About Us

South Port Uniting is a community development, social justice, and advocacy organisation which brings lasting solutions to individuals and families in need in order to help them achieve sustainable outcomes and future self-sufficiency.

We offer innovative programs that connect people of different ages, social and cultural backgrounds to activities and opportunities so that they can maximise their potential.

Our Mission

South Port Uniting’s mission is to bring lasting solutions to disadvantaged people to enable them to overcome difficulties in their lives.

Our Vision

South Port Uniting’s vision is that people in our community who are in need are supported and connected to activities and opportunities that would give them the necessary skills to live independent and meaningful lives.

Our History 

South Port Uniting is the community outreach service of South Port Uniting Church Parish Mission. With a proud 160 year history of working to reduce the effects of poverty in the South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and the Parks – Middle and Albert. Today we assist more than 5000 people every year helping them overcome obstacles in their lives. 

South Port Uniting forms part of the national UnitingCare Network – one of Australia’s largest community service providers – which brings benefits to South Port, but doesn’t change its local and compassionate focus. 

Our Community

Our community is built on connections across many different social and cultural groups. Working with our service users, funders and like-minded community service organisations we are committed to the concept of collaboration, integrity and equality for all.

Our Staff and Volunteers

South Port Uniting employs a team of 26 staff who have a deep understanding of the dynamics of social disadvantage and the vital role of community in building capabilities which are necessary for reducing poverty and social exclusion. Our employees turn our values and goals into relationships and programs which enable members of our community to overcome adversity and to live life to the full.

Senior Staff Leadership Team

Chris Milne
Senior Manager                                                                                             

Sandra Vassel
Finance Manager

Our Board

We are joining with 21 other Uniting Church community service agencies to form a new single organisation. Uniting (Victoria and Tasmania) Limited was established and governance for all founding agencies was unified under the single Board on 3 October 2016.

The Uniting Board is an experienced, skills based team that will lead the design and build of the emerging organisation.

For more information visit the Uniting Church in Australia website

Our Partners and Supporters

South Port Uniting is closely linked to and generously supported by South Port Uniting Church. We also work with local, state and federal government bodies; various church groups, community groups, private organisations, charitable trusts and foundations; as well as Trustees overseeing bequests and legacies. Some of our current and past supporters include:

First Category

Department of Education and Early

Childhood Development

Department of Health

South Port Uniting Church Parish


Second Category

City of Port Phillip

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

SHARE Emergency Relief funding

The RE Ross Trust

Third Category



Bunnings Warehouse

Department of Human Services

Department of Justice

Di Simmons Linen

Eiffel Tower Cakes

Feed Melbourne

Food Bank Victoria

Grill’d South Melbourne

Grill’d St Kilda

Luna Park

Magistrate Courts Community Fund

Officeworks South Melbourne

Permezel Family Trust

PETstock South Melbourne

Port Phillip Community Group

Rotary Club of Melbourne South

Rusher Rodgers Recruiting


Seven AM

South Melbourne Community Chest

South Melbourne Market


Our Locations

South Port UnitingCare Office

317-329 Dorcas Street South Melbourne, Vic 3205

See Map   |   9690 1188

Uniting Port Melbourne Kindergarten

136 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207

See Map   |   9646 3077

Goodwill Opportunity Shop Albert Park

115 Bridport Street, Albert Park, Vic 3206

See Map   |   9690 2990

South Port Uniting Church Parish Mission - South Melbourne

325 Dorcas Street South Melbourne, Vic 3205

See Map   |   9690 1188

Port Melbourne Uniting Church

Corner Bridge and Nott Streets, Port Melbourne, Vic 3207

See Map   |   9690 1188

Sol Green Community Centre

Corner Conventry and Montague Streets, South Melbourne, Vic 3205

See Map   |   9209 6349