New Horizons Welfare Services

New Horizons Welfare Services Inc. (NHWS) began under the guidance of Rev’d Ray Saggers, with the primary purpose of assisting prison chaplaincy.

In 2005 the incorporated association of NHWS was transferred to the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo. The statement of purposes was then expanded to what it is today.

Statement of Purposes

  1. With the assistance of paid professional staff and trained volunteers to support, assist, establish and conduct programs and provide services for the relief of hardship, and the welfare and advancement of the following: either spiritually, emotionally or materially.
  2. Disadvantaged persons and their families, including homeless persons, single parents needing support and advice, drug addicts, those using drugs, mentally and/or physically disabled persons, the lonely, unwanted and unloved in our society, the suicidal and those in need of a friend with whom to talk.
  3. Any persons who are or have been in lawful custody for whatever reasons.
  4. Any persons not in legal custody, but subject to an Order relating to an offence, an alleged offence, or any Order, disposition or arrangement relating to that persons behavior, condition or status.
  5. Our involvement with any or all of the above is subject to the constraints of availability, access and resources
  6. To conduct, promote or take part in public education or debate upon such issues relating directly or indirectly to the criminal justice system or to client groups referred to in sub-clause 1 (c).
  7. To do all such things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects and the exercise of the powers of the Association.

Support from larger grant funding organisations has enabled NHWS to contribute to a range of grass roots projects across the diocese including:

  • Bendigo Christmas Lunch – co-ordinated by City of Greater Bendigo
  • Bushfire appeal and relief
  • Carisbrook – Community Recovery Program
  • Eaglehawk Saltworks community assistance program
  • East Loddon Community Chaplaincy
  • Flood recovery appeal and assistance from 2011-2013
  • Healthcare Chaplaincy at Bendigo Health and St John of God hospitals
  • Nyah West Community Assistance
  • ‘Our Place’ Community Assistance Centre in Eaglehawk from 2009-2013
  • ‘Our Shed’ – transferred to Access Australia in 2015
  • School chaplaincy programs in four schools from 2012-2015
  • Sunraysia – ‘Renew’ Community Assistance Centre
  • Walkabout Indigenous Services Project
  • Western Goulburn – Children and Families Project


Jackie Mullan