About Us

Our Vision


To strengthen a diverse and inclusive community through service, while providing opportunities for individuals to participate in ways they choose.



A connected community where members come together and participate in the support of one and another through friendship and service.



Openlight is committed to providing inclusive, innovative, and sustainable programs and services that support individual and community social, recreational, and wellbeing needs.

Our Values

Participation – active service that is inclusive and valuing of individual’s ability.


Innovation – adopting new methods to address community needs.


Partnerships – collaborations to advance our shared interests.


Connectedness– engagement through positive and strong relationships, strengthened through diversity.


Sustainability – relevant, appropriate and viable for the future.


Integrity – upholding of high standards in all our actions.


Progression – adapting with a proactive approach to change and opportunity.


Reverence – cherishing, respecting and acknowledging our Toc H history and those who served before us.


Openlight is an initiative of Toc H South Australia Inc, established in 1925.


In 1925, Toc H opened its first Australian branches and the first Youth Camp was held at Mannum in 1928. In addition to the camps, Toc H pioneered community projects such as the Blood Transfusion Service in 1928 (now run by the Red Cross) and The Royal Queensland Bush Children’s Health Scheme in 1935 (now known as BushKids).


In 1938, Edward Bruce (the brother of Adelaide Lord Mayor Sir Wallace Bruce), heard of the work Toc H South Australia Inc, volunteers were performing with children in need. Mr Bruce donated several acres of land at Victor Harbor to Toc H South Australia Inc, to be used for the establishment of a permanent campsite. Plans for the main hall and a layout for the surrounding area were drawn up by Sir James Irwin. The main hall was named for the Governor of South Australia at the time, Sir Winston Dugan.


For some eighty years since, Openlight has been running camps for children in need at the Victor Harbor campsite.


Today, our focus is on strengthening communities through service. 

Strategic Intent

Openlight has been strengthening communities since 1925. Our door is open, and the light is on!


For over 90 years, we have been Strengthening communities through service.  Our strategic development continues this focus through transformational services and corporate success having two important meanings for us.


Firstly, we are strengthening and supporting our communities through our service, helping those in need. Secondly, we are building our own community of diverse people united by a common mission of service to those in need.


There are two inter-related parts of Openlight that work in cooperation to help us strengthen communities:

  • Community driven service
  • Socially responsible enterprise.


Our service is driven by communities – communities of volunteers and the communities that we help. In many cases the two communities are the same, which ensures that we are working with and for the best interests of those communities.


Our commitment to our communities extends to our business enterprises, which are run on the core principle of social responsibility. Our business not only supports and enables our community services, but it is a natural extension of those services.


We welcome you to Openlight and together we look forward to strengthening our community.


Our community and social enterprise are both underpinned by good governance and responsible management, incorporating:


Purpose and Strategy – we will maintain a clear purpose and strategy that aligns to our activities


Roles and Responsibilities – our roles will be clear, with appropriate responsibilities that align to them


Board Composition – we will seek board participation that enables us to fulfill its role


Board Effectiveness – we will strive for excellence and evaluate our effectiveness


Risk Management – our decisions will be informed by our understanding of risk and how it is managed


Performance – we will use our resources appropriately and seek opportunity for growth


Accountability and transparency – the board will demonstrate accountability by providing information to its stakeholders


Conduct and compliance – the expectations of behaviour for all people involved will be clear and understood

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