Farewell to TLC

After almost three decades of helping young, pregnant and parenting women finish their high school education, Trinity Learning Centre (TLC) closed its doors on Saturday 28 February.

At the UnitingCare West premises in Victoria Park, current and previous staff, volunteers, students, their children and families gathered together to celebrate the work of TLC over the years and the difference the service has made in the lives of so many young women, their children and families.

Children present enjoyed face painting and a bouncy castle while festive sunflower decorations symbolised the seeds that were planted in young lives. Sunflower seeds were also given to guests so they could plant them at home as a symbol of their involvement with TLC.

Over 400 young women graduated TLC with a high school diploma, moving on to further education and successful careers. At the TLC Crèche the babies and toddlers received care whilst the mothers were attending school.

Past student, Amanda Loader, spoke at the event and emphasised the difference the program had made in her life. Many past students retrieved joyful memories reconnecting with each other, staff and volunteers. The walls featured photos from the mums and bubs attending TLC over the 27 years and a special history book was compiled for the occasion and all attending received a copy.Continue Reading

Perth’s top chefs cooking for a cause

Get down to Perth Arena for a unique pop up lunch event on Friday 29 August and find some of Perth’s top chefs cooking up a storm using food rescued by local organisation Food Rescue. Between 12noon and 2.00pm, four chefs will be creating a range of delicious take away lunches for Perth’s hungry CBD workers.

Russell Blaikie from Must Winebar, Don Hancey WA Food Ambassador, Vince Garreffa from Mondo Meats and Sophie Budd from Taste Budds Cooking Studio will all be drawing the crowds, and sharing their culinary skills by making four different, delicious treats for you to choose between – all while supporting an amazing organisation.

“As a chef it upsets me to see perfectly usable fresh food being discarded as landfill, when it could be put to good use in meals for people that may have suffered hardships in life. Food Rescue provides that fresh-food conduit to people who are in need of nutritious, fresh produce,” said Russell Blaikie.

“When I was asked to come on board, I felt compelled to help out in any way I could; in doing so I found a wonderful group of volunteers who make the organisation viable, they are the quiet heroes of Food Rescue, and it is deeply satisfying and humbling to lend a hand.”Continue Reading

Film screening: The Soloist

The Soloist Movie flyer print_Page_1 UnitingCare West is hosting a private movie screening to raise funds for their annual Winter Appeal. Join them at Hoyts Garden City in Booragoon to watch The Soloist, and enjoy an exclusive Question and Answer session with the movie’s Co-Producer Rikki Bestall. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at http://www.trybooking.com/94137 or by calling the Marketing team on 1300 663 298.

To download the flyer click here.

Neighbours on the street

Within a period of eight months, UnitingCare West, a community service provider of the Uniting Church, has come into contact with over 180 families who are at risk of  homelessness in Perth. That is over five families a week in crisis situations. Responding to this need, UnitingCare West opened the Family Foundations Service to support families  who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in Perth and the surrounding suburbs. Continue Reading