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Uniting Communities News

Excitement continues to build at Uniting Communities, with the Pitt and Franklin Street redevelopment progressing to its next phase after receiving development approval.

This ambitious project celebrates the dedication to inclusive community that has been at the heart of our organisation throughout its history. We continue to adapt to evolving and growing community needs, and the new building will further demonstrate this commitment to those we work with.

Vital services including Lifeline Adelaide, personal and family counselling, and youth health programs will have a new home, while an innovative new youth employment enterprise will create opportunities for skills training and employment.

Older people will have the unique opportunity for city retirement living, while people living with disability will have access to long- and short-term accommoda- tion for both themselves and their carers.

Continuing the legacy of the Methodist and Uniting Churches on the site, the building will offer spaces for worship and church activities, and also feature creative community art installations.

At a broader community level, we’re excited that this project will allow us to play a part in the wider revitalisation of the Central Markets precinct in the city, including the recently announced development to Her Majesty’s theatre and laneway upgrades, which will include Pitt Street.

We look forward to sharing more news with you as the project progresses.

Sunday May 15 was a fitting celebration of the history of the Maughan Church in the city; a chance to reflect, rejoice and look ahead.

Uniting Communities, in cooperation with the Uniting Church Synod, is preparing a ministry profile for a new placement and

faith community that will continue to be part of our new building and community space.

Reverend Erwin Vogt, at the final ceremony for the church that stood before Maughan, said: ‘These old walls have made possible the new walls now being erected and, one day, to please God, our children’s children... will renew what we now build…’

The time for renewal is here. As one chapter of our history comes to a close, so another begins, allowing us to broaden and strengthen our offering to the South Australian community.

As well as the potential to offer more in terms of service provision, we will continue to play an active role in the advocacy space.

One of our key areas of focus is how we respond to homelessness and housing affordability through our services, advocacy and policy design. We continue to work towards accreditation with White Ribbon for our approach to violence against women, and our Paper Tracker program remains focused on seeking positive outcomes for people living in the APY Lands.

The next chapter promises much more as we seek to support people to live the best lives they can. As Reverend Vogt said on that December day in 1964, ‘the best is yet to be.’

Simon Schrapel Chief Executive


Front cover Lifeline Adelaide ambassador and Port Power ruckman, Matthew Lobbe.

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