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Support still needed for families and children


We are grateful for your compassionate response to our 2016 Christmas Appeal, supporting our work with children and families.


We often hear troubling statistics about children ex- periencing poor relationships at home, family break- down and even homelessness. Uniting Communities believes in assisting families and children before they reach these kinds of crisis points.


Your gift will help us as we continue to improve and further develop our services for children and families in our local community, and support them to overcome adversity and disadvantage.


‘We see many families and children who are strug- gling,’ says Chris Dolman, Service Manager Adult and Family Counselling. ‘In 2015-16, our team alone provided more than 3400 counselling sessions.’


‘But, with support, families and individuals can develop practical ways of responding to each other or their situation that can make for better relation- ships and interactions.


‘Assisting families and kids is a crucial part of what we do at Uniting Communities. It’s fantastic to see that our supporters recognise the importance of this work and get behind it.’


Unfortunately, we are still quite a way from reaching our target of $80,000. We are hopeful that, with your support, we can still achieve this - gifts can be made by: • completing the tear-off slip on the enclosed covering letter and returning it in the reply paid envelope


• visiting the online donation page at www.unitingcommunities.org/donate


• calling 08 8202 5110 to make a donation over the phone.


Children receiving Christmas gifts as part of our annual toy run Christmas spirit shines


bright in toy run Uniting Communities, in a community partnership with Target Australia and UnitingCare, was excited to bring some Christmas cheer to families and children in need this past festive season.


For more than 50 years – since the days of the Adelaide Central Mission – the organisation has been collecting and distributing toys to our various services around the state to families doing it tough.


More than 2000 toys were gifted to disadvantaged families throughout last December.


‘So many people go without at Christmas time because there are so many other basic living expenses to cover,’ says Tracey, coordinator of the program. ‘It’s great to know that we played a part in helping families to give their children gifts on Christmas morning.


‘We’re very thankful to Target Australia for supporting such a wonderful initiative.’


Fresh new look; same community focus


Uniting Communities unveiled a refreshed new look last year, updating the branding we adopted in 2012. With its brighter green and the introduction of a shade of blue, the new logo is a modern reflection of our commitment to staying responsive, relevant and in touch with the community’s needs.


We have a long and proud history of supporting people to live the best lives they can, and our commitment to the community remains as strong as ever. The new look is being well- received by our clients, supporters and staff, and continues to roll-out across all of our sites.


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