Help raise funds to support our community programs!
WCC staff and volunteers are running for a cause, joining Northern Health's annual fun run. This is our major fundraiser for the year.
The money raised goes straight back into our programs and enables us to do things like run support groups for newly arrived communities and deliver homework and learning support programs.
You can support us by donating or encouraging others to donate, joining the team to walk or run on May 22, or turning up to cheer us on.
Donate now to help us reach our target of $5,000
New Legal Outreach for Mernda
Residents in Whittlesea’s growth areas will have increased access to community legal services with a new legal outreach commencing in Mernda. From June, people living, working or studying in the Whittlesea LGA and surrounding communities will be able to access free community legal services at Jindi Family and Community Centre. A partnership between Whittlesea Community Connections (WCC), The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and Goodstart, it will allow more community members to access legal information, referral, advice and casework closer to home.
Appointments at Jindi will commence on June 6 2016 and operate the first Monday of every month, with additional days to be added depending on need.
Appointments can be made over the phone through Whittlesea Community Legal Service, 9401 6655 or at the Whittlesea Community Connections office, Shop 111 Pacific Epping, Corner High and Cooper Streets, Epping.
The Mernda outreach joins a number of other community legal outreaches in Mill Park, Doreen and Whittlesea Township.
WCC CEO, Jemal Ahmet, resigns after 18 years at the helm. Click here to read his statement of resignation.
ER Survey Report Released
Anti Poverty Week is currently on around the country and this week, Whittlesea Community Connections releases the 2014 ER Survey Report. This is the fourth in a series of research that explores the reasons people need to access Emergency Relief. Click here to read the report
Family Violence in Whittlesea
As family violence reports increase, WCC continues our commitment to providing effective, supportive responses. For a snapshot of family violence across our services, check out the latest WCC Family Violence Monitor.
Launch of Volunteers of Whittlesea Video
To mark National Volunteer Week, WCC and its partners launched a short promotional video to encourage volunteering in our municipality. Made possible by a City of Whittlesea Community Development Grant, the video gives you a flavour of the rewards and contribution volunteers receive and give to the community. We hope, if you are already volunteering, that this will encourage you to keep volunteering. And, if you are not currently volunteering, to take that all important step. Click here to view the video...
Housing Brokerage and Support Project
Evaluation Report Launch -
More than 30 representatives from community service agencies attended the launch of the Housing Brokerage Project to hear first hand the verdict on its success from Dr. Sharon Parkinson author of the evaluation report.
The Audience also heard from keynote speaker Jenny Smith, CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons, who fully endorsed the project and it's place in contributing to alleviating homelessness at a local level.
The Housing Brokerage and Support Project was established by WCC in 2013 as a local response to the growing tide of homelessness in our community. No-interest loans are provided to assist people to access the private rental market, they also receivecasework support to help address other complex issues that affect their ability to sustain a long term tenancy. Repayment of the loans then facilitates capacity to continue to assist others. In the 18 months or so since its establishment, close to $20,000 of loans has been processed with more than 50% already recovered in payments. Project participants report high levels of empowerment and self-esteem arising from being supported to service the loans. Satisfaction levels with the quality of casework support was also high with participants giving this a maximum rating of 10 out of 10.
The CEO of Whittlesea Community Connections, confirmed that the project was "here to stay" and committed to implementing the recommendations of Dr. Parkinson's report.
WCC in the Media
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WCC Family Violence Monitor - 12th Edition
The Family Violence (FV) Monitor focuses on FV incidents reported at Whittlesea Community Connections between April 1 to 30 June 2015. For publication on our website, case studies have been removed to ensure that individuals are not able to be identified. Click here to view....
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Community Directory Available
The Whittlesea Community Directory is a must have referral tool for human service professionals working with Whittlesea's diverse communities. To Find out more click here
Whittlesea Community Engagement Framework (WCEF)
The WCEF is an evidence-based framework developed in partnership with the community and is an important tool for guiding engagement with the communities of Whittlesea.