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When the movement now known as United Way started 125 years ago, the aim was to centralise the fundraising part of the work of the many organisations who were working at the coal face with those in need in the community.

Today that principle remains and we are here to support the organisations in our community who are working with those in need.

We offer support with:



Your donations at work in your community

posted by pmckee, 25 Oct 2016

Click on the image to read the stories behind the programs supported by United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation in 2016.   click here to download a copy


Ballarat Brutha’s Men’s Group

posted by pmckee, 05 Apr 2016

The Ballarat Brutha’s Men’s Group was founded in May 2013, to address an identified gap in men-specific programs offered in the Ballarat District. The aim of this group is to build stronger connections between Indigenous men by providing participation in cultural activities to  improve self-esteem, health outcomes, family relationships and community participation. The purpose of …read more


Look Good Feel Better Workshops

posted by pmckee, 05 Apr 2016

Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is a free community service program dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment. Women, men, and teens participate in practical workshops empowering them to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence. The LGFB workshop runs for approximately two hours, with a focus on practical …read more


Children’s Therapy Group

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2016

Your donations at work (mid year 2015) “One participant spoke of how much she appreciates the chance to attend a group where she can be herself, and within her art work she drew many “windows of freedom” explaining that she and her mother just want to “fly free”; away from the threats, abuse and disruption. …read more


Safety Assist

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2016

Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) “A 23 year old woman came to WRISC looking for support as she was sleeping in her car due to escaping family violence. The young woman did not have a mobile phone and was vulnerable as a result. WRISC funded a mobile phone and credit for the …read more


Planned Respite, Socialisation and Recreation

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2016

Your donations at work (mid year update 2014) The past 6 months have seen approximately 40 participants attending 9 different activities including a week in Warrnambool and a Food Handlers course.  A testament to the success of the program – several participants have gained the confidence and gone on to study and some have taken …read more


Keeping in Touch

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2016

Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) At the April meeting, a visitor with recent and severe balance issues became the main focus of the meeting. The visitor had actively searched the web for information and had no deafness at that stage. The visitor asked a lot of questions and expressed appreciation to the …read more


Mentoring of students who have a refugee background

posted by pmckee, 13 Jan 2016

Assisting newly arrived children on refugee or humanitarian visas with their educational transition. Mercy Connect’s trained volunteers have an educational background and spend 3 hours per week nurturing the well-being and self esteem of these students.   Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) “Quite often we focus on the student as the person …read more


Engaging Indigenous girls and boys with Literacy

posted by pmckee, 09 Jan 2016

Your donations at work (mid year update 2015) “Anita is a young mum aged 17. She has reasonable literacy skills, but she dropped out of school because she became pregnant. She had a lovely child, which she and her family care for in the family home. Anita has always expressed a desire to finish school. …read more


An evening of Celebration!

posted by pmckee, 21 Dec 2015

THOSE WHO GIVE AND THOSE WHO RECEIVE To finish off a fantastic year for United Way Ballarat (UWB) and The Ballarat Foundation (TBF), a recent celebration saw Ballarat businesses and individuals recognised for their generosity to the Ballarat community.  The evening also provided the opportunity to announce the 25 local projects to receive funding for …read more


Your donations at work in the community

posted by pmckee, 01 Oct 2015

Click on the image to read the stories behind the programs supported by United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation in 2015.               Download a copy to print

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posted by pmckee, 27 Aug 2015

Experienced Administrator United Way Ballarat and The Ballarat Foundation are currently seeking a talented and experienced Administrator to join our fantastic team and help us to build a better Ballarat.   We are a joint organisation who is looking to appoint someone to this key role who has the ability to keep us on track as …read more


Development of Community Health and Fitness Hub – CRESWICK DANCE AND FITNESS

posted by pmckee, 26 Aug 2015

Your donations at work (mid-year update) Debbie * is one of our participants who has a condition called EDS for which there is no cure, only preventative exercise can help. Debbie has encountered many complications and surgeries over the years and had hip surgery late last year; she found that the physio she was prescribed …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


SES Ballarat – Operation Rescue Riders

posted by pmckee, 18 Feb 2015

Your donations at work (mid year 2015) “One weekend in May, approximately 30 Ballarat SES members (including the 5 motorbike crew) were involved in a search training scenario held in Creswick State Forrest. The scenario was based on 2 missing children – with a general search area defined (approx. 2 square kilometres). The motorbikes were …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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