Uniting Gippsland

About us

UnitingCare Gippsland is now part of Uniting Vic.Tas – the community services arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. We are 24 Uniting Church agencies that have come together to combine our resources and experience for greater change. We work alongside people of all ages in local communities across Victoria and Tasmania. Working together we can do this more effectively for more people.

We support families dealing with family breakdown, parents with alcohol and other drug dependence, financial pressures or housing challenges. Parents can get help developing their parenting skills or providing safe homes for children. We also support families trying to improve their relationships. Older people can improve their independence, and build friendships in our secure and comfortable independent living units. People experiencing crisis and homelessness can get the support they need while they focus on building brighter days ahead.

Our Services

Child, youth and family

We work alongside children, youth and families to set goals, develop their skills and strengthen relationships that enable them to thrive. Where staying in the primary home isn’t possible, we provide foster care and kinship care..

Counselling is available for individuals and families experiencing family violence as well as generalist counselling.

Children are at the centre of programs that support parents in a range of ways. Parents or parents-to-be who want to improve their parenting skills will find a range of resources to give them a hand. There are also services for children at risk of homelessness.

Resilient communities

We people who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness to access a range of crisis, transitional and longer term accommodation.

In Wellington Shire, we also provide emergency relief support including food parcels and bill payment assistance.

Alcohol and other drug services

We’re here for families to ensure they have the best chance of being reunified with their children. Our Family Reunification Program is designed to give prioritised support to individuals with alcohol and other drug conditions as part of their Family Reunification Order.

This service is available to parents on a reunification order across six local government areas, including Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington municipalities. Access to this service is via referral from a Department of Health & Human Services Child Protection Worker only. Read more

Disability

We support young people with disability to develop their living skills and access social engagement activities in a group environment.

Op shop

We operate the ‘This N That Opportunity Shop’ conveniently located in the heart of Sale. Run by dedicated volunteers and staff, our op-shop offers a wide range of reasonably price clothing, accessories, manchester, books, toys, furniture and households goods – with every single purchase helping to create better, safer and healthier lives for vulnerable people across Gippsland.

The shop provides an independent stream of funds to support our programs, which helps provide much needed support for vulnerable people in our community.

Independent Living Units

Independent living is much more than bricks and mortar. It’s all about the freedom to make decisions about how you want to live.

St Andrew’s Close at Stratford, is a welcoming social community for individuals and couples who want more time to enjoy life. St Andrew’s Close offers 10 affordable and secure two-bedroom homes specially designed for over 55s. There’s no need for an assessment. You can choose from three different floor plans to complement your lifestyle and add your own personal touch.

Daniel Gunson Memorial Homes at Bruthen offers 12 one-bedroom units and 3 two-bedroom units, each with their own private, fully fenced backyards. All units are designed to cater for the needs of older people and provide an affordable alternative for retirement living.

Early Learning Centres

We support children and families to create, learn and grow through high-quality education and care services. Early childhood is a time of exploration, creativity and discovery. We offer Early Learning facilities with Child Care and Kindergarten options throughout Gippsland.

Our locations

We provide a range of services throughout Gippsland, delivered by our dedicated team of staff and volunteers across Bass Coast, Baw Baw, East Gippsland, Latrobe, South Gippsland and Wellington municipalities.