UnitingCare Kippax exists to support people who may be facing a significant life change or challenges. We provide wraparound community services to deliver genuinely holistic support to locals.
We play an integral part in working with people in our West Belconnen local community who need additional support to live a decent life. For over a decade, we have focused our energy on creating spaces that accommodate all who want an opportunity to participate in our community.
Why we are needed
People in In the ACT are living in poverty of whom 8,000 are children
people in low-income households are experiencing food stress in the ACT
Canberra is the most expensive capital city in which to rent and we have a shortfall in social housing
% increase in UnitingCare Kippax Emergency Material and Financial Aid services since the beginning of the pandemic
To make change, we need to focus on services that break the cycle of poverty and UnitingCare Kippax considers education and employment opportunities crucial to empowering people to change their circumstances.
“Thank you very much for the kindness of your organisation, as I’ve always been helped whenever I am in need of assistance. You all are doing a fantastic job that benefits the needy.”
UnitingCare Kippax employs more than 30 staff and we regularly support student placements. We are governed by a Board of Directors.
We rely on hundreds of volunteers in our local communities. From the first supports offered to families 50 years ago through to today, volunteers from the Kippax Uniting Church congregation and businesses across Canberra have created and sustained the programs and social enterprises that make up UnitingCare Kippax now.
We are proudly affiliated with Kippax Uniting Church.
Our vision is to create a more empowered and equitable community, in which people and the community have robust human, social, economic, spiritual and cultural capital, and social platforms to maintain that robustness.
This is a vision that can only be achieved by many people working together. We accept that we have a particular role to play in this process and that role determines our mission.
Our mission is to foster wellbeing, inclusion and empowerment.
For us, this means that we will work in a collaborative, nurturing and engaging way to create a community that is inclusive, resilient and connected. We deliberately choose to be an organisational size that has low levels of bureaucracy in order to maintain responsiveness and flexibility within our person-centred operations.
We work with numerous partners in our community.