25 June 2014
Kildonan / Cutting Edge merger
Two UnitingCare community welfare agencies, Kildonan UnitingCare (KUC) and UnitingCare Cutting Edge (UCCE) have confirmed their organisations will merge as of July 2014.
The merger of the sister agencies will create a stronger community welfare organisation able to deliver better services to more clients, with a geographical reach extending from metropolitan Melbourne through to Northern Regional Victoria.
The Boards of the two like-minded agencies made the decision to merge to ensure the new body will be best placed to respond to the needs of its communities, as the welfare sector faces significant policy shift and reform.
The new organisation will adopt the Kildonan UnitingCare name, and will be led by Stella Avramopoulos, whom has been at the helm of Kildonan for the past six years.
‘The visions of Kildonan and Cutting Edge are strongly aligned, and our coming together provides significant synergies for both agencies – but more importantly, for the communities our agencies serve.’ said Kildonan CEO Stella Avramopoulos.
‘Both agencies have a reputation for delivering innovative, proactive and relevant services that have been helping communities get ahead of their problems for years.
’Together, we will be able to deliver better services, more effectively, to more clients,’ Ms Avramopoulos said.
UCCE Acting CEO Ronni Druitt added, ‘This is a natural step in the evolution of agencies within the church. We have carefully selected our partner to merge with ensuring our good work in the communities in which we operate can continue.’
Kildonan UnitingCare is one of Australia’s oldest community organisations dating back to 1881. Over the past five years it has more than doubled in size and been gaining a solid reputation for delivering some of the most proactive, responsive and relevant community services in Victoria. Based in Melbourne’s north and north-eastern suburbs its programs target the issues that lead to financial hardship and personal or family breakdown – tackling issues upfront, before problems take hold or worsen.
UnitingCare Cutting Edge (formerly Cutting Edge Youth Services) was established in 1996 to address the underserviced needs of youths in Victoria’s Goulbourn Valley. Over the last 18 years, UCCE has continued to strengthen its reputation in the region as a capable provider of services that empower individuals, support families and strengthen communities. Ronni Druitt will remain at the Shepparton office in her role as Business Manager while overseeing the operations until the new organisational structure is in place.
The UnitingCare network is one of the largest providers of community services in Australia, employing 39 000 staff, supported by 27 000 volunteers and operating across 1600 sites.
For more information contact Jane Calvert, 0403 603 125.