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GFS is a Not for Profit Organisation made up of people belonging to a Christian community locally, nationally and globally.

 

We seek to provide or support ministries to children, youth, families and adults in a safe and accepting environment where Christ’s love is evident.
 
We have been part of the West Australian Community for over 130 years and have engaged with many children and adults during this time. Last year GFS celebrates a wonderful milestone of 130 years of ministry to women, girls, men and boys in Perth. Since 1888 friendship, support and a listening ear have been part of the GFS DNA as we’ve sought to live out the GFS motto to “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2
 
On the 1st January 1875, Mary Elizabeth Townsend established the Girls’ Friendly Society in England (now you know why our premises at 240 Adelaide Terrace are called Townsend Lodge. Come and pay us a visit, we have some really interesting memorabilia in the office along with a welcoming smile and cuppa). GFS was a pioneer women’s organisation, the first of its kind in the world. The members saw a need to befriend, mentor and support many of the younger women who were leaving their rural homes and communities to find work in the cities.
 
Here in Perth GFS welcomed migrant girls to the city by providing them with accommodation as they settled in and found employment. In time we branched out to provide Townsend Fellowship, children’s groups, Holiday Clubs, Camps, Mainly Music groups, Mother & Daughter High Teas; and more recently Dads N Lads BBQs, Pamper A Nanna, the Advent Festival, our group for 15-35 year olds GFS Next Gen and our newest initiative “Blessed to be a Blessing Dinner”.
 

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Our organisation partners with other community organisations to help others outside of our own community.     MORE
 
 
 
 
 

 

We have many programs, resources and games that we can help you to get your own children’s ministry group established.     MORE   
 
 

 

Dating back to the beginnings of GFS, women’s ministry has been a vital part of our ministry to this day.  We have a lot to offer why not see what could suit you.     MORE   
 

 

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If you wish to become a part of our NextGen GFS group this this is the place for you.  Come along and be part of the team, become a member or just attend one of the events they run.    MORE   
 
 
 
 
 
GFS Outside Perth
GFS is not just in Perth! We are part of a National and Global organisation and always are happy to welcome new members.     MORE   
 
 
 
 
Who Let The Dads Out?
GFS is proud to be working with Who Let the Dads Out? in the UK to offer help and resources to get your WLTDO? group here in WA off and running.     MORE   
 
 
 

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Monday Memories -Headquarters Part 5

ORANA CLUB
The Orana Club re-opened in September 1948 with Mrs R. H. Moore as Chairman, Miss D. Loukes as Secretary and Mrs R. Lund as House Mother.

It was a club ‘within GFS’. Part of each member’s subscription was paid to the club, which made her a member. Some GFSers attending night school would have a meal at Headquarters first; others entertained friends in the club rooms. One who had a weekly meal there after work was Ruth Walker (nee Wallace dec.), who lived in Como but acted as a ‘freelance’ GFS leader in Mt Hawthorn parish from 1948 to 1953 as there was no leader available at the time. She travelled to the meetings by bus for those five years and enjoyed the shared meal at GFS Headquarters before leaving for the meeting.

The club was also open to those who were not GFS members and there were about 50 of these in the 50s. They were mostly girls living in rooms without cooking facilities, as well as some visitors from other States on working holidays. They looked forward to the fellowship over meals and afterwards in front of the Wonder-Heater in winter or balcony in summer. Mrs Lund , the House Mother, was a very special person who was caring and supportive to all who came to Headquarters and a ‘mother’ to all the girls. There were always at least 30 regular diners each night and there was always a birthday cake from Mrs Lund for the birthday girl. Members and friends regularly brought flowers, fruit and vegetables to Mrs Lund and she spent many hours making jams and chutneys, as well as sewing aprons and other items on a little hand machine, to sell on a trading table at Headquarters for Orana Club projects. The club ran monthly socials to help finance purchases for the club rooms and also held an annual fete.

Orana Club members Jean Emery and Mavis Morris helped Mrs Lund in many ways with the catering arrangements at Headquarters and Dorothy Loukes was always ready to help whenever needed.
 
Mrs Lund retired in 1962 after 13 years as House Mother and was farewelled with regret. The star shaped clock, now at the GFS Office, 240 Adelaide Terrace, Perth was donated by Orana Club members so that Mrs Lund’s efforts on their behalf would always be remembered.
 
For a while after Mrs Lund left, the Orana Club was operated as a lunch club. There were four House Mothers during the next three years, as they were only able to stay for short periods. In 1965 Mrs Helen Kendrick was appointed to the position. She was a bright and cheerful Scot who added her own special dimension to the role of House Mother. She continued the work that Mrs Lund had done and especially enjoyed the Leaders’ Teas and other activities held in the building at the time.
 

