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Sambell lodge

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The BSL purchased two properties in Fitzroy in an attempt to stop people being forced out of inner areas.  One was a small block of 10 flats on the corner of Fitzroy and Palmer Streets, close to the Coolibah.  Built for commercial purposes about 1968 it provided excellent accommodation for elderly people living on the pension and was eligible for the $2 for $1 subsidy under the Aged Persons Homes Act.  This was the first stage of a planned development in the inner suburbs, to include a 40-bed hostel adjoining these flats (later to be known as Sumner House) and a similar project on land recently acquired in Gold Street, Clifton Hill (later known as Sambell Lodge), overlooking the Darling Gardens.



Building of the new Clifton Hill hostel for frail aged (later known as Sambell Lodge), having been delayed by waiting for government subsidy, was further delayed by an objection to the plans.  The case was heard by the Town & Country Planning Authority on 29 May, but the wait for approval meant construction did not commence until March 1980.




Construction of a 43-bed hostel for the frail aged (later named Sambell Lodge) began in March on the original site of St Andrew’s Church, Clifton Hill.  [2]



Sambell Lodge hostel for frail aged persons opened in Clifton Hill in March.



The first recipient of support from the G.T. Sambell Memorial Trust for work experience in the Brotherhood’s services completed his year in October.  Richard Marsh came out from England after completing theology at Oxford University and during his time with the BSL worked with the community educator in Poverty Education, in the Material Aid Service of the Sharing Centre, spent several weeks at St Mark’s Community Centre, and had two experiences of aged care at Sambell Lodge and Sumner House.  [3]


In late 1983 the two inner-city Brotherhood hostels – Sumner House (Fitzroy) and Sambell Lodge in Clifton Hill, began preparing their own meals for residents.  Before this, meals were prepared at the BSL’s Coolibah Day Centre kitchen and then delivered to the hostels.  As a result of this change, all residents could take an active part in deciding and planning the menus of their ‘home style’ meals. This was a reflection of the BSL’s philosophy that older people should be encouraged to be as involved and active as possible.



The Voluntary Helpers’ Shop in Camberwell, which had supported the five major denominations with funds for building accommodation for the aged over its thirty-two years, closed through lack of volunteers.  The Brotherhood had received $658,000 over the years for projects including Sumner House, Sambell Lodge, Keble Court and the Group Housing Project. 



36 frail older residents from the G K Tucker Settlement, St Laurence Park, the Coolibah Day Centre, Sumner House and Sambell Lodge enjoyed a 4-day break at Swan Hill.  The first combined effort involving each of the regions, the trip was assisted by a grant from Perpetual Trustees.  [4]



Aged Care Master Plan was drawn up by Bill Williams Architects for presentation to Executive Council.  Properties included in the exercise were Broughton Nursing Home, Sambell Lodge, Sumner House, Millott House, flats in Keble Court, Moor and Palmer Streets, 22 bedsits at the G K Tucker Settlement and the reorganisation of the Head Office site. [5]



The Personal Care Attendant training program for the BSL’s aged care area trained eight tenants from the Fitzroy and Collingwood housing estates as personal care attendants at Sumner House and Sambell Lodge.  This project came about as a result of falling numbers of personal care attendants and the need to engage residents of the estates with their community.  The project ran for 12 weeks funded by the Department for Victorian Communities and the DHS. The outcomes of the project were that eight tenants began the course, seven completed and have secured ongoing employment post the training.  St Vincent’s hospital is very interested in exploring a similar type program.  (August_IMcH)



Paul Brophy, received the 2007 federal Minister’s Award for Excellence in Aged Care in the ‘Residential Care Lifestyle’ category for initiating the very successful "Celebration of Life" seniors events Seven Aged care faciliteis come together twice a years for an afternoon of great musin, fine food and laughter.[6]  Link to Department of Health and Ageing Award presentation




Read about Sambell lodge today at the Brotherhood website.



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  1. Brotherhood Action September 1979 (No.225) and Brotherhood Action April 1980 (No.228)
  2. Brotherhood Action April 1980 (No.228)
  3. Brotherhood Action October 1983 (No.249) pp.3-4 (no numbering).
  4. Brotherhood Action Autumn 1992 p.3
  5. BSL Annual Report 1997 p.15. See also (CS8-97)
  6. BSL Annual Report 2007 page 17

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