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 and people with disability can improve their independence, access respite care and build friendships. 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 residential care, foster care, kinship care, adoption and permanent care services.

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 provide a range of services including accommodation, material aid, meals, bill payment assistance and financial counselling to people living in disadvantage. We welcome individuals and families newly arrived or settling in Australia and offer case support and accommodation, as well as social and learning activities.

Counselling is available for families experiencing family violence, financial hardship or homelessness. There are also counselling services just for children. Families and individuals can access emergency financial aid in times of crisis, and interest-free loans are available to help people buy household items or cover necessary expenses.

Alcohol and other drug services

Our family reunification service provide parents with intensive, wrap-around support to help them recover and strengthen their capacity to provide a safe environment for their children. 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.

Disability

We support people with disability to live the life they choose. For people living with disability, accessing support is about being empowered through choice. We assist them to participate in their local community and achieve their goals. We provide a range of services including residential and day activities as well as respite options.

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-shops offer 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 shops provide an independent stream of funds to support our programs, which helps provide much needed support for vulnerable people in our community.

Independent Living Units

St Andrew’s Close in Stratford consists of 10 two-bedroom independent living units. The units provide long-term, secure accommodation for people 55 years of age or older, who are either retired or semi-retired. Inspection is by appointment. Please contact Michael Allen on 0407 696 858 or 5144 7777

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 in Sale, Leongatha, Bairnsdale, Morwell and Warragul.