Media Centre

UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families advocates for change on behalf of disadvantaged families and shares stories of our work through media releases, letters to the editor and opinion editorials. Please click on an individual item below to read in full or select a folder by year. You may also wish to view our latest media coverage.

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Latest media releases:

UnitingCare and SSI to deliver disability inclusion program
16 May 2014
Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka MLC has announced UnitingCare NSW.ACT and Settlement Services International (SSI) as successful partners to roll out a new program, Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) across suburbs in Sydney City, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney and Southern NSW.

New Ability Links partnerships announced
12 May 2014
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the three successful partnership applicants for the Ability Links disability community program.

Demand for students to pursue caring careers
20 January 2014
Recent studies have found the Australian health and community services workforce will grow up to 77 percent in the next 12 years. Choosing a career path that makes a difference is now not only a meaningful choice but a good option for potential employment.

Grant will help extend The Anchor counselling service for kids
29 October 2013
UnitingCare Unifam Counselling and Mediation has received a major boot after being awarded a $10,000 grant to help fund the delivery of The Anchor counselling service for children from its Sydney CBD office.

Celebrations mark 30th anniversary of first intake of Khmer refugee children
16 October 2013
Over 100 people, including NSW Governor, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, attended celebrations in North Parramatta on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the settlement of a group of Khmer refugee children in NSW.

Child poverty rates double for single parent families
11 October 2013
The poverty rate for single parent families in Australia is nearly 20%, double that of the poverty rate for couples with dependant children (8.9% or 831,000).

Urgent need for Aboriginal foster carers, says Ngurambang OOHC
24 September 2013
Around a third of children in care across Australia are Aboriginal but there are not enough Aboriginal carers to support them and their cultural identity.

Youth Hope- UnitingCare Burnside to provide new ways of helping vulnerable young people
13 September 2013
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today announced that UnitingCare Burnside will receive over $7 million over the next four years as part of the $40 million Youth Hope initiative.

St John's childcare in Neutral Bay waves their flag for 20 years of quality education
12 September 2013
To mark 20 years of providing quality education and care to the children and families of Neutral Bay, each child designed their own birthday celebration flag with children and staff voting for their favourite.

UnitingCare Burnside helps dads navigate their way through nappies and sleepless nights
2 September 2013
Becoming a father, especially for the first time is an emotional experience with a number of challenges. New and expectant fathers in Campbelltown will soon get the support they need when UnitingCare Burnside pilots its fathers' program, 'Dad, are you expecting?'

State must properly fund preschool
29 August 2013
Changes to preschool funding in New South Wales proposed by the State Government will see fewer three year old children able to access programs, Ms Trish Brown, Director of UnitingCare Children's Services said today.

UnitingCare Burnside helping young people to get back 'on track'
21 August 2013
Young people from Nambucca in the north to Wauchope in the south, including Kempsey and Port Macquarie will be some of the first in the state to benefit from a new NSW Government and UnitingCare Burnside program that aims to divert young people away from committing crimes and falling into the juvenile justice system.

First time dads get special support at Hastings Family Support Program by Burnside
19 July 2013
Being a father can be a very rewarding experience, but it has its challenges, especially for first time dads. New fathers' worker at UnitingCare Burnside Family Support Centre Anthony Postle understands this better than most people.

UnitingCare St John’s in Neutral Bay exceeds national standards
11 July 2013
Both staff and parents alike were delighted but not surprised when UnitingCare St John's childcare centre in Neutral Bay recently exceeded national standards across all seven tested quality areas in child care.

UnitingCare Burnside celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Dubbo NAIDOC event
3 July 2013
The history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will be celebrated Friday 5 July when UnitingCare Burnside hosts a NAIDOC Week event at Wiradjuri Park, Dubbo.

Festival of Fun turns up the excitement these school holidays
1 July 2013
The winter school holidays are right around the corner and children in Wollondilly will be delighted when the annual Festival of Fun rolls in Tahmoor Community Centre on Thursday 11 July.

Bloke's Dream Day Out helps raise awareness of Men's Health 
31 May 2013
Cars, motorbikes and DIY workshops will transform Tahmoor Community Centre into a men's shed to celebrate Men's Health Week on 15 June 2013.

How-To guide set to support Young People in Campbelltown
31 May 2013
A new How-To Guide, the Me-POWER Community Resource, will help build a network of support for young people aged 12-18 in Campbelltown.

New Wollongong centre brings together valuable UnitingCare services under one roof
29 May 2013
From 11 June, Wollongong families will be able to access new support services via UnitingCare's new intergrated centre at 336 Kiera Street.

Huge push for the community to open their hearts and become foster carers
24 May 2013
UnitingCare Burnside will join forces with a number of foster care agencies across the state and The Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA) as part of the "Open Your Hearts" campaign to recruit new foster carers and raise awareness of the increasing demand.

Parenting program HIPPY gives local kids a head start
23 May 2013
Mt Druitt parenting and child enrichment program HIPPY has launched a brand new space for children to play and learn, helping give local children the best start in life.

UnitingCare Burnside awarded Youth on Track contract
15 May 2013
UnitingCare Burnside, an organisation with more than 100 years of experience in helping disadvantaged young people, will play a major role in operating the NSW Government's new early intervention scheme, Youth on Track. 
DisabilityCare must reach all Australians, says UnitingCare
15 April 2013
Ensuring all Australians with disabilities, including the very marginalised, have access to disability services must be a priority for the government when introducing the DisabilityCare scheme, says Jo-Anne Hewitt, Director of UnitingCare Disability.

'Cinema Under the Stars' for Youth Homelessness
2 April 2013
The smell of popcorn and the bright lights of Hollywood will fill Ollie Robbins Oval on 10 April, as Dubbo enjoys 'Cinema Under the Stars', to raise awareness of youth homelessness on Youth Homelessness Matters Day 2013.

Australia's First Social Benefit Bonds
27 March 2013
The announcement of Australia's first Social Benefit Bond (SBB) which aims to reduce the number of children plaves in out-of-home care has been welcomed by bond partners UnitingCare Burnside and Social Ventures Australia.

UnitingCare Burnside welcomes Social Benefit Bonds
20 March 2013
UnitingCare Burnside welcomes the opportunity to broaden the funding base for innovative programs which support children at risk to safely return home to their families, following the NSW Government’s announcement today of a Social Benefit Bonds (SBB) pilot.

In Campbelltown, Youth Homelessness is everyone's business
20 March 2013
To raise awareness of youth homelessness, and of services available to those in need, MWYSN will host this year's Youth Homeless Matters Day event at Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown on Wednesday 10 April.

New Survey Highlights Need to Invest in Families
1 March 2013
MEDIA RELEASE: A new survey released today highlighting the increasing numbers of young people placed in care demonstates the need for greater investment in programs to work withwith families to keep children safe, Claerwen Little, Director of UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families, said today.

Juvenile Justice Reforms – More Action Need
27 February 2013
MEDIA RELEASE: The Youth on Track reforms to juvenile justice announced today by the NSW Government do not go far enough and must be broadened to have a real impact, Karen Bevan, Director of Social Justice, UnitingCare Children Young People and Families said today.

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