Jobs Victoria Advocates

Find out how our advocates can connect you with TAFE skills and job centres, employment services, apprenticeships and more.
 
Our advocates make sure you know about the resources available to help you find a job.
 
To find out more register now for one of our information sessions.
 
Register now

Jobs Victoria Advocates

Find out how our advocates can connect you with TAFE skills and job centres, employment services, apprenticeships and more.
 
Our advocates make sure you know about the resources available to help you find a job.
 
To find out more register now for one of our information sessions.
 
Register now

Jobs Victoria Advocates

Find out how our advocates can connect you with TAFE skills and job centres, employment services, apprenticeships and more.
 
Our advocates make sure you know about the resources available to help you find a job.
 
To find out more register now for one of our information sessions.
 
Register now

Pathways 2 Employment (SLES)

Uniting’s SLES prepares school leavers with disability to make the transition from school to employment through a range of training, work placements and life skill opportunities over 2 years.
 
  • Setting individual goals
  • Individual and group work placements
  • Training options
  • Travel Training and Drivers Education to get a learners permit
To find out more register now for one of our SLES information sessions.
 
Register now

Pathways 2 Employment (SLES)

Uniting’s SLES prepares school leavers with disability to make the transition from school to employment through a range of training, work placements and life skill opportunities over 2 years.
 
  • Setting individual goals
  • Individual and group work placements
  • Training options
  • Travel Training and Drivers Education to get a learners permit
To find out more register now for one of our SLES information sessions.
 
Register now

Pathways 2 Employment (SLES)

Uniting’s SLES prepares school leavers with disability to make the transition from school to employment through a range of training, work placements and life skill opportunities over 2 years.
 
  • Setting individual goals
  • Individual and group work placements
  • Training options
  • Travel Training and Drivers Education to get a learners permit
To find out more register now for one of our SLES information sessions.
 
Register now

Pathways 2 Employment (SLES)

Uniting’s SLES prepares school leavers with disability to make the transition from school to employment through a range of training, work placements and life skill opportunities over 2 years.
 
  • Setting individual goals
  • Individual and group work placements
  • Training options
  • Travel Training and Drivers Education to get a learners permit
To find out more register now for one of our SLES information sessions.
 
Register now

Jobs Victoria Advocates

Find out how our advocates can connect you with TAFE skills and job centres, employment services, apprenticeships and more.
 
Our advocates make sure you know about the resources available to help you find a job.
 
To find out more register now for one of our information sessions.
 
Register now

Technology and Addiction Part 2: Gaming and eSports

The TriPeaks webinar will explore various aspects of video games addiction.
 
Presenters include Professor Mark Griffiths, Nottingham Trent University; Professor Antonio Verdejo-Garcia, Monash University; and Mandy Buchholtz, Uniting Vic.Tas.
 
Hosted by Victorian HealthCare Association
 
Register here

2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival

Where:
Start Line: Batman Avenue (150m North of Rod Laver Arena)
Finish Line: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Run for Uniting at this years Nike Melbourne Marathon Festival, and help make a difference for individuals, families and communities in Victoria.

Circle around Albert Park Lake, Flinders Street Station, pass the St Kilda beach foreshore and cross the finish line at the MCG to cheers from supporters, family and friends.

Register today.

Note: The 2021 Nike Melbourne Marathon is not a Uniting hosted event.

Annual Public Meeting

Jude Munro, Board Chair, and Bronwyn Pike, Chief Executive Officer of Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania, invite you to the 2021 Annual Public Meeting of Uniting Vic.Tas.
 
The event includes a presentation of our employee, consumer, volunteer and carer Recognition Awards and launches our 2020/2021 Annual Report. 
 
Where: Online
 
Register here.
Your registration will allow us to send you in early November, a link to the live-streamed event .

Gifford Arts Exhibition

Baring your soul in Gallery 1 celebrates the relationship between members of the Gifford Arts Group and how their art positively impacts the wider community of neighbours, family and friends in Maroondah. Gifford Arts is an inclusive arts program that has been running for over 10 years in Croydon North, supported by Uniting.

Paradise Lost in Gallery 2 by Alexander Pinkster features a new series of works by the artist that explore the changing face of our urban environment and the impact this has on people’s connections to each other and the natural world.

The Gifford Arts Group has been supported by the Cultural Facilities Hire Subsidy Program as part of Maroondah City Council’s COVID Recovery Plan, and Alexander Pinkster was awarded the Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery Local Artist Initiative.

We look forward to seeing you at the Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, we have COVID safe procedures in place for when you visit us.

Celebrating our long association with the Wesley Church

You are invited to attend a service celebrating Uniting’s role as the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.  

The service is being held between 22 June, the anniversary of the formation of the Uniting Church in 1977 when it produced its Statement to the Nation, and 1 July,  the date that Uniting Vic.Tas came into being in 2017, merging more than 20 community services agencies connected to the Church.  

Uniting’s Director of Mission, Rev John Clarke, will preach at the service.  It will also be an opportunity to recommit to the Covenant between the Wesley Church Melbourne and Uniting.  

The recommitment to the Covenant is timely, as some Uniting services move into the Wesley Place complex, which is next to the Wesley Church.  

