The aim of UnitingCare Ballarat’s Support Services is to assist families and individuals experiencing financial difficulty and homelessness. Our programs are designed to provide immediate material support and the skills and knowledge that will assist people regain their independence.
Provides material aid and basic necessities to people experiencing difficulties obtaining items such as food, clothing, pharmaceuticals, educational items, and travel costs.
You can make an appointment by either visiting our main offices at 105 Dana Street at 9.00am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (Wednesdays not available) or by phoning 5332 1286 at 9.00am. The Emergency Relief Program becomes fully booked very quickly each day. We only take appointments at 9.00am for that particular day.
The White Goods Loan Scheme
Provides no interest loans to individuals and families to assist with the purchase of essential white goods. Facing a Ballarat winter with four children and no washing machine, or a summer without a fridge sounds almost impossible. For those experiencing financial difficulty these items are often unobtainable. UnitingCare Ballarat is able to offer no interest loans to individuals and families to assist with the purchase of essential white goods. A client who used the White Goods Loan Scheme had this to say:
"I have four young kids and my washing machine broke down 6 weeks ago. I have to go to the laundromat and the nearest is 4kms from home. It's been a nightmare carting washing in and out of the car, and trying to fit it between school and kinder pick-ups - not to mention the cost for the washing and dryer. It's such a relief to have a washing machine in my laundry again."
Family Ties is Ballarat’s Family Sponsorship Program. Families experiencing difficulties are matched with sponsors. Current sponsors include community, business and school groups, families, groups of friends and individuals.
Living Better with Less
The Living Better with Less website includes useful tips and hints on how to get the best from your budget.
The Big Issue
UnitingCare Ballarat is a proud partner of the fortnightly independent current affairs and entertainment magazine, The Big Issue.
Contact UnitingCare Ballarat on 5332 1286 for more information.