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Communities at Work to Welcome New CEO (4 October 2022)

Communities at Work wins ACT Large Employer of the Year at the ACT Training Awards for the 4th time (16 September 2022)

New Community Partnership Helps Vulnerable Youth Kickstart Their Careers (1 August 2022)

Communities at Work to reduce fees by 95% for educators with children enrolled in their services (28 February 2022)


Santa appeals to Canberra’s Christmas Spirit (1 December 2021)





The section below lists stories written for/by Communities at Work published in the media as well as stories where Communities at Work has been featured. Please click on a link to open the story in a new tab.


03 mAY 2023: The Educator Australia

Galilee School: Schools that are making a big difference to disengaged students.

Schools that are making a big difference to disengaged students. Galilee is the first of 7 case studies across 96 independent special assistance schools around Australia.

21 mAY 2023: ABC RADIO

Tim talks about Galilee School successes

Galilee School is one of Canberra’s quiet achievers. Alice Matthews from ABC Radio Canberra found out just what an impact the school is having on the community when she recently interviewed Principal Tim McNevin.


How Best Dressed Store and clothing program help people

Need clothes for a job interview, funeral, court, or another important event but can’t afford them? An op shop about to celebrate its one-year anniversary at its Franklin Street location helps Canberrans become their best dressed selves.

14 MAY 2023: ABC RADIO

Trevor encourages businesses to host CANstruction food donation drives

Listen to Trevor Gilbertson, our Social Programs Manager, on ABC Radio as he addresses the cost-of-living crisis and how you can help. CANstruction is a friendly competition within an organisation to see which team can build the best construction from cans and other food products. This helps encourage food donations to our pantries whilst having a lot of fun.

7 December 2022: ABC tv news

Jo Cochrane invited to comment on the pot holes on Canberra Roads

 Jo Cochrane was asked to comment on the state of Canberra’s roads given all the potholes from recent rain…


2 August 2022: HERCanberra

Iconic Canberra charities partner to give vulnerable youth a chance to kickstart their careers

Coming together to support vulnerable youth, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled and Communities at Work Galilee School have announced a new partnership…


1 August 2022: WIN NEWS Canberra

Next generation of workers getting much-needed hands-on experience

Galilee School’s vulnerable students will gain much-needed work experience as part of an innovative Farm Skills Program in partnership with Pegasus Riding for the Disabled…


18 May 2022: ABC NEWS Canberra

Child care isn’t accessible for many shift workers due to lack of extended-hours centres

Lee Maiden from Communities at Work, which runs 12 childcare centres in Canberra, says the organisation simply did not have the capacity to open longer than the current 10.5 hours per day…

13 May 2022: HerCanberra

Looking for a dose of happiness and wellbeing? Here’s why you should try volunteering

One proven way to improve both your mental and physical well-being for the long term is through volunteering. While at its core, volunteering may be all about helping others, you might be surprised…

11 April 2022: HerCanberra

A casual job that is flexible, rewarding and fun? Sign us up!

The timings of OSHC work out really well with my timetable. I’m able to go to uni in the middle part of the day and then work in the morning or the afternoon, either side of uni…

9 MARCH 2022: HerCanberra

Koala, quokka mates help children talk about their feelings in changing world

Adults have learned to adapt to our ‘new normal’ and adjust our expectations. But how have our children coped and what strategies can help them process the events making headlines…

7 MARCH 2022: HerCanberra

Breaking the gender bias in the workplace this IWD

Often, great change can start from as little as a conversation. To celebrate the IWD theme and encourage conversations around the acceleration of women’s equality, local organisation Communities at Work is hosting a thought-provoking online discussion…


Communities at Work hoping to repair its struggling workforce by providing a discount on fees for its educators

As the number of childcare workers declines, Communities at Work is slashing the costs for educators who themselves have kids enrolled in services…

28 FEBRUARY 2022: The Sector

Communities at Work latest provider to bring 95% discount to educator parents

The move takes full advantage of a recent legislative change which makes provision for ECEC providers to offer a discount of up to 95 per cent on the gap fee paid by employees of ECEC services who have children attending care in the same network…

11 FEBRUARY 2022: HerCanberra

Can you move sideways in your career and still love it? Chloe thinks so

If you feel like you’ve hit a bit of a ceiling with your current role, or are questioning whether you’ve found your calling, it might be time to look at other opportunities to progress your career…