Wesley Mission Victoria was one of the founding agencies of Uniting. It was started by the Wesley Church in 1893, to provide services for poor and vulnerable people and to advocate on their behalf.  More than 100 years later, everyone connected to Uniting remains inspired by the belief that we can build a more just, connected and inclusive society.   

Refreshments will be served afterwards.

With current restrictions in Victoria, it is vital to register your attendance using the button above.

Find out more about Uniting’s History.

Run Melbourne

Run for Uniting at this years Run Melbourne event, and help make a difference for individuals, families and communities in Victoria.

With closed roads and a fast, flat course, more than 20,000 runners descend on the streets, heading past some of Melbourne’s most famous landmarks. Cheer zones and epic vibes make this a race weekend unlike any other.

Join the movement and let’s inspire our city to run.

Register today

Run Melbourne is not a Uniting hosted event.

Registrations close 23/7/21

Could you be a Lifeline volunteer telephone Crisis Supporter?

We offer you:

  • nationally recognised intensive and extensive training
  • support from an experienced, passionate, committed team
  • personal growth and professional development

Know that volunteering for Lifeline:

  • is personally fulfilling
  • means every minute you give makes a difference
  • strengthens our community
  • is flexible – it will fit with your personal and professional commitments

You offer:

  • a non-judgemental attitude
  • good listening and communication skills
  • a desire to make a difference to those who are in crisis or thinking of suicide
  • a regular time commitment

Lifeline are hosting this information event.

The Hearing Voices Approach Training (Online)

This foundational 3-day training is for people wanting an in-depth understanding of the Hearing Voices Approach & Voice Profiling techniques.
 
About the training
 
This foundational 3-day training is for people wanting an in-depth understanding of the Hearing Voices Approach, gaining more confidence and tools when working with voice hearers. The second half of the training covers Voice Profiling techniques.
 
This training is ideal if you:
  • Want to better understand the experience of hearing voices & recovery
  • Are interested in a new approach to working with individuals on their voices
  • Want to change your own relationship with voices
  • Work with voice hearers in a clinical or community setting
  • Are a friend or family member of a voice heare

Training Endorsement
The Hearing Voices Approach training (first two days) is endorsed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses for 11 CPE points.

Dates
18, 19, 25 May 2021
 
Times
9.45am – 3.30pm daily (includes breaks)
 
Content will be delivered in 2 x 2 hour blocks on each day of the training.
 
***Please Note: All participants will receive a PDF of the workbooks to print prior to the training and keep***
 
Location
Online via Zoom
 
Fees
Early Bird: $550 (Ends April15th)
Full: $680
Concession/Student: $485
 
Register now
 
If you have any questions or problems with your registration please feel free to contact Voices Vic by calling (03) 9692 9500 or emailing [email protected]

Regional LGBTIQA+ Community of Practice

Join Uniting Vic. Tas. The Diversity Project, Northeast Health Wangaratta and LINE Wangaratta for the next Regional LGBTIQA+ Community of Practice.
The next session will feature guest speaker Dr. Rachel Richardson, who will speak about human rights for Transgender people and the role of allies in achieving those outcomes.
 
Dr. Rachel Richardson is a recently retired academic living in regional Victoria where she raised her three – now adult – children. Prior to her retirement, Rachel was the Sub-Dean, Learning and Teaching, with Charles Sturt University. Her career in education spans over 35 years across a range of settings from early years teaching to University leadership and management.
 
Rachel’s doctoral studies explored the lived experience of children socially rejected in early childhood. Her research and publications are focussed on young children’s development and early childhood teacher education.
 
Today as the Chair of the Board for the national charity, Transcend Australia, Rachel advocates for the human rights of Trans, Gender Diverse, and Non-Binary children and young people across Australia. When she’s not working for the Board of Transcend Australia, she is taming her wayward garden, cooking, reading and – in the quieter moments – writing.
 
Registrations are essential. Register here.
 
The Regional LGBTIQA+ Community of Practice was formed in 2019 to meet the LGBTQIA+ education needs of services and organisations within the Hume region of Victoria. The sessions are aimed at services, organisations and businesses who want to become more LGBTQIA+ inclsuive.
 
The quarterly sessions have previously featured speakers from Rainbow Health Victoria, Intersex Peer Support Australia and more!

Meet and Eat Events- Health and Wellbeing

Join us to meet up with friends and other community members to support each other and to find out more about relevant local services.
 
This is part of a series of events to help support our community as it recovers from drought, fire and Covid-19.
 
We will be joined by Ramahyuck Dental, Lifeline, Central Gippsland Health Service & Carers Gateway to discuss their role in the community and how they are assisting the community through the impact of drought and other disasters.
 
Find out more about:
  • Mental Health Support
  • Dental Services
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Services
  • Carers Support Services
This is a One Good Community Event, Supported by Gippsland PHN

Meet and Eat- Financial Matters Event

Join us to meet up with friends and other community members to support each other and to find out more about relevant local services.
 
This is part of a series of events to help support our community as it recovers from drought, fire and Covid-19.
 
We will be joined by Anglicare Financial Counselling, and the Energy Assistance Program to discuss their role in the community and how they are assisting the community through the impact of drought and other disasters.
 
Find out more about
  • $250 Power Saving Bonus
  • Energy Assistance Program
  • No Interest Loans Scheme
  • Financial Counselling
  • Emergency Relief Assistance
  • Housing
For more information get in touch

Meet and Eat Events- Health and Wellbeing

Join us to meet up with friends and other community members to support each other and to find out more about relevant local services.
 
