Ben Atkinson has spent most of his career working towards better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in his local community.Read more
Devastated, Felicity stared at the smouldering embers of her family home. All her possessions, her memories and her security had burnt to the ground – she had nothing left and nowhere to go.Read more
For Jean, volunteering at her local op shop has led to new friendships.Read more
Jay is one of the thousands of Lifeline volunteers who provide life-saving support to people in crisis each day.Read more
Maria started volunteering with Uniting seven years ago as a way of giving back to her community.Read more
For nearly 60 years, Jan has been a familiar face at St Mark’s Uniting Church.Read more
It’s time to take a holistic approach to help people experiencing financial vulnerability, social isolation and poor mental healtRead more
As the federal election day draws closer, we believe urgent action is needed to ensure all Australians are supported and empowered to live a fulfilling life. That is why we have selected four priorities that we are bringing to the attention of candidates in these elections.Read more
Sally* and her children are one of the growing number of families living in crisis due to the rising cost of living.Read more
The Easter period embraces two powerful reminders of the foundations of the Christian faith – profound loss and resurrection or new life.Read more
The great success of our 2018 Christmas appeals was thanks to you, our generous and compassionate supporters, and the wider community.Read more
Young people at risk of, or experiencing crisis and instability can remain connected to their community and enjoy a good meal through the Meals for Change program in Ballarat.Read more
Michelle is one of the 93% of Victorian parents who believe early learning is crucial to a child’s development.Read more
Accessing the right support can be challenging for people facing financial
hardship, family violence, health concerns, housing or employment issues.
The Federal Minister for Families and Social Services has notified the Uniting Church in Australia that it meets the requirements to take part in the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.Read more
The ongoing bushfires in Eastern Victoria are affecting some of our services in that region.
Please contact your local office if you need more information.Read more
An important part of our mission is to confront injustice and improve people’s lives.
February 20 marks the tenth annual United Nations (UN) World Day of Social Justice.Read more
A registered Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE) employing more than 30 people, the talented team at Fire & Clay produce an array of handcrafted pottery and ceramic garden products.Read more
The new research collaboration with Swinburne University is part of a strategic vision to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable peopleRead more
Our CEO, Paul Linossier, has today written to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee making clear that changes are needed to the ParentsNext program, and in particular the Targeted Compliance Framework. In our view the program as currently operating hurts the people it is designed to support and makes them even more vulnerable.Read more
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of securing your first job—and the experience was no less satisfying for Brad, 27 and Bella, 23. The dynamic duo has been bursting with enthusiasm ever since they began their careers with Telstra.Read more
Mark is happiest with a guitar in hand, but living with disability and mental illness has made it hard for him to pursue his passion. Not anymore.Read more
Over the next 16 days we’re joining the global movement to raise awareness of and take action against gender-based violence as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.Read more
Today the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania and its community services organisation, Uniting Vic.Tas, have expressed disappointment at the announcement by the Victorian Liberal Leader Matthew Guy that he would close the North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room (MSIR) if the Coalition win this weekend’s State election.Read more
Kerry Post has over 12 years of foster care experience and has cared for 48 children in that time.Read more
Our foster carers come from all walks of life. They can be of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, be of any sexual orientation, partnered or married, employed or full-time at home.Read more
A statement on the Coroner’s findings into the death of Patrick McCabe.Read more
Sandra held the little girl in her arms, fighting to hold back the tears. Being a grandmother was supposed to be full of joy and delight. She could never have imagined that it would be like this – sleeping in the back of a car surrounded by their belongings.Read more
A book celebrating the voices of children living in the Wimmera region has been launched to coincide with National Children’s Week. Titled We Are Wimmera, the book features pictures and words that reflect the creativity and imagination of local children.Read more
This week we are marking Anti-Poverty Week. In spite of 25 years of economic growth, poverty levels in Australia haven’t reduced in over a decade. Three million Australians live below the poverty line and Victoria has the highest level of child poverty in the country, at 18.6%.Read more
Horses For Hope is helping humans and horses heal together after facing some of life’s biggest hurdles.
