Meet the VCC EM Board

Board Chair Rev Ian Smith has been Executive Officer for Victorian Council of Churches since 2013. He is the Inaugural Chair of the VCC EM Board and a chaplain with VCC EM since the mid-1990s with Syd Smaile, Graeme Winterton and Stuart Stuart. Ian has been a Christian minister in local church settings for 38 … Read more

Online Training Pilot

Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the challenges with meeting Face to Face to conduct training two weeks ago we made the decision to trial online delivery. Last Saturday (25th July) we successfully ran our second online training pilot. Over the Friday and Saturday we have training close to 40 new volunteers mostly from … Read more

VCC Emergencies Ministry appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry (VCCEM) announces the appointment of Ms Kellie Shewring as Chief Executive Officer of VCCEM, with effect from 6 July 2020. This follows a full executive recruitment and selection process. Kellie is an innovative leader, skilled in strategic business management and sustainable growth, with a passion for helping people. Through … Read more

Year to date Statistics

What an amazingly busy 6 months we’ve had. The numbers speak for themselves. Our amazing volunteers have completed more days of service than the 2 and a half years prior. Thank you for all you do in supporting Victorian Communities in their times of crisis.

VCCEM & Ambulance Victoria Partnership begins

In an exciting time of moving forward, VCC EM has been contracted by Ambulance Victoria to support the capability and capacity of AV in the provision of Pastoral Care generally and in times of crisis. Recently we advertised both internally within our volunteer force, and externally for the position of Project Coordinator to manage this … Read more

Dialing in to self-isolation

From late March, VCC EM asked volunteers to provide phone support to people adversely affected by self-isolation. Those we contacted had requested calls to check on their needs and just have a chat about how they were coping. Armed with a script and after a quick heads up we embarked on our mission. Calling strangers … Read more

Back to Bunyip one year on

The flora around Bunyip is well on the way to returning to normal – and so are the locals one year after devastating bushfires roared through their territory. I was honoured to do a couple of tours of duty in to the area to help Cardinia Shire discern how people were recovering from the fires. … Read more

Hear women roar on the biggest stage

On International Women’s Day on March 8, the Emergency Services Foundation invited VCC EM volunteers to take part in an afternoon tea forum involving women from across the state’s emergency services sector. The afternoon began with a sumptuous tea enjoyed by eight of our amazing volunteers. This was followed by a forum with outstanding speakers, … Read more

Farewell, Stuart

Stuart started at VCC EM as a volunteer, joining the staff in April 2009 and eventually becoming CEO. In that time the organisation has grown to include almost 1600 volunteers and earn a position at the State Emergency Management Centre. But when Stuart started, the organisation was in a much more humble position. “The early … Read more