This is part of a series of events to help support our community as it recovers from drought, fire and Covid-19.
 
We will be joined by Ramahyuck Dental, Lifeline, Central Gippsland Health Service & Carers Gateway to discuss their role in the community and how they are assisting the community through the impact of drought and other disasters.
 
Find out more about:
  • Mental Health Support
  • Dental Services
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Services
  • Carers Support Services
This is a One Good Community Event, Supported by Gippsland PHN

Meet and Eat- Financial Matters Event

Join us to meet up with friends and other community members to support each other and to find out more about relevant local services.
 
This is the first in a series of events to help support our community as it recovers from drought, fire and Covid-19.
 
We will be joined by Anglicare Financial Counselling, and the Energy Assistance Program to discuss their role in the community and how they are assisting the community through the impact of drought and other disasters.
 
Find out more about:
  • $250 Power Saving Bonus
  • Energy Assistance Program
  • No Interest Loans Scheme
  • Financial Counselling
  • Emergency Relief Assistance
  • Housing
For more information [email protected]
5144 7777

Prahran Op Shop Event

Get some shopping therapy at our big Op Shop Event at Uniting Prahran.
 
Our Op Shop Sale Event will showcase a range of quality pre-loved and other donated fashion items, jewellery and accessories, homewares, books, collectibles, artwork and more. Best of all, every dollar you spend helps support the vital programs and services Uniting provides in our local communities, including Emergency Relief, a Winter Breakfast program and more.
 
Love our Uniting Op Shops? Now’s the time to jump in with empty bags, and walk out with a whole new outfit, or three!
 
So remember:
  • Arrive early
  • Bring a friend – so much more fun
  • Bring lots of empty reusable bags to carry your ‘new’ goodies
  • You can find this event on Facebook 
* All queries about the Event or donating your quality items to [email protected] or call 03 9692 9500
 

Frontline Workers supporting multicultural communities

Lifeline Ballarat, part of Uniting Vic.Tas, is presenting a series of two-day Domestic and Family Violence workshops.

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers where family violence is not a core function of their role. 

To be eligible for the free workshops, participants must work or volunteer in health, allied health, community, higher education or childcare or in a frontline capacity supporting the general community. 

At these workshops you will learn to:

  • Recognise the signs of domestic and family violence
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer effectively to support services

For more information phone Lifeline Ballarat’s Training Coordinator Belinda Collihole on 0466 852 016 or visit www.dvalert.org.au.

To register for the workshops, e-mail [email protected].

Frontline Workers supporting multicultural communities

Lifeline Ballarat, part of Uniting Vic.Tas, is presenting a series of two-day Domestic and Family Violence workshops.

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers where family violence is not a core function of their role. 

To be eligible for the free workshops, participants must work or volunteer in health, allied health, community, higher education or childcare or in a frontline capacity supporting the general community. 

At these workshops you will learn to:

  • Recognise the signs of domestic and family violence
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer effectively to support services

For more information phone Lifeline Ballarat’s Training Coordinator Belinda Collihole on 0466 852 016 or visit www.dvalert.org.au.

To register for the workshops, e-mail [email protected].

General DV-alert Workshop

Lifeline Ballarat, part of Uniting Vic.Tas, is presenting a series of two-day Domestic and Family Violence workshops.

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers where family violence is not a core function of their role. 

To be eligible for the free workshops, participants must work or volunteer in health, allied health, community, higher education or childcare or in a frontline capacity supporting the general community. 

At these workshops you will learn to:

  • Recognise the signs of domestic and family violence
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer effectively to support services

For more information phone Lifeline Ballarat’s Training Coordinator Belinda Collihole on 0466 852 016 or visit www.dvalert.org.au.

To register for the workshops, e-mail [email protected].

General DV-alert Workshop

Lifeline Ballarat, part of Uniting Vic.Tas, is presenting a series of two-day Domestic and Family Violence workshops.

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers where family violence is not a core function of their role. 

To be eligible for the free workshops, participants must work or volunteer in health, allied health, community, higher education or childcare or in a frontline capacity supporting the general community. 

At these workshops you will learn to:

  • Recognise the signs of domestic and family violence
  • Respond with appropriate care
  • Refer effectively to support services

For more information phone Lifeline Ballarat’s Training Coordinator Belinda Collihole on 0466 852 016 or visit www.dvalert.org.au.

To register for the workshops, e-mail [email protected].

General DV-alert Workshop

Lifeline Ballarat, part of Uniting Vic.Tas, is presenting a series of two-day Domestic and Family Violence workshops.

Domestic and Family Violence Response Training (DV-alert) is designed to build capacity in frontline workers where family violence is not a core function of their role. 

To be eligible for the free workshops, participants must work or volunteer in health, allied health, community, higher education or childcare or in a frontline capacity supporting the general community. 

At these workshops you will learn to:

  • Recognise the signs of domestic and family violence
  • Respond with appropriate carE
  • Refer effectively to support services

Lifeline Ballarat will be delivering the following workshops: 

  • 28 & 29 April     General DV-alert Workshop 
  • 5 & 6 May           General DV-alert Workshop 
  • 1 & 2 June          General DV-alert Workshop 
  • 21 & 22 April     Frontline Workers supporting multicultural communities 
  • 8 & 9 June          Frontline Workers supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities  

For more information phone Lifeline Ballarat’s Training Coordinator Belinda Collihole on 0466 852 016 or visit www.dvalert.org.au.

