History & Values

History & Values

Wesley Mission Victoria helps empower people to improve their lives by providing them with community based services and support across multiple stages of life.

With the assistance of our services across aged care, children youth and family, crisis and homelessness, disability, employment, social enterprises and Lifeline telephone counselling services, clients can improve their quality of life and increase their social and economic participation.

We also speak out and influence the broader issues in our society that contribute to the challenges or inequity our clients face.

Our vision

A community where all people can participate with dignity and hope.

Our purpose

We support people experiencing disadvantage and vulnerability to improve their life outcomes. We advocate for a more just society.

Our values

The work we do impacts every day upon many people’s lives. Our values of hope, compassion and justice guide us in everything we do.

Hope is the promise of a better future for every person in a fairer world.

Compassion is seeking to understand the experience of others, standing alongside and being moved to respond.

Justice is the right of all people to be treated with respect and fairness in an equitable society.

Our heritage

Our origins date back to 1893, when the Methodist Church of Australia established the Melbourne Central Mission in response to the severe economic depression of the 1890’s and associated inner-city poverty. Located next to the Wesley Church in Melbourne’s Lonsdale Street, the Mission’s work was based on concern for people in need, particularly those who were abused, addicted, homeless or impoverished. Since its establishment, the Mission has also been known for its outspoken advocacy for social reform. 

Over the years, the Mission expanded its role of reaching out to marginalised and vulnerable people by developing a wide range of programs and services. When the Uniting Church was formed in 1977, it became known as the Wesley Central Parish Mission. In 2001, it incorporated as Wesley Mission Melbourne (and subsequently Wesley Mission Victoria) with an independent board.

Our connection with the Uniting Church

As part of the Uniting Church, Wesley Mission Victoria is a practical expression of the Church’s commitment to social justice and the Christian tradition of bringing God’s life and hope to all people equally.

The ethos of the Uniting Church is to be inclusive of all people regardless of faith, cultural background, age, sex orientation or gender.

On 1 July, we become Uniting.

From 1 July 2017, we will be known as Uniting – the new community services arm of the Uniting Church in Victoria and Tasmania. Read more about this new direction for Wesley.

Wesley is joining with 21 UnitingCare agencies and two church business units, to become Uniting, allowing us to reach and support more local communities across two states.

As one organisation, our commitment to work with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people does not change. And we already share common values with our sister agencies, born from our Christian foundations. However when we do unite on 1 July, we will have a new purpose and values guiding what we stand for and how we work together:

Uniting’s purpose:

To inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

Uniting’s values:

Imaginative – we challenge convention, explore new possibilities and dare to dream for a better future.

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.