Each morning, Josie Jones starts her day by collecting rubbish on the beach. A single mum, she has volunteered over 10,000 hours and countless dollars personally collecting over 5.3 tonnes of rubbish from Victoria’s Port Phillip bay.
She spoke to Figuring our Families about the work she does for the environment, how her life was impacted when her mother committed suicide, being a single mum and her faith.
We’re sure you will be inspired by this remarkable woman.
Over 40 million people are believed to be caught up in slavery around the world and in Australia – and unknowingly each of us may be facilitating its continuation.
In this podcast we talk to Christine Carolan, Executive Officer of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), an organisation dedicated to eliminating modern slavery.
Relationships and marriages are the topics of this episode of Figuring out Families where we welcome Derek Boylen, an experienced marriage councilor and a member of Ministry to Newly Married.
Derek shares what it takes to make a relationship work and speaks about the top three issues that couples face in their first three years.
In this episode we caught up with Kirsty Robertson who is the new CEO at Caritas Australia via a phone hook up and talked about the work Caritas does with the most abandoned families in the world and how important Project Compassion is to ensure they can make a real difference in the world.
Enjoy the episode.
As we approach Christmas, we turn our attention to the holy family.
Mary and Joseph experienced problems as all couples do. We know that their marriage almost didn’t happen because Mary told Joseph she was expecting a child. After God’s intervention in a dream to Joseph, they did marry.
We talk to Gerald Bain-King, who’s about to retire after many years as a principal and vice-principal in the Catholic school system.
Gerald’s time in education has given him tremendous insights into the types of issues that affect families. In this podcast he gives advice on how parents can help their children get the best from their time at school and talks about the issues affecting students and their families today.
A must listen for parents of school-aged children.
After fleeing war-torn Sudan and spending two years in Egypt, Deacon George and his young family came to Australia as refugees in 2004. He has since gained a Bachelor of Theology degree and now works as a Sudanese Catholic community pastoral worker in Melbourne.
He speaks about his life in war torn South Sudan with his wife and children, his work with Sudanese youth, and his mission to raise money for a Catholic school in South Sudan.
Bronwyn is on the Board of Newcastle Pregnancy Help. She provides advice to women who are pregnant either by choice, or whose pregnancy is unplanned.
Bronwyn, the mother of seven children and five grandchildren, talks about the types of issues affecting pregnant women today: some are from broken families while others have to deal with violent partners.
She also speaks passionately about her presentation before the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the decriminalisation of abortion, prior to the Government passing new legislation.
In this Figuring Out Families podcast we talk to Dr Robyn Miller, Chief Executive of MacKillop Family Services. Robyn is a social worker and family therapist with more than thirty years’ experience.
She also worked as a consultant with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Her organisation provides numerous services in the areas of Disability, Youth Support, Family, Education and Out of Home care.
In this episode, Robyn, who is the mother of five children, talks about the role that trauma plays in family breakdown and what is being done to better protect children at risk.