Author Archives: Bonnie Johnson

  1. CEO Amanda Tobler talks with Jonno White on the Leadership Conversation Podcast

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    Listen to the recent podcast to hear Amanda reveal some interesting insights into what drove her to forge a career in the community service and not-for-profit sectors.

    She talks about the hurdles she faced as a young business woman and how she overcame them in order to set about achieving her goals and the role she now refers to as ‘servant leader’

    Hear how her drive and determination has helped her make real and impactful change in the local community and has seen her rise to top management.

    Amanda has been in the position of CEO at Community Services #1 for over 6 years.

  2. Your Side in partnership with Community Services #1 expand to Murrumbidgee

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    Your Side in partnership with Community Services #1 are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a contract for Out Of Hospital Care in regional NSW.

    An initiative of the NSW Ministry of Health, Out Of Hospital Care prevents avoidable hospital stays by delivering non clinical care such as cleaning, meals and transport.

    Our case managers will arrange short term packages of care for eligible people who can be safely and comfortably cared for at home instead of in hospital.

    Out of Hospital Care combines the ComPacks and SASH (Safe And Supported at Home) programs and adds a new, non-clinical End of Life care program. Patients can be referred from hospital at discharge or from community medical centres.

    Adding their expertise to the partnership are Violet, a social enterprise that aim to build resilience so that people are better prepared and supported as they care for a loved one at the last stage of life.

    “We look forward to supporting people in the Murrumbidgee to be safe in their own homes while they recover, or while they are supported in the last stages of life. Embarking on a new regional footprint is a positive step in our growth strategy. ” says Danielle Ballantine, CEO of Your Side.

    The Your Side and Community Services #1 partnership brings together two leading providers of home based support that deliver care for older Australians, people with a disability, their carers, and children and families.

    “We are delighted to serve the community in the area, and also to be hiring locals to deliver this essential service” said Amanda Tobler, CEO of Community Services #1.

    To see jobs available in the new program click here.

  3. Marlee Early Education and Care Centre Launch by Alicia Payne MP, Member for Canberra.

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    Community Services #1’s renamed Narrabundah Cottage Senior to Marlee Early Education and Care Centre on Thursday 1st April at 10.30 am. The centre was established in 1946 as a demountable and was officially opened on Saturday 22 September 1951, it was the first community facility built in Narrabundah and was in high demand.

    Marlee is an Indigenous name meaning elder tree, of which the centre has plenty of.

    Marlee Early Education and Care Centre is a specialised stand-alone preschool catering to children 3-5 years. Located in central Narrabundah in Nimbin Street and surrounded by trees the children’s play space is full of fascinating opportunities to explore.

    “At Marlee Early Education and Care Centre they focus on children being everyday learners, play is the work of children and the role as educators is to support and scaffold that learning with opportunities for children to be active, inquisitive learners”.


    “The Educators at Marlee Early Education and Care Centre recognise that children need specific skills to support their transition into school, they have a school readiness curriculum designed by our Early Childhood teacher.

    This program is founded on the core principles of early literacy, early numeracy, social and emotional development, self-regulation and resilience” said Amanda Tobler, CE0 at CS#1.

    Call 6126 4700 or email: to book a tour.