Australia’s first vintage clothing bus now has its own store at Kidman Park.

Resplendent in a ‘70s lounge vibe, Dulcie’s has opened on Grange Rd, brimming with ready-to-wear styles spanning generations.

Curated by vintage and second-hand clothing enthusiast Amanda Blair, the multitude of garments, costume jewellery, shoes and accessories has for years been homed on Dulcie’s Bus.

While the much-loved bus will continue to pop up at events across South Australia, the shop offers a permanent space for the collection, amassed over seven years  from wardrobes, donations, antique dealers, auctions, deceased estates and garage sales.

From the oldest piece – a black 1940s opera jacket with bell sleeves and silk lining – to tea-length swing dresses of the ‘50s, peasant blouses from the ‘70s, through to the eclectic colours of the ‘80s, Dulcie’s is full of hidden gems.

Visual artist-turned shop manager Emma Grierson has grouped them according to colour and style on upcycled hospital racks, in keeping with Dulcie’s overarching message: making do, mending, reusing and repurposing.

“We are more expensive than an op shop but we’re cheaper than a vintage clothing shop, so we sit in the middle,’’ Emma said.

“We’ve got an incredible amount of stock, and it keeps coming. I ordered 2000 tags for the shop and we’ve only got 400 left.’’

Emma points to the wall of deadstock ‘80s jewellery displayed behind one of two hero curved timber counters.

“It’s from a lady who had it in her garage for 30 years; she used to run a jewellery distribution business, but she’s in her 90s now, so she sold us all 80,000 pieces.

“We’ve got some beautiful silks from a lady in her 70s who lived in Malaysia as a child and has been hanging on to her mother’s collection. And there’s a stack of 1920s table linen which is just beautiful.

“I love hearing the stories behind the pieces that come in.’’

Dulcie’s design tells a story too.

The site has been a bank, a Christian book store and most recently a call centre, but it has been given a new life by Jonathon Oxlade and Renata Henschke, prominent Adelaide set, costume and production designers.

The duo donated their time to the project when COVID-19 hit and their theatre work stalled.

Fashioned from a former bank vault and papered in florals snapped up at a vintage store, Dulcie’s change room is a destination in itself.

“For years I kept saying, wouldn’t it be great to have a shop one day,’’ said Amanda, who has raised more than $100,000 for Centacare and the Hutt St Centre through Dulcie’s Bus.

“Now that we have one, I think all the things we’ve wanted to do around our overarching message are going to happen.’’

Find Dulcie’s at 326 Grange Rd, Kidman Park. For more information, phone 0406 616 101.

Some Centacare and Northern Carers Network sites will be closed over Christmas and New Year.

Please refer to the summary below or phone us on 8215 6700 for more information.

Closed from 1pm Thursday, December 24 and reopening Monday, January 4:


  • Wakefield Street, Adelaide
  • Murray Bridge
  • Wandana Community Centre, Gilles Plains
  • Elizabeth
  • Salisbury
  • Seaton
  • Mount Gambier
  • Riverland
  • Port Adelaide
  • Kelly House
  • Davoren Park (NCN)
Other site arrangements:
  • Aldinga – closed from midday Thursday, December 24 and reopening Wednesday, January 6
  • Auricht House and Centanet Day Options – closed from Monday, December 21 and reopening Monday, January 4
  • Auricht House and Kolbe Cottage respite – closed from Friday, December 25 and reopening Monday, December 28
  • Emmaus House – Closed from 1pm Thursday, December 24 and reopening Monday, January 11
Service units and programs:
  • Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services: All services operating as usual.
  • Disability Services: All services operating as usual apart from Centacare day options and respite.
  • Youth and Community Support Services: All services operating as usual apart from PACE and Reconnect, which will close from 12pm Thursday, December 24 and reopen Monday, January 4.
  • Reduced staff at Individual Psychosocial Recovery Support Service (IPRSS) and Centacare Drug & Alcohol Service (CDAS)
  • Alban Place: operating as usual – AOD workers on site
  • Supporting Sole Parents program (Gilles Plains) – closed from Friday, December 18 and reopening Wednesday, January 13
  • Dad’s Business: currently closed and will reopen on Monday, February 1
  • National School Chaplaincy Program: currently closed and will reopen Wednesday, January 27.
  • Foster Care, Alban Place and ACCESS Programs have an on-call roster for emergencies.

Centacare has made its first foray into digital learning with the launch of two modules for the Cert IV in Mental Health.

Led by RTO Manager Katie Ryan, the project was made possible by a $50,000 Department of Innovation and Skills building capability grant, to develop the training and assessment resources and implement the learning strategy.

