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Manresa Care

About Manresa Care

Manresa Care is a voluntary body of friends of the Hawthorn Catholic Parish. It aims to encourage ordinary people to share their time and resources to help one another. In this we try to put into effect a Christian concern for people in our community. We deal with parishioners within our community who are elderly, isolated or sick. Any resident of Hawthorn is eligible for assistance.


Over 100 people are involved in providing assistance through Manresa Care each year. The main work of the group falls under the following categories: Food supplies (Casserole Bank), Driving and Companionship.


To volunteer or find out more, contact the Parish Pastoral Manager

How frequently must I commit?

Not applicable

Are there any other requirements?

Yes – all volunteers are required by law to have a Working with Children Accreditation and a current Police Check – This is not a reflection on our volunteers, it applies across the board to everyone who deals with children such as teachers, sports coaches, school nurses, tutors, parish council members and after care staff.  Refer working with children and police check guidelines.

Manresa Care hampers

About the Casserole Bank

The parish maintains a casserole bank in the Parish Centre for the distribution of meals to households where illness, death or some other crisis has caused hardship.

How does the casserole bank operate?

A cooking roster is maintained to ensure there is always food on hand for those in need.

Do I need to join the roster or can I contribute on an ad hoc basis?

All donations are greatly appreciated and accepted, however, a quick call prior to confirm there is capacity in the freezer would be appreciated.

What about food allergies?

Each casserole must include a list of all ingredients.

Casserole bank
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