To register for the workshops, e-mail [email protected].

Sunday Lunch Fundraiser

Take a break from shopping and join Uniting Coburg in the church hall for a multi-cultural lunch and some musical entertainment. Bring your friends, neighbors and family.

Tickets:

Adults $20
Children under 12 $10

Register to attend

 

Youth Mentoring Information Sessions

Uniting Vic Tas, Centre for Participation and Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN are joining forces to highlight the need for more volunteer youth mentors in the Wimmera.
 
To learn more about becoming a mentor and the role you can play in having a positive impact in a young person’s life, join us at one of our information sessions.
The sessions will provide prospective mentors and the broader community with an overview of youth mentoring in the Wimmera Southern Mallee region as well as highlight the 3 current mentoring programs that support young people in Out of Home Care Better Futures, Mates Mentoring and L2P Learner Driver Mentor programs.
 
Register to attend

Pancake Day – Wimmera Wellbeing Centre

Uniting are pleased to be partnering with the Community Activation Social Isolation (CASI) initiative to bring you Pancake Day at the Wimmera Wellbeing Centre on Thursday 25 March, 2021.

Price

1 pancake for $5 or 3 pancakes for $10
Cash only
Free tea and coffee available (if dining in)

How to pre-order

Download a preorder form

Pre-orders will be accepted no later than Monday 22 March 2021.
Drive-through and dine in options available.

Business delivery package

Order 10 pancakes with an assortment of toppings and we will deliver to your business for $40 (within the Horsham CBD).

Toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Bananas
  • Strawberry
  • Maple Syrup
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Butter
  • Or no toppings

Please inform staff of any allergies when ordering pancakes.
Note we do not have gluten free options available.

Annual Public Meeting

You’re invited by Jude Munro, Board Chair and Bronwyn Pike, Chief Executive Officer of Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania to the Annual Public Meeting of Uniting Vic.Tas.

This will be an opportunity for us to reflect together on the achievements of the past year as well as looking ahead. The event will present an overview of Uniting’s response to COVID and launch our very important Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. We will also pay tribute to our employees and volunteers who have provided 25 years or more of service.

To learn more about our activities, view a copy of our 2019/2020 Annual Report.

RSVP now

This event will be held online. The event link will be emailed prior to the event. 

RSVP by: Friday 26 February

We look forward to you joining us. 

Pancake Day 2022

Funds raised from Pancake Day are used by Uniting Vic.Tas to help some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our communities.

These range from emergency relief for families facing food crisis, to supporting homeless people into permanent accommodation; from finding work for people with disability to supporting an older person to live independently in their own home.

Since 2002, Pancake Day has raised over $2 million for local communities across Victoria and Tasmania.

Register your Pancake Day event

Bendigo Suicide Pevention and Awareness Walk

SPAN 
Suicide Prevention Awareness Network
Tough times pass

Bendigo Suicide Prenvention and Awareness Walk 

Save the Date – 22 March 2020, 11am

Catering | Entertainment  | Butterfly Ceremony

Guest Speaker- The Naked Farmer

Learn more and keep up to date at spancv.org.au

 

Geelong Pride March

The march assembly area will be at Johnstone Park, Geelong at 10:30am on Sunday the 9 February 2020.

The march starts at 11.30am sharp, marching loud and proud through Geelong’s CBD.

The march concludes at approximately 12.30pm back at Johnstone Park, Geelong ready for the Geelong Rainbow Festival Fair Day, with entertainment beginning at 1pm.

Date: Sunday 9 February 
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

TasPride Parade and Party In the Park

Dress up in your pride colours and be visible, political, supportive, fun or as celebratory as you fancy.

Marshalling from 12pm at Salvation Army Citadel/Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre car park (corner Elizabeth and Patrick Streets), leaving at 1pm and walking to Franklin Square, via Elizabeth, Liverpool and Murray Streets in Hobart. 

The march will be followed by a Pride Parade Party in the Park in Franklin Square. 

There’ll be entertainment, food vans, community information stalls and more. 

Date: Saturday February 8
Time: 12pm – 3.30pm

Join Uniting Vic.Tas at the 2020 Midsumma Pride March

The 25th Anniversary of Pride March will grace the streets of St Kilda on Sunday 2 February 2020.

This year Uniting Vic.Tas will march for the first time, with a call to Fear less, love more.

The March forms part of the Midsumma Festival, Victoria’s premier LGBTIQ+ cultural festival, celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity.
We would love to see Uniting out in force as part of this important event. 
You are welcome to invite family and friends as well as consumers to march with us.

Register now

Some key times for the day:

10.30am: Trams in Fitzroy Street stop running until the march concludes
10.45: Meet at the corner of Canterbury Road and Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. 
11am: March begins
1.30pm: March ends
1.30pm – 4pm: Post-Pride March celebrations at Catani Gardens

Rising Stars showcase spectacular

Rising Stars celebrates the accomplishments of participants in our programs for people with disability, including Connect South, Connecting Communities Eastern, Kids Under Kanvas, ABI Respite and Fire and Clay.

The event is also a thank you to family members, friends and carers for all their hard work and support in 2019!

