CATHOLIC care services across Victoria will merge into a new organisation from 2021.
The amalgamation of social service agencies of the state’s four dioceses will include Centrecare in Mildura.
The Mildura agency provides family dispute resolution, a regional parenting program, specialist family violence program, mental health services and children, youth and family services.
CatholicCare Victoria will be formed on January 1 with the merger of Centacare Ballarat, CatholicCare Melbourne/Gippsland and CatholicCare Sandhurst. It aims to:
• Enhance and strengthen service provision to the vulnerable and marginalised, facilitating improved coordination and greater choice for clients
• Amplify scale and reach to sustain and grow services, and enable a greater focus on addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice
• Become a model of high performing Catholic mission
• Continue the strong commitment to local communities
CatholicCare Victoria will operate from 20 office locations and a further 107 delivery sites with 500 staff and more than 200 volunteers working with more than 50,000 people each year.
CatholicCare Victoria is an expression of the Catholic Church’s commitment to a charity-based service model providing works of mercy and justice to meet people’s needs, in partnership with parishes and local communities.