Social Justice Initiatives

What is Social Justice?

Social Justice for us as Australian Anglicans is the principal of social equity which we most normally express as:

A fair go for everyone!

Whilst the principal is that simple, the reality of working out what it means in the real world is not always that simple. There are completing claims and the limitation of resources seems somehow to get in the way.

The basic principal of justice is something we look for in every aspect of life, including areas such as Education, Refugees, Border Protection, Health Care, to name but a few of the hot potatoes. 

Is it Just Politics?

The short answer is No!

People on both the left and the right wing of the political spectrum see Social Justice on a wider canvass. The media in recent time has been inclined to see Social Justice as the political preserve of the left, which is neither helpful nor true. 

For Anglican Christians it is a matter of putting faith before politics, and bringing our politics in line with our faith. Politics is undoubtedly part of the way the world works, and as Incarnational Christians we know we are to be in the world, and we are called to love the world, in the way that God loves the world, not loving everything about it, and seeking for the good and healing of the world in many areas of life.

Tuesday 13 April 2021 A new picture book launched today in Melbourne aims to help children build resilience and recover from family violence, so that they understand they are not to blame – and are not alone. Hope was written by author, educator and advocate Jayneen Sanders, co-founder of Educate2Empower Publishing. It was developed with... The post New book gives Hope to children affected by family violence appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

A model with more than 40 years of evidence in reducing youth justice reoffending, Functional Family Therapy – Youth Justice (FFT-YJ), will now run in Victoria until June 2021 after an additional $3.2 million of funding was announced by Ben Carroll, Minister for Youth Justice. The prevention and intervention program for at-risk adolescents and their... The post Australian-first youth justice program promises dramatic reduction in re-offending appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday 4th October 2018. Anglicare Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement that a new Orange Door support and safety hub will be established in Bendigo. Anglicare Victoria’s Bendigo regional office will be one of main partners in establishing the new service through its ChildFIRST Service which links families with care... The post Orange Door will open a new era in keeping women and children safe from violence appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday 28th May 2018. Local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people will be showcasing their art work in Gippsland as part of the Reconciliation Week Children’s Art Competition. The competition, held by Anglicare Victoria and Latrobe City Library is a way for the community to become involved in acknowledging... The post Art competition launch to showcase children’s creative talents as part of Reconciliation Week appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday 15th May 2018. An academy encouraging the next generation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to dream big will be launched in Melbourne this Wednesday. The Buldau Yioohgen Youth Leadership Academy brings together community, cultural and sporting groups to support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people... The post Encouraging the next generation of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to dream big appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

Wednesday, 9 May 2018 The Federal Budget has ignored the plight of the most disadvantaged Australians by failing to increase welfare benefits or tackle the nation’s homelessness crisis. Anglicare Victoria chief executive officer Paul McDonald said the Federal Government had overlooked the needs of the most disadvantaged, preferring to provide tax cuts over boosting the... The post Budget fails on welfare and housing, keeping most disadvantaged trapped in poverty appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

Anglicare Victoria’s youth program The Garage in Melbourne’s Western suburbs has been running for the past 15 years and is very well-known through the local community of young people, with word of mouth generally the way young people hear about the Garage Program. The aim of The Garage is to provide a safe place for... The post The Garage: A fun, safe, chill out space for at-risk young people. appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

A weekend of hiking was the perfect opportunity for Olivia to think about her future and actually start believing that she could be something good and worthy. Sinead found it incredible to see people from all walks of life and hear them tell their stories. Hiking helped Hayley grow as a person and get out... The post Helping young people break down the barriers to higher education appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

For Foster Care Case Manager Sandra, playing a part for foster kids growing up to live great lives is very rewarding. Sandra works with infants right up to 18 year olds in foster care, making sure they receive the support they need each day in foster care, as well as supporting foster carers. There are... The post Social Workers: Helping young people achieve lifelong success appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]

Congratulations to our fantastic Eastern Regional Director Darren Youngs on his recent achievement. Darren is the first Community Services graduate of the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) through the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANSZOG.) This is the first time ANZSOG provided scholarships for the not-for-profit sector and Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul... The post Recognising fantastic staff achievements appeared first on Anglicare Victoria. [...]