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Southern Community Welfare - a Ministry of Gymea Baptist Church

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About Us


Empowered Individuals, Equipped Families, Enhanced Communities


Southern Community Welfare is a community based, Christ centred organisation, that provides holistic professional services, inspiring hope and transforming lives.

Core Values:

  • SCW is an organisation that grew out of the Christian church and aligns with Christian values. As such it's staff have made a Christian commitment to follow Jesus, however, there is no expectation that any faith based agenda will be forced upon any person who seeks our services.
  • We strive to serve our greater community through non-judgmental and holistic approaches. This includes the belief that positive health and well being involve the physical, mental, emotional, relational and spiritual dimensions of an individual. 
  • No one is turned away due to financial hardship, and we welcome all people without discrimination. If we are unable to serve you, we will work to connect you with other community organisations.
  • We are committed to maintaining a service of ethical and professional standards that ensures all our practices fall within the law and remain transparent. This includes a dedication to best practice guidelines and continued professional development for all of the SCW team.
  • SCW endeavours to equip its clients with the skills and tools necessary for improved communication, resiliency, emotion management, and relationships. We maintain a strengths based approach to assist clients in overcoming life’s obstacles and maintaining self-acceptance.
  • We are privileged to be well connected within the community, and we commit to linking our clients and families with additional resources and services.
  • SCW strives to empower our clients in discovering and utilising their strengths and resources. We support clients in taking responsibility and ownership in developing their life purposes and meanings. This includes creativity and innovation when problem solving. 
  • SCW believes each individual has been created with potential and purpose. We believe each person has the power to create positive change, gain freedom from barriers, and find lifelong healing. We are committed to offering hope in difficult situations when solutions may not seem obvious.



Southern Community Welfare began as Tea Gardens Cottage in February 1995 in a small room in Gymea Baptist Church. It began as a vision of Anthony Sell who had recently graduated from Tabor College. He envisioned that church would be relevant to all Australians and would reach out to people within its community. 
Karl Faase, a pastor at Gymea Baptist Church, approached Anthony about providing counselling at the church, and he started working two days a week. Within six months, it became a full-time job. In early 1996, Anthony approached Jeanene Ecob to work alongside him as another counsellor. Jeanene shared in Anthony’s vision for the church and had been working in a similar capacity at Padstow Community Care. She began work with Anthony part-time, and together they made Tea Gardens Cottage a unique and innovative service to support the community and show the love of Christ in a very real way.
Tea Gardens Cottage changed its name to Southern Community Welfare in 1999. Whilst Anthony and Jeanene are no longer at the service, their vision still lives on as Southern Community Welfare continues to reach out to the community offering a range of affordable, professional and helpful services and programs.



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