In 2017, Barry Schofield come up with the perfect recipe to shake up St Leonard’s Brighton Beach Uniting Church Pancake Day fundraising activities.Read more
Airport West Uniting Church joined the Coffee Cup Challenge for the first time in 2019.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Geordie and Matt have long been a loving aunty and uncle to their nieces and nephews.Read more
Respite carers give full-time foster carers or birth families at risk of breakdown a vital break from their responsibilities.Read more
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.Read more
Stephanie and David decided to become foster carers while expecting their second child.Read more
With a collective voice, we achieve more. Rallying together, we’ve made some bold moves.Read more
It’s thanks to our generous supporters that we can plan our programs and embrace the future.Read more
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.Read more
The reality of being ‘left out in the cold’ can be all too real for those experiencing
Debt to energy companies is one of the most common sources of financial stress raised with Uniting’s financial counsellors.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike has today announced two new appointments to the Executive Leadership Team.Read more
The continuing COVID-19 health and economic crises have led to more people than ever before struggling to find paid work.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Keep families warm this winter and enable Uniting to provide swags and blankets for people sleeping rough in the Goulburn Murray region.Read more
Following advice from the Victorian Government, all Uniting kindergartens will open after the Easter break.Read more
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.Read more
Our absolute priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our consumers, volunteers and employees.Read more
Important notice for our consumers:Read more
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.Read more
It’s Homeshare SHOUT Week to raise awareness of homesharing and its benefits.Read more
Like lots of other organisations, we are getting to grips with what COVID-19 means for us.Read more
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.Read more
Jude Munro AO has today been announced as the new Board Chair of Uniting Vic.Tas.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
Freya and Levi are a young couple from Launceston who earlier this year discovered they were expecting a baby.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Construction work started last week on a new crisis accommodation facility in Mitcham, designed to support older women at risk of homelessness.Read more
Take action this Anti-Poverty Week.Read more
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.Read more
For families under financial strain, shopping for special occasions like a school formal can bring about stress.Read more
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.Read more
Hazel’s faith came with a strong sense of justiceRead more
John is determined to leave a lasting legacyRead more
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.Read more
Where people move from crisis to stabilityRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Affordable, safe and secure housing is an essential human right.Read more
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.Read more
NAIDOC Week is a time for all of us to work together for a shared future.Read more
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
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
In commemoration of the National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 2 June), our team in East Melbourne enjoyed a morning tea together. Special guest visitors included Elder and Gunditjmara woman, Aunty Georgina Lovett Williams as well as our ReGen Senior Aboriginal Cultural Advisor and Yorta Yorta man, Uncle Ron Briggs.
The Winter Breakfast Event on 15 May heard from an expert panel about the economic factors that are driving an increase in demand for emergency relief services.Read more