BCYF & Bethany have merged! Our two like-minded not-for-profit organisations are now Meli. Learn more

Let’s work together to create a common goal and make a difference

Through collaboration comes innovation and a sense of connection that shows all kinds of businesses and people care about the community they live or work in.

Working with organisations and individuals who share our vision is key to creating opportunities and outcomes we are proud to be a part of. Looking for natural connections, we have a desire to build long lasting partnerships based on respect and shared goals.

Why partner with us

Our 150 plus years of experience supporting our community

Bethany Community Support is a not-for-profit organisation with a long-standing heritage in the Geelong and Western Victoria region.

Starting life as the Geelong Female Refuge in 1865, we’ve been around for over 150 years, helping members of the community with practical support and opportunities. Since then, we’ve grown and adapted to reflect the changing needs of the communities we serve.

Today, we deliver programs across a broad range of areas including children and family services, therapeutic services, whole-of-family violence services, financial counselling and support, gambler’s help, housing services, emergency relief and early childhood learning (through Bethany Kindergarten Services). 

Work together towards a community where all children have a good start in life, can learn and grow strong

Our belief is that we need to create change early, by breaking the stereotypes which influence the way children develop and engage with the world.

We do this through the provision of quality universal early childhood education at our 22 kindergartens as well as a range of early intervention and intensive support to the most vulnerable and at risk children in areas of concentrated disadvantage in our community.

Work with us towards living in a community where all families are safe, loving and connected

Every child, and every woman deserves to feel safe, in a loving and connected home. But in reality, 1 in 4 women have experienced physcial, emotional or sexual abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15.

In 2018-19, there were 4,167 family violence incidents recorded by Victorian Police in the Barwon Areas, an increase on the previous year. The rate of family violence police incidents in Greater Geelong and Colac-Otway continues to be substantially higher than the Victorian average.  At Bethany, we are striving towards a community free from the impacts of family violence.

To join us as we to live in a community where there is opportunity for everyone to participate

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.

Learn more about how we can make a difference together

Become a corporate partner

As a business, find out how partnering with Bethany can bring your team value and connect through social responsibility. 

Opportunities for individuals to make a difference

We love working with philanthropists and individuals keen to make a difference. Explore opportunities.

Let’s start talking!

If you just want to make a general enquiry or have any questions on how you can partner with Bethany, please send an email to our Community Engagement team.

 “The Dawn Wade Foundation have been privileged to support Bethany for many years and are impressed by their development of meaningful and innovative programmes that benefit Geelong’s most needy children, families and individuals.”

Darrell Wade, Chairperson Dawn Wade Foundation

 “The APCO Foundation has been handing out care packs since COVID-19 began and we know what a difference some kindness can make in someone’s life.  That is why we are supporting Bethany with their Christmas appeal.  How great to end what has been a tough year for so many by giving to someone who needs some Christmas cheer. “

Sharon Gleeson, APCO Foundation Chair

“The Anthony Costa Foundation is pleased to support the Geelong Giving Tree Appeal. The Appeal plays an important role in ensuring that families have the Christmas they deserve, no matter the challenges they face. We hope the community will join in supporting Bethany, Barwon Child, Youth and Family and the Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre this year, a year that has been like no other, to change Christmas for locals in need.”

The Board of the Anthony Costa Foundation