For those of you who don’t know Family Life, it is a community service organisation working with disadvantaged children, families and communities across the southern Melbourne region.

Through services, support and connections, Family Life’s purpose is to transform lives for stronger communities.

The organisation, which has been serving communities for close to 50 years, develops and delivers programs to respond to current and emerging issues in society.

Programs include, but are not limited to, supporting vulnerable parents to build strong attachments with their infants, re-engaging adolescents in continuing their education, helping families whose children are instigating violence in the home, educating older women about financial independence, teaching people about family violence and supporting children and parents who are accessing family violence and family law support services.

Family Life uses an evidence-informed, outcome-based approach and has a reputation for innovation and knowledge sharing.  It has contributed to major policy and practice change in the areas of child well-being, family violence prevention and response, and social enterprise innovation.

In 2016 and 2018, Family Life was recognised in the top ten not-for-profits nationwide, measuring the Innovation Performance in the sector.  It also received a gold award in the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards, for leading a program which contributed to reduced reports of family violence by 23.7 percent within a Melbourne municipality.

Family Life is proud of its exemplary history as a provider of quality services, however, we couldn’t do it without the support from generous donors and supporters. There is so much work to be done.