Our Outreach

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UNITINGCARE EAST BURWOOD CENTRE

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Operated independently on the church property, the Centre is managed by a small staff and a team of trained volunteers.  Since 1973 it has offered Emergency Relief, Counselling, NILS (no interest) loans, Vulnerable Families Program, Budget planning,
Positive Living Groups for elderly and those with mild dementia,
a Support Group for Carers, help with study for Primary School children
and a Cultural and Language Diversity program.

Together with people from other churches and the wider community,
Burwood Heights Uniting Church is deeply committed to supporting the Centre,
in many voluntary capacities as well as financial and practical help.
Enquiries are welcome from anyone interested in joining this effort
to meet the needs of people in the community for whom life is a challenge –
either training as a volunteer or
 assisting  with regular tasks
such as organizing food supplies.

The Centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 3.45pm.
Contact:  The Centre – 9803 3400.  Barry – 0419 302 334

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POSSIBLE DREAMS INTERNATIONAL

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www.possibledreams.org

Possible Dreams International, Inc is a non-profit organisation, united in a belief in the dignity of every human life.  It partners with rural and remote communities in Swaziland, to empower families and individuals living with extreme poverty, malnutrition and endemic disease.  Emergency relief  offers medical care, food and housing for people, many of them in desperate need.  Sustainable development solutions, including water access, agricultural support and micro-enterprise projects, are undertaken.  The work is carried out by local Swazi people and international volunteers.

Possible Dreams International seeks to build communities of hope and bridges of possibility that span the world.  Burwood Heights Uniting Church supports the endeavour by fundraising and individual donations.
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CROSSROADS

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Crossroads Victoria is part of a national interdenominational fellowship ministering with people with disabilities.  Crossroads seeks to encourage individual growth socially, emotionally, educationally and spiritually.  

A number of people from the church regularly share in the Burwood Heights branch meetings, which are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, with varied interesting and recreational programs.  Meetings are held in the church fellowship room, with occasional visits to other venues arranged. 

While disabled persons are not always accepted as “whole people” in our society, Crossroads seeks to raise awareness and advocate for positive change.
Crossroad’s VISION is to realize the inclusion of people with a disability in the fellowship of the Christian Church and its MISSION is to encourage the recognition of people with a disability as part of the Body of Christ.
We warmly welcome newcomers.

The Crossroads team would like additional people to be available on occasions when one of the usual helpers might be unable to attend – come once or twice without making a commitment to see if it is for you.

Burwood Heights Branch Contact: Barbara L.  9808 3677
Further information is available at
https://crossroadsvictoria.com/burwood-heights

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FRONTIER SERVICES

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http://www.frontierservices.com.au

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries a handful of ministers travelled vast distances to visit remote properties in South Australia and a nursing post was opened at Oodnadatta. The Australian Inland Mission was founded in 1912 by the Rev John Flynn, who sought to establish a “mantle of safety” so people could build sustainable communities despite the hardships of outback life right across Australia.  Padres travelled by horse and camel, nursing outposts were set up and radio communications gave people access to a central base.  In 1977 when the Uniting Church was established the inland missions of the Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist Churches were combined to form Frontier Services.

Patrol Ministers are constantly on the road  across 85% of Australia, working with Indigenous communities, on isolated properties and mining sites and with remote communities.  Travelling tens of thousands of kilometres each year, visiting thousands of families and individuals, the Patrol Ministers aim to be thought of as friends who can be called on in times of need.
The work is entirely funded through public donations, corporate partnerships and grants from philanthropic organisations.   Burwood Heights Uniting Church, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, supports Frontier Services.
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E C O S

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In our ECOS program,
volunteers offer practice in English Conversation for Overseas Students
and others seeking to improve their English speaking skills.

It is attended by students or graduates of universities such as the nearby Deakin,
visitors on a working holiday in Australia and permanent residents.
Most are from various Asian countries, South America or the Middle East.

 The program is conducted in an informal and friendly atmosphere, recognizing that most who attend are a long way from the support of family and friends.
We meet from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm every Sunday night,
from mid-February to mid-December.
A $2.00 donation is requested to cover expenses

Volunteers attend on a roster basis according to their availability,
mostly once or twice per month.
As the number of participants has increased we need more volunteers.
Join us one evening to see if you would like to help.

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Enquiries may be directed to Barry
on 0419 302 334 or at barryhorn@bigpond.com.
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