in times of crisis

About VCCEM.

Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry is an organisation specialising in disaster response in Victoria.

Multi Faith

The VCC Emergencies Ministry program supports a multicultural and multifaith response to emergencies and disasters.

Personal Support

Personal Support Workers assist affected people with information, emotional comfort, the provision of basic needs, linkage to social networks and referral services.


Outreach is visiting people in their own homes during an emergency or disaster to offer information and gather details as to the needs of those individuals.

Emotional Spiritual Care

Emotional Spiritual Care is concerned with the ultimate search for meaning in times of crisis. Suffering is not what destroys people, rather “suffering without meaning” – Victor Frankl

Psychological First Aid

Psychological first aid can address emotional and spiritual wounds, it includes making contact, ensuring safety, communicating, comforting, reassuring and offering support.


Chaplains provide emotional and spiritual care, comfort and compassion to people affected by trauma as a result of an emergency or disaster.
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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

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The first VCC EM activation into Mallacoota on Sunday, January 19, comprised Tony Ryan, left, Mark Dunn, Jenny McGuirk, Max Tennison and Team Alpha leader

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