Developed by Invalue Consulting, the online platform utilises learning management system, Vasto, and builds on Centacare’s more than 20 years’ experience providing face-to-face training and mental health supports.

With COVID-19 flipping traditional learning upside down, Invalue Consulting Director Kahiwa Sebire said the online platform gave Centacare crucial flexibility in distance education.

“It has instantly expanded the audience of learners Centacare can reach, while providing some of the tools, models and templates needed to develop further capacity, thinking and content in the future,’’ she said.

The digital platform is supported with live discussions through Microsoft Teams, to connect students with peers and staff.

“It’s definitely not designed to be something that requires a learner to be all by themselves, sitting at a computer, clicking through,’’ Kahiwa said.

“There are multiple opportunities for students to talk to other people because that’s a really important part of how Centacare’s face-to-face training has evolved, and we wanted to bring as much of that as possible into the online space.’’

Each learning session is supported with additional resources such as links to supporting texts, and transcripts of in-course material. For example, a video discussion with Kim Formosa, Executive Manager of Health, Wellbeing and Education at Centacare.

Learners are able to track their progress as they go, with each task marked off as they are assessed or automatically graded by the learning management system.

“From an assessor’s point of view, that enables us to automatically see how people are going and if they need extra support around the reading,’’ Katie said.

It is hoped the full suite of units will be available online within six to eight months giving students a “blended’’ learning experience combining face-to-face and digital activities.

“Further growth in this area will enable us to reach out into regional communities and meet the need of cohorts and individual that may prefer online learning to traditional classroom-based learning,’’ Katie said.

The project was supported by Invalue Consulting instructional designers, Adrian Jansz and Ramya Narasimhan, and Centacare staff Tanja Humphries, Kirsty Woodfield and Julie-Anne Coates.

Centacare will be offering existing workers the opportunity to complete Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work with classes commencing in February. For more information please contact the RTO on 8215 6700.



Wandana Community Centre is offering a range of accredited and non-accredited classes through our ACE funding in 2021, with a focus on building confidence and skills in English language, workplace tasks and digital literacy.

The ACE programs commence at the start of Term 1, while other activities begin in mid January.

Open our What’s On guide HERE.

Please note, Wandana will close for Christmas on Thursday, December 24, and will reopen Monday, January 11.

We offer a wide of supports for families and individuals including advocacy, information, counselling, assessment and referral pathways.

Interpreting services are available and provided on request.

For more information about our Family Support Program, click HERE.

“Wandana opens doors to new opportunities, for volunteering, friendship, learning, and meeting people outside your cultural group’’
Dijana Karaahmetovic
 Manager, Wandana Community Centre


When he is not captaining Port Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL next season, Cameron Sutcliffe will be in the classroom leading a push to shape the attitudes and values of young men.

The 28-year-old will spearhead the Power to End Violence Against Women (PTEVAW) program when it resumes in Term 1 to teach Year 10 boys about respectful relationships.

Sutcliffe will juggle the role with his responsibilities as the Magpies’ leadership player for 2021.

A joint partnership between Power Community Ltd (PCL), Centacare and the Department for Education, PTEVAW has engaged nearly 7000 15-year-old boys in schools across the state since it began in 2016.

Through the primary prevention program, students learn how to recognise and safely stand up to gendered drivers of abuse.

It’s a cause close to Sutcliffe who has seen the impact of domestic and family violence on a few good mates.

“Thankfully they were able to get through it with the supports around them, so programs like this are certainly very important,’’ he said.

Sutcliffe has worked with PTEVAW before, having joined PCL General Manager Jake Battifuoco on a previous school visit.

“It was an eye-opening experience, just to see the young guys take in the message,’’ Sutcliffe said.

“To be able to drive the development of young people, not only on the playing list but also in schools, has become a passion for me and I am grateful that the club has given me the opportunity to do both.’’

In August this year, PTEVAW celebrated its 100th school visit. At the same time, Centacare and PCL launched the EMPOWERED program, which works with girls to foster critical thinking about gender equity and women’s rights.

“Given how important continuity and capacity building over the long-term is for primary prevention, we have high hopes for these programs going forward,’’ said Pauline Connelly, Deputy Director of Centacare.

“Using sport as a hook to start conversations with men and boys around respectful relationships can be a powerful catalyst for change.

“Domestic violence is a choice. The more young people understand the values and attitudes that drive abusive behaviours, the better chance we have of stopping domestic violence before it starts.’’


