Services covering the City of Greater Dandenong,
City of Casey and Cardinia Shire
Financial Assistance and Support
Cranbourne Information & Support Service Inc
Provides information, advocacy and referral services, as well as crisis support services such as emergency relief (food, petrol and chemist vouchers, food parcels, support with education expenses, Myki Day Passes, etc.). The agency also provides counselling, financial counselling, and a No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS).
Drop In Service: The Youth Links Drop In service operates from 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The service provides information, referrals, initial assessments, personal support, crisis intervention, advocacy, emergency relief and other practical support to young people aged 14 to 25 years.
Casey North Community Information & Support Service
Provides a range of community information programs and resources & Emergency relief, crisis counselling, casework, financial counselling, No Interest Loan Scheme NILS), financial literacy workshops. As well as prevention of family breakdown and family violence program, Keeping It Together.
No Interest Loans (NILS) are loans of up to $1,200 for essential household items such as a bed, fridge or washing machine, or for educational or health items e.g. school books, a wheelchair. These loans are not for paying debts or for rent or bond. Payment is made directly to the supplier of the goods.
StepUP loans are up to $3,000 for the purchase of household items, car repairs, second hand cars, vocational education or health expenses. They are not for debts, bills or holidays. Payment is made directly to the provider of the goods or service.
ECHO is proud to support The Food Store at St Luke’s Cockatoo, providing free food to people in need. For anyone needing food, simply come along to 1 McBride Street, Cockatoo on a Monday between 10am and 2pm.
MOIRA delivers Targeted Care Packages which can assist young people residing in residential care to exit to a better placement option or as a prevention to entering residential care. Only children and young people subject to a statutory child protection order are eligible for a targeted care package and referral is determined by Child Protection alongside the DHHS packaging team. A targeted care package is an allocation of funding attached to a specific young person and based on an assessment of that young person’s needs. A targeted care package provides funds for one or a number of clearly articulated supports to meet the young person’s needs and is available for as long as they need (subject to review). Key workers are a core part of most targeted care packages. The key worker has a pivotal role in supporting the implementation of the targeted care package by providing case management functions consistent with the child or young person’s case plan and cultural support plan.