The VCC was first brought into disaster recovery work under DISPLAN in 1978. As a result, the Victorian Council of Churches was asked to chair the counseling sub committee of the Displan Welfare Plan. This committee later evolved to become The Personal Services and Counselling Sub Committee, and after the 1983 bushfires the Community Recovery Committee.
The Department of Human Services has contracted the VCC to provide outreach, psychological first aid, personal support and emotional spiritual care. The Community Chaplaincy arrangement was initiated in preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games with a view to continuing as an element within the State Emergency Recovery Plan (SERP).
The VCC is identified as a provider of Personal Support, Psychological First Aid and Emotional Spiritual Care in the Emergency Relief Handbook and State Health Emergency Response Plan (SHERP).
The VCC is also identified in the Emergency Management Manual of Victoria (EMMV). See ‘About Us’ for further information.
The VCC has responded to most State Disasters and many local emergency events since 1977.
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