Artwork and handmade craft from the Community Options programs will be on display in the foyer before the concert.

Get in touch
RSVP by 18 November 2019
T 03 8870 4070
[email protected]

 

Artist Showcase

An artist showcase concert to raise funds for Uniting’s homeless women’s services in outer east Melbourne. Dinner and drinks also availiable at menu/bar prices.

Artists: 

Oh Suzannah
B& D Duo 
Dayle Alison Walker 
Michelle Chandler Band

 

Celebrating 10 years of supporting people who hear voices

You’re invited to join our Voices Vic team in celebrating 10 years of supporting people who hear voices.

Voices Vic is a state-wide award winning program led by people with a lived experience, which seeks to improve the lives of people who hear voices.

The team will also mark World Hearing Voices Day, which is held annually on 14 September.

Come along to our Uniting Prahran office at 211 Chapel Street from 2-4pm for games and activities.

RSVP to Ben Hillard on 9692 9561 or [email protected]

It’s OK to talk about suicide

Community Awareness Walk 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day is Tuesday 10 September 2019

To mark this day you can join us for a Community Walk along the Yarra to Princes Bridge.

Anyone who has been touched by suicide is welcome.

It will be a gentle walk with some brief formalities and other activities that will give people the opportunity to remember their loved ones.
To REGISTER for the Walk and/or to have your loved ones name read out during the memorial roll click HERE

Donations to Lifeline and Support After Suicide can be made on their websites. 

If you have any questions, email [email protected]

Children’s Day – Eastern VACCA

This free event will include:

A welcome to Country with Aunty Kim Wandin · BBQ lunch and food all day · Aboriginal dancers and didgeridoo · Cultural activities · Elders space · Face painting · Roo Keeprs Animals · Aboriginal artifacts display · DJ · Lucky door prizes and more

Please note this is a smoke and alcohol free event.

For further information see the Facebook event or please contact Kelli D’Monte on (03) 8727 0200

Family Day – Gippsland VACCA & Ramahyuck

This free event will include:

A BBQ Lunch · Cultural Activities · Jumping Castle · Pony Rides · Animal Farm · Smoothie Bike · Face Painting and more!

Please note this is a smoke and alcohol free event.

For further information see the Facebook event or please contact:
VACCA: Bel Kostos on (03) 5135 6055
Ramahyuck Co-op: Merinda Harrison-Drake on (03) 5136 5100

Family Day – Southern VACCA

This free event will include:

Aboriginal cultural displays and activities · Aboriginal Dancers · Aboriginal Games · Blender Bikes · Animal Farm · Face Painting · Photo Booth · Army Obstacle · Handball with St Kilda Footballers · Lunch and much more!

Please note this is a tobacco and alcohol free event.

For more information see our Facebook event

VACCA clients register with VACCA on 9108 3500

DDACL clients to register with DDACL on 8752 9100

NAIDOC Children’s Day – Western VACCA

This free event will include:

Acknowledgement of Country · Smoking Ceremony · Art & Cultural activities · BBQ lunch · Hawthorn Football player Jarman Impey will be running footy clinic alongside Scotty Krakouer · Jumping castles · Animals on the move, a native experience · PCYC Commit to be Fit program · NAIDOC T-Shirts · NAIDOC Showbags · Celebration NAIDOC cake · Face painting · Photo booth and much more!

Please note this is a smoke and alcohol free event.

For further information see the Facebook event or please contact Rebecca Monohan on (03) 9742 8300

NAIDOC Children’s Day – Northern VACCA

This free event will include:

A welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony with Aunty Diane Kerr · Lunch · Face painting · Jewellery making · Indigenous Hip Hop · Children’s Disco with DJ Fosters · Singing by Brett Lee · Free bike raffle and much more!

Please note this is a smoke and alcohol free event.

For further information see the Facebook event or contact Taleah Him on (03) 9287 8812 or 0438 957 442

NAIDOC March

The March will commence at 10:30 am from Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) and concludes at Federation Square.

We welcome all people, councils, organisations, and businesses to come and march with us.

Vic NAIDOC merchandise will be available for purchase on the day.

During the march we will pass:

  • Fig Tree on top of Gertrude Street
  • Pastor Sir Doug and Lady Nicholls statue
  • Parliament House
  • Corner of Bourke & Swanston
  • Flinders & Swanston Street

Stick around for the post-march concert at Federation Square.
Got any questions? Email us at [email protected]

 

 

Homelessness Week Photography Exhibition

This year Homelessness Week will take place from 4 – 10 August.

Uniting in Gippsland invited people at risk of, or currently experiencing, homelessness to take photographs that reflect their lives and how they feel they fit into their community. 

An exhibition of these photographs will take place in Sale during Homelessness Week.

Open hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm

For more details, call (03) 5144 7777

Other homelessness week events will be added to the Uniting website calendar 

 

 

Uniting Presents: Into the Limelight

Into the Limelight participants are mentored by filmmaking professionals to write, develop and perform in a series of short comedic films. The result is showcased in this wildly imaginative selection of stories told through film: from a bromance between a glass of juice and a piece of popcorn, to an epic battle with caffeine-hungry coffee zombies.

Refugee Week Cohesion Festival 2019

Join us on Friday 21 June for a day full of music, children’s activities, food and information stalls.

Help us celebrate the rich diversity of our community.

Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 9.30am – 6pm
Location: Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows

IDAHOBIT Day

All are welcome to enjoy a BBQ lunch and a rainbow flag raising ceremony at 12.30pm Friday 17 May at the La Trobe University Shepparton Campus to celebrate IDAHOBIT Day.

The event will be hosted by La Trobe Shepparton Students Association in partnership with La Trobe University Shepparton, The Ally Network at La Trobe, The Diversity Project at Uniting, Vincent Care and the Bridge Youth Services.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Georgina Poort [email protected] / M: 0419 503 654

Making a difference – designing for change

This year’s annual commencement lecture will introduce Professor Erin Wilson, who has recently joined CSI as the Uniting Kildonan Chair in Community Services Innovation.

Through discussion of a range of projects and approaches, Erin will explore ideas in the deliberate design of activities and projects so that they both make a difference and this difference can be scaled up or out to extend the reach of this change. In the context of anti-collaborative funding policy, this discussion asserts the challenge of sharing ‘what works’ across the community services sector.

5.15pm – 6.00pm – Registration & Light Refreshments
6.00pm – 7.00pm – Professor Erin Wilson ‘Making a difference – designing for change’

Palm Sunday Rally

Uniting will once again be taking part in the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees

Pancake Day 2019

For the past 18 years, people have been coming together to enjoy pancakes and raise money for community services run by Uniting across Victoria and Tasmania.

By hosting a Pancake Day event during March or April, you will help local people in need.

Pancake Day is a great chance to come together, have some fun and make a difference. This year Pancake Day will fall on Tuesday 5 March.

Shrove Tuesday has traditionally been the last chance to feast before Lent begins the following day, on Ash Wednesday.

To find out more, or to register, visit our Pancake Day website.

Are you paying too much for electricity?

MoneyMinded is a free workshop developed to provide impartial and expert training on everyday money matters.

It aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of your financial rights and responsibilities, and learn more about valuable financial support services.

We can cover a range of topics to do with utilities bills.

  • Getting the best electricity and gas rates
  • Applying for grants
  • Energy saving tips
  • What to do when you can’t pay
  • Understanding bills

Bring your electricity bill and we can assist you to get the $50 government rebate by comparing energy plans

Walk to Change the Story

Organised by Gippsland Lakes Community Health, in conjunction with other local health and community service providers, this event is part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, a global movement designed to end violence against women.

Uniting Vic. Tas is taking part in this event.

Walk to Change the Story aims to raise awareness about the violence that women and children are experiencing in the community.

The event also seeks to highlight the local support services available to those impacted, and ways to prevent family violence.

The event includes:

  • A community march along Main Street in Bairnsdale. Meet at Gippsland Lakes Community Health (McCulloch Street, Bairnsdale) at 10.30am to walk along Main Street to the All Abilities Playground
  • A BBQ
  • Children’s activities
  • A smoking ceremony
  • Guest speakers
  • Information stalls by local organisations

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact Brea and Nicole on 5152 0052 or email [email protected]

Anti-Poverty Week Combined Charity Expo

This is the fifth year local charities have come together to raise awareness of poverty within their local community and elsewhere.

Vinnies, CatholicCare, City Mission, the Benevolent Society and Uniting will all take part in this year’s expo.

There will be displays explaining local services and the different ‘faces’ of poverty locally, across Australia and around the world.

All are welcome to attend.

Anti-Poverty Week Community BBQ

Information packs including material on educational supports within the community and financial literacy resources will be provided.

Financial literacy appointments will also be available.

All are welcome to attend.

Anti-Poverty Week Church Service and Morning Tea

All are invited to stay and share some hospitality together.

Money raised from an offering at the end of the service will support the CatholicCare Multicultural Services program, Stitches.

This program assists women, in particular refugees, to combat isolation, increase conversation opportunities, whilst learning to or sharing skills around sewing.

All are welcome to attend.

Art For The Heart Exhibition

It offers a space for people to tell their stories of loss, love & hope in new ways and to bring the community together to share the often hidden experiences of grief. 

This year Tobin Brothers has chosen Uniting as the beneficiary from the silent auction held throughout the exhibition, for which many of the artists have generously donated their works of art.

Art for the Heart will be held at The Meat Market Stables, North Melbourne, Victoria.

The Silent Auction will be held throughout the 6-day event. The highest bid for each piece at the end of the event will be successful. Funds raised will help Uniting continue delivering over 770 programs and services across Victoria and Tasmania, to the people who need them most.

Make sure you visit the exhibition, select your favourite artwork (included in the auction) and help raise funds by making your own silent bid!

You can follow the event on Facebook, or find out more information on the Tobin Brothers website or Meat Market website

Pink Breakfast

This year is all about Hearts & Hope. So please think and dress pink and join us for a yummy breakfast, wonderful company and the knowledge that together we can make a difference.

There will be an opportunity to contribute to our Tribute Tree remember those we have loved.

Entry by Donation

California Gully op shop open day

Come along to find some great bargains, and meet our wonderful volunteers.

Senior card holders will receive a 50% discount.

Enjoy a piece of cake, cup of coffee or sausage from the BBQ for just a gold coin donation.

If you would like to know more about volunteering at California Gully op shop please contact us on  or email us 
 
We hope to see you there. 
 

Horses For Hope Demonstration

See how equine assisted learning and therapy could benefit the people you know or work with to achieve their goals.

