Bridget Vallence MP- Member for Evelyn

Thanks to Bridget Vallence MP- Member for Evelyn for meeting with Heidi and Mark.

We love being able to raise awareness about the needs of our community and the many ways we offer support.
If you’d like to learn more about Anchor Inc give us a call on 8761 9040, or send us a message.

Pantry donations needed!

Due to increased demand our pantry supplies are at an all time low.
We have an immediate need for any non-perishable items, particularly UHT milk, baked beans, tinned spaghetti and tuna.
If you are able to donate, please drop goods to our Housing Support Team at Jarlo Drive in Lilydale (level 2- above the library).
Thank you on behalf of the many locals you will be helping us support!
(If you require food or housing assistance, please contact our team on 9760 6400)

Housing Support strategic goal update

We are now well into our first year of Anchor’s 2018- 2021 Strategic Plan!

Our Tiny Homes Australia project, the Rapid Response program (in conjunction with Yarra Ranges Council) and supporting Stable One, are all examples of our commitment to being a catalyst for the development of housing for vulnerable people.
Our community continues to feel the effects of limited social and affordable housing. We know that more people than ever don’t have a safe and stable place to live.
We’re looking forward to continuing our work with other organisations, businesses and individuals to find solutions to the current housing crisis.
If you’d like more information on our Housing Support Services, please check out our website: http://www.anchor.org.au/housing-and-support-services/

Homelessness increasing (2016 Census)

We know that these numbers keep growing. More people than ever are experiencing homelessness.

Victoria’s housing crisis (including a lack of safe, affordable accommodation) and family violence are the top causes of homelessness.
To learn more, check out VincentCare‘s research that helps break down some of the housing challenges facing our communities (https://vincentcare.org.au/…/housing-hom…/about-homelessness).

Tiny Homes launch in 2019

2019 is going to be the year that we launch our Tiny Homes to help address the local housing crisis!

We are receiving great support from a number of businesses, but we still have a way to go to deliver these homes. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to get these homes built sooner, please head to our website: http://www.anchor.org.au/tiny-homes-homeless/

Thank you City Life!

Our teams have been extremely busy spreading Christmas cheer over the past couple of weeks. Thanks to the generosity of everyone at City Life Church we have been able to bring joy to many local children, who may otherwise not have received a gift this year. Thank you City Life for your ongoing support. Merry Christmas!

Best wishes for the festive season!

Our ‘Opening Doors’ team will be open tomorrow (Monday) 9.00- 5.00, with last minute pantry items (some limited gifts also available) for local families. You can call us on 9760 6400, or drop in at Jarlo Drive Lilydale (above the library).

Food donations for local families

If you are looking for a way to help someone this holiday season, here is a quick & easy idea! Grab a “blue bag” and fill it with groceries that we can pass on to a local family. The food doesn’t have to be festive or fancy, but items that can help create simple meals are great (no perishables please). Bags can be dropped at our offices or at our outreach posts (feel free to message us for more details). We would love to receive 20 bags, to help us support people throughout the holidays- Can you help us by providing one?

Outreach back at Warburton

We are excited to have returned to the ADRA Redwood Community Centre for outreach appointments!
If you are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness around the Yarra Valley, we are here to offer support and advice.
Just give us a ring on 9760 6400 and let us know if you’d prefer to see us at Lilydale, Warburton, Healesivlle or Yarra Junction.

Not in our area….

“Not in our area”… “We don’t have homeless people like in the city”… Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Our community have many people experiencing homelessness. Lack of affordable housing continues to force local residents to find alternative places to sleep. Anchor provides outreach to those doing it rough in our community; making connections, listening to everyone’s stories and offering assistance and support.