Our Mandate

Devonport Chaplaincy exists to make life better, one relationship at a time.

Our vision is that positive, sustainable and intentional mentoring relationships will become an everyday part of community life.

Devonport Chaplaincy is founded on the Christian imperative of serving those in need. In the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, the Bible records that Jesus "came not to be served, but to serve", to give his life as a sacrifice for many.

Chaplaincy, one-on-one mentoring, learner-driver mentoring, school breakfast programs, training and practical care help students thrive, strengthen families and change communities.


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Our History

Devonport Chaplaincy Incorporated started in 2005 to deliver chaplaincy and related mentoring programs to schools in Devonport, Port Sorell and Sheffield.

An initiative of the Devonport Church, chaplains were appointed to 14 local schools, serving teachers, parents and students as part of the overall range of school care and support services to promote health and wellbeing.

Over time, mentoring expanded to include breakfast programs, one-on-one student mentoring, learner driver mentoring, education programs and leadership development.

Community Mentoring Tasmania was formed to develop and deliver mentoring programs as part of the COACH community mentoring network.

In 2018, Devonport Chaplaincy Inc started Loaves and Fishes Tasmania as a social enterprise to provide food relief for students, their families and the wider community, and employment opportunities including school-based traineeships.


Our Values

As a representative of the Devonport Church, Devonport Chaplaincy is committed to delivering services in accordance with State and Federal guidelines and being accountable to the board, representative church leaders and the schools we serve, including principals, parents and students.

We value relationships based on mutual respect, trust, communication and accountability.

We also value innovation, growth and excellence.


Our Impact

Chaplaincy and mentoring has positively influenced tens of thousands of people in the past decade, from providing breakfast in schools, to individual encouragement and support of teachers, families and students, to helping learners get their licence.

Chaplaincy and mentoring have the overwhelming support of school principals, teachers, parents and students. An independent survey of the chaplaincy program confirms what we already know—it works!

However, the proof is best provided by those directly involved in partnering with us through their personal stories


Our Funding

Chaplaincy is funded by Government and through a combination of Devonport Churches members, corporate sponsors and individual donors. (We acknowledge our major partners below).

Some chaplains donate their time while others are paid a modest wage to serve from one to three days a week.

Chaplaincy relies heavily on sponsors and donors for its continuation. Donations are tax deductible.


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Our Partners

Devonport Churches

C3 Church, Devonport

Devonport Anglican Church

Devonport Church of Christ

Devonport Presbyterian Church

Gateway Church

Hope Christian Church

Lutheran Church Devonport

Oldaker Christian Church

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Pathway to Life

Lifeway Baptist Church

The Salvos

Schools

Andrews Creek Primary School

Devonport Christian School

Devonport High School

Devonport Primary School

Don College

East Devonport Primary School

East Ulverstone Primary School

Geneva Christian College

Hillcrest Primary School

Indie School, Devonport

Leighland Christian School

Miandetta Primary School

Nixon Street Primary School

Port Sorell Primary School

Railton Primary School

Reece High School

Sheffield Primary School

SPACE School, Devonport

West Ulverstone Primary School

Our sponsors

Devonport churches
Vos
Tas Govt
Mersey Link
Podio
Formula one
Devonport council
Hill street
Loaves and fishes
Dehaan bodyworks
Devonport corporate centre
Living and Learning
Australian Youth Mentoring Network