Our Focus

Creating a community that thrives

Health, Education and Financial Stability are the building blocks for a good life.

Education is essential to getting and keeping a job with a liveable wage. An income adequate to pay for today’s necessities and save for the future provides individuals and families a sense of financial stability. Access to quality health care keeps children on track in school and adults productive at work. Remove any one of these building blocks and the other two topple.

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United Way Glenelg as custodians of the Lewis Court Fund, provide dedicated annual resourcing for opportunities to benefit senior Glenelg Shire residents.  

Older people have a wealth of skills and experiences and can continue to be active participants in the community, when provided with support and encouragement.

With the generous support of our many partners and locals, United Way Glenelg continually looks for the most effective way to improve the lives of people living in the Glenelg Shire community. Our active Exectuive Officer and the Board enjoy finding innovative ways to support the community and provide opportunities for grant and funding distrubution. 


Our Focus
  • Health
  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Supporting Older People
Improving People's Health

A healthy community is one in which residents from all parts of the community can work together to prevent disease and have access to healthy living options. Working at the community level to promote healthy living, brings the greatest health benefits to the greatest number of people. It reduces health gaps caused by differences in income, education, race, ethnicity, location, and other factors that can affect health and wellbeing.

As the population of Glenelg ages, there is an increase in chronic and age-related illnesses, mental health issues, and suicide, this creates higher demand and pressure to access health and welfare services.

United Way Glenelg is committed to collaborating with community partners to fund programs that contribute towards improved health conditions, and which remove barriers and help people live safe, independent, and active lives life.

Our initiative

COVID-19 Impact Fund

Support the people living in the Glenelg Shire community struggling from the economic fallout of COVID-19 When you feel the most helpless, you have the power to do the most

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Our 2021 Health Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • Heywood Rural Health

    Dermatoscope The purchase of equipment for the early detection of melanoma.

  • Bolwarra Primary School

    Sensory GardenBuild a sensory garden to give students an interactive space to play discover, reflect calmness and happiness.

  • Portland District Health

    Childbirth education resources Purchase equipment to make antenatal classes inclusive, informative, comfortable and welcoming.

Helping everyone achieve their potential

Successful individuals and whole communities are underpinned by the quality of their educational system. Education plays a major role in the growth and progress of a community. Individuals with a solid education background are likely to not only improve their life outcomes but those of their descendants.

Only three out of every ten people in Glenelg Shire are likely to obtain their year twelve qualification. This statistic is significantly lower than the rest of Australia, where more than half the population is likely to stay in school. Residents of Glenelg Shire are 50% less likely to enter into tertiary education. This not only contributes to the declining population numbers but also creates unemployment, crime, public welfare dependency, and poor health.

United Way Glenelg is committed to collaborating with community partners to develop initiatives and fund programs that help all children and young people to reach their educational potential.

Our initiatives 

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Increasing access to books in the home gives children more opportunities to build their literacy skills.  The Imagination Library provides age appropriate books each month to encourage fun engagement between

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Magic of Storytime

The Magic of Storytime is providing a rich and meaningful experience for children while sparking their imagination at a time when they are most curious about the world.

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Read Across Glenelg

Inspired by Children’s Book Week and becoming “United Through Books” United Way Glenelg wanted to engage parents and children in every home. A major challenge is overcoming low parental literacy

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Our 2021 Education Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • All Saints Parish School

    Enhancing engagement and comprehension The purchase of teacher resources to assisting in the engagement of reading and comprehension in the classroom.

  • Heywood Kindergarten

    Water tank for bush tucker garden Purchase and installation of water tank.

  • Heywood Consolidated School

    Supporting student additional needsEngage an occupational therapist to provide staff training to assist students with additional needs.

Promoting Financial Stability and Independence

Financial well-being is the foundation on which so many other aspects of a family’s life are built. Strong financial well-being has positive implications on educational achievement, contributes to better health outcomes, and builds stronger communities for all. A change in income can have a multi-generational, positive impact on overall well-being by increasing access to quality healthcare, improving housing options, and broadening educational opportunities.

In Glenelg, small businesses help stimulate economic growth.  Glenelg Shire has 1,927 small brick and mortar businesses providing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the community. These small brick and mortar businesses provide opportunities for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.

United Way Glenelg is committed to collaborating with community partners to support and fund programs that promote financial stability and independence and promote financial wellbeing.

Portland Engagement Program (Sponsor a student placement)

The Portland Re-Engagement Program is a campus of Portland Secondary College which caters specifically for students who have disengaged or are at risk of doing so from mainstream education.

Students come from all backgrounds and are disengagaed from mainstream education for a wide range of reasons. What they have in common is a strong desire to improve their chances of success in life. Our focus is on assisting them to make a positive contribution to their community by transitioning to further education, training or employment.

The South Portland setting is homely, class sizes are small, and students and teachers build strong and supportive relationships that foster both social and academic growth and give our students the very best chance of achieving their personal goals.

Smaller class sizes and individual attention are the cornerstones of the centre’s success. However, this comes with a significantly higher cost than mainstream education models. Currently, the program is funded by the Portland Secondary College and charitable donations.

The continuation of the program, however, is a year to year proposition unless a sustainable funding source can be secured. 

Businesses, families, or individuals are invited to sponsor a student for $2000 annually. Smaller contributions for partial sponsorship are also gratefully accepted. 

This tax-deductible donation will allow a student to continue their education at the centre and give them the very best chance of success in life.

United Way Glenelg Sponsor a Student Placement Initiative
BSB: 033-656
ACC: 238688

Our 2021 Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • Glenelg and Southern Grampians LLEN

    Future Leaders of Industry Empower students by developing their leadership skills with a long term goal to become change makers.

Increase Social and Economic Participation for Older People

Lewis Court Fund

The Lewis Court Fund was established when United Way Glenelg was selected as custodians of the division of funds from the sale of the Lewis Court Home for the Aged facility in 2013. 

In accordance with the wishes of the Lewis Court Board the capital amount of 1 million dollars is preserved for future generations with United Way Glenelg investing the money safely and responsibly with the assistance of Allwood & Ryan Accountants.

Each year the original amount plus CPI is reinvested with the amount remaining available to community groups working on projects to benefit older shire residents.

The United Way Glenelg Lewis Court Fund is open to accept applications for funding in August every year. However as the fund was undersubscribed in 2020 with funds still available for disbursement. United Way Glenelg will re-open the Lewis Court Fund in February 2021.

Our 2021 Lewis Court Fund Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • Elderly Assisted Living

    BBQ for residents garden Purchase and installation of an electric BBQ for resident social activities

  • Portland District Health

    Singing Strong Improve older peoples' speech, breathing and voice through singing along with a professional singer.

  • Rotary Club of Portland

    Cycling without age PortlandReduce social isolation for older people by purchasing two specially designed trishaws

  • Seaview House

    Resident lifting machineBring back the dignity and free up paramedics by purchasing equipment to lift residents after falling.

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Help us make a positive impact on the lives of those living in the Glenelg Shire region. Make your secure, tax-deductible donation.