Parish Partnerships

Across the state, Anglicare Victoria is working in partnership with Anglican parishes and the community to address local community needs.

Projects are often run by volunteers and vary in type according to the specific needs of each location.
These partnerships are based on the understanding that together, we have a shared responsibility to care for people in need.

There are over 85 programs and projects and many are in regional Victoria.
If you want to support one of our partnerships or work together to establish a new partnership please telephone 1800 809 722.

Anglicare Victoria’s 20th Year Anniversary

In July 2017, Anglicare Victoria will celebrate its 20th year anniversary. The agency was formed in July 1997 following the amalgamation of three of the state’s most experienced child and family welfare agencies: the Mission of St. James and St. John, St. John’s Homes for Boys and Girls, and the Mission to the Streets and Lanes.

To mark this occasion, we are inviting all parishes across Victoria to give thanks during their Sunday Service on 2 July. We have developed a number of resources that we have mailed out to all parishes. Below is a copy of a prayer card with several thanksgiving prayers that we hope you will read aloud at your service.

Prayer card

If you would like more donation envelopes to place on your parish pews on the day, please call our team on 03 9412 6125.

Diocese Partnerships

Diocese of Melbourne

  • Adult Literacy – Boxhill and Clayton
  • Career Counselling – Clayton
  • Community Arts and Crafts –Clayton
  • Community Contact Centre – Clayton, Fitzroy
  • Computer Classes – Clayton
  • Counselling Services – Clayton
  • Criminal Justice Prison Ministry – Melbourne
  • Disability Service – Clayton
  • Emergency Relief – Clayton, Craigieburn, Fitzroy, St Albans, Sunshine, Sydenham, Williamstown
  • Financial Counselling – Sunshine
  • Homeless Service – Melbourne – St Peter’s (Eastern Hill), St Mark’s (Fitzroy)
  • Homework Club/Primary Tutoring – Boxhill, Corio/Norlane, Glenroy
  • Opportunity Shop – Fitzroy
  • Parent Education – Cranbourne
  • Refugee and New Immigrant Support – Boxhill and Clayton

Diocese of Ballarat

Over 16,000 people have been assisted or involved in Anglicare Victoria activities across the Diocese.

  • Anglicare Annual Art Auction – Western Victoria
  • Breakfast Club – Ballarat, Warracknabeal, Warrnambool drop in centre Bakery Hill
  • Brick Club – Warrnambool (Christ Church) and Corangamite (Mission District of St Francis of Assisi), Camperdown, Merrivale, Terang
  • Christmas Day Dinner – Ballarat
  • Christmas Hampers – Creswick
  • Community Building – Port Fairy, Apollo Bay
  • Community Kitchen/Food Bank – Camperdown/Holy Apostles, Cobden Casserole Bank
  • Concerts – Ballarat region
  • Criminal Justice Prison Ministry – Ballarat, Warrnambool
  • Drop in Centre – Warrnambool region
  • Emergency Relief – Ballarat Region, Beaufort, Creswick, Linton, Sebastopol, Warrnambool region
  • Hamper Programs Christmas food, care and toy hampers and Midwinter pensioner care hampers – Ballarat region and Warrnambool region.
  • Homeless Programs – Ballarat region
  • Indigenous Development – Horsham
  • Internet Café – Ballarat region
  • Opportunity Shop – Forest
  • Refugee Week church service– Ballarat region
  • Anti- poverty Week Activities – Western Victoria
  • Youth Engagement in Education, Learning and Life Skills– Ararat, Horsham, Stawell

Diocese of Gippsland

  • Adds Up – Gippsland wide
  • Counselling Service – Sale
  • Emergency Relief – Warragul, Korumburra, Rosedale
  • Financial Counselling – Gippsland wide
  • GOAL (Goodwill, Opportunities and Assistance Loans) – Gippsland wide
  • No Interest Loan Scheme – Bairnsdale, Sale, Morwell, Warragul, Wonthaggi
  • Step Up Loan Scheme – Gippsland wide

Diocese of Bendigo

  • Criminal Justice Prison Ministry

Diocese of Wangaratta

  • Breakfast Club – Seymour
  • Community Arts and Craft – Yarrawonga
  • Emergency Relief Wangaratta, Bright, Mt Beauty
  • Financial Counselling – Alpine, Benalla, Wangaratta
  • Homework Club/Primary Tutoring – Eldorado
  • No Interest Loan Scheme – Wangaratta
  • Red Gate Bazaar Opportunity Shop – Alexandra

Restorative justice programs

Anglican Criminal Justice Ministries

Anglican Criminal Justice Ministries (ACJM) is a chaplaincy program that ministers to people who are incarcerated in prisons and juvenile detention centers, and/or have been released from prison.

ACJM works closely with chaplains from other denominations and faith groups to form a chaplaincy team to minister to the spiritual needs of prisoners throughout Victoria. As an allied goal, we seek to provide Christians with opportunities to be involved in this ministry at both an individual and parish level. People may contribute through prayer support, financial support, or personal involvement in the ministry as volunteers with people either “inside” or “outside” of prisons or juvenile detention centers.

Get Out For Good – Warrnambool

Get Out For Good (GofG) is a program that enables people who are being released from prison (either on parole or on straight release) to be supported and mentored by people in the community. One prison chaplain has said that people need three things to make a successful transition back into society: “a house, a job and a friend”. GofG seeks to provide the third, and often neglected part of that triad of needs.

Through weekly – fortnightly meetings and phone calls with the GofG team of volunteers, people who have been released from prison will find:

  • A safe space where they can talk about what they are going through and be listened to
  • People with whom they can sound out options for their lives, both long-term plans and day-to-day ideas
  • Comfort from the fear and isolation that often accompanies people making the adjustment from prison to the “outside”