What We Do

Our Vision

The vision for SIP is to co-contribute to the growth of vibrant and hopeful communities that value the dignity and worth of each person. SIP works in partnership with diverse groups to strengthen and co-create individual and community wellbeing. Read our SIP Charter to find out more about how the SIP vision drives our work and is guided by Catholic Social Teaching and the principles of CatholicCare Tasmania.

Our Background

The innovative Social Impact Partners program has its foundation in the 2015 Dropping off the Edge report. This report mapped disadvantage on 21 social indicators across Australia. It looked at long-term unemployment, housing stress, criminal convictions, school reading levels and domestic violence. It found that in Tasmania a small number of communities showed complex and longstanding disadvantage.

The Archdiocese of Hobart heard this call to action and CatholicCare Tasmania responded by creating Social Impact Partners. Our initial focus is on the communities of Glenorchy, Brighton and Derwent Valley, with the hope to share our learnings with other communities and sectors. SIP’s work is underpinned by Catholic Social Teaching principles and is inspired by the example and life of Jesus.

SIP co-creates with these opportunities and programs 

These organisations and initiatives align with SIP’s aim to promote individual and community wellbeing across the 7 SIP domains. SIP supports, partners with and celebrates these programs.

Community Engagement


CatholicCare Community Housing – which includes Centacare Evolve Housing and CatholicCare Affordable Housing – is a key partner in SIP. The team at Bridgewater collaborates with stakeholders to develop and deliver systems, processes and initiatives which enhance the wellbeing for tenants and the community. Specific examples include tenancy management program, building and maintenance programs, Build Up Tassie, Colour Our World, The Hub, Brighton Neighbourhood Leadership Program and the Master Plan. CatholicCare Social Housing has responsibility for over 1400 homes in the SIP locations, these home and the people who are tenants in them are a priority for SIP.


A key part of SIP’s work is co-creating with the community. Significantly, over 80% of the Steering Committee members have lived in, or are residents of, one of our SIP locations. SIP is also committed to ongoing partnership with the community via feedback gathered through regular resident focus groups, surveys and co-design workshops. A Community Development Engagement Reference Group and a Tenancy Advisory Group are part of our strategy for partnering with the community through Centacare Evolve Housing.



The Bridgewater Gagebrook Master Plan aims to promote better housing futures for the community. It describes the physical and social environment and addresses these issues through a coordinated partnership approach to social, economic and urban planning. The Master Plan is a Centacare Evolve Housing initiative. SIP works closely with CEH and Brighton Council to progress the Master Plan.


Prisoner Rapid Rehousing is a housing assistance initiative that provides prisoners exiting the Tasmanian Prison Service  with transitional accommodation at subsidised rent. The initiative is designed to address known blockages that prevent prisoners exiting prison without secure accommodation. Prisoner Rapid Rehousing is a partnership between the Tasmanian Government (Housing Tasmania and the Department of Justice), CatholicCare Tasmania and other Community Housing Providers, Housing Connect and the Salvation Army. The initiative is funded by the Department of Justice until 2020. The program is an extension of Rapid Rehousing program which houses victims of domestic and family violence.



A project created in partnership with Centacare Evolve Housing to link and support young people in Hobart’s northern suburbs with employment and training opportunities in housing construction and maintenance through the new and existing builds with Community Housing. The project partners include yourtown, Southern Central Trade Training Centre and Wilson Homes. Build Up Tassie has been involved in linking 5 people to apprenticeships as well as many other job opportunities. We are proud that one of our Build Up Tassie participants is now employed at Centacare Evolve Housing.


The Neighbourhood Leadership Program run through Centacare Evolve Housing focuses on capacity building for local volunteer leaders. There were 10 participants in the first round funded by a Tas Community Levy grant.



The Hub at Centacare Evolve Housing Bridgewater provides a range of free allied health and medical services, through collaborative partnerships. In 2017 The Hub offered over 400 sessions of bulk billed GP and Nurse Practitioner sessions with All Round Health and Community Care. In 2018, the focus is on providing outreach counselling through CatholicCare Tasmania as well as targeted health and wellbeing sessions in line with identified needs of Community Housing tenants.


