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Gawler East Primary School students are true global citizens

Gawler East Primary School in South Australia was the recipient of the 2015 Anti-Poverty Awards School Award.

It is the first time in the awards’ history that a primary school has won the award; highlighting children are learning early the value of thinking

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Music Together Dads Inc.

Connections UnitingCare Music Together is a music program that helps enhance family relationships, attachment and communication between parents and young children through music, instrument play, drama, dance and creative arts.

Bayside City Council has provided a grant to support a father and child(ren) Music Together Program.


Most votes competition

Have you voted for your favourite Anti-Poverty Awards application?

This year we are excited to be able to offer a cash prize of $500, proudly supported by the carsales Foundation, to the applicant with the most num


Leading the way in workplace equality

Connections UnitingCare has been selected to take part in a pilot program aimed at preventing violence against women.

The Workplace Equality and Respect project was launched on Wednesday 24 August by Fiona Richardson, Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence


New Uniting Church agency announces inaugural CEO

Experienced public sector and community services professional Paul Linossier has been appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the new Uniting Church community services organisation.

The new organisation will be formed from the merger of 20 UnitingCare agencies and Wesley Mission Victoria (WMV).

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Aspiring teens dream big and aim for gold

Not letting a disability stop them from competing at the highest level, Casey residents, Alefosioi Laki (19) and Jack Howell (12) are well on their way to the Paralympics, with thanks to Connections UnitingCare and Member for Narre Warren, Judith Graley MP.

Connections’ South Eastern Chances program provides financial support to young people up to the age of 25 living in Melbourne’s south east to pursu


A Crucial Inquiry into the Abuse of Young People in Prison

A joint media release from the Uniting Aboriginal Islander and Christian Congress Uniting Church in Australia Assembly.

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Mr Stuart McMillan has welcomed today’s announcement of a Royal Commission into a youth detention

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Celebrating young people making a positive difference

Applications for the Anti-Poverty Awards open 1 August 2016

The Anti-Poverty Awards, now in its twelfth year, acknowledge the many projects of both schools and individuals; highlighting their hard work and d


Sponsorship opportunity for Anti-Poverty Awards

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2016 Anti-Poverty Awards.

The Anti-Poverty Awards, now in its twelfth year, is a national award, which recognises those who are making a significant contribution towards tac


Prioritise investment in vulnerable people

UnitingCare Australia calls on re-elected government to prioritise investment in vulnerable people.

UnitingCare Australia has congratulated the Turnbull Government on its election victory and calls on the Prime Minister to lead renewed efforts to

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NAIDOC Week Celebrations

This year Connections is proud to be involved in the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency’s (VACCA) NAIDOC Week celebrations.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isl


Released: Connections News - Winter Edition

The Connections News, Winter Edition is now available.

In a time of considerable change within our sector, we believe the challenge for us, is to continue to be innovative and creative about how we can


Making dreams come true

From a young age, Brooke displayed a natural talent for dancing. Her parents worked tirelessly to put her through dance classes to help her achieve her dream of being a professional performer.

“Everything for me has always been about dancing.


Connections Blog - Findings from Royal Commission into Family Violence

As a provider of child and family services, Connections has been waiting in anticipation, for the release of the Royal Commission into Family Violence’s findings. The 2000 page report delves extensively into identifying the many gaps and limitations of our current service system.

The 227 recommendations highlight the urgent need for reform.


A new vision for UnitingCare

UnitingCare will create one of the largest community service organisations operating in Victoria and Tasmania under a new single governance structure aimed at strengthening its ability to support people in need throughout the two states.

It follows a decision by the Uniting Church’s Synod Standing Committee (SSC) last year to establish a single skills-based Agency Board which will g


Media Release: UnitingCare Australia Budget Response

UnitingCare Australia have released the following media release - Budget 2016: Tax cuts at the expense of health, aged care and disability.

The 2016 Budget paints a selective picture of living within our means, with cuts to health, aged care and disability payments outweighing new spend


Shine a light on road safety

Connections is playing a part in making our roads safer by supporting Shine a Light on Road Safety. The campaign aims to raise awareness, to stop deaths and injuries on our roads and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma.

Motorists are encouraged to turn on their headlights on Friday 6 May to demonstrate their commitment to road safety.


Leading the way to social impact

Connections UnitingCare have been awarded ‘Best Newcomer to Social Impact Measurement’ by the Social Impact Measurement Network Australia (SIMNA), SIMNA Awards 2016, for their work in the development of the Connections Outcomes Framework (COF).

The Best Newcomer category recognises organisations who have introduced social impact measurement within the past two years.


School Attendance Support Project is a real class act

The School Attendance Support Project is another Connections' program which supports children in their education.

Connections’ Family Services Worker, Sarah works in the School Attendance Support Project (SASP).


2016 Conference Program now available

Are you interested in finding out more about the latest, innovative practice and tools which will contribute to your knowledge to make the lives of vulnerable children and families better?

The 2016 Connections UnitingCare Conference; Making Lives Better - Improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and families will explore how we

Connections has zero tolerance towards child abuse and is committed to establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments.

We are committed to inclusive practices and welcome people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.  We support the rights of our LGBTI clients to live free of prejudice and discrimination.

We acknowledge that we meet and work on land for which people of the Kulin Nations are the traditional owners and custodians. We remember and pay our respects to ancestors and warriors past and present.



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