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City of Ballarat Young Volunteer of the Year

posted by pmckee, 10 Dec 2015

Jody Dontje Jody Dontje, the founder of the Help Nepal Appeal was named Young Volunteer of the Year at the recent City of Ballarat Youth Awards. The award capped off a big month for Jody as she was also awarded the “Outstanding Community Contribution Award” at the FedUni Leadership Awards and recognised as AIME mentor …read more


Seeing is Believing … a tour of Ballarat with a difference

posted by pmckee, 23 Feb 2015

United Way Ballarat run regular Seeing is Believing tours of Ballarat.  The tours give participants an insight into the agencies and people working with those in our community who are in need of a hand. Our most recent tour was a day of opened eyes and hearts to the situations that are in our community …read more


A Bus tour with a difference

posted by pmckee, 09 Dec 2014

One of our Seeing is believing tour participants has written of her experience of the recent tour. After being invited what was I to expect?  I didn’t really know, would I be upset? – I thought probably I would be.  In fact the opposite was true. Knowing that such positive steps are being taken to …read more


Celebration – Ballarat advocates graduate, launch Ballarat Reads August

posted by pmckee, 28 Jul 2014

AN INVITATION The Board and CEO of United Way Ballarat  cordially invite you to attend a canapé reception: 2014 Ballarat Advocacy Program Graduation & Ballarat Reads August Campaign Launch The Trench Room, Ballarat Town Hall Sturt Street, Ballarat 5.30pm  – 6.30pm, Thursday July 31 2014 RSVP to Ange Bridges by Monday July 28 events@unitedwayballarat.org.au After …read more


Seymours on Lydiard – Trivia for Books

posted by pmckee, 03 Jun 2014

Are you a trivia buff?  Would you enjoy a night out with your friends whilst raising money to improve literacy in Ballarat? Every Thursday night during July, proceeds of the regular Trivia Nights at Seymours on Lydiard will go to the Ballarat Imagination Library. Details: Thursdays July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st Seymours on …read more


Champagne dinner at Jackson’s & Co

posted by pmckee, 03 Jun 2014

Champagne Dinner – Friday 13 June 2014 at 7pm Be charmed by the character and history of the Lawless room.  Savour our French inspired 4 course dining experience.  Delight in the hand-selected glass of Pol Roger Champagne accompanying each course.  In addition, we’ll be running an auction to raise funds for United Way Ballarat’s Imagination …read more


Up close and personal

posted by pmckee, 03 Mar 2014

A Ballarat Advocate’s view of a SEEING IS BELIEVING TOUR Before Wednesday I had shut out much of what I now know about the city I’ve grown up in. I live in a world where a day without my phone is a struggle, I like to call this middle class thinking – but what the …read more


A Challenge to the Businesses of Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 09 Dec 2013

Tanya Daniels from Tanya Daniels the Good Guys in Ballarat has issued a challenge to the businesses of Ballarat. ” Lets get behind the Ballarat Imagination Library and make Ballarat a Reading City.” At the Good Guys, customers can nominate a local charity to receive a portion of their sale .. one of the charities …read more


6 reasons why you should become a Ballarat Advocate

posted by pmckee, 09 Dec 2013

Registration for the 2014 Ballarat Advocacy Program is now open. What will this amazing program do for you? Complete two units towards an Advanced Diploma of Management (8 unit course), Develop a greater awareness of the needs in the Ballarat community, Gain a sense of achievement and pride in having done something very special for …read more


A Journey into Shades of Grey – A story of advocacy

posted by pmckee, 29 Aug 2013

Graduating Ballarat Advocates Tell their story For a group of strangers brought together through the generosity of their employers and the desire to gain some experience, a close bond of friendship bought through common experience and insight was formed. The purpose of the Ballarat Advocacy Program, is to help spread the word, to talk about …read more


Spirit of Ballarat Award night 2012

posted by pmckee, 01 Jun 2012

SPIRIT OF BALLARAT AWARDS NIGHT HIGHLIGHTS THE REAL ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY Last night (Thurs May 31st) over 130 people from the business community of Ballarat came together to celebrate the positive programs that are being funded through their contributions to the United Way Ballarat Community Fund. But it was a night of thought and …read more




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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