Picture: Dean Martin

Federal Government brokerage is helping Centacare support at-risk women to safety in regional South Australia as the complexity of client cases continues to grow in the wake of COVID-19.

Since March, demand for support has doubled across Centacare’s specialist domestic violence services in the South East, Riverland, Murray Mallee and Adelaide Hills.

Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service Manager Susie Smith said the funding boost has enabled Centacare to be more flexible and creative in responding to the individual needs of women facing heightened levels of abuse.

Susie said the quick access to brokerage packages, and broader eligibility for help, meant Centacare was able to reach a larger cohort of women during the health pandemic.

The most common use of the brokerage was for transport to relocate families to safety, while other women and children had been empowered to stay in their homes through security upgrades such as safety screens.

One woman was able to access immediate dental treatment for facial injuries sustained at the hands of a perpetrator.

“Providing taxi fares and phone credit to clients has helped them to remain engaged with their case managers and other vital community supports at a time of great uncertainty and exacerbated risks,’’ Susie said.

Financial strain is often a barrier for individuals leaving abusive households.

Riverland Domestic Violence Service Manager Angela Avery said the brokerage had covered   food and pharmacy costs, trauma counselling, whitegoods, household furniture, airfares and removalists.

“Clients’ basic needs are higher than usual,’’ Angela said.

“We have seen a rise in sexual assaults and alcohol use by perpetrators.’’

Murray Mallee and Adelaide Hills Domestic Violence Service Manager Gayle Tourish said COVID-19 had led to high levels of homelessness due to unemployment and increasing pressure on the private rental market.

In other cases, perpetrators had used COVID-19 to control their partner, deprive them of basic needs and block them from leaving.

“The severity and frequency of abuse associated with drug use and psychosocial stressors such as unemployment has increased,’’ Gayle said.

It costs about $350 to keep a family safe each night including accommodation and food, transport, essential clothing, health, and personal expenses.

Centacare has been providing disability and mental health supports in South Australia for more than 30 years. On International Day of People with Disability, we talk to Chris Young who is building  independence at Sanctus House, Noarlunga.


Chris Young lives by a simple rule of life: make the most of your abilities and don’t hold back!

“Have a positive mind and try not to have negative thoughts,’’ adds the 40-year-old, who has cerebral palsy.

For the past six years, Chris has been building his independence at Sanctus House, Noarlunga, where he lives with two friends.

By his own admission, he’s come a long way with the support of dedicated staff, who have helped him to pursue personal interests and hone new skills.

When he’s not cheering on his beloved Adelaide Crows, Chris can be found in the kitchen devising recipes with produce grown in the garden he established from scratch.

Tomatoes, rhubarb, capsicum, baby carrots, parsley, and snow peas are some of the rich pickings he’s cultivated from three raised beds.

There are lemon and peach trees too. At their base lie small rocks emblazoned with motivational messages Chris and his friends crafted during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“I love looking after my garden and taking care of nature,’’ he says.

A graduate of scosa’s Maximum Potential Leadership Program, Chris takes pride in helping others to push their own boundaries and build confidence.

An uncle of seven and one of six children, he regularly keeps in touch with family and friends, and is putting his evolving technical and digitals skills to use by managing his social and medical diaries.

Sanctus House provides 24/7 supported accommodation for five adults across two neighbouring houses.

“We can make our own choices here, and the staff are very nice and helpful,’’ Chris says.

Today is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) which is held on 3 December each year. IDPwD is a United Nations observed day celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.



Andy Wong is wearing orange today to show that he condemns gender-based violence.

The Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) Manager is standing in solidarity with others around the world who, like him, are determined to change it.

“As a man, I think it’s even more important to stand up to violence and say it’s not right,’’ said Andy, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

“No one should have to live in fear, especially not children.’’

A FDR Practitioner for nearly a decade, Andy has seen the grim impact of domestic abuse on clients of all ages.

The children stick in his mind the most. Like the little boy who would cower, almost as if to shrink, when he heard a loud noise, or when he talked about his mum being sick.

“A lot of the time, domestic violence is just part of how they see life,’’ Andy said.

“It’s like someone telling you what they do for work; this is what some children work with every day. It’s very sad.’’

Research shows that relationship breakdown and separation is a time of increased risk of family violence.

Under Australian family law, separating couples must make a genuine effort to resolve disagreements through dispute resolution services before they can apply to the courts for parenting and financial orders, including care arrangements for children.

Through Centacare’s regional and metropolitan FDR services, Andy and his team each month support about 100 clients, of which 60 per cent disclose some form of emotional or physical abuse.

