we can make a difference.
We would love to have you partner with us. There are many ways to get involved. The more resources we have, the more we can do...
All donations $2 and over are tax deductible.
To give via PayPal, click here
Or to give by Direct Debit, see our details below. Ensure you email us your details so we can send you a tax receipt.
Acc no: 10652541
Donate practical items (eg furniture, tea, coffee, non-perishable foods, etc.) contact us to find out what we most need.
If you would like to know more about the responsibility and reward of volunteering at Missionworx, contact us to arrange an interview.
You can bless our work by committing to pray regularly for Missionworx. To receive our prayer email, contact us.
To join our mailing list and receive stories and updates on latest events, contact us.
Tell others about Missionworx – your sharing of our mission will allow others to benefit by becoming a part of the Missionworx community, through donating, volunteering or attending.
Room G05, Griffin centre
20 Genge St
Canberra City 2601
Carole is a single mum with no
family in Canberra. She has
struggled through homelessness
and the loss of her mother.
"Back to basics means so much
to me. It has fostered strong
friendships I will keep for my
lifetime. Over the years we
have looked at simple home
maintenance, budgeting, energy
saving ideas, emotional things
like coping with anxiety, simple
sewing lessons, and so much
more. We also cook a new meal
each week and many become
favourites at my place. All meals
are easy and affordable."
"I had just moved to Canberra
and was on my own. My life
was not going how I'd hoped...
through Missionworx I got a
lot of personal support
one-on-one, through camps
and small groups. I am now
studying at CIT and have
become a volunteer with
Missionworx. I am helping