16 Days of Activism

on November 24, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Peter loses everything in bushfire

on October 30, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Last summer, Australia faced an unprecedented national crisis as bushfires devastated our country. Peter was forced to flee as the bushfires blazed through his Gippsland community.

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Sonia’s health worries

on October 30, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Thousands of Victorians and Tasmanians have found themselves at risk as a result of COVID-19. We’ve all felt the pressure of the pandemic. But for our community’s most vulnerable, the struggle has been more serious.

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St Leonard’s Brighton Beach Uniting Church create recipe for success

on September 24, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting
  • In 2017, Barry Schofield came up with the perfect recipe to shake up St Leonard’s Brighton Beach Uniting Church Pancake Day fundraising activities.
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Helping children to thrive

on September 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

When a friend suggested becoming a foster carer, Jill jumped at the idea. “I was single, I had a spare bedroom and I was working part-time. I felt like I was in a good position to become a foster carer,” says Jill.

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A million steps for mental health

on September 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

On Saturday 12 September 2020, 600 firefighters and other emergency service personnel would have stepped up to fight depression, post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) and suicide by climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.

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Providing a home away from home

on September 14, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Geordie and Matt have long been a loving aunty and uncle to their nieces and nephews.

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Respite carers provide vital break

on September 11, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Respite carers give full-time foster carers or birth families at risk of breakdown a vital break from their responsibilities.

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A personal connection leads Ben to foster caring

on September 11, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Being a foster carer has a deep personal connection for Ben. “One of the reasons I decided to go down this path is because my mum was in care when she was younger,” say Ben.

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A loving home for children in need

on September 11, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Stephanie and David decided to become foster carers while expecting their second child.

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Advocating for people big and small.

on August 31, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

With a collective voice, we achieve more. Rallying together, we’ve made some bold moves.

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Your generosity helps us plan for the future.

on August 28, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

It’s thanks to our generous supporters that we can plan our programs and embrace the future.

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Rebuilding after the bushfires.

on August 28, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

It’s been a challenging year. Back in January, we asked you – our generous supporters – to get behind communities impacted by bushfires. Since then, through your overwhelming kindness, we have raised $430,000 Thank you for your support.

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Warming hearts.

on August 28, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

The reality of being ‘left out in the cold’ can be all too real for those experiencing
homelessness.

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Uniting supporting Victorians experiencing bill stress

on August 27, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Debt to energy companies is one of the most common sources of financial stress raised with Uniting’s financial counsellors.

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Uniting together to help feed Melbourne’s homeless

on August 5, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

We have joined forces with Fareshare, Rotary Prahran, Pinchapoo, Coles and Launch Housing to provide packaged meals and toiletries to those doing it tough during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ensuring everybody has a place to call home

on August 3, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

A warm bed and a safe and secure roof over our head is something many of us take for granted. On any given night, more than 120,000 people around Australia are homeless, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Homeless package must not forget the ‘hidden homeless’

on July 30, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic.Tas has welcomed the Victorian Government’s new $150 million from Homelessness to a Home package and called for a greater focus on homelessness in regional Victoria.

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Uniting Vic.Tas supports Disability Royal Commission

on July 28, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability is inquiring into all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in all settings and contexts.

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Jobseeker changes risk millions slipping back into poverty

on July 22, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO, Bronwyn Pike said the federal government’s decision to cut the JobSeeker payment and end the coronavirus supplement by the end of the year will force millions of Australians – including at least 1 million children – below the poverty line.

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New general manager appointments

on July 21, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike has today announced two new appointments to the Executive Leadership Team.

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Uniting Statement of Support for the National Day of Action to Raise the Rate

on July 14, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

The continuing COVID-19 health and economic crises have led to more people than ever before struggling to find paid work.

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New COVID-19 restrictions

on July 10, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

This year continues to challenge every one of us. The coronavirus has completely changed the way we live, work and relate to our family and friends. And just when we were hopeful of things beginning to open up, the situation has taken another worrying turn.  

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Standing up for reconciliation and justice for all people.

on June 5, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic.Tas, together with national leaders of the Uniting Church and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, stands solemnly alongside protesters in the United States following the tragic death of African American man George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police.

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Matt’s story

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

This year’s Uniting Winter Share Appeal means more than ever before to so many people. In these trying times, the face of vulnerability is changing.

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Commitment to community drives Peter

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Peter’s leadership skills were recognised early in his volunteering, when he took on the responsibility of managing the Uniting Op Shop in Hamlyn Heights.

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Passion for recycling pays off

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

From day one of his volunteering role, Noel’s passion for the environment and recycling has been infectious.

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Bruce a driving force for local youth

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Bruce is an L2P mentor who is committed to ensuring young people are well equipped to get behind the wheel.

