Kinship Care groups

For children who can’t live with their own immediate family, the preferred option is sometimes to live with someone they know, such as an extended family member.

If you are currently caring for a child in an arrangement like this, please contact us to find out about our Kinship Care groups-

National Children’s Week 2018

The theme of this year’s Children’s Week promotes UNCRC Article 12 insisting that “Children’s views and opinions are respected. They have the right to express those views freely in all matteNCW2018rs affecting the child and the right to be heard.”

We’d like to remind every child that you have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously.

At Anchor, we are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people participating in our programs, and the welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority.  We aim to create a culturally safe and child friendly environment.

If you are a young person needing to speak to someone, you can talk to a safe adult you know (like an older relative, your case manager, a teacher, or one of your friend’s parents), or call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.



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Annual Report 2017-2018

We are proud to release our 2017-2018 Annual Report, highlighting many of our key achievements from over the last financial year.

To view a copy online, click here.  Alternatively, if you would like a hard copy, please contact us on 8761 9040. or email us.

“In Your Own Words”

If you are a young person with an out-of-home care experience, the Commission for Children & Young People wants to hear from you. This is an opportunity for Victorian children and young people to share their stories to create positive change to the care system.

World Mental Health Day & World Homeless Day

Not all people experiencing homelessness have a mental health condition, and not everyone living with a mental health condition will find themselves homeless, but there is no denying that the two overlap for some.

If you are experiencing homelessness in the Yarra Ranges Shire Anchor can assist with a variety of referrals, including organisations that can support your mental health- contact our Opening Doors team on 9760 6400 to make an appointment (either at our Lilydale office, or one of our outreach sessions at Healesville or Yarra Junction).
For housing assistance after hours and on weekends, please call 1800 825 955.
For information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636
For more information on available support, see

Lauren at HoMie

Lauren had a great time today with Nick and Ellen from HoMie. This amazing social enterprise use their profits to support young people experiencing homelessness or hardship. There may be some exciting times ahead as we continue to talk about how Anchor and Homie can work together to connect young people and fabulous learning and working opportunities.

Youth Development Services

Due to Anchor’s ongoing growth we have recently separated our former “Child, Youth & Family” team in to two. We are excited to see our “Child and Family Services”, and “Youth Development Services” teams continuing their amazing work throughout our community (along with our “Housing Support Services”, and “Corporate Services” teams, of course!).
For all of our clients, stakeholders and volunteers, not much will change. All of our staff will continue to be awesome, and Case Managers will remain the same. But now we have welcomed a fourth manager to ensure that all of our programs continue to proudly serve our community.

Scoresby Magpies

As the footy season wraps up for another year, we’d love to give one last shout out to our friends at the Scoresby FC! Not only were we the grateful recipients of a donation from their recent Trivia Night, but the club also offers ongoing opportunities to our Foster Carer families. Earlier this year, their initiative to encourage more kids in care arrangements to become a Magpie, was recognised with a community award from Knox City Council. Congrats and thank you to everyone at the club!