Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Uniting?

Uniting is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. Synod’s decision to create Uniting brought together 21 UnitingCare agencies, Wesley Mission Victoria, and two Synod business units – Share and UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania Early Childhood Services – to form one united organisation. Uniting has around 3,500 employees and more than 3,000 volunteers. They are one of the largest community service organisations in Victoria and Tasmania,

Why did this change happen?

The Uniting Church’s Standing Committee made the decision in 2015 to establish a single governance body – a new skills-based Agency Board – to oversee service delivery and support functions for community services provided in the name of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. The network of agencies came together as Uniting to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people they support now and into the future. They want to address the anticipated changes within the community services sector. They are Uniting for greater change. Uniting to do more.

Why did Share join Uniting?

Standing Committee made the decision that Share would become part of Uniting. A number of factors influenced their decision. These include the fact that the majority of funds Share raise are distributed to Uniting programs and services. Alongside that, a change of governance for Share was consistent with other changes to the Synod’s governance arrangements. Moving Share to Uniting maintains a consistency of branding and builds a fundraising profile between Uniting and the Church and broader community.

What does this mean for Share?

This is an exciting chapter in Share’s life as we come together with existing UnitingCare and Wesley Mission Victoria fundraising teams to form a united and cohesive fundraising program.

Who is on the Uniting Board?

An experienced, skills-based Board guides the new organisation.

Who is the CEO?

Paul Linossier is the Chief Executive Officer of Uniting in Victoria and Tasmania. Paul has more than three decades experience in leading organisational change and systems reform while maintaining a strong commitment to marginalised and vulnerable people. He is supported by an experienced executive team.

Where does Uniting fit as part of the Uniting Church?

Uniting is the community services organisation of the Uniting Church. Its foundations are in the congregations and former denominations of the Uniting Church, which have, some for over 130 years, taken action to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Uniting’s foundation statement, “Christ invites us to serve humanity by creating an inclusive, connected and just world” is derived from the Basis of Union and the Church’s first statement to the nation in 1977 and is reflected in the Synod’s vision and mission priorities.

Uniting is deeply committed to continuing to strengthen their relationship with local congregations and communities to support people experiencing disadvantage.

Can I still earmark my donations to programs and services in my local community?

Yes. Uniting is committed to providing the same service to their clients. Your donations will be as important as ever to fund local programs in your community.

What will happen to donations I give now?

Please be assured that your donations will continue to be gratefully received and will continue to support the programs and services in your local community. We still need your generous support to continue to make a difference in people’s lives. Together, with you, we will have a greater impact. With your help, we will continue to provide hope for those who have nowhere else to go.

Who is going to hold my personal information?

Your personal information will continue to be protected by the Uniting Church and in accordance with the Privacy Act.

Can I give to Disaster Appeals and the Lenten Offering through Uniting?

Yes.

Who can I talk to about this?

We are here to answer your questions and hear your concerns. If you are in Melbourne you can call us on 9251 5251. For regional areas and Tasmania freecall 1800 668 426. You can also email us at fundraising@vt.uniting.org