History

Brief History of UnitingCare Geelong

UnitingCare Geelong was founded specifically to assist and support individuals and families in need and has been providing community services and programs for more than 40 years.

UnitingCare Geelong (UCG) is primarily resourced by a team of volunteers exceeding 400 and our Alumni (Lifetime Friends) and nine paid staff. Services and programs operate based on Christian principles and values and within the ethos of the Uniting Church.

Evolving from the amalgamation of two welfare groups (PEX Welfare and Concern) ‘Concern’ began its humble beginnings in 1969, as a welfare arm of the Geelong West Methodist circuit.

In 1992 ‘Concern’ moved to Balliang Street, South Geelong. PEX Welfare began its operations as a clothing exchange in Norlane in 1980 and in 1987 ‘PEX Welfare’ received its first government grant to assist with the high needs of the community in the Corio Norlane area. In 2008 the Boards from ‘Concern’ and ‘PEX Welfare’ merged to become ‘UnitingCare Geelong’.

The Winchelsea site in Hesse Street, Winchelsea is an arm of UnitingCare’s South Geelong Emergency Relief Services and was established in 2008. via Federal Government funding, and is open once a week to assist clients from Winchelsea and nearby areas with Emergency Relief

The start of 2015 also saw the closure of our old office and agency at South Geelong and the opening of our new office and agency at 272 Torquay Rd Grovedale.