Uniting

Three mums, from three different countries, speaking three different languages. Brought together by their love for their kids. This Harmony Day, all across Uniting, we’re celebrating the cultural and linguistic diversity that makes us great. Three friends who will be particularly looking forward to the celebrations are...

The “best wedding present ever” for Kathryn and Ben Lawson was the news that they’d been approved as foster carers. It came a few days before their nuptials and a year after they took the first step on an in-depth assessment and preparation journey with Uniting,...

Uniting Quong Tart is a Chinese speaking – and eating – aged care home and they know how to party. February is a special time for Uniting Quong Tart aged care home. Located in Ashfield in Sydney’s vibrant and multicultural inner west, the residents and care...

Working in youth homelessness, Australian of the Year nominee and Uniting team member, Veronica Macdonald, has seen some pretty tough stuff, but she wouldn’t change her job for anything. Veronica is the Regional Program Manager for our Uniting Youth and Homelessness Services in the South West...

If there is one dish that says, ‘Christmas in Australia’, it’s the perfect pavlova. Far from the snow, sleighbells and heavy dinners of the Northern Hemisphere, for many Aussie families, a sunny Christmas day is more suited to prawns and sandy feet at lunchtime – with...

Christmas is a time when families come together. In the Christmas of 2017, 48-year-old Tina Murphy ventured on a six-hour return drive across NSW for her adopted son to be with his blood family. Rylie was just nine days old when he joined Tina’s family. Back then,...

At Uniting, we’ve got whole lot of love for our fun and adventurous aged care residents who are still fulfilling some of their life-long ambitions, dreams and ‘bucket list’ experiences well into their golden years. Recently we’ve featured stories from a number of residents who live...

This week's guest blogger is Simon Furness, Director of Property and Housing at Uniting. The man who recruited me into the British Army was typical of his generation. When I met Brigadier Bertie Smith, I knew exactly what to expect: Brylcreemed hair, pencil moustache, rigid posture and clipped...

Before coming in contact with the Uniting Short-term Restorative Care program, 79-year-old Nirmal says she was close to becoming bedbound. “I couldn’t move. I couldn’t get up,” said Nirmal. “I wanted to be able to go [places] by myself. To drive. To be active. I got...

Uniting is a culturally and linguistically diverse organisation. On 21 March, services across Uniting celebrated Harmony Day – a moment to remember that our rich cultural diversity is at the very heart of who we are. How we celebrated Uniting the Garrison, Mosman Uniting the Garrison in Mosman...

Two ducks, two chickens, six chicks, two rabbits and three guinea pigs. What could be mistaken for a farm scene was actually a group of guests at the Uniting Nunyara Peakhurst intergenerational playgroup Christmas party. Last month, residents, babies, toddlers and some special guests from the...

It’s Social Inclusion week – a national celebration that aims to take deliberate steps to include people who are marginalised and isolated, culminating on the International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) this Sunday 3 December 2017. For the clients, staff and volunteers who make up...

Mo Rosa is Mum to four-year-old Frankie and three-year-old Sid who attend a Uniting early learning service. Like most mums she was anxious about enrolling her children in childcare … but she couldn’t be happier with the experience. “It’s pretty daunting handing your toddler over...

Laughs, hugs and delicious treats were in abundance for the residents at Uniting Nunyara Peakhurst who had lots of fun on Grandparents Day recently. “I love it, it brings me back to the time when my boys were babies. We have a wonderful time together.” Fay...

Trekking through the undergrowth of their local reserve, the children from the Uniting Early Learning Caringbah were excited about their latest adventure. The children, who have been attending a weekly bush kindy since June 2017, were joined by a voluntary member of the Sutherland Shire Council...

Growing up Felicity was surrounded by foster children in her parent’s home and knew she always wanted to become a carer herself too. But she always thought she would do it after she had married and had her own biological children. When she reached her 30s...

With more than 300 children in NSW awaiting placements with foster carers, Uniting are appealing for people to help. The not-for-profit organisation currently has 380 children placed in foster care in NSW and states now is the time for those interested to make the leap. Here’s a...

The start of the year can be quite daunting for many toddlers. Sometimes when children are new to a service they can be a bit unsettled about being away from their parents. Staff at Uniting Early Learning Medowie noticed that in general dads were visiting...

Antonia Mitchell started off as a kitchen hand at the Italian Support Group nine years ago, but now feels like part of a large, welcoming Italian family. The Lilyfield group, which supports people over 65 with Italian heritage, is always on her mind – Antonia says...

Brigitte Krstanoski has been caring for her son Tony for nearly 33 years. Tony has intellectual and physical disabilities and has been receiving National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding since November last year. “Tony is finally able to have the life he deserves,” says Mrs Krstanoski....

At Uniting, we believe that love is the greatest superpower there is. Love amplifies and spreads as a force for good, helping individuals and communities overcome challenges. Love stands up for the marginalised and vulnerable and lets people become their true selves. This Sydney Gay and...

The founding members of a new blokes' beer brewing club are not letting getting older get in the way of them crafting their first batch of pale ale. Residents of Uniting Caroona Yamba, on the New South Wales north coast, approached the centre managers with the...

Gabby Holden, Uniting Director of Early Learning When it comes to the long-term health and wellbeing of a child, the first 1000 days are essential. The experiences a child has in their first years are crucial to how their brain develops, which can affect their entire life....

Children are master thinkers. They are naturally inclined to observe, explore and make meaning of their surroundings. Gabby Holden, head of Early Learning at Uniting, says “our goal is to inspire children to be creative and curious.” She adds: “In order to provide children with the...

by Britt Ramsey ('Nambucca Guardian') Armed with icing, sweet treats and a blank gingerbread house canvas – Nambucca’s aged care residents got their creative juices flowing this week. Gingerbread is fun to eat, decorate and admire during the holidays and the residents of Uniting Pacifica had a...

Mo Rosa is Mum to four-year-old Frankie and three-year-old Sid who attend Uniting Iluka Early Learning at Bondi Beach. Like most mums she was anxious about enrolling her children in childcare … but she couldn’t be happier with the experience. “It’s pretty daunting handing your...

by Wendy Andrews ('Coffs Coast Advocate') There’s a two-seater sofa covered in dog hair at Uniting Pacifica and it’s reserved for one special resident. Georgia the greyhound, also known as “the lounge lizard”, has free rein of level three at this aged care home in Nambucca...

Colleen participated in the ‘Strong, Steady, Safe’ exercise program that won Uniting a 2016 Better Practice Award. In today’s ‘Humans of Uniting’ post, Colleen shares the philosophy she lives by and life at Uniting Ronald Coleman Lodge in Woollahra. “I’m a minimalist. I’m always looking around...