• A Brief History: Uniting Prahran
  • Uniting: a change of Governance
  • Uniting Prahran: Executive Team
  • Publications
  • Quality accreditations
  • Our Purpose, Our Values (incl Indigenous statement)
  • Working for Us

A Brief History: Uniting Prahran

We believe that everyone has the right to a decent life.

Established in 1946 Uniting Prahran, an agency of the Uniting Church in Australia, provides emergency relief services to those experiencing poverty, homelessness and economic disadvantage, as well as rehabilitation services to those experiencing mental illness and psychiatric disability.

Dedicated service to the community since 1946

In 1946, the Prahran Methodist Mission and Christian Community Centre was established in a new era of social enlightenment due to the visionary leaders of the Methodist Conference of Victoria and Tasmania, who had new and progressive ideas about social welfare. They recognised that people needed to be helped to stand on their own two feet, and they should give without damaging the self-respect, self-esteem or self-confidence of the recipient.

Since then, Uniting Prahran has a history of providing innovative services to the community, focusing on the people most in need. Services such as:

  • The Supporting Mothers’ Association, which laid the foundation for what would become our Mothers’ Support Program
  • The Wobbly Club, which supported recovering alcoholics by using art and craft therapy, the legacy of which has been used in our various art therapies
  • Albiston House which provided low-rent housing for the elderly
  • Rev Hartley’s most well known community venture – Meals on Wheels – a service which is now operated by most councils around Australia!

In 1989 the Prahran Parish Council appointed the Mission’s first female, lay executive – Dr Joan Clarke. She pioneered the Mission’s work in psycho-social rehabilitation for people with psychiatric disabilities. During her tenure the Mission was awarded a Silver Australia and New Zealand Mental Health Achievement Award for its services to people with a disability. Retiring in 2005, Dr Clarke was the Mission’s second longest serving director.

Our former Chief Executive – Mr Quinn Pawson – led the Mission through a major transformation in 2010, redeveloping the Chapel Street building, turning it into a user friendly, modern, multi-purpose community space. He also spearheaded innovative programs such as Voices Vic, and evolved our Op Shop and Café programs into Social Firms which provide training and employment opportunities to those experiencing disadvantage. Quinn Pawson moved into a senior management role with the new ‘Uniting’ management team, in 2017.

Uniting Prahran will continue to be there for the community – as it has been since 1946 – when it begins another phase in its mental health services, by providing individualised support packages in the catchment areas of Bayside, Inner East and South Eastern Melbourne.

For the full history of Uniting Prahran, read the article in our Annual Report 2010-11

Uniting: a change of Governance

From 1 July 2017, we have become Uniting.

Uniting is a new community services arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania.

Uniting is the coming together of 22 UnitingCare agencies and two church business units. Uniting for greater change.

As one organisation, we can prepare for current and future changes in the community services sector. We will have access to broader resources and be able reach and support more local communities across Victoria and Tasmania.

We will remain as active as ever in your local community and are committed to delivering the same quality of services.

Uniting Prahran: Executive Team

Stav Stathopoulos, Executive Officer

Janet Charalambakis, General Manager Services



Below you will find links toUniting Prahran’s publications.

Please contact administration on 9692 9500, if you wish to find out more about our publications.

Annual Reports and Financial Statements

Quarterly Newsletter – Mission Matters

Strategic Plan 2014-17

Quality accreditations

Uniting Prahran is committed to providing the best possible services for clients. As part of this commitment we undertake regular audits and reviews and comply with relevant legislation and requirements.

In March 2016, all Uniting Prahran services and processes were accredited against the Quality Improvement Council Standards, by the accrediting body – Quality Innovation Performance (QIP).

In addition to the QIC Standards, the following program specific standards have been independently audited and met:

Program Area Standards Accrediting Body Last Audit
Mental Health programs National Standards for Mental Health Services Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) March 2016
Residential Services National Standards for Mental Health Services Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) March 2016
Aged Care Packages Common Care Community Standards Australian Aged Care Quality Agency March 2016
Disability Employment Services New Disability Standards Business Standards International June 2016
Hartley’s Community Restaurant Food Handling Standards Stonnington Council Nov 2016
Hospitality Food Handling Standards Stonnington Council Nov 2016
Responsible Serving of Alcohol Dec 2016



Uniting Prahran is a registered charity with The ACNC’s Tick of Charity Registration, and complies with their requirements. ACNC Listing for Uniting Prahran.

The ACNC is the specialist, independent national regulator of charities. It is established by, and administers, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 (Cth) (‘ACNC Act’).  ACNC Registered Charity Tick


Uniting Employment Services

JSP operates a management system that complies with the requirements of Disability Service Standards 2007.

Certificate number: 8533000-DES-001Certification number: 8533  JSP-DES Logo



Uniting Prahran is a registered provider of Pre-Accredited training with the Department of Education. We issue completion certificates and attendance certificates. TOID number: 20175

Our Purpose, Our Values (incl Indigenous statement)

Our Purpose

To inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

Our Values

Imaginative – We challenge convention, explore new possibilities and dare to dream.

Respectful – We act with honesty and integrity, and open our hearts to all people without exception.

Compassionate – We are nurturing, generous and thoughtful in our words and deeds.

Bold – We face injustice head on and stand up for what is right and true with confidence and strength.


Uniting Prahran acknowledges the traditional owners and Elders past and present across Australia, with particular acknowledgment to the traditional custodians of the lands where our offices are located. We pay our respects to the Elders, both past and present, and to those of the future, for they hold the memories, the traditions, the cultures and aspirations of Aboriginal Australia. We must always remember that under the concrete and asphalt this land is, was, and will always be, traditional Aboriginal land. We stand in the light of their presence and seek to move forward together.

Cultural Diversity and Values in Aboriginal Communities

The basic definition of culture is a way of life or the shared ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge of a group of people. Aboriginal people in Australia have strong cultural values and beliefs. Importance of their land, following community protocols, recognition of traditional ownership and current responsibilities, respect for Aboriginal cultures and cultural practices, and ownership of information and knowledge specific to their community allow Aboriginal communities to maintain their own individuality and culture. Central to the Aboriginal community is respect for Elders, valuing people’s relationships, treating people with dignity, and maintaining cultural and family obligations which are paramount in creating and sustaining a strong community.

Working for Us

Uniting Prahran is an equal opportunity employer and upholds the value of its workers – both paid and volunteer – and the principles of social justice in its workplace policies and practices. It is committed to providing a safe environment for all its workers. Its services and programs are available to all people irrespective of class, race, religion, gender, age, sexuality or health status. Uniting Prahran is a quality assured agency, as awarded by QIP. All its programs undergo regular audits and are committed to the continuous improvement of the services provided.

Employment Opportunities

When applying for a position, please forward your application to the relevant manager – as indicated in the Position Description – complete with a covering letter, a statement addressing the selection criteria and your CV. Current Vacancies

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering with us? For more information