Child, Youth and Family Services - North West Metro and Wimmera
We work alongside young people to build coping skills and resilience to overcome life's challenges.
Helping young people to thrive.
Our programs support young people experiencing vulnerability, disadvantage and crisis.
We provide early intervention for at-risk youth to restore family unity to build trust and break the cycle of disadvantage.
We do this through:
- Youth mentoring
- School engagement program
- Summer camps
- L2P Driver Mentoring
By volunteering with us, you will become an important part of our team, helping to create positive change for people and communities.
Find out more about our programs at unitingvictas.org.au
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Home Based Care - Southern
Foster care is sometimes challenging, but our carers say the rewards far outweigh the tough times.
A stable and caring home is the crucial first step for many young people as they recover from the effects of trauma, abuse and neglect. Evidence suggests that when young people are in a stable and caring home, they begin their journey to heal.
At Uniting, our Foster Care Program provides carers with the training and advice they need to support vulnerable children and young people in our community.
With over 100 years of experience bringing carers and children together, we'll support you in your journey to becoming a foster carer.
We welcome all types of carers. If you think you can support a child or young person, we would love to hear from you.
Provide the best possible care to a child or young person
The Lead Tenant Program provides young people between 16 – 18 years, who are unable to live at home due to family or personal circumstances, with safe and supported accommodation to prepare them for the responsibilities of independent living when they turn 18
Up to two young people in one residence are supported by an adult volunteer (or couple) called a Lead Tenant, who lives in the home and provides day-to-day guidance and mentorship and is supported by professional staff.
The young people living in the home must be studying, employed or actively seeking employment. They also have a responsibility to help out cooking and cleaning, and pay a portion of their wage or benefit towards rent and utilities.
If you’re a mature, passionate person who wants to make a difference to young people by being a positive role model – Lead Tenant could be for you. It’s an extremely rewarding role – but also a challenging one. Opportunities are open to both singles and couples, in Melbourne’s Eastern and Southern suburbs.
Part of the role involves providing transport to school, appointments and extra-curricular activities.
You need to be proactive and passionate about engaging young people who may have experienced trauma and who have complex needs and challenging behaviours. Experience, along with current or completed studies in the social work, community service or youth work field are an advantage.
To help you in your role as Lead Tenant you are supported with comprehensive and ongoing training, as well as 24-hour support customised to your needs and the needs of your fellow tenants.
Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.
Social Enterprises and Employment Services
We provide employment pathways, training, vocational opportunities and community building links for people of all ages and abilities. We match job seekers and employers with fair, meaningful employment solutions so that individuals can contribute, grow and thrive. We specialise in working with people who may have a permanent medical condition, mental health, injury or disability requiring employment aligned to their abilities.
Accessing the right supports is about being empowered through choice. We work alongside people to be independent and achieve their goals. We are a registered provider of disability services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and take a person-centred approach to all our services. Our focus is to help people be independent, get involved with their local community, and achieve their goals.