Doncare - Community Services

Doncare works in partnership with Bendigo Bank to support the local community

Doncare is also funded by the following government departments




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Strengthening the Local Community

Doncare provides support to families, the aged, youth and disadvantaged in the City of Manningham and surrounds. Our approach to working with the community operates on three levels:

  • providing assistance
  • prevention through support and education; and
  • enlisting community involvement.

Our services are primarily delivered by a team of over 500 trained volunteers who are managed by a small team of paid staff.



Doncare launches interactive relationships app -  iMatter iMatter App

Doncare was thrilled to have Rosie Batty, domestic violence campaigner and of Australian the Year 2015, speak at the official launch of the iMatter App on 14 February.  Please follow this link to view a short video clip of the launch:

The iMatter App has been developed to help young women understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling behaviour
in relationships as well as to promote healthy self-esteem. The aim is to build resilience, to educate about disrespect and
intimate partner violence and to promote conversations among young people about healthy relationship behaviour. Users can share content, save content to their phone and learn how to recognise and address controlling/abusive behaviour and gender inequality, as well as support others who are experiencing violence.

The interactive iMatter app provides a regularly updated series of positive messages, videos and quizzes to raise awareness of the warning signs and impact of intimate partner violence. The app also aims to empower users by providing information on self-esteem, assertiveness and details of support services. All of these features will enable users to be informed, forewarned and alert to dangerous behaviour and to learn how to achieve and maintain personal safety, both physical and psychological.

To download thee iMatter App through the App Stores on iTunes - and for Android devices - To follow iMatter on Facebook, click here  


Doncare and Rotary launch new domestic violence app for VictoriansLiveFree app

The Rotary Club of Doncaster and Doncare launched a new iPhone app in September 2014 for Victorians
who are experiencing domestic and family violence. The LiveFree app for iPhones, developed by Vortilla Digital,
provides information and access to local and state based resources and support services for people experiencing domestic violence. LiveFree has been developed by Doncare, thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Doncaster, with the aim of putting information about domestic violence where to get help across Victoria in the palm of your hand.

What is Domestic Violence? Are you safe at home? Want to rate your relationship? Are you concerned about a friend or relative? LiveFree is designed to increase your understanding of domestic violence and provide information about warning signs and how to get help.  To download the LiveFree app, follow this link   and to follow the LiveFree app on Facebook, please see the link beow, click here


Women's Support Groups 2015

In 2015, Doncare will continue to facilitate groups for women who have experienced past abuse.

  • Living Free - an 8 week session using art and creativity to explore your experience of family violence.
    Click here for details.
    Tuesday 3 February until 24 March 2015
    10:30am - 1:00pm

    Topics covered include:
     - Women's and children's response to family violence
     - Myths and beliefs about family violence
     - Self care
     - Grief and loss
     - Anger, blame and guilt
     - Moving forward.

  • Recognising the Warning Signs - seeing the risks in potential new relationships. Click here for more details.
    Tuesday 21 April until 19 May 2015
    10:30am - 1:00pm.

    A 5 session program uising art and creativity to introduce the Shark Cage concept.
     - Explore how you have responded to the warning signs in the past
     - Learn how to build your own Shark Cage
     - Repair and renovate your Shark Cage for the future.


Please click here to download Doncare's 45th Annual Report (2103-14)


Positions Vacant

  • Introduction to Volunteering: click here for session information.

  • Opportunity Shops: Doncare has seven opportunity shops located within the municipalities of Manningham and Whitehorse. If you are interested in volunteering at any of the shops, please read about the type of work involved here and complete the application form here and return it to Doncare, to one of our shops or e-mail to




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