At Uniting, we seek to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice. And we nurture partnerships with the individuals, families and communities we serve.
We’ll continue to position ourselves as a valued partner in addressing systemic and social inequality, and helping to amplify the voices of people experiencing disadvantage.
Uniting Church Western Australia
We would like to acknowledge the congregations, schools and other partners in the Uniting Church who have contributed to sustaining our important work throughout the year.
We’ve strengthened our connections with local Uniting Church congregations and explored new ways that we can work together to create opportunities for supporting people in our community.
Many congregations and individuals support us regularly with material assistance, financial donations and many hours of volunteer time. Knitted blankets, food and the genuine care offered by our Uniting Church community is deeply generous and greatly appreciated.
Donations are integral to our mission and represent a deep connection with our community and Uniting Church family. Donations enable us to provide the supports and services which lie beyond the scope of government funding, as well as enhancing established programs.
In addition to the support received from the Uniting Church Western Australia, we are grateful for the donations received from 43 congregations totalling $23,000.
Uniting Church Social Justice Commission
Our Practice Lead for Community Engagement has been a guest attendee of monthly meetings of the Uniting Church Social Justice Commission. Attending these meetings creates a wonderful synergy between Uniting and fellow church agencies in relation to Social Justice issues.
Rainbow Lunch groups
For 20 years, Rainbow Lunch groups have been making a difference in the lives of people experiencing mental health issues, loneliness and social isolation. Hosted by Uniting Churches across Perth, and supported by Uniting since the creation of UnitingCare West, Rainbow Lunch groups bring people together to share a meal and connect with others in the community. Everyone is equal – people walk through the doors to feel welcome and not judged.
Uniting Church schools have continued to be enthusiastic partners in our Uniting programs throughout the year, providing huge amounts of material donations as well as $11,500 from school collections.
Many schools across the Perth metropolitan area generously participated in our Christmas Hamper Appeal, spreading some joy by donating food and toys.
Uniting Church schools also put together toiletries packs for people experiencing homelessness or crisis, donating dozens of backpacks for children experiencing disadvantage with the essentials needed to start the school year, as well as participating in a virtual activity for Reconciliation Week 2020.
Many of our Uniting Church schools took part in the Cosy Toes Winter Sock Appeal as well as providing food for the people we support at Tranby throughout the COVID crisis.
With some support from Uniting, St Stephen’s School continues their Food Rescue program at Lakeside Joondalup in conjunction with Rotary. The school collects unsold fresh food from cafes and restaurants for distribution to people in need throughout the northern corridor.
Uniting continues to explore ways we can collaborate and partner with our Uniting Church family on community service projects.
Key corporate partners
Fundraising and income development remain a key area of focus for us at Uniting. We’re strengthening our partnerships with local government, sector supporters and local business. In the year, we had more than 600 donors and in-kind supporters.
Keystart Homeloans selected Uniting as their charitable partner for 2019/20. The organisation matched the $ amount raised by their team, helping us with much needed for emergency relief and accommodation funds for the people we support at Tranby.
As part of their support for charities during COVID, Woodside Energy funded extra Uniting homelessness outreach services in the Perth CBD. This important resource kept our team in touch with people sleeping rough when many services were closed or restricted.
City of Vincent
As part of their Leederville Gardens Trust – Covid-19 Grant Funding, the City of Vincent enabled an outreach team to operate in tandem with our existing Street to Home program. The Team provided 7 day a week rapid, wrap around supports to people who were sleeping rough in the City of Vincent. The team recorded over 416 engagements in a 3 month period, provided 337 instances of material assistance and 77 referrals into accommodation.
Commonwealth Bank Staff Foundation
The Commonwealth Bank Business Banking team are long-term supporters of Uniting. They’ve volunteered at Tranby, helped out with Christmas collections and assisted us with skill-building workshops for our team. In the year, they nominated Uniting for a Commonwealth Bank Staff Foundation grant, which helped us provide accommodation and food for people experiencing homelessness and hardship during winter.
Target Australia are long-term partners in the UnitingCare Australia Christmas Appeal. In 2019, the Appeal raised $240,000. Over $65,000 was provided to West Australian families to contribute to a brighter Christmas.
Sophie Budd and Taste Budds Cooking Studio
Sophie Budd is an amazing ambassador for Uniting and our Tranby Engagement Hub, supporting us through her corporate volunteering program as well as giving considerable amounts of her own time to make sure people who come to Tranby have a nutritious meal.
Second Bite is our key supplier of rescued food. The Second Bite team work tirelessly to deliver food that would otherwise end up in landfill. Our Tranby team and volunteers work to transform this fresh produce into delicious meals.
We could not deliver our Uniting services without the significant support from our volunteers. In the year, our 177 Uniting volunteers contributed 26,000 hours towards our services and the support of people in our community.
We also have a further 77 Uniting Food Rescue volunteers, who collect 3.5 tonnes of food each month from our 66 participating cafes in the Perth CBD. That’s the equivalent of 9,000 meals provided to people experiencing homelessness and crisis at our Tranby Engagement Hub and people supported by the Salvation Army.