Multi Faith

Victoria is the most religiously and culturally diverse state in Australia.

It is important to recognise that in some communities faith and culture are inextricably linked. To respond culturally but not religiously can be disrespectful. In times of crisis, many people rely on their faith and culture to support their emotional, psychological and spiritual recovery. The VCC Emergencies Ministry responds to assist affected people regardless of race, culture or religion.

Volunteers are currently being recruited from the following major religions:

  • Christianity
  • Buddhism
  • Islam
  • Hinduism
  • Sikhism
  • Judaism
  • Aboriginal and Maori spirituality

Our volunteers never try to convert people to their religion.

Want to be involved?

Volunteers must meet the following requirements:

  • Volunteers must be nominated by a church, mosque, synagogue or temple from one of the religions listed above
  • Volunteers must successfully complete the VCC EM training
  • Volunteers must pass a Working with Children Check and Police Check
  • Volunteers should be at least eighteen years old.

If you meet these requirements, register for training here.

Our Services

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

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.

Chaplaincy

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