A note from our Chief Executive

You carried us through 2020

This year, a year we might prefer to forget, has for StGiles become a year to remember. 

Specifically, we will remember, and be grateful for, the resilience of our people and the generosity of our community.

As we prepare to leave 2020 behind, I want to make clear how very much more difficult this year could have been, without you.

It’s been a year where every day has presented a new challenge – often, multiple challenges.

stgiles staff

Those of you who have donated or will donate to StGiles this year have supported services, equipment and programs during COVID-19.

As 2020 draws to a close, I believe it is very important to say thank you (often) and show you where your money has been spent.  So, thank you for:

• Expanding our reach by assisting our teams to provide tele-health and remote services;

• Enhancing our services by funding speech pathology equipment and access to easy English training;

• Supporting our safety by helping us access personal protection equipment for our participants and staff;

• Improving our environment by supporting the development of a sustainable garden, the repair of a collapsed retaining wall and other site improvements;

• Ensuring the continuity of our arts programs to Launceston adults and children living with


• Purchasing bedwetting alarms and continence equipment for our Clinical Care team; and,

• Extending the qualifications of eight staff through scholarships.

Chief Executive Andrew Billing

StGiles teams have worked longer and harder to get StGiles and the people we support through this COVID-19 year.  As such we have developed a sturdy COVID plan that will stay in place for the foreseeable future.

At this stage we expect that 2021 will present similar fundraising challenges especially in public events, so we remain grateful for all of the support you provide.

On behalf of the Board and our team I thank you again for your generosity to StGiles this year.

Andrew Billing – Chief Executive

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