On behalf of The Salvation Army’s Territorial Advisory Board, I’d like to thank every individual, group, organisation or business who has been a part of transforming the lives of our neighbours in need.
The compassion of our supporters, volunteers, staff and church members has enabled The Salvation Army to extend care to thousands of people this year.
The 2013/14 year brought us some challenges but also saw some major achievements. We opened new services like The Beacon homeless men’s hostel in the heart of Perth and launched new initiatives like The Market Place in Adelaide to care for vulnerable people.
This year we also celebrated the great people who make up our organisation.Major Brendan Nottle, for instance, was recognised as 2013 Melburnian of the Year for his work among homeless people in Melbourne’s CBD, and we offer our sincerest congratulations to Brendan for his inspirational leadership.
While this annual report reflects on the achievements of the past year,The Salvation Army has its sights set firmly on the future.
We know that fundraising was a key challenge this year and this is reflected in some of our fundraising streams. Economic conditions surely impacted the ability of some of our individual and business partners to contribute in line with their usual commitments.
The challenge for the organisation moving forward is to adapt to these changes while continuing to be an advocate for those without a voice — remaining true to our mission of caring for people and meeting human need wherever it’s required. The Board’s role is to give advice and leadership on the most effective way for that to happen.
This was my last year on The Salvation Army’s Territorial Advisory Board. I’m proud of all we’ve achieved and the direction in which the Board is heading. This year we have brought on new members — including Alistair Hill, Richard Shrapnel and Damon Thomas — who bring diversity and a range of specialist skills to meet the challenges ahead.
I speak on behalf of the Board when I say that we are proud to stand and serve alongside all connected with The Salvation Army to offer hope and a positive future to those in greatest need.
Chairman, Territorial Advisory Board