The Brighton Care Collective group of organisations works to promote better communication to ensure people get the right service, at the right time, and in the right place. The focus is on getting better health outcomes by improving coordination of care from the organisations and services that are already available in Brighton. SIP and Centacare Evolve Housing have been involved in scoping this project.


Calvary and SIP share a mission of “being for others”, and they work in partnership on several projects. For example, Calvary Community Council contributed $5000 for the 2018 pilot SIP Head 2 Heart camps. Calvary Hobart’s hospital departments are engaged in community benefit activities that improve health and wellbeing for Tasmanians experiencing hardship, such as collecting toiletries for Bethlehem House and AK Young Women’s Emergency Accommodation Service and raising awareness about the impacts of homelessness.



This group is a community outreach endeavour of Centacare Evolve Housing and CatholicCare. It builds social capital by linking people who live in single occupancy community housing in the Bridgewater area to regular social events and activities. Volunteers from the Parish and broader community support this worthwhile project.


Spiritual Care Australia is a professional association for organisations and individuals who seek to unify, consolidate, support, promote and encourage the development of spiritual care within contemporary multi-faith, multi-cultural Australia. SIP’s Founding Director, Belinda Clarke is a member of the Tasmanian Branch Committee.



Communities for Children’s Safe Places project has involved children in the Brighton area identifying places in their communities in which they feel safe. This project listened to the local school children’s views and involved them in developing maps and signage. It has been done with a range of partners including Red Cross and Centacare Evolve Housing. Safety signs were developed with funding from a Calvary Community Council grant. It is envisaged that safety mapping will also be done in other parts of Tasmania through Communities for Children.


The aim of CAPO is to decrease the impact that imprisonment has on children whose parents are incarcerated. CAPO also delivers Hidden Sentence Training which raises community awareness, provides resources and includes a tour of Risdon Prison.  CAPO is a Collective Action group run by Onesimus with funding from Communities for Children. The steering commitee comprise a range of stakeholders including representatives from: Tasmanian Prison Service, Community Corrections, Department of Education, Department of Human Services, Child Safety Services, Onesimus,  Salvation Army, Communities for Children, Save the Children, JusTas, Lady Gowrie, Tasmania Police and CatholicCare Tasmania through SIP.



St Francis Flexible Learning Centre is a registered secondary school located in Chigwell, Tasmania which provides an alternative education setting for students in years 7 to 10. Its purpose is to support and empower young people by giving them a positive education that build skills, knowledge, meaningful relationships and self-efficacy. The ‘flexi’ as it is locally known, works through principles of honesty, safe and legal, participation and respect. SIP works in partnership with St Francis to link into community supports.


Head 2 Heart (H2H) is a camp run for primary school students in SIP areas. H2H camps are run by Eddie Rice Camps and they give kids fun and one-to-one support with young volunteer mentors. The aim is to improve kids’ aspirations, overall health and wellbeing. The young mentors involved are provided with the opportunity to learn and develop their mentoring skills. The H2H program has been made possible by funding from Calvary Community Council and the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office.


Families and Schools Together (FAST) is a program that strengthens families by working with them in their communities. It is delivered by Impact Communities across SIP areas including St Paul’s and St Brigid’s with Salvation Army Communities for Children funding. The program partners families with a local team, schools and community agencies such as CatholicCare with the aim of supporting children to succeed. FAST is also recognised as a Children’s University learning destination through The Peter Underwood Centre at UTAS.


The Primary School Aspiration Program (PSAP) connects primary schools in SIP areas to a range of preventative programs and community supports that can improve the educational outcomes and wellbeing of students. For example, in 2018 the interactive software developed by CREATE at Griffith University called Rumbles Quest, was rolled out to help students identify their areas of success as well as areas in which they may benefit from support. The schools through SIP are the first Tasmanian schools to have access to Rumbles Quest and the CREATE program.


The cooperative relationship between Southern Central Trade Training Centre (SCTTC) and SIP helps to ensure that SIP’s projects are connected to relevant, high quality educational and training initiatives in the local area. For example,  the Build Up Tassie program takes place at the SCTTC.