We're here to empower communities and build strength and resilience: helping everyone to live life to the full.
With your help, in FY21 we supported over 28,000 people across Victoria including:
We support those who find themselves on the fringes of society, and we help to bring them in.
Our services are offered to the whole community, regardless of religious belief or background.
"I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full"
We provide over 60 programs and services across Victoria including counselling and mental health programs, employment help, affordable housing, support for separating families, refugee and asylum seeker help, specialised supports for children and teens, pastoral care, crisis help, homelessness and advocacy support, and a variety of courses helping to strengthen relationships and wellbeing.
Support for children and young people
Over 75% of mental health problems occur before the age of 25¹.
We believe all children, teenagers and young adults deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. Giving young people the skills they need to work through challenges NOW gives them the resilience to deal with adversity later in life.
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The services we provide to support young people include Counselling, School Counselling & Chaplaincy, School Refusal support, Communities for Children, Youth Justice programs, Adoption, Permanent Care and Kinship Care, Family Wellbeing Support Service, and workshops for children and young people.
Strengthening families and relationships
When people build positive relationships with their families and communities, their children are more likely to experience the same as they move through life.
We're helping families to build resilience and work through challenges that impact them and their children. Relationship breakdown, relationship strain or lack of connection can lead to issues like mental ill-health, financial insecurity, homelessness and substance abuse.
We aim to prevent these issues by helping families to build strong, respectful relationships.
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The services we provide to support families and relationships include Counselling, Alcohol & Other Drug Counselling, Financial Counselling, Mental Health Planned Respite, Psychological Wellbeing Service, Cradle to Kinder, Engaging Wyndham Families, Integrated Family Services, Regional Parenting Program, Specialist Family Violence, Dispute Resolution, Parenting Orders Program, and workshops for parents, individuals and couples.
Empowering disadvantaged and vulnerable people
Over 770,000 Victorians live in poverty - this includes 1 in 6 children².
Everyone deserves a chance to live life to the full. We help people to overcome the barriers that are holding them back. We support refugees to create a brighter future for them and their families; we help families and individuals struggling through times of crisis; and we walk alongside those on the fringes of society and help to bring them in.
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The services we provide to support the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community include Access & Support, Community Connections, Supported Accommodation for Vulnerable Victorians, Supporting Connections, Victims Assistance Program, Clemente, Asylum Seeker Support Program, English Conversation Program, Geelong Settle Well, Job Readiness Program, Refugee Dads & Kids Weekend, Settlement Engagement & Transition Support, Bushfire Community Recovery Service, Emergency Relief, No Interest Loan Scheme, Assistance with Care & Housing, Centacare Housing Services, Homeless to a Home, Housing Mental Health Pathways, Housing Support for the Aged, Peplow House Crisis Accommodation Support, Clergy Health & Wellbeing Program, HIV/AIDS Ministry, Hospital Chaplaincy, and Prison Ministry.
We couldn't do this work without the invaluable support of our donors, volunteers, staff and partners each year!
3,130 donors contributed over $1.6million to fund our services in FY21
205 volunteers contributed 1,870 hours with a value of $78,016 in FY21
Over 500 staff provide support across 24 offices and dozens of outreach locations
Be part of our mission
You have the power to impact the future of vulnerable families and individuals living in Victoria.
76 cents in every dollar donated goes directly into supporting and implementing our programs and services for families and communities throughout Victoria.
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Read our latest Annual Report to see our impact and the breadth of support we provide.
FY20 ANNUAL REPORT: Melbourne-Gippsland
¹Beyond Blue | ²Poverty in Victoria