Anglicare Victoria

At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults.

Our vision is to resource and empower children, young people and families to achieve their full potential through: the provision of quality innovative services for children and young people; supporting vulnerable families; and the promotion of social justice. 

We exist to protect the vulnerable Victorians in our community – a child suffering from abuse, a homeless young person, a woman escaping domestic violence, an impoverished couple unable to feed their family – people who desperately need help. We protect over 80,000 Victorians all across the state, each and every year.

Ending disadvantage, for enduring benefits.

With a range of direct services, we help people to overcome their immediate crises.

These services include foster care, emergency relief, food and material aid, crisis accommodation, care for children with disabilities, assistance for victims of abuse, violence and neglect, and short-term housing.

We’re also dedicated to empowering and educating Victorians, to provide them with access to brighter futures and better tomorrows.

We offer hope for a long-term solution to problems, through comprehensive support and counselling initiatives. Our focus on long-term benefits includes family and financial counselling, parenting advice and support, training programs, assistance with addiction, and advocacy.

We believe in and respect the value of all people, irrespective of their individual circumstances or beliefs.

Please click to find out more about Anglicare Victoria’s other services [http://www.anglicarevic.org.au/what-we-do]

 

Young people in care

As the state’s largest provider of out-of-home care services for disadvantaged Victorians, we ensure that children and young people can access safe environments. 

The core of Anglicare Victoria’s work remains our commitment to providing nurturing homes for children and young people who are not able to live with their families for a range of reasons.

We provide a home to more than 340 Victorians each night, and can only achieve this with the support of dedicated staff and passionate volunteer carers.

Foster care provides a safe, supportive home to children and young people who cannot live with their families.

It is often used to provide temporary care while parents get help sorting out problems, or to help children or young people through a difficult period in their lives.

Children in foster care range in age from young babies through to adolescents. We need a range of carers to ensure we can match the right type of carer to a child in need. 

All money raised through Altitude Shift will go to supporting children in foster care. This means it will go to finding them a place, supporting the carer, or to one of our extensive academic and emotional development programs, which are designed to help children living in care catch up with their peers.

 

Out of Home Care Stories

A Bright Future for Chloe 

*Chloe has been living in one of our residential care units for more than three years now. She came as a fragile and frightened thirteen year-old who had been exposed to years of neglect and abuse.

But Chloe now knows, with the support of the Youth Workers in the team she now calls her “family”, she can do whatever she wants. So she’s making her dreams a reality. 

About to finish her VCE, Chloe is undertaking a Beauty apprenticeship with the local salon and formal training in Beauty Therapy. A happy, confident young woman, Chloe is now an inspiration to everyone she comes into contact with. Her future is bright.

* All names and images have been altered

 

Alice’s Story

*Alice was only 11 years old when she went into care, she shares her story.

I was placed in out-of-home care for numerous reasons. I was neglected as a child, physically and sexually abused, and I was a victim of drug related domestic violence.

When I was 16, I got involved with Anglicare Victoria’s Springboard Leaving Care program. Anglicare Victoria helped me make better choices when it came to my wellbeing, and slowly gain my independence. While I was living in residential care, I managed to obtain part time employment at Subway, where I worked for 5 to 6 days a week. 

In March, I moved out of residential care and into my own unit, something that I never imagined would have been possible. Anglicare Victoria has given me so many more opportunities than I would have otherwise had. I really feel like I have a fresh start in my own home and I have everything I could have wanted at my young age. 

I am about to start studying my Certificate IV in Community Services. After I finish my course, I hope to work in a residential care unit and give some time back to the kids. Having experienced living in care myself, I feel I could contribute and really make a difference in their lives. I am both mentally and physically happy and well, and I am so excited to see what my future holds.

Anglicare Victoria has given me the support my parents didn’t give me, and I hope that you will be able to help them transform the lives of other young people that are currently in care.

*All names and images have been altered

 

Let’s finish what we started

Research indicates that 50% of young people leaving state care at 18 will end up in prison, unemployed, homeless or a new parent within the first year of leaving care.

This staggering statistic is what inspired us to establish the Home Stretch campaign. The campaign aims to advocate for young people to have the option to remain in state care until the age of 21; just like what is happening in any other family setting in Australia, and in care settings internationally.

In a study recently commissioned by Anglicare Victoria, findings show that for every dollar spent on extending support to age 21, the community would save between $1.40 and $2.69, depending on the state. The biggest savings would be reduced homelessness, (cut by half), reduced hospitalisation, (cut by a third) and reduced arrests, (cut by 35 %.)

To find out more, visit www.thehomestretch.org.au.


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