Mrs Kendrick

Mrs Kendrick contributed to the Society in other ways. She assisted at the GFS Lodge in Adelaide Terrace on many occasions when an extra staff member was required and was also a popular helper at Diocesan camps. She resigned in 1971 but continued to take a deep interest in GFS.
There were others who had a special role to play in connection with GFS Headquarters and one of these was Mrs Olive Smith (nee Hall), who lived in the building for about four years from 1954 and played a big part in the difficult task of keeping the large Headquarters in such an attractive condition. She continued this role for a number of years after she moved from the building and her plants and other personal touches always gave the building a welcoming air.
 
The Orana Club closed down before the GFS office was moved to Law Chambers as there was no longer the same need for it. However, it had played a very important part in the life of the GFS Headquarters over a long period, including most of the organising of the annual Christmas party for the girls from Swan and Parkerville Children’s Homes, as well as the provision of meals for members on a regular basis.
 
 

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It’s Orange Day!

Today is “Orange Day” – in 2017 at the GFS World Council in Perth it was agreed we would mark each 25th day of the month to raise awareness.

1 in 3 women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner

Only 52% of women married or in a union freely make their own decisions about sexual relations, contraceptive use and health care

Worldwide, almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday; while 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM)

#OrangeUrWorld, #OrangeTheWorld, #HearMeToo, #EndVAW


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Monday Memories – Marjorie Burton Part 3

As planned, Miss Burton returned to WA in March 1937, accompanied this time by Miss Whalley who was to be driver/companion until November 1938, when she returned to England. Miss Burton obtained her driver’ s licence on 30 November and she felt it was particularly significant that it should be on St Andrew’s Day – “the first missionar y!” she noted beside the item in her diary.

Miss Burton found a special joy in driving the van and although she often had friends accompany her on her tours, she also liked to drive on her own. This concerned the Caravan Committee members, who stressed the importance of having someone with her in case of accidents or illness. However, she still did many trips on her own, although arrangements were made as often as possible for a companion to be with her.

Miss Burton kept a ‘ Daily Diary’, as did all the workers on the van. These are a treasure house of memories as they cover the 17 years of ministry to the people of the outback. They·are full of drama in many cases and the following is just one example taken from a report by Miss Burt on in July 1942:

“I left Wyalkatchem parish and crossed to Bencubbin…the roads were so wet and greasy that I was travelling with wheel chains on. On the way to Mukinbudin the next morning the van slid down four miles to the next school! When I left South Tammin I was accompanied by the owner of the farm several miles over paddocks, partly fallowed, to reach a better road than I could have found alone. My aim was to make Bellakubella and Doodenaning schools before they closed for the week. After passing the rabbit proof fence the road became a swampy track. For part of the way I had no notion where I was except that the direction was mainly right. The house which I went to for guidance proved to be empty, but a man cutting timber was able to tell me where to find another house. The track to this was so bad, with so many rivers and roads and washaways and much mud, that I hardly knew if even our sturdy caravan would make it, but so much praise had been poured on our engine on bad tracks recently, that it warmed her to fresh effort and we reached the house safely, and – more wonderful still – both schools were reached in time.”
 
 

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GFS Headquarters Part 4

On the 21st of October and 25th of November last year we posted about the GFS Red Cross Emergency Company and clubs that were based at the GFS Headquarters. Today we follow on from those two posts.

GFS RED CROSS BRANCH
There was also a Red Cross branch at GFS Headquarters, which was formed at the outbreak of World War II. Over 3,000 knitted articles were donated to the Red Cross and funds were raised for special Red Cross appeals, such as the Lady Gowrie Fund and others. There was a harmonious relationship between those involved and a lot was achieved. The branch was closed in 1946 after continuous hard work by its members in support of the various armed services.

WAR SERVICES CLUB
With a name that means ‘welcome’, the GFS Orana Club had a special role to play at GFS Headquarters when it was formed in 1940 as a central club for members and non-members of the Society. However in March 1942 Mrs R.H. Moore, who was President at the time, saw a need and changed the Orana Club into a War Services Club for girls and women in the Services, as well as GFS members.

It was based at the Headquarters building and the facilities were a boon to off-duty girls. A meal was provided twice a day for a nominal charge on nine pence and over one thousand meals were served each month. There was wonderful help from young Associates and other voluntary workers, as well as members of the Mothers’ Union. Mrs Moore was a tireless worker in keeping the War Services Club going under very difficult conditions, always cheerful and encouraging to those taking part. It continued under her leadership until November 1947, when the club closed after having provided a wonderful service for 5½ years.


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