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.

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!

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!

Boronia Library Knitting group

Last week we had a visit from Michelle on behalf of the Boronia Library Knitting group. These fantastic donations will help keep locals warm this Winter. As an extra special gift, the teddy will find a new home when one of our young clients welcome their new baby in a few weeks. Thank you very much!

Don’t assume you can’t be a foster carer!

If you’ve ever thought of helping a child find a safe home, please get in touch with us. Our team will be here to provide personalised support to you and the children you care for.
We’d love to have a chat with you about how being a foster carer can fit in your current lifestyle.
Call Nicky C or Jenny L on 8761 9040, send us a message, or check out our website for more details: http://www.anchor.org.au/become-a-carer/.

Lilydale Library book sale donation

Thanks to Lilydale Library, and everybody that purchased a book at their recent sale. Our Housing and Support Services have received $841.60! These funds will go towards supporting local individuals and families that are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.

Make a direct impact in your community

We pride ourselves on working with our donors to make sure all donations go to the programs you want to support.

For more ways you can help us help our community, check out our website: http://www.anchor.org.au/how-can-you-help/
Remember, all donations over $2 are tax deductable so keep us in mind for tax-time!

Carer KaFÉ training

Calling all local foster and kinship carers!  Carer KaFÉ – Kinship and Foster Care Education are running one of their fantastic sessions in Mooroolbark next month.
This training will be focusing on the intergenerational trauma of family violence and how it impacts children’s and young people’s development and behaviour.
To register please go to: https://www.carerkafe.org.au/training/all-training/event/361-family-violence-the-real-impact-on-children-mooroolbark