04 December 2021: RiotACT

Pack the bus with gifts for those in need this Christmas

There’ll be a bus pulling up at locations all over Canberra next week. This may not sound like news, but this isn’t just any bus. Bus 702 is basically a Christmas tree on wheels…

03 December 2021: RiotACT

How Communities at Work helps Canberrans live their most independent lives

Jo Cochrane, who heads up lifestyle services at Communities at Work, is direct about its endgame, and why the organisation’s support workers are called life skill educators…

02 December 2021: The Sector

Santa visits Gungahlin Village shopping centre to launch Communities at Work appeal

Santa has made his annual pilgrimage to Gungahlin Village shopping centre in the ACT, dropping off donations for the Communities at Work Christmas Appeal to help bring joy to struggling Canberrans…

23 November 2021: Radio Today

Mix 106.3 Packs the Bus to help families this Christmas

Mix 106.3 in Canberra is filling a bus with food and toys to deliver to families in need this Christmas, and listeners are being asked to help. The mission, in partnership with Transport Canberra and Communities at Work…

10 NOVEMBER 2021: HerCanberra

Five reasons your business should consider supporting a charity this Christmas

Whether you like it or not, the festive season is upon us. It’s a time for giving, and as well as treating your loved ones and clients, it’s also the perfect time to do what you can to support the community that supports you…

29 October 2021: The Canberra Times

Early childhood education welcome children after taking financial hit during lockdown

Communities at Work’s Ngunnawal Child Care and Education Centre manager, Natasha Weissmann said there were a few tears but mostly joy when the children signed in with their COVID-safe procedure…

13 October 2021: ABC Radio

Child care isn’t accessible for many shift workers due to lack of extended-hours centres

Communities at Work’s CEO Lee Maiden discusses mandating vaccinations and additional measures taken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Canberra community…

13 October 2021: The Canberra Times

Mandatory COVID vaccination for many Canberra teachers, school staff to come into force next month

Communities at Work chief executive Lee Maiden said it was a positive step for early education and care and outside-school-hours care workers to be vaccinated. Her organisation had already decided…

5 October 2021: HerCanberra

The rewarding career where you can truly move people

When Julie Trueman moved to Canberra from Queensland four years ago, she was looking for a job. She saw a role advertised as a driver for Communities at Work and figured she liked driving…

20 September 2021: The Sector

Communities at Work wins large employer of the year for third year in a row

ACT early childhood education and care (ECEC) and training provider, Communities at Work has been recognised for the third consecutive year as ACT Large Employer of the Year…

13 August 2021:ABC Radio

Here for Canberrans during the ACT Lockdown

As the ACT enters a snap lockdown, there are many questions surrounding to continuation of the services people rely on…

9 August 2021:ABC Radio

Supporting clients and the wider community to complete the 2021 Census

Through a series of pop up services hosted by the ABS, Communities at Work is giving people to opportunity to ask their questions and find support while filling out their 2021 Census…

29 July 2021: HERCANBERRA

Here’s why you should consider family day care for your child

Finding the perfect childcare option for your children that is available, affordable, and conveniently located can be difficult, not to mention somewhere that is safe, has a great atmosphere…

29 July 2021: Canberra Times

Early childhood sector calls on ACT government to support educators amid shortage

Not-for-profit early education providers are calling for the ACT government to boost support for educators in the upcoming budget as the sector grapples with a workforce shortage…

28 July 2021: ABC Canberra  

This Canberra teenager says she owes her life to this School – now it’s opening its doors to more students.

When she dropped out of school halfway through year nine, Jordan-Jo thought her education was over. Living in a shelter with her mum…

27 July 2021: Canberra Weekly

Galilee School expands Holder campus

Canberra’s only special assistance school, Galilee School, has just completed construction works at their Holder campus as they expand into offering year 11 and 12…

26 July 2021: ABC Radio

Galilee School offers students a chance to reconnect with learning

With a newly expanded Holder campus, Galilee School looks to allow students to continue their learning through to year 11 and 12… 

07 July 2021: HerCanberra

Discover south Canberra’s hidden gem of an upmarket op-shop

Find a bargain, help the environment, and support important community initiatives at the Communities at Work’s Best Dressed Store at South.Point…

30 June 2021: The riotact

Behind the scenes of great school holiday programs that children love

Sliding in mud, splashing in water and playing with chicks, they’re all sure-fire ingredients of a great school holiday program, according to those who know – children…


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