UCWB Stories

The first week of January can feel strange – trying to remember to write ‘2018’ on documents with one foot still in 2017.  In the spirit of celebration, UCWB is taking a moment to reflect on its accomplishments. To read more about our services please read Our Year in Review.

Fiona Kelly

Chief Executive

  • UCWB has a Reconciliation Action Plan endorsed by Reconciliation Australia
  • Secured three year funding and established ConnectEd, expanded statewide service to support people to reduce financial hardship resulting from the cost of utilities and telecommunications
  • Supported 1049 carers to maintain their caring role and to understand how to work with their loved one to navigate the service system

  • Supported over 850 individual children/families and engaged over 260 children/young people in group activities to build their resilience and wellbeing through the Child and Family Team services
  • Conducted over 3800 assessments for emergency relief and made over 3900 referrals to services to enable individuals to access services that address the causal factors related to their food insecurity
  • Provided financial counseling services to over 872 people and supported 139 individuals through financial literacy groups
  • Assisted over 830 individuals who have found themselves to be homeless or at risk of homelessness – sadly 34% of whom were children
  • Worked to establish Links to Wellbeing to provide individual psychological services, suicide prevention and GP shared care services across southern metropolitan Adelaide

I am immensely proud to lead UCWB especially given the achievements of 2017. I very much look forward to 2018.Fiona Kelly

  • Continued to work with the most vulnerable and disenfranchised persons with mental health issues through Partners in Recovery to enable them to access the services they need to enable their recovery.
  • Piloted a self-advocacy program to support the above group to independently navigate the complex health and welfare systems
  • Delivered individual psychological therapy to 586 individuals through PsychSA & CEDAS and completed 348 developmental assessments to assist children’s intervention planning.
  • PsychSA & CEDAS now has eight psychologists working in the practice
  • Supported 145 children from 131 families to access long day child care in an environment that provides best possible opportunity for optimal development and secure attachment

  • Partnered with the Rural Doctor Workforce Agency to deliver Foodies education to remote communities including the APY Lands

  • Directly led collective impact work in the inner north and the west – bringing together communities, agencies and businesses to work toward a common set of objectives to improve the lives of vulnerable children in these areas
  • Staff recognized for their individual effort and contribution to programs that we run or support including:

– Susan Horsfall who accepted the Flame of Change Unifying Support (FOCUS) Award on behalf of Who Cares? We Care! for outstanding work in the child protection, homelessness, domestic and family violence sectors

– Tina Binder who was nominated for the rising star in Annual Social Work Awards