White Ribbon Day Celebrations

Community organisations unite in Pakenham to eradicate family violence.

The Cardinia Family Violence Network is supporting White Ribbon Day with a number of community events concluding with a peaceful walk through Pakenham on Tuesday 25 November.

The Network, led by Connections UnitingCare, and includes Anglicare, Pakenham Police Family Violence Unit, Cardinia Shire Council, Windermere, WAYSS, Stepping Up and SECASA, are uniting to hold this event to raise awareness of family violence in the Cardinia region.

The day’s events will begin with a children’s art exhibition on the theme ‘How I Keep Myself Safe’ at the Pakenham Library on Henry Street at 11.30am, where winners will be announced by local police members. Attendees will then be invited to join a peaceful walk down the Main Street to draw the community’s attention to White Ribbon Day.

Connections Acting Regional Manager, Community Services, Southern Lee-anne Chapman encourages all to get involved in this event and take a stand against violence.

‘Alongside many other community organisations in Cardinia, Connections is committed to supporting those experiencing family violence. White Ribbon Australia is a non-profit organisation and Australia's only national, male-led primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women.

‘Family violence has a huge impact on the lives of too many women and children in our community, physically and mentally, often with wide-ranging effects including poverty and homelessness.

‘We encourage the community to attend this event and show their support for an end to family violence,’ Ms Chapman said.

To find out more about this event, please contact Connections Pakenham office on 03 5945 3900 or visit the White Ribbon Day website at www.whiteribbonday.org.au to find events across the country.


Tuesday 25th November

11.00am – Launch of Cardinia Family Violence Network logo
11:30am - Children’s art exhibition on the theme ’How I Keep Myself Safe’
10.30am – Peaceful walk down Main Street
Starting at Pakenham Library, Henry Street, Pakenham

Official Opening of the Connections Family Centre

Connections UnitingCare will officially open its new Family Centre on Friday 14 November 2014.

Located in Doveton – an area that is recognised as one of significant disadvantage, the Connections Family Centre has been specifically designed to replicate the family home in order to foster greater engagement with those accessing it. 

Speaking ahead of the opening, Connections Chief Executive Officer, Angela Forbes said she is excited about the opportunities this centre will have not only for Connections’ clients but also for the wider community.

‘Connections has made a significant commitment to the establishment of this Centre, which has been custom-built to meet the needs of its programs and services and we are excited about its potential,’ said Ms Forbes.

‘We are committed to tackling entrenched, intergenerational disadvantage through our effective programs that provide families with the support and skills they need to overcome the challenges they are facing,’ said Ms Forbes.

Presently, Connections runs two programs from this location. These include:

  • Newpin (New Parent and Infant Network) is a centre-based, intensive approach to breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect. Newpin works with families with children aged 0-5 who are under stress to break the cycle of destructive family behaviour and enhance parent-child relationships.
  • Enhanced Therapeutic Contact Service delivers contact services to children in Out of Home Care and their families when the Children’s Court has ordered supervised contact.

‘We believe that the Family Centre complements our extensive suite of services and provides a holistic approach to our service delivery,’ said Ms Forbes.

The Family Centre is supported by four other Connections sites operating in the south-eastern growth corridor of Melbourne – Dandenong, Cranbourne, Narre Warren and Pakenham.

14 Nov 2014

28th Annual WJ Craig Lecture and Presentation of Anti-Poverty Awards

You are invited to this year’s 28th Annual WJ Craig Lecture and Presentation of Anti-Poverty Awards

Delivering this year’s Lecture is Magistrate Leslie Fleming, Children’s Court Magistrate at the Melbourne Children’s Court. Her Honour is a founding member of the Victorian Association of Deserted Children and was appointed to Regional Coordinating Magistrate, Dandenong Magistrate Court before taking up her current position.

When: October 17, 2014

Where: Melbourne Town Hall (Swanton Hall)

Time: 3pm to 5pm

RSVP: rsvp@unitingconnections.org.au or 03 8792 8999. RSVP essential

The Annual WJ Craig Lecture honours Connections’ history and the philanthropic legacy of William John Craig (1839-1899) and his family that endures in the work of Connections to this day. 

The Anti-Poverty Awards recognise and highlight the creative and sophisticated ways that young people and schools are engaging with the communities affected by poverty and extreme disadvantage.

This event, linked to Anti-Poverty Week, is about providing a platform for people to come together and discuss issues that are relevant to the community and celebrate the achievements of young people.



