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About Us

Working with individuals, families and communities

We are a not-for-profit community services organisation delivering services across the Mid and Mid North Coasts of NSW.

We work in partnership with individuals, families and communities to support them to reach their goals and achieve meaningful outcomes through inclusive, strengths-based and person-centred approaches.

We have been operating in the Mid North Coast region since the mid 1970s, initially as the ‘Mid North Coast Regional Council for Social Development’, and later transitioning to ‘Mid Coast Communities’. Now, as Blue Sky Community Services (since 2020), we are expanding our reach to other areas of NSW.

We value

  • Optimism and Innovation
    We create possibilities and solutions, and support people to find new opportunities and make choices. We value creativity and ideas, and are willing to explore new ways of achieving positive outcomes.
  • Integrity and Respect
    We make sure everyone we come into contact with feels valued and appreciated. We are professional, ethical and accountable in our work, and we communicate in a positive and sensitive way.
  • Inclusion and Diversity
    We create spaces and communities where people belong and can thrive, and where diversity is celebrated. We inspire and influence positive social change. We support people to have a voice. We value and utilise the diverse strengths, gifts, talents and assets of people and communities.
  • Connection and Kindness
    We create opportunities for people to connect with each other, with family and friends, and to community life. We connect people to their passions and dreams, and to information and resources. We are kind, friendly and helpful, and we build strong networks to enhance positive outcomes.

Annual Reports

Our annual reports are a testament to the initiatives that lead to positive change within our communities.

Learn more about our work, dedicated staff, partners, services and impact, driven and sustained by our values.

We are forever grateful to those who help us reach thousands of people every year in supporting our communities.

 

Service Charter

At Blue Sky Community Services, we work to build the capacity of people across the Mid North Coast through strengths-based and person-centred support. We value inclusiveness in the community, and work to promote social justice through a range of community strengthening and development activities.

Service participants and other stakeholders who access our services can expect that the service provided to them will meet certain standards. Click below to read our Service Charter to find out more.

Our People

Our Board

Judy Bartholomew profile

Judy Bartholomew

Chairperson

Judy has worked in the aged care sector for 30 years. She has worked in the residential and community care ...

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Glenyis James profile

Glenyis James

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Glen has more than 35 years of practice and executive experience working in the community and mental health...

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Bronwyn Chalmers profile

Bronwyn Chalmers

DIRECTOR

During her career, Bronwyn has held many senior positions, including her role as Chief Executive Officer of...

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Stephen Pratt profile

Stephen Pratt

DIRECTOR

Stephen has been a small business owner for 30 years. He has owned and operated a Saw Doctoring business th...

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Kamla Ruthnam Webb profile

Kamla Ruthnam Webb

DIRECTOR

Kamla Ruthnam Webb has 9 years of experience in management and administration, as well as a long history of...

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Tazmyn Jewell profile

Tazmyn Jewell

Director

Tazmyn Jewell has a legal background, practising as a lawyer in criminal and civil jurisdictions in Victori...

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Leadership Team

Ruth Thompson profile

Ruth Thompson

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Ruth has been the Chief Executive Officer of Blue Sky Community Services since 2009 and has been working in...

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Terry Robb profile

Terry Robb

EXECUTIVE MANAGER: SERVICE DELIVERY AND QUALITY

Terry brings more than 17 years of experience in the community sector, in Australia and internationally, to...

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Colin Simmons profile

Colin Simmons

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Colin joined Blue Sky Community Services as Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. His previous experience i...

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Nicki Clarke profile

Nicki Clarke

EXECUTIVE MANAGER: OPERATIONS

Nicki has worked in a variety of industries in her working life, mainly in operational roles. She enjoys t...

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Yvonne Briggs profile

Yvonne Briggs

EXECUTIVE MANAGER: COMMUNICATIONS

Yvonne joined Blue Sky Community Services in August 2018. Yvonne has more than 25 years of experience worki...

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Jye Ramsay profile

Jye Ramsay

Manager: Strategy and Business Performance

Jye is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 17 years’ experience within the accounting industr...

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Sue Currie profile

Sue Currie

PROGRAM MANAGER: FAMILIES, YOUNG PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

Sue has over 40 years’ experience in a range of community care and health settings and has been with Blue...

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Melanie Jacobs profile

Melanie Jacobs

INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES MANAGER

Melanie joined the Blue Sky Community Services team in July 2014 and has over 15 years of experience workin...

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Charity Peabody profile

Charity Peabody

MANAGER: INNOVATION AND TRANSFORMATION

Charity has moved to Australia from the UK in 2019 , with more than 12 years of experience in the UK health...

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Claudia Rigg profile

Claudia Rigg

Acting Regional LAC Manager

Claudia joined Blue Sky in February 2017, as a Local Area Coordinator. Coming from a background in communit...

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Claire Rolph profile

Claire Rolph

PEOPLE AND CULTURE MANAGER: Human Resources

Claire is a qualified Human Resources professional with extensive human resources experience in the communi...

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Leanne Lockhart profile

Leanne Lockhart

NDIS SUPPORT SERVICES MANAGER

Leanne is the NDIS Support Services Manager in the Taree/Mid Coast area and has been working in disability ...

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Mark Sinclair profile

Mark Sinclair

TEAM LEADER: NDIS LAC PORT MACQUARIE & KEMPSEY

Mark joined Blue Sky Community Services in February 2017 as a Local Area Coordinator, having previously wor...

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Chelsea Thomas profile

Chelsea Thomas

TEAM LEADER: NDIS LAC COFFS HARBOUR & NAMBUCCA

Chelsea joined Blue Sky in April 2021, as a Local Area Coordinator. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Social Scie...

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Sam Stanford profile

Sam Stanford

TEAM LEADER: FAMILIES, YOUNG PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES

Sam has more than a decade of diverse experience in various roles working with young people and communities...

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