Following World War II, a number of social welfare agencies met to consider the most appropriate way of responding to gaps in Victoria’s social structure.
The agencies felt that a coordinating body needed to be established to help drive social change in a meaningful way.
Consequently, the Victorian Council of Social Service was founded following a public meeting at Melbourne Town Hall in December 1946.
The newly formed VCOSS identified six crucial areas demanding action:
- A shortage of adequate housing and inadequacy of emergency stock
- The plight of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders
- Appropriate training for employees working in children’s institutions
- The need to contribute to public knowledge on issues of juvenile delinquency and adoption
- Other serious social problems (such as alcoholism)
- The social welfare needs of low income families and migrants.
Seventy years later it is interesting to note many of these social issues remain the focus of our work today.