Horses for Hope invites you to an open day on Sunday 14 October. In an hour-long demonstration we will explain:

  • What we do and what your clients could expect from their participation;
  • How Horses For Hope supports the people we work with to engage in a meaningful way;
  • Service fees and how to make a referral;
  • Our other corporate services, including team building and leadership development.

Get in touch

Call 03 5831 6157 or email us for more information.

Out of the Shadows Walk

The Out of the Shadows walk is a Lifeline event held to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10 every year.

Ballarat’s event is organised by the Ballarat and District Suicide Prevention Network.

Lifeline Ballarat is a proud member and partner of the network. Join us as we walk to:

  • raise awareness
  • remember those lost to suicide
  • and unite in a commitment to prevent further deaths by suicide.

Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb 201

In this 5th annual event, 650 firefighters will “step up to fight depression, PTSD and suicide” by climbing 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.

This year they aim to raise an unbelievable $700,000 for research and support of mental health services. Half of any funds raised will help ensure that staff and volunteers at Lifeline Melbourne (operated by Uniting Vic.Tas), can cover the phones during peak periods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.

It will see career and volunteer firefighters come from around Australia and the world to compete. The event simulates the actions of entering a burning high-rise building, so it is exclusively for firefighters in full structural firefighting protective clothing, and wearing Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA). Dräger SCBA will be supplied to every competitor in the event.

All funds in support of Lifeline Melbourne, shared with the Black Dog Institute. 

Click here to sponsor our firefighters or donate 

International Overdose Awareness Day

Friday, August 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. 
 
All over the world, events will be held to raise awareness of overdose, acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends and reduce the stigma of deaths or permanent injuries resulting from overdose. 
 
Uniting ReGen will be hosting an event to remember those we’ve lost to overdose, recognise the impacts for those left behind and discuss what people can do to prevent overdoses and save lives. 
 
 
 
Please let us know if you have any special dietary or accessibility needs.

It’s OK to talk about Suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day is Monday 10 September 2018. To mark this day you can join us for a Community Walk along the Yarra to Princes Bridge on the 9th of September.

Anyone who has been touched by suicide is welcome.

It will be a gentle walk with some brief formalities and other activities that will give people the opportunity to remember their loved ones.

The theme for the walk is “It’s OK to talk about suicide” because we want to create awareness about the appropriate ways to talk about suicide and bereavement.

To have your loved ones name read out during the memorial roll email [email protected] 

Donations to Lifeline, The Compassionate Friends and Support After Suicide can be made on their websites.

Blanket Wyndham

Uniting Werribee Support and Housing are calling upon donations of blankets that will be given to those who are sleeping rough or experiencing homelessness.

Information about the upcoming census will also be available with a focus on the importance of counting those experiencing homelessness in data collection.

Donations of blankets will be collected at the free community event on Saturday 6th August from 11am – 2pm at Corner of Duncans Rd and Synnot Street Werribee. There will be a sausage sizzle, animal nursery, face painting and a jumping castle.

Please join us in raising awareness of homelessness and Blanket Wyndham this Winter.

Gippsland Photo exhibition and launch

We are very excited to invite you the Homelessness Week Photo Exhibition and Launch.

Uniting Gippsland staff have invited Young people in Gippsland at risk of, or experiencing homelessness reflect their lives and how they fit into the community through photographs.

Launch date & venue
Wednesday 1 August, 10:30am 
Port of Sale, Level 2, 70 Foster Street, Sale
Contact Sophie on 03 51447777 or send her an email to RSVP.

We hope that you can join us in raising awareness for homelessness and its impact on our community.

Community Lunch and information stall

A Community lunch and information stall to raise awareness for Homelessness Week 2018. 

Join Uniting in its work to support those who need it most. 

Homeward Bound

Students, homelessness workers and community leaders from the eastern
metro region will walk the perimeter of Ringwood Lake and listen to the stories
of people who have experienced homelessness. 

There will also be a collection of non-perishable food donations for those experiencing homelessness.

Find us near the soundshell for a Free BBQ lunch and Coffee available for purchase

What to Bring: Water bottle / Umbrella (just in case) / Donation of non-perishable food donation for those experiencing homelessness. 

This event is in support of Homelessness Week 2018 and is held annually to raise awareness of the causes of homelessness and the solutions. This year’s theme is Ending Homelessness Together and will be held from 6 to 12 August. #HW2018

Register for this event here

Bush Dance, in support of the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre

 

Brunswick Uniting Church holds a significant annual fundraiser each year for the Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre, which is also run from the Brunswick Uniting Church Hall.

This year’s event is a Bush Dance with a range of fundraising (and fun) activities during the evening. Join in the fun with live music, dancing, games, sausage sizzle, silent auction, Op Shop, tea & coffee, raffle, preserves & more.

Uniting’s Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre is a community centre that offers a safe and welcoming space for people seeking asylum in Melbourne. They empower and resource clients to act on their own behalf and maintain a secure and consistent environment, as this forms the basis for providing clients with a sense of safety and belonging.

Click here to register for this event

Horses for Hope Demonstration

See how equine assisted learning and therapy could benefit the people you work with to achieve their goals.

