SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line keeping us all safe

In less than 7 months since its urgent commissioning, South Australia’s COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line has delivered more than 10,000 contacts to people impacted by COVID-19. This includes more than 7,000 calls to people returning from interstate and overseas who are quarantining in local hotels. Simon Schrapel, Chief Executive of Uniting Communities which operates… 

Has time slipped away? Call someone today

Don’t leave loneliness alone After six months of COVID-19, Uniting Communities is encouraging South Australians to respond to R U OK? Day and reach out to someone they haven’t seen for six months. This can help to maintain and rebuild connections lost in isolation. Loneliness can have major health and wellbeing impacts; indeed, research suggests… 

U City reaches new heights with Good Design Award

Uniting Communities’ innovative U City building has taken out the Good Design Award for Social Impact in Australia’s International Good Design Awards.   The winners of Australia’s peak international design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country – were announced today during the 2020 Good Design Week. ‘We’re honoured that… 

Future for young people compromised?

Young people desperately want to work and are very concerned that their futures have been compromised, particularly by COVID-19 and flow on impacts reducing jobs. On Monday 24 August, the National Youth Commission (NYC) will be releasing its first major report about futures for young people in Australia, with a major focus on  Youth Employment and… 

Opinion piece: Put your health first 

Bowel cancer does not discriminate. It affects both men and women from all backgrounds and the risk increases if you are over the age of 50 years. Last year there were almost 17,000 new cases diagnosed. If detected early, however, the majority of these can be successfully treated.   June is Bowel Cancer Awareness month – an important time to talk about this serious disease.   With the recent situation… 

Uniting Communities Stepping Out of Paper Tracker

Uniting Communities has made the decision after 13 years of commitment to step out of its direct advocacy work on behalf of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities. The Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities was set up in 2007 to track government commitments, policies and programs impacting Anangu communities in the APY… 

Opinion piece: Support us to support our older people in care

The world we know has changed significantly over the last few months. Some of the things we took for granted are not possible at the moment. Even though there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel, in many areas we still need to exercise some caution. One which has been in… 

COVID increases loneliness in SA by 8%

Young people (18-25) and early 50’s the loneliest people in South Australia People in their 30’s and 60’s are the most connected Uniting Communities has released a report today on loneliness amongst South Australians.  Citizens were surveyed both before the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions (mid-March) and during peak isolation (end of April) about loneliness, isolation… 

Uniting Communities supports Senate Inquiry call for increase to JobSeeker

Uniting Communities welcomes the report of the Senate Inquiry into the Adequacy of Newstart (now called JobSeeker). Uniting Communities’ CEO, Simon Schrapel AM, highlights that ‘Having made a submission to the Inquiry and presented to the Senate Committee at its hearing in South Australia, our organisation is heartened by the recommendations included in the Senate…