UnitingCare Cutting Edge is a not for profit rural support agency based in Victoria’s Goulburn Valley. It is committed to the provision of and advocacy for high quality services that empower individuals, support families and strengthen communities. UnitingCare Cutting Edge is at the forefront in tackling new social problems and devising practical and innovative solutions. It is passionate about social justice and committed to working for systemic change, informing social policy and best practice.
An inclusive community where all are valued and supported to participate fully in life.
Serving People, Building Communities, Unlocking Full Potential.
We acknowledge the backgrounds, beliefs, values, lifestyles and goals of all with whom we work.
We celebrate difference, and strive to make our agency a welcoming place for people of all genders, cultural backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, religions and cultural identities.
We aim that the people with whom we work take control of their lives. We work so that people have the skills and resources to make good decisions and manage their own development.
- Social Justice
We seek to address the conditions that cause inequity, disadvantage and barriers to accessing communal services and resources. We work to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to support them in their own efforts for social change.
At every opportunity we seek ways to do things better, to explore new methods to address need, and inform best practice.
Our Key Aims:
- Create safe spaces for vulnerable young people and families.
- Equip communities to respond to need.
- Create opportunities for young people to develop, connect with family and build networks of support.
- Create opportunities for people to make positive change.
- Build a sustainable organisation.
- Build a community of knowledge in our workforce.
In the mid 1990s, the Uniting Church commissioned research into the needs of young people in the Goulburn Valley. The research found that there was a relative lack of services available for young people given their needs. This was shown by the number of young people in the Juvenile Justice system, the number of call to Kids Help Line and the number of reports to Child Protection Services. So the Uniting Church set up Cutting Edge Youth Services in 1996. In 2001, most of the Uniting Church’s community services in Australia were placed under one umbrella organisation, so our agency became Cutting Edge Youth Services – UnitingCare. This means that our agency is an independent organisation but has the backup of a nation-wide network in its advocacy for rurally isolated communities within the region and their needs.
Today, we are now known as UnitingCare Cutting Edge.
ABN: 14 030 083 449