Welcome to UnitingCare Gippsland.
UnitingCare Gippsland is an agency of the Uniting Church, incorporated under the Uniting Church in Australia Act 1977. We have over 400 staff who provide community based services such as foster care, family counselling, family day care, youth work, family support, and financial counselling.
Please click here to view a copy of the pamphlet – Your Rights and Responsibilities as a client of UCG
Practical Guidelines to Improve Service Accessibility for Families
Written by East Gippsland Service Access Working Group click here to download
The East Gippsland Early Years Committee – Service Access Working Group recently launched the ‘Practical Guidelines to Improve Service Accessibility for Families’. The guidelines were developed in recognition that there are families that don’t access services readily for a range of reasons and it is the way in which services are delivered which makes a difference to how accessible they are.
There are a number of individual circumstances that create barriers to accessing support through services which can include; difficulties in communication, fear, resistance/lack of support from family members, complexities and challenges faced that take time and energy to deal with (Cortis, Katz and Patulny, 2009).
To label clients as ‘hard to reach’ puts the responsibility on clients, rather than the service. Services are funded to provide support and need to make sure they are accessible to families and children who need them the most.
Eleven principles and actions to improve service access have been collated from a range of sources.
• Meet Parents Needs
• Start where the Family is at
• Every family is different
• Support To Access
• Accessible Locations & Times
• Coordination of Services to Meet Family Needs
• Availability & Response
• Build Relationships
• Comfortable Setting
• Parents Know Service Is Available
• Affordable Service
An important component in the development of the guidelines was to get feedback from families across East Gippsland on their experiences of accessing services for their families. 58 parents and carers (mothers, fathers, young parents, Aboriginal parents and parents with children with additional needs) provided feedback through interviews (via phone and in person), surveys and group focus groups.
The guidelines include a self-assessment checklist designed to get agencies to reflect on current practice around service access. The checklist can be used to identify what organisations are committed to changing/improving.
Contact the Communities for Children East Gippsland team for more information about this document.
Corits, N., Katz, I. & Patulny, R. (2009), Engaging hard-to-reach families and children, Department of families, housing, community services and Indigenous Affairs, (FaHCSIA) Occasional Paper Number 26, www.fahcsia.gov.au
UnitingCare Gippsland to withdraw as the operator of Child Care Centres
UnitingCare Gippsland has made the difficult decision to withdraw as the operator of four long day care centres in Gippsland. The centres are located at Cowes, Foster, Mirboo North and Lakes Entrance.
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UnitingCare Gippsland Eco Resource Kit 2013
The Eco Resource Kit aims to provide educators, families and the wider community with consolidated information and resources about sustainable practices that can be promoted within families’ homes, early childhood settings and the wider community. The Eco Resource Kit aims to assist with linkages to environmental agencies that will promote local knowledge and understanding of sustainability issues and resources in your local area.
The Eco Resource Kit provides a fun, socially responsible and consistent message around the importance of sustainability and the environment. This in turn, can enhance a deeper understanding and respect by children of their environment and will foster an understanding around the importance of our world and the impact that we all have on it. This is a guide to help support your journey in sustainability.
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2014 Kindergarten Enrolments are now being taken
UnitingCare Gippsland invites Parents and Children to visit their Quality Kindergarten Programs
Please contact the Early Years Team to find out days for Open Day or to obtain an Expression of Interest Form.
PO Box 454 Bairnsdale, 3875
Phone: 1800 183 103
UnitingCare Gippsland has a vision for a healthy Gippsland where inequity and disadvantage are challenged. We strive to include all children in early childhood programs as a way to promote healthy early childhood development, support children to reach their full potential and strengthen their connections to community.
Independent Living Units for Over 55′s
Open for Inspection- Monday to Saturday - various times & by appointment
Corner of Niel & Tyers St, Stratford
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Foster Carers needed in Gippsland Region!
UnitingCare Gippsland provides quality Family Day Care in the Gippsland Region! Please click here for more information.