Yarra Ranges Life TV at YHMD2019

Thanks to Yarra Ranges Life TV for their coverage of our Youth Homelessness Matters Day event. Check out the video here.

Thank you to Neal at Holy Fools and Bill Brindle (Labor for Casey) for the great interviews. Hopefully this event helps draw attention to the issue of homelessness in our community.   #YHMD2019

Foster Carer training

If you’ve ever considered becoming a Foster Carer, you can begin your journey with our ‘Shared Stories, Shared Lives’ training. Our qualified facilitators will teach you the Victorian Standards required to support the children in your care. Our first round of training kicks off next weekend; Saturday February 23, 9.30- 5.00 (concluding the following week, March 2). (For those that can’t attend on a weekend, this training will be run over four Wednesday evenings in Term 2)
For more information send us a message, or contact Nicky C or Jenny on 8761 9040.

Foster Care Week at Parliament House

Joe, Yin, Amanda, Alison, Mandy, Natalie, Kathleen, Jodie, Simon and Nicky are having a fantastic day at Parliament House with Foster Care Association of Victoria. Inspiring speakers, delicious food and an opportunity to celebrate everything that being a Foster Carer involves- what a great way to spend the day

Homelessness Week 2018- Yarra Ranges launch

Thanks to everyone that joined us to hear from speakers from Anchor IncHoly FoolsStable OneYarra Ranges Housing Action Group, and Council to Homeless Persons.  It was great to come together to launch Homelessness Week 2018, and discuss how we can work towards ‘Ending Homeless Together.’
#HomelessnessWeek2018 #EndingHomlessnessTogether

BBB Playgroup at the Aquarium!

Our Building Brighter Beginnings Playgroup had a great time at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium last week.
If you would like more information on joining this supported playgroup in Term 3, please contact Leanne on 9760 6419.

Footmen Foundation dinner

Thank you and congrats to the Footmen Foundationfor a fantastic evening last night. It was great to hear about all of the amazing causes this foundation supports.
We also had the privilege of meeting some legends of the cycling world, Matthew KeenanKelland O’Brien, and Dave Sanders (pictured with Naomi, Heidi and Paula).

Anchor’s Lilydale office is relocating

Anchor’s Housing and Support Services, including Opening Doors and Transitional Housing Support Services currently located at 112 Main Street Lilydale, will be relocating and available at the following new address from Friday 22nd September 2017:


Box Hill Institute Lakeside Campus

Building LA, Level 2

1 Jarlo Drive, LILYDALE VIC 3140

(PO Box 103 )

Ph: 9760 6400 Fax: 9735 5047

Please note that the telephone and fax numbers remain unchanged.

Lakeside Vibes

We had a great time at Lakeside Vibes with the Creating Connections crew – Uniting Care Harrison, Wesley Mission Victoria, Family Access Network and SalvoCare Eastern.

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/

Celebrating 40 years!