Concern Australia aims to embody hope for and give hope to the people they work with. They work to create community around those who need it most by focusing their attention on those who are most vulnerable and marginalised in their local context.
Their approach is preventative, restorative and transformative of young people and children’s lives. They aim to equip them with the tools they need to realise their worth and potential to create a positive future.
Concern Australia understands that community is an essential part of reaffirming an individual’s value and that this is integral to achieving meaningful change.
Their approach is holistic, offering training programs, personal support and community services to help change lives and maximise a positive contribution to society.
Concern Australia is collaborative – services are developed and managed in consultation and in partnership with relevant government agencies, church and community groups, local business, and families of participants.
Growing out of the ministry of Rev Dr John Smith and the work of the God’s Squad CMC, Concern Australia continues to serve the local community, taking responsibility to partner with those who are most vulnerable.
Concern Australia Learning Alliance is the registered trading name through which Concern Australia now maintains its Registered Trading Organisation (RTO) status. Poised for growth, Concern Australia Learning Alliance plans to expand the subject and qualification offering to include Youth Work, First Aid, Business Performance, etc.
In addition, partnerships will be sought with other trainers and organizations in order to effectively respond to client needs and to increase the chances of achieving Concern Australia Learning Alliance’s goals. At all times ensuring continuous improvement strategies are in place to maintain an excellent standard in service delivery.
Homeless Outreach - To young homeless people on the steps of Flinders St Station at night time. Follow up intensive support during the day time that includes relational support, advocacy and referral and material aid.
Lead Tenant and Support - The Inside Out Program supports young people aged from 16-19 in the Child Protection and Youth Justice system to transition toward independent living. They provide accommodation and other support services to vulnerable young people.
Chaplaincy - Concern Australia provides a Chaplain, Andrew Blankley, to Youth Justice at Malmsbury YJC. The Chaplain works in conjunction with their Programs department. This facilitates the ease of administration of duties that often involve other departments at Malmsbury. Malmsbury Youth Justice Center (YJC) is a custodial facility run by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for young males aged 17 to 21 years who are deemed to have reasonable prospects for rehabilitation, or are particularly impressionable, immature or at risk of undesirable influences in adult prison.
Vision: An Australia where vulnerable young people and children have HOPE for a successful and positive life.
Mission: Concern Australia works in partnership with young people and children, creating opportunities for them to enjoy full and meaningful lives.