17 Oct 2014

Applications now open for 2014 Anti-Poverty Awards

The Anti-Poverty Awards recognise that there are many young Australians who are passionately working towards tackling inequality and injustice both in Australia and abroad.

Do you know…

•    A young person who is working towards tackling inequality?
•    A school that is giving its student’s a greater understanding of disadvantage?

The awards acknowledge and highlight the hard work and dedication of individuals and schools across Australia who demonstrate a deep understanding and compassion of those in need.

Individual Award

The Anti-Poverty Awards recognise young Australians between the ages of 16 and 30.
The Awards recognise, encourage and support young people who are making an on-going difference in addressing disadvantage.

One Award recipient will receive a grant up to the value of $4000. Encouragement Awards up to the value of $1000 may also be offered.

School Award

The School Award recognises schools in Australia who are engaging their students in creative and innovative school-based projects that work towards the removal of inequality.

The Award recognises that the many projects undertaken by schools contribute significantly to the wider community’s understanding of disadvantage.

The School Award is proudly sponsored by Rrepp - Is your School or Organisation using Organic & Fairtrade Polos, T-shirts & Sports Balls?.

One school will receive a Rrepp sports pack to the value of $2500.

Applications close 19 September 2014

For more information or to apply for the Awards click here.  (Please note this will take you to a facebook page)

Tour of Connections

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us for a Tour of Connections on Thursday 21 August. This tour will provide you with an insight into our organisation and the programs and services we provide to those most in need in the local community.

Please join us as we take you to several of our offices where you can hear from a number of our hard-working staff and our inspirational clients who, with our support, have been able to turn their lives around.

For your advantage we have two collection points available:

Option 1 - Pick up by bus at 130 Little Collins Street, Melbourne departing at 8:45am sharp.

Option 2 – Pick up by bus at Connections’ Dandenong office (51 Princes Highway, Dandenong) departing at 9:30am sharp.

This is a great opportunity to see the inner workings of an important community organisation with a long and proud history of supporting marginalised and disadvantaged people.

To register your attendance, please email Carly Bisset rsvp@unitingconnections.org.au or call Community Relations on 03 8792 8999, citing your preferred collection point.


Tour of Connections 2014

24 Jul 2014 to 21 Aug 2014

Have you submitted your application yet?

The South Eastern Chances scholarship program provides children and young people with the financial support required to follow their dreams that would otherwise be unavailable to them.

If you are:

  • A young person aged 25 and under
  • Possess a low income healthcare card
  • Live in one of the local government authorities of Bayside, Maroondah, Casey, Knox, Manningham, Greater Dandenong, Stonnington, Kingston, Boroondara, Cardinia, Glen Eira, Frankston, Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges, Monash or Mornington Peninsula.
  • Can provide demonstrated evidence of your natural ability or show passion in a particular area ( letters of reference/support, certificates etc.)
  • Have the support of your parent or guardian

Then we want to hear from you!!

We are now accepting applications to the value of $1500 to help you reach your goals. Applications for this round of scholarships close on July 4.

Please keep in mind that we have a high volume of applications and we are looking for something that stands out in the crowd. Be sure to include as much information as you can including letters of support from relevant sources and certificates of your achievements so far.

Apply Now

Managers Forum 2014

In recognising the devastating impacts on women, children and society, the previous state government developed the Victorian Family Violence Reform.

This year’s Managers Forum will focus on cross-sectorial, interagency planning and development for a more responsive service system in the Inner Middle.

Presentations by:

Dr. Marion Frere - The Department of Human Services

Area Director Bayside Peninsula, South Division:

State Budget announcement

Fiona McCormack - Domestic Violence Victoria

the peak body for women and children’s family violence services in Victoria:

Women and children’s services - Where to from here?

Franceyne Cottier - Department of Justice

General Manger, Community Services, South Division:

Family violence from a DOJ perspective

Denise Roberts - No To Violence

the peak body for Men’s Behaviour Change Programs:

Men’s services - Where to from here?


Summary of policy directions, achievements and opportunities

Workshop topics include: Integration; Sub-regional plan

Where: Sandy by the Bay Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Beach Road, Sandringham

When: Wednesday 18th June 2014

Time: 9:00am (registration) 9:30am - 3:30pm Cost: Free

RSVP by: Tuesday 10th June 2014

RSVP to: anne.monks@unitingconnections.org.au

Please note any dietary requirements

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided

Inner Middle Family Violence Partnership

18 Jun 2014
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