MacKillop Rural Community Services has merged its operations with MacKillop Family Services. Both organisations share common values and principles, in particular, Mary MacKillop's principle:

Never see a need without doing something about it - Mary MacKillop (1871)

About Us

We are excited to announce that MacKillop Rural Community Services (MRCS), a ministry of the Sisters of St Joseph, joined the operations of MacKillop Family Services on 1 July 2017.

Both MRCS and MacKillop Family Services believe the transition to be a positive move which will provide greater support for MRCS services, clients and staff. 

MacKillop’s shared heritage through the Sisters of St Joseph drives both organisations’ commitment to support children, young people and adults to live to their full potential, and to deliver services in the areas where the need is greatest.

 

History of MacKillop Rural Community Services

MacKillop Rural Community Services follows the charism of St Mary MacKillop, who reached out to the needy and socially disadvantaged people and worked in rural and remote Australia.

Mackillop Rural Community Services started with very small beginnings, founded by Sr Mary Quinlan of the Sisters of St Joseph, in the town of Balranald in 1993. Initially the service provided counselling and support to farming families severely affected by drought. Further on a small service was established teaching living skills to young adults with a disability. With funding from the Balranald Council and a community housing organisation, 6 units were built for these young adults in 2004, now known as Mandorla Place. Mandorla Place assists the residents to live independently with disability support from our service.

In 2000, MacKillop Rural Community Services began establishing a variety of programs in isolated communities in Western NSW.  MacKillop now has three main service streams, child and family services, youth services and disability services. We provide family support, supported playgroups, parenting and early childhood education, counselling and support to young people who are vulnerable and at risk of homelessness, in-home accommodation support to adults with a disability, and early childhood intervention to children with a disability.

MRCS head office is in Dubbo NSW but delivers services to a diverse range of rural and remote communities including Balranald, Bourke, Brewarrina, Cobar, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Gulargambone, Lightning Ridge, Nyngan, Walgett and Warren.