Olive Road (formerly Presbyterian Care Tasmania) is a Tasmanian owned not-for-profit organisation committed to building stronger communities through our mission to ‘provide supportive services, care and Christian kindness for the Tasmanian community and individuals in need’.
We believe that God intended all people to experience abundant lives surrounded by individuals who genuinely and persistently love and care for them. We believe in the importance of supporting individuals, families and communities to move towards wholeness or ‘shalom’ (acknowledging that a person’s overall health is better when their physical, mental, relational and spiritual health is nurtured).
Currently Tasmanians, when compared to the rest of Australia, experience the highest levels of welfare dependency, the highest proportion of older people living alone, the second highest number of adults reporting serious mental health issues and the highest levels of comparative disadvantage. Too many Tasmanians are confronted daily by barriers that prevent them and their families from living healthy, whole and productive lives.
To this end, we aim to assist vulnerable Tasmanians to participate in community, live independently and achieve a sense of dignity through the wise and strategic use of our resources and ongoing collaboration with like-minded organisations. We are committed to doing so by supporting initiatives that address unmet need, working collectively to achieve genuine and lasting outcomes for the people we serve.
Olive Road acknowledges the overwhelming nature of the task to address the complex, often generational, challenges faced by many Tasmanians and their families – but together we can make a difference!
*’Shalom’ is a Hebrew word representing concepts such as wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, harmony and the absence of agitation or discord. It acknowledges that overall health is optimised when physical, mental, relational and spiritual health is optimised.
“Launceston Christian School’s partnership with Olive Road enables us to provide support for the most vulnerable, in need and at risk in our school community and makes a real difference by allowing us to have a dedicated team working to support the wellbeing of our school.”
Student Wellbeing Social Worker
Some of the great Tasmanian organisations we’ve been able to support
We’d love to see your name join them!