Entries by Naomi Taylor

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!