One in three of those clients have never been in contact with a specialist domestic violence support service.

“Often they don’t recognise what they are experiencing because, for them, the violence is normal,’’ Andy said.

“It’s not until they start talking to us that they start to see cycles of abuse.’’

In this context, FDR provides a vital safety net amid family breakdown, Andy said.

While specialist domestic violence services refer clients to his team, practitioners in turn seek their support for the mostly women who are at risk.

Andy said the safety of children in parenting matters was the priority, with greater weight given to the protection of children from harm when determining what is in their best interests.

“It becomes, what can we put in place so that both parents are safe from each other to ensure the children are too?’’

On a day that aims to raise understanding and awareness of the scourge of gender-based violence, Andy implored women to reach out for help.

“They are not alone – there is support out there,’’ he said.

*This year’s theme for International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!” As in previous years, the day will launch #16days of activism that will conclude on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

From practicing gratitude to morning meditation, Centacare staff found news ways to stay calm and client-focused amid the statewide circuit-breaker last week.

As South Australians were instructed to retreat to the familiarity of home, essential workers stayed put on the frontlines of community services to support those already grappling with complex issues.

Jess Sibley, a Family Support Worker, said the ever-present risk of COVID-19 magnified the cumulative effect of clients’ experiences, and demanded a new approach in service delivery.

“It’s challenging, as we need to think of new ways to engage and build rapport with clients, while also supporting them to feel safe and secure during these uncertain times,’’ said Jess, who splits her time between Coolock House and Louise Place.

Located at Morphett Vale and Fullarton respectively, the services provide 24-hour accommodation and support to young women who are pregnant or parenting. They have remained open throughout the health pandemic.

“Often, we are looked upon for answers and support when we struggle ourselves to understand the complexities that surround us as workers and individuals,’’ Jess said.

Young Family Support Program Team Leader Tarnia Parker (pictured), also based at Louise Place, said it was important to acknowledge the selflessness of staff across community services.

“While some of us have the flexibility to work from home, reducing our risks to ourselves and our families, these dedicated workers continue to have contact with the most vulnerable and transient client group, continuing Centacare’s genuine compassion and professional care,’’ she said.

Across town at Alban Place, Operations Manager Gabrielle Preston said staff had risen to the challenge and adapted quickly as needed. Centacare’s Integrated Youth Substance Misuse Specialist Service operates from the Stepney site, and provides care for young people aged 12 to 24 years with challenges around substance misuse.

“On Friday, prior to the great news of restrictions being eased, we attempted a morning meditation,’’ Gabrielle said “but we all got the giggles and agreed that laughter really was what we needed at that time!’’

Gabrielle said, even in the grip of COVID-19, there was much to be grateful for: “… living in Adelaide, working where we do – and, for cutting our travel time in half during our three days lockdown due to no traffic on the road!’’

In the north, Youth Case Worker Cathie McGoran said she felt a sense of calm at Carlow Place, despite chaotic scenes in shops and on the roads as the state rushed into a six-day lockdown last Wednesday.

Located at Elizabeth, Carlow Place provides emergency and 24-hour supported accommodation for eight young people aged 15 to 18 years who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

“All the young people coped really well,’’ Cathie said.

Of the four young people currently living at Carlow, three are new clients and one is a returning face.

“They have all settled in so well and are all getting along; it warms my heart to see them all supporting each other in these times,’’ Cathie said.


If it is unsafe at home, it is ok to leave.

That’s the message from Susie Smith, Manager of Limestone Coast Domestic Violence Service, who today reiterated that specialist support remains available for individuals at risk of domestic and family violence across the state.

Co-Chair of Embolden, South Australia’s peak body of domestic, family and sexual violence services, Susie said the statewide lockdown would not necessarily lead to a rise in incidents, but it would compound the risks women faced from abusive partners.

“We would not expect a huge increase necessarily, in incidents, but rather, lockdowns or shutdowns make it much more difficult for victims to leave, seek help and get support,’’ she said.

“Having said that, families confined to their homes are less able to enact safety plans and stressful situations may be exacerbated.

“But we want to be really clear that lockdowns are not an excuse or reason for violence. Perpetrators, make a choice to use violence in the home. The responsibility sits squarely with them.

“The key message is, if it is unsafe at home it is ok to leave.’’

Centacare’s specialist domestic violence services in Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, the Riverland and Whyalla are operating as normal during the lockdown, and continue to take referrals and enact safety plans.

Other support can be accessed through the state-wide Domestic Violence Gateway hotline, available 24/7 on 1800 800 098, and 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.




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