Myer Eastland

Thank you to the staff and management at Myer Eastland for the wonderful gifts they have collected. All of the items received are being distributed throughout our community, spreading lots of Christmas joy.

Myer Eastland has selected Anchor to be their charity of choice over the next 12 months.  We are extremely excited about this partnership, and we look forward to passing on the benefits throughout the community.

Thank you Ferntree Gully Lionesses!

Thank you to the women of the Ferntree Gully Lionesses for their beautiful donation of handmade quilts for babies. Lauren Gordon Project Manager and CEO Heidi Tucker proudly display them in the foyer of the Ringwood Office. These quilts will be a wonderful start for our young women who are pregnant or early parenting with an experience of family violence and at risk of homelessness soon to be accommodated in our fabulous Hazel Hams Homes in Lilydale.

White Ribbon’s 16 Days of Activism

As part of White Ribbon‘s 16 Days of Activism, CEO Heidi Tucker and James Collins attended a White Ribbon Breakfast hosted by our three local councils: Knox City Council, Maroondah City Council and Yarra Ranges Council. The focus of the breakfast was to raise awareness of family violence and its consequences on victims as employees. The event attended by representatives of business and government were saddened by the statistics surrounding family violence, and all are keen to ensure victims receive support and consideration in their workplace to deal with their home situation. The meeting heard from a survivor who is living proof that family violence effects all socio-economic groups and victims can come from all walks of life.

The three councils, in collaboration with specialist family violence and health services, are keen to continue the dialogue with business and to provide resources and assistance to develop capacity to deal with the effects of family violence in the workplace.

We also participated in the local Lake Walk at Lilydale Lake to show Anchor’s support for ending violence against women and promoting gender equity. Thanks to Yarra Ranges Council for organising such a great event.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing or know of a family violence situation, you can find information to help you stand up, speak out and act on the White Ribbon website: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

Welcome aboard RAMS!

Most of what we do at Anchor is centred around ensuring that everyone in our community has access to safe and secure homes. We are very proud to have welcomed RAMS (Maroondah/ Yarra Ranges) as a supporter of Anchor, as Darlene and her team are also very passionate about helping locals achieve their own place to call home. We know that they’ll be a great ambassadors for us and our clients, and we look forward to working together in the future. https://www.rams.com.au/rams-heathmont/

Sector Research Symposium at the University of Melbourne

Lauren, Heidi and Peter had the honour of being invited to speak at today’s Sector Research Symposium, hosted by the University of Melbourne. They were there informing sector professionals of the newly developed early intervention framework and community- philanthropic partnership that is set to be a game changer for young mothers in Melbourne’s Outer East.

Spring Gardening!

Thanks to Bunnings Bayswater and Jean, Boyd & John from the Lions for helping our “Support for Young People” team getting the yards ready for Spring.

Celebrating 40 years!

Celebrating 40 years!

We are celebrating 40 years of serving our community, and this journey has been shared with many others.

We would love to hear from anyone that has memories of SHAC (Supportive Housing Accommodation/ Supported Housing Advocacy and Care), Upper Yarra and Lilydale Emergency Accommodation Program (UYLEAP), Mt Evelyn Community Christian Care (MECCA), Yarra Ranges Community Christian Care (YRCCC) and Knox Community Support Services (KCSS).

Foster Care week 2016

A group of foster carers and staff attended the Foster Care Association of Victoria celebration yesterday at Parliament House, and we also enjoyed  our own Anchor event on 14th September which gave us a great opportunity to recognise and appreciate all of our wonderful Anchor foster carers.  These events always remind us what a privilege it is to have these special people in our lives. Our Chairperson, Ken Morgan, gave a special address to the group giving his sincere thanks to Anchor foster carers on behalf of the Board, staff, and the children and young people we care for.

Foster Care Week Launch at Parliament House

Anchor’s Foster Carer Appreciation celebration

 

 

NAIDOC themed Fostering Connections

As we continue to acknowledge and celebrate NAIDOC week, we’re reminded yet again of the ongoing need for foster carers.

All children should have a safe and supported home, and all individuals should have the opportunity to be connected to their cultural heritage.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Foster Carer, please visit http://www.fosteringconnections.com.au or call 1800 013 088.