The work of Connections UnitingCare as we see it today is the contemporary expression of the initiative of many courageous people who played a pivotal role in addressing injustice in Melbourne beginning in the 1920s.
As a response to the needs of children and families in inner Melbourne, struggling to survive poverty and disadvantage, concerned citizens strove to establish facilities and programs aimed at alleviating these problems. The plans these people devised paved the way for the establishment of the Presbyterian and Methodist Babies’ Homes.
In the 1970s, in the newer areas of population growth in the south-eastern suburbs, people of faith responded again to the needs of families with young children and teenagers by establishing relevant programs through Grassmere Youth Services and the Wheelers Hill Family Centre.
Over the ensuing years, these programs expanded rapidly as more needs and ways of addressing these were identified.
Connections has carried on the work and legacy of our founding organisations by responding to community need and providing innovative, engaging services to marginalised children, families and young people. Our service provision continues to grow and evolve with changing community needs.
Today, Connections runs over 40 diverse programs across 14 sites in Melbourne’s south east supporting over 2000 people every week.
'Connections has continued to work with and contribute to the work of the Uniting Church and the UnitingCare network in particular. We are ever cognisant of our foundation roots and the depth this can add to the work of the organisation. This collaborative working is also critical across our services, with strong and robust partnerships and alliances being forged and maintained.' Angela Forbes, Chief Executive Officer, Connections UnitingCare