Uniting Wyndham

About us

Uniting Care Werribee Support and Housing 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.

Beginning as UnitingCare Werribee Support and Housing in the early 1980’s, Uniting Wyndham’s work revolves around preventing homelessness for people who are at risk, helping people experiencing homelessness find long-term accommodation, supporting young people and providing families with support to get them back on their feet. There are also programs to help young people who are at risk of leaving home early or in need of housing.

Services

Child, youth and family

Every person has a right to live safe from harm. 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.

Young Parent Support Program
Our Young Parents playgroup is designed for young parents up to the age of 25 years, with children aged between 0-5 years. Our Young Parents Playgroup helps young families connect with similar aged parents within the City of Wyndham.

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Foster Care
Many children and young people are unable to live with their birth families. We work with Child Protection to provide them a safe, supportive environment.

In many circumstances, children and young people in foster care have lived through varying degrees of trauma, loss and separation. Some of these early life experiences may mean that children have a variety of needs. According to Fostering Connections, research shows quality foster care can vastly improve a child’s future and greatly reduce their chances of homelessness, unemployment, mental and physical health concerns, and involvement with the criminal justice system.We believe working together with carers as a care team is the best way to provide support tailored to the needs of the child or young person in care.

EQUIPPED
This independent living skills program helps young people between 15 and 25 gain confidence to stand on their own two feet. Run in an informal setting with engaging activities and speakers, the program focuses on finances, cooking, self-care, employment, education, accommodation, safety, health and wellbeing.

Emergency Relief

We work to empower people with the information, skills and tools they need to live a healthy, happy life. Sometimes it doesn’t take much for bills to spiral out of control. Individuals and families hit with unexpected expenses can quickly see their household budgets overwhelmed. Unemployment, illnesses or even back-to-school costs may leave people unable to pay the bills.

We provide support to local individuals and families in the form of material aid – food, clothing and household goods, back-to-school costs, bill payment assistance and financial counselling to people living in disadvantage.

The Family Crisis Program
Our Family Crisis program provides support to families in Wyndham experiencing a housing crisis. This program is designed to assist families who are at risk of becoming homeless.

The Family Program
We offers support to families 26 years and over primarily through transitional housing and support. Program staff work intensively with families to support and access long-term housing options.

The Single Adult Program
We offers support to single adults over 26 years of age who require housing support. The program assists clients to access long term housing, and refers to appropriate services that suits individual needs.

Homelessness Early Intervention
The Homelessness Early Intervention program supports people experiencing homelessness or family violence and can include emergency aid or food. We also work through tough times with students and their families to help keep them engaged with school.

Reconnect Youth Homelessness Prevention
The Reconnect Youth Homelessness Prevention program supports young people who are facing family challenges to help them build better relationships at home. We also work with young people looking for jobs or education and training to help break the homelessness cycle. Young people who want to improve the skills they need to live independently can attend the EQUIPPED program, designed to build confidence and help young people with budgeting, cooking, health and housing.

Families and people aged over 26 can access support to deal with the pressures that may put them at risk of homelessness. There is also transitional and medium-term housing available, with the aim of supporting people as they move into long-term housing.

Op-shops

Our opportunity shop is conveniently located in front of the Crossroads Uniting Church. It is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

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 Wyndham.

The shops provide an independent stream of funds to support our Emergency Relief programs, which helps Uniting Wyndham provide much needed support for vulnerable people in our community.

Our locations