The equine assisted therapy program assists people of all ages who have not successfully engaged or been supported by traditional therapies.Read more
Each day hundreds of volunteers keep our op shops running to raise vital funds for Uniting services and offer affordable goods to local communities.Read more
In 2016, Esta sought refuge in Australia after fleeing her home in Papua New Guinea, where her violent husband and other community members had put her life at risk. She made the difficult decision to leave her three children in her mother’s care to ensure their safety.Read more
April knows firsthand what it means to be homeless. Now she is determined to make a difference for others.Read more
Today we are celebrating good news for young people in foster and residential care. They will be offered support until the age of 21, thanks to funding announced by the Victorian State Government.Read more
Students from North Ringwood Community House have pitched in to create an outdoor haven for fellow youth experiencing crisis.Read more
All children deserve access to quality education that gives them the best start to life.
That’s why we’re calling on political parties to commit to 15-hours a week of fully funded, high-quality early learning for every three-year-old.Read more
At Uniting, we believe that affordable, safe and secure housing is an essential human right.
Today we welcome news of the State Government’s new laws to make renting fairer for all Victorians.
Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act will strengthen renters’ rights and better protect vulnerable tenants.Read more
Pick My Project is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with over $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area.
You have the opportunity to vote for the three projects you think will best assist your community.
Voting is open until 5pm on Monday 17 September. To register and vote, visit www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.auRead more
Megan is one of the 12,111 Victorians experiencing crisis and homelessness that we supported in the last financial year.
She is the human face of the housing crisis that is leaving thousands of people across Victoria and Tasmania vulnerable, barely surviving and, in many cases, homeless.Read more
Are you an established or emerging Aboriginal artist based in Victoria or Tasmania? We are currently inviting expressions of interest to work with us on a commissioned artwork as the creative expression of our journey to reconciliation.Read more
Denise has volunteered with Lifeline Ballarat for ten years. She is this year’s Victorian State Finalist for the Mary Parsissons Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award at the national Lifeline conference.Read more
We invited First Nations woman and Uniting Aged and Community Services Team Leader, Jodie Hampson to share her thoughts on NAIDOC Week and being a First Nations women with us.
Uniting Vic.Tas welcomes news of the Victorian Government’s $17.4 million Family Violence Advisor program. The program will see two family Violence Advisors shorty commence at Uniting’s specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) service, Uniting ReGen, in their North Eastern and Hume Moreland Catchment areas.Read more
An innovative power saving challenge by power company Jemena has resulted in a generous donation to a Uniting program that helps people facing financial hardship access the right support.Read more
We need to raise $600,000 by June 30 to provide support for people in crisis. Your tax deductible donation is crucial for helping people to move from crisis to stability.
This week the Victorian Parliament is considering a Bill that takes the first steps in establishing a Treaty with Traditional Owners. We urge all members of the Victorian Parliament to support the Treaty advancement process.Read more
With limited transport options and fewer services available for people living outside of central city areas, families can find themselves stressed and lonely – often with no one to turn to.Read more
Today sees the start of National Volunteer Week. Over this week, we’ll share stories of volunteering from around Uniting, highlighting the different experiences of our volunteers and the many reasons people give their time to support others.Read more
As part of the Uniting St Mark’s Planned Activity Group for over a year, volunteer Christiane says it’s the people working and attending the group that keep her as passionate as she was on her first day.
Uniting volunteer, photographer and veteran Gordon Traill shares his journey in the hopes it will bring hope for others
After completing his studies in Australia, Boris moved back to Hong Kong to pursue a banking career. But something just didn’t feel right.
Without support from dedicated volunteers like Faye, we would not be able to provide one-to-one support for those in our Through the Looking Glass program.
The 10 week program includes parenting support and a playgroup for newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants in Shepparton, both of which Faye has supported.
A new book, The Victoria Cross – Australia Remembers, photographed by ex-veteran and Uniting volunteer Gordon Traills, tells the stories of the families of 100 Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross.Read more
Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania has today launched two new alcohol and other drug (AOD) services to save lives and create safer environments for families across Victoria.Read more
In a national first, the Victorian State Government has announced that Uniting Vic.Tas will lead the introduction of a new trial service for foster children with siblings, the Keeping Connected Program.
