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BayCISS and Family Life need Victorian Government support

In the lead up to the Victorian election we are calling for funding for Bayside Community Information and Support Service (BayCISS) and Family Life so they can continue to support vulnerable members of our community

Thursday 27 October 2022

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BayCISS and Family Life provide an extensive range of services for community members living in the Bayside and Kingston local government areas.

BayCISS is a not for profit charity that aims to help community members during times of need including emergency and crisis. The charity provides information, advice, referral and practical supports in conjunction with medium to long-term supports depending on need.

Council provides BayCISS with an annual major grant to support its operations and has supplied additional funding in 2022 to assist the charity to meet escalating demand for services due to COVID-19.

BayCISS operates out of a Council owned building at 12 Katoomba Street, Hampton East. The building is reaching the end of its useable life. Due to site constraints and the extent of work needed, a new build is necessary to meet BayCISS’ requirements to enable the continuation of their essential work.

Family Life provides valuable specialist support and education services for vulnerable children, families and the wider Bayside community. Family Life operates out of a Council owned building in Bluff Road Sandringham that requires upgrades to accommodate the growth of this important and comprehensive service.

Why it is important to Bayside

We are seeking $5 million for new premises for BayCISS to support the essential services it provides to the community. 

BayCISS’ existing premises are no longer fit for purpose and the charity is seeking suitable accommodation to create more space to meet increasing community need. Council has several maintenance projects scheduled for the site however the long-term Financial Plan does not include funding for a rebuild.

We are also calling for Victorian Government funding for an upgrade of the Family Life premises in Bluff Road Sandringham. Family Life provides valuable specialist support and education services for vulnerable children, families and the wider Bayside community. Family Life are seeking $1million to upgrade their premises.

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