HUNTERS Hill Congregational Church has forged an alliance with local aged care provider, Twilight Aged Care which will enable both groups to enlarge their capacity to care for the local community.

The delvelopment will see the Hunters Hill Congregational Church’s Property Trust will support a long term lease and management by Twilight Aged Care which will operate Hunters Hill Village including 12 Retirement Living Units, the former manse and the 35-bed residential aged care facility.

“The Church and Twilight Aged Care share a mission to provide quality services and amenities to people who are disadvantaged, frail and aged and said the new development is part of this mission,” a joint statement said.

Twilight Aged Care CEO Lesley Jordan said the partnership will see the two organisations come together to provide enhanced services to support social, emotional and spiritual benefits to the elderly residents, local church members and the broader community.

“Our organisations already enjoy a good working relationship and this new partnership will formalise and expand on this. We will also look forward to continuing our opportunities to socialise throughout the year on events such as ANZAC Day and Christmas, along with others in the community” Ms Jordan said.

The Church also welcomed the partnership.

“We are pleased to be able to widen our working relationship with Twilight Aged Care in this way, as we see great alignment in the visions of the two groups,” Pastor Peter Atkins said.

“We are impressed with Twilight Aged Care’s genuine care for the elderly and this resonates with our compassion for the disadvantaged of our society.”

The Church has been part of the Hunters Hill Community for over 140 years and Twilight Aged Care is one of NSW’s oldest not-for-profit aged care providers, delivering care to the elderly and frail in northern Sydney communities for over 100 years.

“Mateship is a strong value in Australian society because people were designed to connect. Because our groups both exist for the good of our community, we can work together in ways that are greater than we could ever achieve individually,” Dr Atkins said.

The Church community are the custodians of one of Hunters Hill’s finest sandstone heritage buildings and they ensure the church and its surrounds are available to the community for a variety of purposes, from weddings, funerals and church services to hosting the community’s annual Art Exhibition in May.

They recently also hosted a popular Silent Film Festival using the church’s pipe organ and grand piano.

The Church is part of the Hunters Hill heritage circuit and is a favourite venue for musical soirees and small concerts.

“People need a space to connect and we hope to be better able to provide that in the near future”, Dr Atkins said.

Dr Atkins said the church is always looking for opportunities to make its beautiful buildings and grounds available to the wider community and is currently considering plans to redevelop some of its buildings to facilitate more social gatherings

Twilight Aged Care CEO Lesley Jordan is pictured with residents in Hunters Hill. Twilight Aged Care and the Hunters Hill Congregational Church have just agrred a new partnership project. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO