The Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect initiative will engage with local Care Army (and potential other) volunteers, and Volunteering Organisations (VIOs).

About the Initiative

As part of the Queensland Government’s Covid-19 recovery plan, Volunteering Queensland is delivering the UNITE AND RECOVER: Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Workers Initiative (NCAC), a statewide program in partnership with Care Army and the Queensland Government.

The Unite and Recover: Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Workers Initiative has placed 15 dedicated Connect Workers in 15 neighbourhood and community centres across the state.

The Connect Workers are set to identify volunteering opportunities in their community and connect volunteer involving organisations (VIOs) and Care Army Volunteers. They will also support the VIOs in building their capacity to utilise Care Army volunteers. These volunteers will assist in delivery of support services to vulnerable members of their community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and assist in strengthening areas of community need.

In facilitating this, The Initiative will:

  • increase accessibility of services for communities in high need.
  • effectively support VIOs with the recruitment, management, and retention of volunteers.
  • place Care Army volunteers with organisations requiring assistance to deliver essential services.
  • reduce social isolation experienced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • present substantial volunteer opportunities across Queensland thus improving the volunteering rate.

How to participate

  • If you are already registered as a Care Army Volunteer, your local Connect Worker will contact you about volunteering opportunities as they arise in your region.
  • If you  are interested in participating and are not yet a Care Army Volunteer, please register your interest.   
  • If you are an organisation in one of the listed regions and would like to request volunteers, register here.

Participating Regions

Birgit Merkel
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre
111 Targo Street, Bundaberg, 4670
(07) 4153 1614

Akiko Murao
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Hambledon House Community Centre
177 Bruce Highway, Edmonton 4869
07 4037 2874 / 0422 450 020

Narelle Seth
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
St David’s Community Centre
68 Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains, 4108
(07) 3274 3240

Daisy Mutemi
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Gailes Community House
30 Karina St, Gailes
(07) 3879 3004

Debbie King
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Gladstone Community and Neighbourhood Centre
Ngallil (nar-lee-ill) Building – Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct
1 Pengelly Street (off Philip Street), Gladstone Qld 4680
(07) 4976 6300

Terri Hill
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Inala Community House
38 Sittella Street, Inala, 4077
(07) 3372 1711

Maureen Yeow
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Kingston East Neighbourhood Connect Centre
177 Meakin Road, Slacks Creek, Qld, 4127
(07) 3808 1684

Lockyer Community Centre
14 Crescent Street, Gatton, 4343
(07) 5462 3355

MultiLink Community Services Inc.

38 Blackwood Road, Woodridge QLD 4114
(07) 38808 4463

Laura Anzurri
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
The Neighbourhood Hub
4 George Street, South Mackay, Qld 4740
(07) 4957 2626


Karen Marks
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
New Farm Neighbourhood Centre (Communify)
967 Brunswick St, New Farm, Qld, 4005
(07) 3510 2747 / 0420 698 783

Joanne Wood
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre
16 Third Ave, Palm Beach, 4221
(07) 5598 1505

Tanya Morris
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre
6-10 Mowbray Street, Port Douglas, Qld 4877
0409 255 003

Kristy Katene
Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker
Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre
20-28 Mattocks Road, Varsity Lakes, Qld 4227
0499 268 695

Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre
14-20 Hazelwood Cresent, Cannonvale, Qld 4802
(07) 4946 7850

About the Care Army

The Care Army is a group of Queensland volunteers working with support service organisations to care for older and vulnerable people in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amongst other things, these community members are identified as needing assistance with groceries and other essential supplies, attending medical appointments, garden care, and having a friendly face to provide company and reassurance. In most cases, those receiving Care Army support do not have access to family, friends, or neighbours to help them during the health crisis.

Volunteering Queensland works with the Queensland Government to administer the Care Army program, facilitating the recruitment and placement of volunteers.

Check out the latest NCAC Newsletter


Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect 
(07) 3002 7600 

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