Opinion piece: Bushfires a timely reminder to be prepared

As published in The Advertiser’s Boomer lift-out on Monday 20 January. Like me, I’m sure many of you have been watching the bushfire crisis unfold around Australia with a sense of horror and helplessness – and we are only in the middle of the fire season. For those of us living in high risk areas,… 

Temporary bushfire accommodation available at U City

Uniting Communities is shocked and saddened by the current bushfire crisis, and understands that many people in our community have been affected and displaced. Finding temporary accommodation during this time can be difficult. Uniting Communities is making its U City Accessible Serviced Apartments available at no charge for people requiring temporary accommodation during this devastating… 

Opinion piece: Let’s change someone’s world this Christmas

While the festive season can bring a great deal of joy and happiness, it can also be a time of sadness and change for many. As we age, our risk of isolation can increase and, as a result, older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and isolation. Due to health and physical changes, some people… 

Opinion piece: Rewriting the story on ageing

When we’re young, we’re desperate to grow up; as we age, we want to be young again. Why does older age frighten us? Is it because of what we perceive old age to be? There has been lots of information in the media recently with shocking tales of poor care, waiting lists and system challenges… 

Drugs are a health matter

  Given Uniting Communities’ long track record of providing alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and support services, our AOD staff have developed a treatment framework and a detailed understanding and expertise about what is and is not effective when it comes to working with people with substance use issues. The Uniting Communities Service Manager… 

Submission calling on a raise to Newstart

From our work with clients Uniting Communities offers case studies and research evidence to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs supporting a raise in Newstart Allowance.  In addition to outlining the key benefits of raising the rate we recommend a mechanism for determining social security payments, including the rate of Newstart Allowance. Full Submission… 

Continuing to work towards zero carbon at U City

Carbon Neutral Ambassador, Uniting Communities, opened the doors to its brand new U City building to the public on 6 August, marking the launch of a unique mixed-use community in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. In 2018, the U City development was recognised as South Australia’s ‘greenest’ building design to date by the Green… 

Submission to Senate inquiry on Robodebt and NDIA

Uniting Communities submission to a Senate committee regarding “The impact of changes to service delivery models on the administration and running of Government programs”.  We described our concerns regarding Centrelink’s Robodebt compliance and outsourced debt collection program. We also indicate our support for the ongoing outsourcing of functions in the Human Services portfolio at the…