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Supporting parents in need

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Home-Start volunteers provide invaluable mentoring and emotional support to other parents experiencing isolation.

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Helping newly arrived families form connections

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

The Chinese Families Playgroup volunteers are dedicated to helping Asian migrant families to settle in their local community.

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Personal experience helps Anne make a difference

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Anne is an integral part of the Hobart emergency relief team, providing practical and emotional support to individuals and families working towards a brighter future.

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Dynamic duo creates recipe for success

on May 15, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Anne and Viola have been volunteering at the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre for a combined 30 years.

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ABC Goulburn Murray and Uniting’s Winter Blanket Appeal

on May 13, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Keep families warm this winter and enable Uniting to provide swags and blankets for people sleeping rough in the Goulburn Murray region.

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Kindergartens are open and free for Term 2

on April 9, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Following advice from the Victorian Government, all Uniting kindergartens will open after the Easter break.

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Jobkeeper leaves large early learning providers in the cold

on April 7, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic Tas, says the Federal Government’s childcare package will offer some relief to parents, but it won’t be enough to keep all childcare services open.

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Message to all our consumers

on March 30, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Our absolute priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our consumers, volunteers and employees.

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Volunteers in the community

on March 24, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Anne is an integral part of the Hobart emergency relief team, providing practical and emotional support to individuals and families working towards a brighter future.

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Ensuring everyone has a place to call home

on March 24, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

The rising cost of living and the lack of affordable housing has seen a growing number of people without a roof over their head. Uniting is working with the Victorian government and other community service organisations to provide practical support for people in crisis.

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We’re still here for you.

on March 23, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Important notice for our consumers: 

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COVID-19 Early Learning Services Update

on March 23, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Following the Victorian Government decision to start the first term school holidays early, all Uniting kindergartens will commence school holidays as of today, Monday 23 March from 5.00pm.

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Homeshare SHOUT Week

on March 17, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

It’s Homeshare SHOUT Week to raise awareness of homesharing and its benefits.

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A message from Uniting Vic.Tas CEO, Bronwyn Pike

on March 16, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Like lots of other organisations, we are getting to grips with what COVID-19 means for us.

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The spirit of giving

on March 6, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Many people in our community, who find the festive season particularly hard, had a brighter Christmas thanks to you.

You responded to those in need with a sense of compassion and generosity through our fundraising initiatives.

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Community connection keeps Virginia going

on March 6, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Virginia (pictured above with Paul Linossier and Bronwyn Pike) has been the heart and soul of our Sale Op Shop for 33 years and her service was recently recognised at our Melbourne Annual Public Meeting.

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Jude Munro announced as new Board Chair

on February 12, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Jude Munro AO has today been announced as the new Board Chair of Uniting Vic.Tas. 

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Faith-based organisation do not support current religious discrimination bill

on February 11, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

Leaders from Victoria’s most prominent faith-based and religious community service organisations have come together to urge the Federal Government not to implement the Religious Discrimination Bill as proposed.

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Supporting communities affected by bushfires

on January 7, 2020 | Posted by: Uniting

The bushfire events over the New Year have affected all of us deeply. We are committed to working with communities to heal after these traumatic events. 

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Bushfires – Bairnsdale office closed

on December 31, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Due to the current bushfire emergency, the Uniting office in Bairnsdale is closed until further notice. Phones have been diverted to the Sale office.

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Religious freedom must be balanced against the rights of all people

on December 12, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic.Tas CEO, Bronwyn Pike, has today joined with CEOs of two other faith-based community services organisations to reiterate their concern about the latest draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill.

 

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Freya and Levi’s story

on December 12, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Freya and Levi are a young couple from Launceston who earlier this year discovered they were expecting a baby.

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Skye’s story

on December 12, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Skye’s children are the centre of her life. “They are my world and I don’t know what I’d do without them,” she says.

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Taking action to raise the rate of income support payments

on November 27, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

On Wednesday 20 November, we presented to the Senate Committee hearing about the inadequacy of current welfare supports for individuals and families, particularly for struggling rural and regional communities.

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Partnership to deliver crisis accommodation for women in Melbourne’s East

on November 26, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Construction work started last week on a new crisis accommodation facility in Mitcham, designed to support older women at risk of homelessness.

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It’s time to Raise the Rate

on October 11, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Take action this Anti-Poverty Week.

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Uniting to urge greater fairness, accountability from Centrelink

on October 9, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Uniting Vic.Tas will today set out before a Senate Committee hearing the devastating effect that Centrelink’s Robodebt system is having on vulnerable Australians.

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Helping families celebrate the big occasions

on October 1, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

For families under financial strain, shopping for special occasions like a school formal can bring about stress.

