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… 

Opinion piece: Staying connected the key right now

As published in The Advertiser’s Boomer lift-out on 13 April Who would have thought how drastically life could change within just a few weeks? Each week we are faced with new regulations to keep us safe and well during the COVID-19 pandemic. As much as I support the measures we’re taking, it is hard some… 

New support line looks out for mental health during COVID-19 pandemic

Uniting Communities is proud to deliver a new telephone and video support line launched on Tuesday for people struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An initiative of the State Government, the SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line provides phone and online video counselling support to people dealing with increased anxiety and mental health challenges during… 

Uniting Communities joins call for COVID-19 energy relief package

“The most vulnerable people in our communities are also the people at greatest risk of COVID-19 impacts. It is crucial that energy businesses and governments act promptly to reduce the risk of further financial pain and the emotional anguish from uncertainty for the most vulnerable people in our community.” Uniting Communities has joined an alliance… 

Our response to COVID-19

Uniting Communities is proactively monitoring updates on COVID-19 as they become available and as the situation unfolds. We want to assure our clients and their loved ones, our staff and volunteers, our funders and partners, and the broader community that we are following the Department of Health’s advice to implement measures that will best support… 

Adelaide’s revolutionary ‘U City’ to be officially opened by Australia’s Governor-General

His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd) and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley will be visiting Adelaide tomorrow, Friday March 13 to officially open Australia’s most innovative mixed-use development – U City – in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. Three years in the making, the Uniting Communities development is a unique… 

A submission on SA Power Networks proposed additional bushfire expenditure in the 2020-2025 Revenue

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is in the final stages of determining SA Power Networks 2020-25 Regulated Revenue with a final determination due on April 30. SA Power Networks has made further submissions seeking to add a new step change to its opex allowance and also add a new contingent project. These proposals have been… 

Our response to climate change

Uniting Communities accepts the scientific basis of human induced climate change.  We believe that individuals, companies, not for profit organisations and governments, must all take responsibility in addressing climate change and reducing emissions.  From 2010 Uniting Communities began planning and implementing sustainable practices to reduce our own carbon emissions.  Through our extensive range of social services Uniting Communities… 

Valuing our similarities and differences in leadership from within Uniting Social services organisations

This paper was prepared by Peter McDonald for the Leadership Symposium held at Uniting College on 18-20th February.  It is an anthology of stories which show the similarities and differences of approaches to leadership by UCA members in the social service sector. Click here to download the paper “At first I thought why bother but…