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the Board Dr Sue King

Chair of

Uniting Communities has a proud heritage of engaging with our community. In our work, we reach out to communities throughout South Australia, with the Franklin Street / Pitt Street base being central to our identity as advocates for social justice and providers of innovative services. In the 2015/16 year, Uniting Communities has made a bold commitment to revitalising these headquarters and developing a radically innovative space in which community and community services can creatively co-exist.

Acknowledging the important contribution of the Methodist and Uniting churches to the development of Uniting Communities, we took the decision to build a flexible and creative space in which new forms of ministry can develop in a mixed-use development alongside new residential communities and a range of community services.

Construction of this environmentally sensitive building will commence in late 2016. Inspired by the concept of a vertical village, we will create inclusive and accessible residential facilities for people living with disability, both short and long term, as well as independent living for senior community members above a range of commercial, community service and retail activity.

Importantly, this new building will provide a 21st century base for our service delivery. Many people will be welcomed into a warm and inclusive environment. A range of our city-based services, including Lifeline Adelaide, counselling, health and legal services will have new

customised facilities. All of our services will be supported by state-of-the-art technology that will be embedded in the new building.

As we prepare for this exciting change, we have also undergone change at the Board level. Long-term Board members, Dr Jo Baulderstone (Chair) and Mark Miller (Board member and Chair, Finance, Risk Management and Audit sub-committee [FRMAC]), who have made important contributions to the growth and focus of the organisation, retired from the Board having completed their maximum tenures. We thank them for their leadership and commitment to the organisation. New Board members, Astrid Kuivasaari and Greg Box, are already making significant contributions.

As a Board we acknowledge that the essence of Uniting Communities is our people – staff and volunteers – who work within our communities to provide support, make connections and deliver services. We value all you do. The energetic and inspiring leadership of Simon Schrapel as Chief Executive continued to challenge us all in our very successful 2015/16 year. We look forward to the years of challenge and change ahead.

Dr Sue King Chair of the Board

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