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

When children are healthy, it increases their engagement with education and lets them grow and develop well. Healthy adults can more easily participate in society and live a full and productive life.

United Way Glenelg is committed to assisting  individuals with health conditions, disabilities, dependency, and mental illness to be able to engage and participate more equally. Through our partner programs and services, we remove barriers and help people live safe, independent and active lifestyles.

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 2020 Health Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • Portland District Health

    Samaritan Fund Assisting individuals with emergency support not accessible through other avenues.

  • Casterton Polocrosse Club

    Kitchen UpgradeCreating a hub for community to access.

  • Portland Soccer Club

    Read the Play Developing and raising awareness of health and well-being of young people through junior sports club.

  • Portland Soccer Club

    Emergency Response Purchase modern first-aid equipment to encourage greater participation.

  • Heywood Rural Health

    Resuscitation TrolleySupport service delivery for people with chronic conditions.

  • Portland District Health

    Resus Anne ManikinTo assist staff to become more effective lifesavers through the correct application of CPR.

Helping children and youth achieve their potential

When children succeed, our whole community succeeds. A strong education, can help children become confident and informed adults who participate in their community and provide for themselves.

United Way Glenelg is committed to assisting all children reach their potential through programs and initiatives that support parents and educators to provide safe and nurturing environments that help school readiness, build leadership skills and promote social well-being. 

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 2020 Education Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • St John’s Lutheran Primary School

    Community Playgroup Purchase educational learning equipment for children attending a low-fee inclusive playgroup.

  • Portland Bay School

    Community Space BoostPurchase chairs to utilise multi-purpose space for students and the wider community.

Promoting Financial Stability and Independence

The whole community benefits when more working individuals and families can earn an income. A change in income stability, can have a multi-generational impact on overall well-being. 

Through our partner programs and services United Way Glenelg is committed to removing barriers for meaningful employment, access to training opportunities and developing new skills.

By increasing income stability we hope to forge positive multi-generational outcomes by increasing access to quality healthcare, improving housing options, and broadening educational opportunities. 

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 2020 Partners
Partnering with local organisations to create community impact
  • South West Alternative Medium Project

    Storage Support isolated community members to connect, increase skills and improve well-being.

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.