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Who are we?

We work with people in their communities to maximise their opportunities in life.

Bethany Community Support

Bethany Community Support is an independent, not-for-profit community services organisation providing high-quality support services for women, men, children and families living in the Barwon and Western regions of Victoria for over 151 years.   

Feeling connected in society is the key to good mental health, as is having a voice that is heard and valued. Sometimes, we just need someone to talk to, and someone to listen. Other times we need so much more. 

At Bethany, our programs and services give those in our community a place to go for support. We create and facilitate pathways to a better future, no matter your socio-economic status, beliefs, disability or accessibility, gender, race or background.
We strive to reach the people who need us at the right time and the right place. By giving everyone a platform for success, happiness and fulfilment we will create stronger community and a better future. 

Our Strategic Aims

Children have a good start in life

We work to support children and their families, linking with Government and other like-minded organisations to achieve this goal. 

Families are safe, loving and connected

Bethany is committed to increasing the opportunity for individuals and families to build resilience and experience safe, loving and supportive relationships.

Opportunity for everyone

Bethany works to address barriers that create disadvantage and to support people to participate in the community and economy in ways they choose.

Connecting people with services and programs

Our flexible and responsive intake service connects people with the most appropriate service, or services, from a broad range of programs, which: 

Help build better relationships

Support women and children affected by family violence

Assist people experiencing financial stress

Support the education, care and wellbeing of children

Assist men who use violence become accountable for their behaviour

Provide Emergency Relief

Support parents in their parenting role

Assist people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Help those affected by problem gambling

Our staff are located in five locations

We also have a number of staff working in co-located spaces across the region, including in schools and community hubs, and have staff undertaking home outreach. 

Bethany Men’s Family Violence Intervention Centre

9B Strong Street, South Geelong, VIC 3220

The Bethany Group

At Bethany, we are passionate about what we do and want to live in a community where children have a good start in life, where all families are safe, loving, and connected, and everyone has an opportunity to participate. 

Continual improvement

We are focused on improving the services we provide to people to ensure those services are safe, effective, connected and person-led.

This means that our services are free from preventable harm, our practice is based on evidence, services are coordinated rather than fragmented and most importantly our services are led by the values, beliefs and needs of the people who use them.

This approach is the foundation of our new Quality Governance Framework developed in 2019.