Supporting our community through every stage of life.

How can we help you?

For more than 150 years, we’ve been working together to meet the changing needs and aspirations of people in their communities.

About Bethany Group

Our Purpose

Working together to meet the changing needs and aspirations of people in their communities.

Our Values

We stay true to our values of Courage, Respect, Integrity, Innovation and Collaboration.

Our Aims

We believe all children should have a good start in life, families are safe, loving, and connected and there is opportunity for everyone.

We provide a range of community support and educational services to young people, families and individuals in the Barwon and Western Victorian regions of Victoria.

Community Support Services

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to.  We are here to support you – to help you navigate life when you are experiencing hardship.

We offer support services for family violence, housing challenges, family and relationship counselling, financial and gambling harm and emergency relief.

Kindergarten Services

A child who has attended two years of a quality kindergarten program will, on average have better cognitive and social skills when they start school.

Enrolling your child to a Bethany kindergarten when they turn 3 years old will ensure they can be offered the best possible start in their early education journey.

Latest News

A Masterclass in managing domestic violence in our community

A Masterclass in managing domestic violence in our community

3  February - Tragically, the incidence of domestic violence continues to grow across Australia. Statistics show that one woman per week is lost at the hands of someone they know.  Police reports show a 1.7% increase of family violence incidents across Greater Geelong...

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A heart-felt thank you to our community

A heart-felt thank you to our community

29 December - A heart-felt thank you to our community for again generously showing how much you care for people in our region who may be struggling to make ends meet this Christmas. Bethany Community Support is thrilled to announce that thanks to donations,...

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Duluth Model Masterclass

The Duluth Model is a way of thinking about how a community can work together to end domestic violence.

Bethany, together with Barwon Area Integrated Family Violence Committee and Global Rights for Victoria are hosting a very special two-day masterclass with international guest speakers Melissa Scaia, Lori Flohaug and Kay Arola.

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Geelong Giving Tree Appeal

The Geelong Giving Tree Appeal has been running for more than 20 years and calls on the generosity of our community to donate to those less fortunate at Christmas time.  All funds raised provide gift cards to local families and individuals who need a little extra support at that time of year to help them enjoy a little Christmas spirit. 

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16 Days of Activism

During the 16 Days of Activism, people around the world will unite to raise awareness about gender-based violence, challenge discriminatory attitudes and call for improved laws and services to end violence against women for good.  

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Bethany Little Things Appeal

With the rising costs of living, many families are unable to afford many of the little things in life that we take for granted.  Our annual June appeal raises funds to help buy these little experiences for local families. 

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Geelong Candlight Vigil

In May each year, together with Safe Steps Victoria and The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre, Geelong’s city centre turns purple, as we light a candle to remember women who have died due to family violence.

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Surf Coast Century

This September, we’re working with the Surf Coast Century to raise vital funds to end family violence. And, with your help, together we can change the story. Can you make your run count?

Make a difference to your community

A donation to Bethany Community Support will see us moving one step further towards achieving our goals, and will help us to strengthen family relationships and build a strong and resilient community. 

“Bethany changed my life. I had no direction, was not leaving the home. Now I have friends and I’ve starting volunteering.

“How much it meant to me to have that support – it was a lifeline. My case worker is just wonderful. Couldn’t believe I had that for free. Telling all I know how Bethany is amazing.”

“Not the first time I have dealt with Bethany, wonderful company, very caring and supportive…Always offering help. Nice staff to talk to.”

“A very small token of my gratitude, for all that you’ve helped me with throughout our sessions together. Words will never do justice to the heartfelt gratitude I hold for all your help and support. Thank you for helping me make such a major positive shift in my life. I will never forget it.”

“Thank you very, very much…I am so grateful for all you have done!  Finally, a new start and all is looking positive – thank again so very much”

“It’s been really great to have someone to talk to and debrief.  I was really frazzled at the beginning of COVID and the help to refocus on different areas of our life that we could work on, has been great.”

“Help provided, someone to talk to.  Someone who listens to me. Someone who will listen even if they can’t help. They are always trying.”