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Spellbinding stories at Scots Early Learning Centre

on September 20, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Armed with his trusty box of props, Scots-Memorial Uniting Church Minister Graham Sturdy brings stories to life at Scots Early Learning Centre in Hobart.

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The legacy of a life well lived

on September 19, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Hazel’s faith came with a strong sense of justice

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Where there’s a Will, there’s a way

on September 19, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

John is determined to leave a lasting legacy

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Our services provide more than just food

on September 19, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Maidie Graham manages the Uniting Crisis and Homelessness Services in Ringwood and Footscray. She says a parcel of food can go a long way in helping individuals and families in crisis.

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A new home for BreezeWay

on September 19, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Where people move from crisis to stability

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Uniting in NSW extends support for young people in care

on September 10, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

In great news for young people in foster, kinship and residential care in New South Wales, Uniting will become the first service provider in the state to offer support until the age of 21.  

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Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb

on August 27, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Firefighters from across the country are getting ready to step up to support mental health services.

This year’s Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on Saturday 7 September will see 600 firefighters climb the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel.

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Help end homelessness

on August 2, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Affordable, safe and secure housing is an essential human right.

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Uniting Vic.Tas announces leadership changes

on July 29, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Statement by Bronwyn Pike, Chair of the Board

 Monday 29 July 2019 – I am today announcing a number of leadership changes within Uniting Vic.Tas.

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week

on July 11, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

NAIDOC Week is a time for all of us to work together for a shared future.

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Personal experience helps to guide RAP

on May 24, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Ben Atkinson has spent most of his career working towards better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in his local community.

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Felicity* had nothing left and nowhere to go…

on May 23, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Volunteering role leads to valued friendships

on May 17, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

For Jean, volunteering at her local op shop has led to new friendships.

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A reassuring voice for people in need

on May 17, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Jay is one of the thousands of Lifeline volunteers who provide life-saving support to people in crisis each day.

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The importance of giving back

on May 17, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Maria started volunteering with Uniting seven years ago as a way of giving back to her community.

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Celebrating 60 years of volunteering

on May 17, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

For nearly 60 years, Jan has been a familiar face at St Mark’s Uniting Church.

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Winter Breakfast provides food for thought

on May 13, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

It’s time to take a holistic approach to help people experiencing financial vulnerability, social isolation and poor mental healt

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Our Federal election platform

on May 3, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Supporting families in need

on April 18, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Sally* and her children are one of the growing number of families living in crisis due to the rising cost of living.

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Easter message from Uniting

on April 17, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

The Easter period embraces two powerful reminders of the foundations of the Christian faith – profound loss and resurrection or new life.

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Christmas wrapped up

on April 3, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

The great success of our 2018 Christmas appeals was thanks to you, our generous and compassionate supporters, and the wider community.

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Sharing a meal is togetherness

on April 3, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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New funding will give children a better start

on April 3, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Michelle is one of the 93% of Victorian parents who believe early learning is crucial to a child’s development.

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Community partnership eases financial burden

on April 3, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

Accessing the right support can be challenging for people facing financial
hardship, family violence, health concerns, housing or employment issues.

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Uniting Church joins National Redress Scheme

on March 29, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Services affected by bushfires

Service affected by bushfires in Eastern Victoria

on March 4, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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UN World Day of Social Justice

on February 19, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Making a difference with Fire & Clay

on February 14, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Uniting and Swinburne join forces to strengthen community services

on February 6, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

The new research collaboration with Swinburne University is part of a strategic vision to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable people

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Changes are needed to the ParentsNext program

on January 31, 2019 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Brad and Bella’s story

on December 14, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Support helps Mark pursue his passion

on November 30, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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16 Days of Activism

on November 23, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Uniting supports North Richmond Medically Supervised Injecting Room

on November 22, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Kerry’s story

on November 15, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

Kerry Post has over 12 years of foster care experience and has cared for 48 children in that time.

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Coroner’s Findings on the death of Patrick McCabe

on November 14, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

A statement on the Coroner’s findings into the death of Patrick McCabe.

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Give more than hope: Keep families together this Christmas

on November 1, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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We are Wimmera book launches at rural schools

on October 26, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Working together to end poverty

on October 15, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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%.

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Horses for Hope Spring Open Day

on October 8, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Celebrating National Op Shop Week

on October 1, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

Each day hundreds of volunteers keep our op shops running to raise vital funds for Uniting services and offer affordable goods to local communities.

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Hope for Esta

on September 26, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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Courage overcomes

on September 26, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

April knows firsthand what it means to be homeless. Now she is determined to make a difference for others.

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Victoria commits to supporting care-leavers

on September 25, 2018 | Posted by: Uniting

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.

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