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.
Man providing chaplaincy support to a woman

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.
Man providing chaplaincy support to a woman


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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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

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