Friendship and Community first

“Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people.  Friendship is a stronger form of interpersonal bond than an association. Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain characteristics are present in many types of such bonds. Such characteristics include affection; kindness, love, virtue, sympathy, empathy, honest, altruism, loyalty, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other’s company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings to others, and make mistakes without fear of judgement from the friend.” (Wikipedia)
Friendship lies at the core of GFS both here in Perth and across the globe, whether it be in through chats over coffee, belonging to an online group, serving on a committee, within GFS Australia or Worldwide or just sharing the journey wherever and however,  lifelong friendships are formed. When we meet people who used to be members, sometimes many years ago, they tell us that they made many good friends and felt accepted and valued within GFS.  
‘A community is a small or large social unit (a group of living things) who have something in common, such as norms, religion, values or identity. Communities often share a sense of place that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a country, village, town, or neighbourhood) or in virtual space through communication platforms. Durable relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties also define a sense of community. People tend to define those social ties as important to their identity, practice, and roles in social institutions like family, home, work, government, society, or humanity, at large.  Although communities are usually small relative to personal social ties (micro-level), “community” may also refer to large group affiliations (or macro-level), such as national communities, international communities, and virtual communities.’ (Wikipedia)
Founded in the Anglican Church in the UK, by the daughter of an Irish clergyman, GFS was multinational from the start. Even then its core objective was to develop communities of women who would be friends and support each other through the ups and downs of life’s journey. Its values were, and remain, so strong and central to every day life, that there are still communities of women who belong to GFS in 31 countries across the globe.
The internationally used motto for GFS comes from its roots in its faith tradition: Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).  



Alison Gilchrist
Development, Partnerships and 
Programmes Manager
0455 507 039






Executive Committee

(The Exec)
Neil Starkie
Vice Chair
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Glenys Pickford
Exec Member
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Rev’d Alison Gilchrist
Lesley Hill
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