Thanks CommBank!

When our kinship care team met 15 year old “Nick” he told us about ongoing pain and discomfort in his back and neck. His carers were unable to fund the chiropractic treatment that would help him live an active life, causing stress to the entire family.
With thanks to funding from the 2018 Commonwealth Bank Centenary Grants, we were able to support him and his kinship carers to give Nick access to ongoing chiropractor appointments. Nick now reports his back and neck are feeling much better and he is so thankful for the support he has received!
It is only with additional donations that we can support families like Nicks. If you’d like to help Anchor continue our work, check out our website.

“I’m trying”- Jessica’s story

One of our former clients has shared her story to encourage others to pause and think about those experiencing homelessness:
“… Many times I had been ripped (off), or my money was stolen, or I was punched and everything was taken, even my blanket. So many times I literally had nothing in the world. There is so much judgement of homeless people… (One morning) I was walking to go get a blanket, some clothes and shoes (because mine had been stolen overnight)… It was raining… All I could hear were people saying “Look at her”, “You think she could change her clothes”, “She’s not even wearing shoes”. I felt like screaming at them “What do you think I’m doing?! I’m going to get clothes and shoes now! Don’t you think I wish I did have other clothes to change into! I’m trying!” Jessica* hopes that her story will inspire others to ask for help if they need it, as it can be hard to take that first step, but the rewards at the end are worth it.
*Jessica is now a proud member of our local community so we have changed her name to ensure that her story is told anonymously.

New Youth Accommodation in Upper Yarra

We’re so excited about our latest Youth Accommodation program! Based in Upper Yarra, this place-based pilot will work with young people to connect them to local education and employment options. We’ll be linking other groups including Box Hill Institute Lilydale Lakeside, Belgravia Leisure and Cire Services Incorporated to help our tenants gain all of the life skills that will see them thrive and achieve their goals.

Kinship Carer day out

Another fun day at “the office” for some of our staff! Today was the Kinship carers turn, this time attending Inflatable World Ringwood. School holiday activities can be pricey, so we love to help our families by hosting events like this. Thanks to Yarra Ranges Council’s community grant for making this possible.
If you know someone that is currently caring for a child, they may like to join our Kinship Carer Network for support and social outings to connect with other carers.

Foster Carer holiday activity

What a fantastic day at Rush HQ! Thanks to a community grant from Knox City Council we hosted an excursion for our foster carers and all the children in their home. These outings are a great opportunity for kids and carers to get together. We love planning exciting activities for the school holidays!

Heidi reflects on the meaning of NAIDOC Week 2019

“NAIDOC week this year has three powerful themes: Voice, Treaty, Truth.
Thousands of years ago the first human voices were heard on this continent now known as Australia- the voices of the first Australians. These unbroken words were used to pass down precious lore, culture and knowledge through thousands of generations until colonisation.
Sadly many of the languages spoken in days gone by have been silenced through colonisation. This year we celebrate and support the rekindling of Aboriginal language and its preservation. Anchor recognises the importance of having your own voice to express one’s human condition.
Anchor recognises the importance of Treaty in moving forward from the past. Treaty will formalise the arrangements between non indigenous and indigenous Australians in how we can work together to ensure our First Australians, their land, their language, customs and culture are respected and preserved. Treaty will ensure Aboriginal Australians have access to their rightful place in our country. Treaty will enable Aboriginal people to be the architects of their own lives and futures- Anchor supports this bright future.
The truth about how colonisation has impacted Aboriginal people is complex and still much of it unknown. Anchor recognises the absolute importance of “truth” and how without it, we cannot as a country move forward and recognise our past.
This NAIDOC week Anchor embraces the truth and understands healing can only happen when we work together with Aboriginal people to join them on their journey to finish the “unfinished” business of this country. What is imperative is that we share a truthful understanding of the nature of our dispute and how we arrived to the place on which we stand together in this country.
We celebrate with Aboriginal people this week recognising the importance of their culture, language and the precious stories of this beautiful, safe and wonderful country we all call home.”- Heidi Tucker, CEO

NAIDOC Week 2019

Today marks the first day of NAIDOC Week 2019; a celebration the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
There’s a bunch of fantastic local events over the next week!
Including activities at Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, Healesville Library and Eastern VACCA, see NAIDOC events for more details!

From tent to a safe and stable home

Anchor recently met a pregnant couple who were sleeping in a tent at a local park.
Our Opening Doors team offered them assistance in obtaining a transitional property just in time for the arrival of their baby.
The couple are so excited that they now have somewhere to bring their baby home to! Wishing this family all the very best for their future, as we continue to work together to secure long term housing options.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness in the Yarra Ranges Council, give us a call on 9760 6400.

Happy (Financial) New Year!

Today makes the start of the second year of our 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Homelessness, lack of affordable accommodation, lack of foster carers and finding more homes for children and young people in the care system remain the drivers of this plan.
Heidi Tucker, our CEO, has reflected that “progress against our Key Performance Measures has been pleasing.” As our Chair, Phillip Campbell has observed “Our targets are ambitious but we will continue to aspire towards best supporting vulnerable children, families and individuals in Melbourne’s east attain safe, secure and stable homes.”
Click here for more details.

CommBank Emerald

Thanks to the wonderful team at Commonwealth Bank in Emerald. This $500 donation will go towards helping our clients achieve their education and training goals. Naomi had a great catch up with Cheree who has been a fantastic supporter of ours!