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… 

National Apology to the Stolen Generation

Written by Michael Robertson and the Kurlana Tampawardli team The National Apology to the Stolen Generation was introduced and offered by Kevin Rudd 12 years ago today.  This was based on recognising individual, family and group trauma suffered as a result of policies of forced child removal and assimilation. It also enshrined and launched further… 

Changing Places for a more accessible Adelaide

Uniting Communities’ U City building has become home to the first 24/7 Changing Places facility in the CBD, achieving full accreditation with Changing Places Technical Standards in early December. Changing Places are best-practice bathrooms for people living with disability and their support people. They include a hoist and other customised features to give people a… 

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,… 

Submission to ESCoSA on SA Water Regulatory Proposal, 2020-24

Uniting Communities’ main focus in considering the costs of services is impacts on private sector renters, the poorest people in our communities. We conducted an online survey of renters, regarding water and sewerage costs. This is a submission to ESCoSA (Essential Service Commission of SA) regarding the findings and recommendations. Read full submission here. 

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…