Federation of Russian Welfare Organisations in Australia

Federation of Russian Welfare Organisations in Australia

c/o 52 Fenton Court
PH: (03) 9793 5955

The Federation of Russian Welfare Organisations in Australia was established in 1997 to coordinate the provision of welfare services to the Russian Community in Australia. It also aims to act as a national advocacy body to represent the welfare interests of the Russian Community.

The members are:

  • Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad) in Australia and New Zealand – Welfare Services
  • Fraternity of the Holy Cross in New South Wales
  • St John of Kronstadt – Russian Welfare Society in Victoria
  • Russian Relief Association of St Sergius of Radonezh in New South Wales
  • Russian Benevolent Association for the Homes for the Aged in Queensland
  • Sts Martha and Mary Orthodox Welfare Association in Western Australia.

The Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church has added its support to the Federation by including its network of pastoral services, through its parishes, to assist the stated aims. This strengthens the provision of welfare services which our members are able to provide and ensures a coordinated and effective approach.

Each provide a range of welfare programs, the details of which are contained below. For further detailed information we invite you to contact any of the members directly or for information about the Federation ring Father Michael Protopopv on (03) 9793 5933.

For further information about the Federation contact Father Michael Protopopov on (03) 9793 5955 or ring members directly.

Fraternity of the Holy Cross




The Fraternity of the Holy Cross was established in the early 1960’s by volunteers to assist with care for the aged. An age care facility was established at Kentlyn providing 29 individual bedsitting rooms. With wide open common areas available for use by the residents, the complex provides a communal and happy atmosphere.

The voluntary board is currently in the process of upgrading its low care hostel so as to meet all new regulatory standards of 2008. Our hostel will provide new modem, air conditioned rooms with individual ensuites. New emphasis is being placed on outdoor landscaping so that our residents may participate in gardening and other outdoor activities of their choice. The internal common areas are being upgraded to reflect the convivial country atmosphere so that our residents can enjoy their years in a happy and friendly environment.

Adjoining the hostel is our Retirement Village which was established in the late 1960’s. Currently our Village has 59 bedsitter and single bedroom units situated amongst beautiful country landscaping. The Board is also currently upgrading all units as they become available, The new units have been fitted out to provide all modem conveniences including air conditioning, carpets, polished floors, modern kitchen with appliances and bathroom with self support facilities.

Both properties adjoin the Russian Orthodox Convent Church of Our Lady of Kazan, which is convenient for all our residents to meet their spiritual needs. Regular public transport is available to all residents to commute to the main district shopping centre of Campbelltown.

The Board in conjunction with its dedicated staff have developed a vision for a happy, community lifestyle for all our residents, whichever facility they may reside in at this time.

St John of Kronstadt – Russian Welfare Society

PH: (03) 9793 5955

The St John of Kronstadt – Russian Welfare Society was established in 1955 to care for the needs of the aged within the Russian Community in Victoria.

Residential Aged Care

The focus has been on providing residential aged care at our Complex in Dandenong. Currently we have a 30 place high care and 43 place low care facility in a garden setting close to the Russian Orthodox Church. Nearby there are also seven independent living units which will be expanded to 14 in 1999. Our Complex provides residents with an atmosphere reflecting the Russian ethnic ethos. Residents are able to freely communicate in Russian with the staff ensuring their needs are understood and met. Russian language concerts, movies, direct Russian satellite TV and special guest performers ensure that our residents are kept busy. Of course we are able to provide Russian cuisine for residents which helps many adjust to their new home. We also have a range of other programs.

Russian Village

One and two bedroom independent living units are available in a beautiful garden setting.

Social Support

As part of the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program the Society provides friendly visiting social support for people in their own homes.

New Arrival Migrants’ Program

Setting into a new country can be hard for new arrivals. Our Community Settlement Services worker can assist with all settlement issues.

Community Support Centre

Our Russian Senior Citizen’s Club, New Arrivals Migrants’ Club and Russian Women’s Group meet here regularly.

Facilities include:

  • Library books and videos
  • Training facilities
  • English language training
  • Personal Care training
  • Computer training and access
  • Information about services and activities in the area
  • Referrals to community organisations


Our community bus supports the transport needs of residents of our Aged Care Complex and Russian Village. It is available in emergency situations or for hire.

Women’s Health Group

The Community Support Centre is also home to our Women’s Health Group which meets weekly. They aim to improve their health and the health of their families.


“Y HAC” is produced monthly and provides interesting local news for the Russian Community.

Russian Relief Association of St Sergius of Radonezh

PH: (02) 9727 9844

The Russian Relief Association was initially called the “Committee of Help to Russians in Europe and Asia” when first formed in 1945.

In 1957 the Committee changed its name to the “Russian Relief Association” to better reflect its activities. Currently it provides 80 Nursing Home places, 22 Independent Living Units, and 28 Hostel places with 16 Dementia places.

Chaplains of all denominations are welcome. A Russian Orthodox Church is adjacent to the Complex.

Our Objectives are:

1. To create an atmosphere that our residents have been accustomed to at home by providing specific homestyle cooked meals, observance of religious feasts and other Russian customs and culture.

2. To maintain the highest standard of nursing care, meeting physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs of residents in a professional and safe manner.

3. To treat residents with kindness and dignity and maintain their quality of life at the highest level.

4. To provide an atmosphere where mutual respect exists between staff and residents.

5. To enable residents to maintain their independence, privacy and individuality, yet encourage them to take an interest in daily activities.

6. To implement recreational and social programs to meet the individual needs of residents.

7. To provide in-service training and opportunities for external education for staff development.

8. To offer our support to relatives and friends and help them come to terms with the changed circumstances.

Russian Benevolent Association Pine Lodge Home for the Aged

PH: (07) 3277 5841

Pine Lodge is a low set architecturally designed and professionally landscaped facility with 41 fully furnished and serviced rooms. Each room has an en-suite and an outdoor sitting area. Small personal items that residents wish to bring are welcome. Relatives and friends can visit residents as often as they wish.

Pine Lodge Home for the Aged provides a safe and comfortable environment where personal respect, sense of identity and dignity are maintained for every resident.

The nutritious, high quality meals with traditional flavour are prepared and provided seven days a week. Meals are served in the community dining room; tray service is available if desired. Special dietary requirements are catered for as required.

A wide variety of recreational and social activities are offered and all residents are invited to participate.

Residents are able to retain the services of their own doctor and other paramedical services. For the convenience of residents, medical and other health professionals visit the Home.

Sts Martha and Mary Orthodox Welfare Association

PH: (08) 9349 1283

Sts Martha and Mary Orthodox Welfare Association Inc. is a non profit organisation established in 1994 by parishioners of Sts Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Perth. The Association’s volunteers provide socio-economic and psychological support and advocacy to sick and needy community members of all ages and religions both, old emigres and newly arrived migrants.

Assistance is available seven days a week, 24 hours per day. Community members outside the metropolitan area are helped whenever possible.

Brightwater’s Birralee Aged Care facility in conjunction with Sts Martha and Mary Orthodox Welfare Association, provides a cluster (15 bed house) for the Russian and Serbian Communities. Every room has an en-suite and residents are encouraged to bring along their favourite small items. Residents enjoy their own cultural traditions, interests, language, music, cuisine and celebrate special days and occasions. Russian and Serbian clergy visit regularly.