Every year Uniting Prahran hosts a Christmas lunch for vulnerable people. In 2017 they partnered with Stonnington City Council for a grand gathering of 300 guests to share the joy and celebration of the season.
Across Australia, 44,000 young people don’t have a safe place to sleep at night, and it’s not just a big city problem. Last year we supported to 116 young people in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, 102 of whom were at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.Read more
Every minute in Australia, someone calls Lifeline. People call looking for someone to talk to about suicidal thoughts or attempts, personal crisis, anxiety, depression, loneliness, abuse, or seeking information for friends and family.Read more
With the right advice and support, family situations that are unhealthy or even dangerous for children can be restored to caring, safe places where everyone thrives and children get the best start in life.Read more
God’s call to welcome the refugee and the stranger makes providing support for people seeking asylum a priority for many Uniting Church congregations. In Victoria, the result is a church network that is an essential part of the Uniting Asylum Seeker Program.Read more
People seeking asylum are some of the most vulnerable in our community.
While they wait for the outcome of their protection claims, some people have no work rights, no income or healthcare and no access to safe housing.
Home Start offers early intervention support, friendship and practical parenting insights for families with at least one child who is eight years of age or younger. In Yarra Ranges it is run by Uniting. While the work being done has already made a powerful and positive difference in the local community, more volunteers are needed to keep it going.Read more
From 1 February 2018, medicines containing codeine will no longer be available without a prescription. What might this mean for you, or someone you care for?Read more
Clients at Uniting St Mark’s were thrilled to have a few extra green thumbs at work in the garden recently when they were joined by 14 year-nine students from Oakleigh Grammar.Read more
Uniting is hosting a number of community lunches during the Christmas season for our clients to come together and enjoy a warm meal and a chat.Read more
A community nursery run by Uniting Kildonan, located in Coburg in Melbourne’s north, is encouraging families and communities to come together to learn about growing and preparing fresh food at its annual Garden Fiesta.Read more
MEDIA RELEASE: Uniting applaud announcement of Australia’s second Medically Supervised Injecting Centreon October 31, 2017 | Posted by: Uniting
The organisation that opened Australia’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC), today welcomed the Victorian government announcement that a centre will be established in Melbourne.Read more
Talented artists who participate in programs run by Uniting Wesley and Uniting Harrison have been selected to exhibit their works at the State Trustees Connected Art Exhibition at Federation Square from Monday 23 October.Read more
On Monday 23 October, the longest running uninterrupted interview program in the history of community radio, Listen to Older Voices, will go to air with its 1,000th episode. For 19 years, the program, which is part of Uniting Wesley’s Melba Club, has provided a public platform for the stories, views and opinions of older citizens across Melbourne.Read more
National suicide data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown a slight reduction in deaths by suicide. Sadly, there are still about eight lives lost to suicide every day in Australia.Read more
Uniting Ballarat is celebrating after the announcement that one of their own has been recognised as going above and beyond for people who are experiencing homelessness in the local area.Read more
Uniting Wimmera Family Day Care Educator, Collette Okely, has been named a regional winner in the 2017 Excellence in Family Day Care Awards.Read more
If you’re concerned that someone you know might be thinking about taking their own life, it’s important to be direct in asking the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?”Read more
It’s no wonder that Uniting’s hardworking Pathways 2 Employment team took out the Excellence in Employment Outcomes award at the recent Victorian Disability Awards – an honour that Community Relations Manager, Vicki Walsh, says is so well deserved.
In Melbourne’s eastern suburbs more than 13,000 people sought the assistance of homelessness and crisis services last year.
Many of them were Melbourne’s ‘hidden homeless’, people who live temporarily with others but aren’t guaranteed permanent, private and secure housing.Read more
Uniting is developing a resolution on Medically Supervised Injecting Centres (MSICs) for the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania, following a request from Moderator Rev Sharon Hollis and General Secretary Rev Dr Mark Lawrence.Read more
The nation’s largest provider of aged care services has supported the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) call for a national approach to combatting elder abuse in its Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response recently released.Read more
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church in Australia.
The Church came into being on 22 June 1977, after three denominations – Congregational Union in Australia, the Methodist Church of Australasia, and the Presbyterian Church of Australia – joined together.