Skip Navigation

Local Deacon makes a long-lasting difference among the disadvantaged

Local Deacon makes a long-lasting difference among the disadvantaged

Wed 13 April 2016

For over 20 years, Deacon Robin Moore and a small, very dedicated team have been supporting those on the margin at St Philip’s Care, based at the Northbourne Community Centre.

Known as the ‘small community centre with a big heart’, the Centre provides a free lunch and support on many levels including recreational activities, physical support (such as food and other essentials), and pastoral support for those in the community.

“We have over 50 people attend the lunches each week and since our beginning in 1996, we’ve served over 64,000 meals” says Robin.

Robin Moore


The tiny community centre is located at Northbourne Avenue Flats in Turner. Assistance is given to people in the inner north and city areas, with some coming from further afield. 

Problems that are found in any city, but tend to be hidden in Canberra's seeming affluence include loneliness, poverty, marginalisation, drug and alcohol addictions, violence, mental and physical illness, and many other forms of disadvantage. These may affect people directly or indirectly" says Robin. 

The Centre provides a soft place to fall. A safe place to talk over problems, but just as importantly to share the good times. There’s nothing lonelier than having a funny story to tell but no one to actually tell it to.”

Robin has always had a passion and empathy for people doing it tough. While the Centre is only open on Mondays, Robin is often found providing pastoral support to others throughout week. As she says,

“God's world is gloriously messy and endlessly interesting. We care for all of God's creation, and the well-being of pets and other animals and the outdoor areas are all of concern to us."

Robin's ordination as a deacon was warmly received at the centre, with people making the trip to Goulburn to share that wonderful day. That interest continues and leads to many interesting conversations and is a reminder of God's love and constant presence. 

The Northbourne Community Centre is open on Mondays from 12:00pm – 5:00pm. If you would like more information or would like to support the work at the Centre, please visit

This story was originally published in Anglicare's Church and Community Connections bulletin on Wednesday 12 April 2016.

< Back

Latest Positions Vacant

  • School Chaplain - Canberrra Girls Grammar School

    Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) is currently seeking applications for the position of School Chaplain. This is a full-time, ongoing position to commence as soon as possible. The Chaplain is responsible to the Principal for the development of the spiritual and pastoral life of the School.

    CGGS is an independent Anglican school founded in 1926, with a current enrolment of approximately 1600 students across an Early Learning Centre (ELC), Junior School and a Senior School.

    The successful applicant will be an ordained Anglican priest and have experience teaching in a school.

    Strong pastoral skills and an understanding of the developmental character and needs of children and adolescents are essential.

  • Family Worker - Diocese of Wangaratta

    The Anglican Parish of Wodonga
    Diocese of Wangaratta
    (This is a new position)

    We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced Family Worker for 3 days (24 hours) a week for three years, with the possibility of extending these hours according to funding availability.

    You will need a genuine heart for young families while developing and nurturing these young families in the Christian faith within the community of the Church.

    Our Parish is well established and Wodonga is a vibrant community of 38000 people set in the foothills of the Alps on the Victorian/New South Wales border.

    For further information contact Revd Glyn Rees
    Phone (02) 6024 2129
    Applications close 19th May 2017

  • Positions in the Diocese of Rockhampton

    The Diocese of Rockhampton in Central Queensland, Australia, offers exciting opportunities for ministry.

    Covering an area of 800,000 square kilometres from tiny outback communities, mining towns and regional centres we are looking to the future confident in God’s plan for the church in this region.

    We are embarking on a Mission Action Plan seeking to train and resource people for mission and ministry and are looking for expressions of interest from women and men who are confident in their faith, gifted in managing change and excited by the challenge of serving God in Central Queensland.

  • Anglicare positions

    Please click the link above for the latest positions vacant with Anglicare.

Our Partner dioceses

Starting Mission Shaped Churches