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Our Story

Every day can make a difference.

Connection is everything, and community is all of us.

More than 200 years ago, Edmund Rice understood that a sense of belonging is best built in childhood. It forms the foundation of a purposeful, fulfilling, joyful life. 

As Edmund Rice Community Services, we continue to live that belief, providing programs that equip children, families and communities with the skills, confidence and resilience they need to build a positive future, together. 

We do this by caring, teaching and inspiring. By seeing the best in people. Celebrating their potential. Helping them thrive. Listening, not lecturing. Meeting people where they are.

Focusing on a person’s inherent strengths, not their circumstances. Recognising a struggle, then providing support, mentoring and education for that individual person, that particular community. 

By understanding that small actions delivered with empathy can make an extraordinary difference, Edmund Rice Community Services effects real change that will be felt for generations. 

Our Vision

Our vision is to build communities where people thrive and belong.  

Our Impact

We deliver impact in the areas of social connection, resilience and empowerment.  

Our Commitment

ERCS is committed to creating an environment of safety and wellbeing for people of all identities and abilities, regardless of age, race, LGBTIQA+ identification, disability, religion, or socio-economic background. 

Our History

Originally established in Melbourne in the early 1980s, to deliver holiday camp programs for children of recently arrived refugees. Today, Edmund Rice Community Services (ERCS) has grown to operations in five states (NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Tasmania) delivering over 40 programs and activities, 6,590 participants and 1,053 volunteers each year.

Edmund Rice Community Services operates three Communities of Practice (Child & Youth Development, Community Development, and Justice & Advocacy).  We partner with organisations and communities to support those we walk alongside.

Support Us

Every day and every dollar can make a difference.

Whether through donating, volunteering or partnering, your support makes a positive impact on the lives of children, families and communities experiencing vulnerability. Every contribution, big or small, helps us create lasting change in social connection, resilience and individual and community empowerment.