We are extremely grateful for the support of our partners who share our vision for a stronger, more resilient and inclusive society. Our partners help us to extend our reach and enhance our efficiency; together we change lives in real and meaningful ways.
CatholicCare Victoria Tasmania (CCVT) was formed in 2011 to bring together the shared expertise, resources and leadership of four participating agencies – CatholicCare Melbourne & Gippsland, Centacare Ballarat, CatholicCare Sandhurst and CatholicCare Tasmania. CCVT represents its participating agencies in applying for Government and other funding to support community welfare services across Victoria and Tasmania.
CCVT is responsible for the coordination of program delivery across Victoria and Tasmania, and for social services focussed on child and family welfare as well as relationship support. CCVT currently has activities scoping family relationship counselling, separation support, parenting programs, childhood early intervention in disadvantaged communities, community mental health, refugee & new arrival settlement programs, provider readiness support, and family violence.
Cabrini Health’s Social and Community Outreach program and CatholicCare have been partners in funding and service delivery since 1992. Initially Cabrini worked with CatholicCare on the establishment of a counselling service in Malvern and over the years, this has expanded to other initiatives, such as broadening the counselling service to Dandenong and Mitcham, refugee resettlement, asylum seeker support and family education and support on a public housing estate in Prahran. These initiatives have involved significant funding support from Cabrini without which CatholicCare’s services would have been inaccessible to thousands of families. In addition, in 2012-2013 Cabrini’s Allied Health practitioners worked with CatholicCare to develop a health education program for refugees, providing diabetes and nutrition education to refugee women who face significant barriers to accessing health information.
CatholicCare and Australian Catholic University (ACU) have collaborated in the delivery of the Clemente Fitzroy program since 2012. Our partnership aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequity and social injustice for marginalised people who have been unable to access higher education because of significant life challenges. The philosophy of the program is that study in the humanities can empower people to develop a critical mind that encourages them to reflect on their own lives and on society. ACU provides the academic personnel to deliver the study units and awards the university’s Certificate of Liberal Studies to those students who complete the required units. CatholicCare provides a counselling service and material supports (pens, notebooks, textbooks) for students. CatholicCare also recruits and supports volunteer Learning Partners who help students with planning, writing, research and computer skills.
In 2016, we entered into a four-year partnership with St John of God Health Care to extend our Asylum Seeker Support Program. This program works closely with parishes across the Archdiocese of Melbourne to provide accommodation and support to families and individuals seeking asylum within the Melbourne community.