Horses for Hope invites industry professionals to a demonstration. In an hour-long session we will demonstrate and explain: 

  • What we do and what your clients could expect from their participation
  • How equine therapy supports the people we work with to engage in a meaningful way
  • Service fees and how to make a referral
  • Our other corporate services, including team building days.

Launch – Art from the Village

Uniting Harrison in partnership with the Croydon North Uniting church and the Maroondah City Council invite you to the launch of their upcoming art exhibition at the Maroondah Access Gallery in Ringwood.

This is a terrific opportunity to see the visual art created by gifted artists in the local community.

Gifford Arts is run by Uniting Harrison thanks to a long standing partnership with the Croydon North Uniting Church. The talented group of emerging and experienced artists meet weekly to draw, paint and create together in their purpose-built art studio.

This will be the first exhibition experience for many of these talented artists, while for others, their work has featured in the annual State Trustees Art Exhibition in Victoria as well as internationally, in London, Berlin and New York.

Operating under the expertise of professional artist Artur Lyczba since the program began some 12 years ago, the community initiative allows the group to explore their art and creativity together in a supported environment.

The exhibition runs 21 May – 13 July 2018.

There is also the opportunity to attend a special Saturday opening and creative engagement presentation by visual artist and author, the Rev Dr Robert Hoskin at 1.30pm on 26 May

Art from the Village

Uniting Harrison in partnership with the Croydon North Uniting church and the Maroondah City Council invite you to their art exhibition at the Maroondah Access Gallery in Ringwood.

This is a terrific opportunity to see visual art created by gifted artists in the local community.

Gifford Arts is run by Uniting Harrison thanks to a long standing partnership with the Croydon North Uniting Church. The talented group of emerging and experienced artists meet weekly to draw, paint and create together in their purpose-built art studio.

This will be the first exhibition experience for many of these talented artists, while for others, their work has featured in the annual State Trustees Art Exhibition in Victoria as well as internationally, in London, Berlin and New York.

Operating under the expertise of professional artist Artur Lyczba since the program began some 12 years ago, the community initiative allows the group to explore their art and creativity together in a supported environment.

There is also the opportunity to attend a special Saturday opening and creative engagement presentation by visual artist and author, the Rev Dr Robert Hoskin at 1.30pm on 26 May

Winter Breakfast event

 

The Winter Breakfast event has traditionally launched the Winter Breakfast Program started and run by Prahran Mission, now part of Uniting. The breakfast program provides a free hot meal to those most in need and runs from June to August. We invite you to come explore the current and potential future economic factors driving the need for emergency relief services such as the Winter Breakfast Program. This is sure to be a stimulating event with a diverse and knowledgeable panel, moderated by Professor Allan Fels AO.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Our Moderator

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Professor Allan Fels, AO

Professor Fels is former Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Trade Practices Commission, the Prices Surveillance Authority and Australian National Mental Health Commission. He was Co-chair of the OECD Trade and Competition Committee and has had numerous other government appointments. Professor Fels is the Chair of the Haven Foundation and a professorial fellow at the Universities of Melbourne, Monash and Oxford. Prof Fels has degrees in economics and law from the University of Western Australia (UWA), and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia (ASSA) and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in June 2001.

Our Panel

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Emma King

Emma King joined the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) as chief executive officer in 2013, providing a strong voice of leadership and advocacy on social justice issues for the community sector. Emma was previously chief executive officer of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria), the peak organisation representing parents and providers of early learning services in Victoria. Emma also has an extensive background in the public sector and in workforce and education issues, having worked as a Victorian policy adviser, a teacher, and in a range of industrial and training roles at the Victorian Independent Education Union and the Finance Sector Union. Emma’s qualifications include a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts. Emma sits on a number of committees and advisory groups including the Family Violence Steering Committee, NDIS Implementation Ministerial Taskforce, Roadmap to Reform Implementation Ministerial Advisory Group and the Police Commissioner’s Human Rights Advisory Group. She is a regular commentator on social affairs and justice issues.

 

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita. Formerly, she was a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Emma has published articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, The Australian, and a number of online publications. She is a regular panellist on The Drum on ABC TV and various Sky News programs. Emma holds a BA with First Class Honours from LaTrobe University and an MA with Distinction from Monash. She sits on the board of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia and is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

 

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Jeff Oughton

Jeff is an insightful and practical economic and financial expert, educator and advisor. He has engaged in open and effective dialogue with and provided advice to a wide range of stakeholders including government, supervisors, businesses, households and the general community and across all medias. Jeff has over 25 years of global experience including Reserve Bank and NAB. In 2009, Jeff set up Economics & Beyond to advise businesses and households about the opportunities and risks in the macroeconomic, financial and political landscape. In this role, he helped develop and continues to assist ME with its bi-annual Household Financial Comfort Survey into the financial wellbeing of Australian households. Apart from Economics & Beyond, Jeff is an Adjunct Fellow at the Applied Financial Centre of Macquarie University.

 

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Professor Roslyn Russell

RMIT University Professor Roslyn Russell is a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University. Roslyn holds a PhD in Business and a Master of Public Policy and Management. Over the last 15 years, Roslyn’s research focuses on understanding the factors that impact the financial wellbeing of Australians especially women and lower-income households. Much of Roslyn’s work has also involved evaluating programs that aim to improve the financial capabilities of Australians. Roslyn has also more recently conducted research into the financial impacts of family violence and financial abuse of women. Roslyn serves on the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board.