Geoffrey Sambell's vision was to create a welfare and justice arm of the Anglican Church, offering charitable and health services in the Perth metropolitan area. This is how Anglican Health and Welfare Services came into being.
Our original legal name was Anglican Health and Welfare Services (Inc.) (AHWS). The story goes that the receptionist was lamenting one day about her need to repeat the full name to every caller. A few people got together about this, and they put together a more
Moves to establish a general social services agency as an outreach of the Church began in the 1960's. It was not until the early 1970's however that concrete progress was made. Archbishop Geoffrey Sambell had been appointed Archbishop in 1969. In June 1972, he produced a paper entitled "The Church and its place in Health and Welfare Services." In his Synod Charge of September 1973,
While planning for the
One of the key elements of the Sambell vision was that the agency must operate at the highest professional standards. As
The need to become involved in this area was seen quite early. Anglican Marriage and Family Counselling (AMFC) was established in 1975.
From early beginnings in 1976 as "Salvage to Care", Op Shops become an integral and essential part of the
Perth ITeC Employment and Training
Although we are no longer involved in offering employment services, Perth ITeC provided important employment and training opportunities to unemployed people during the 1980's.