We’re building a strong culture and practice that enables us to walk alongside the people we serve and remain true to our foundation as a faith-based organisation.
Our commitment to Reconciliation
At Uniting, we recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ special and unique spiritual connection to lands, waters and Country.
We’ve continued our journey towards Reconciliation through the delivery of the actions outlined in our STRETCH Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 (RAP). We developed a 1-page RAP infographic to communicate the purpose and vision of the RAP while clarifying our commitments to deliver on a range of actions.
National First Peoples’ Gathering
On 10-11 September 2019, our Executive Cultural Architect Josey Djidi-Djidi Hansen was joined by Amanda Hunt at the inaugural First Peoples’ Gathering held by UnitingCare Australia in Canberra.
A number of people from across the network attended, along with members of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress.
This event marked a new beginning for a First Peoples’ voice within the Uniting Church of Australia. Emerging leaders and Elders visited Parliament House and met with Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt AM, Senator Rachel Siewert, Senator Pat Dodson, the Hon Linda Burney MP and the Hon Warren Snowden MP.
A National First Peoples Working Group – also known as a Yarning Circle – was established and meets every 6 weeks.
Disability Royal Commission
At Uniting, we’re committed to providing person-centred support and services for West Australians with disability, and we fully support the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission).
The long-awaited inquiry provides an opportunity to confront injustices and put in place measures to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In October 2019, the Disability Royal Commission advised us that we may receive a request for information by way of a Notice to Produce or a Notice to Give Information. In response, we established a steering group of 12 team members in preparation for the potential receipt of these notices.
In May 2020, we received a Notice to Produce and a Notice to Give Information to the Disability Royal Commission. Our responses were submitted in 3 tranches from 30 June to 14 August 2020.
Becoming Uniting WA
On Friday 29 May 2020, UnitingCare West officially began trading as Uniting WA.
This change was more than just a new logo and look – it helped us to clarify and embrace the very essence of who we are as an organisation, while ensuring the important work we do remains the same.
Our new purpose and values unite us in our mission. And our evolution to Uniting represents our maturity as an organisation, and the progress we’ve made in 14 years of community service.
“We’re well established in WA, and this move strengthens our ability to affect real and lasting change for the most vulnerable members of our community,” Erica Haddon, Uniting Board Chair said.
Uniting WA CEO Amanda Hunt saw this as an opportunity to draw closer ties with our Uniting family nationally while retaining our proud history. “The legacy of those who confronted injustice and gave so much to the formation of our organisation in 2006 will always live on through Uniting,” said Ms Hunt.