Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood, growing up feeling safe, nurtured and with hope for the future.
Established in 1877 as the Victorian Infant Asylum, Berry Street’s core activity has always been protecting children and strengthening families. Today, Berry Street is the largest independent child and family services organisation in Victoria. We helped over 15,000 Victorians over the past year.
Berry Street’s five values and what they mean to us:
- To be the best we can be.
- Never give up and maintain hope.
- Believe that change is possible.
- Have the strength to be part of the solution.
- Be prepared to question and challenge ourselves, and others, about the way things are done.
- Advocate for change when the children and families with whom we work are not getting a ‘fair go’.
- Expect a personal and organisational commitment to honesty.
- Be true to our word by doing what we say we will do.
- Ensure fair and inclusive decision-making processes.
- Care about each other.
- Be open to listening to each other’s point of view.
- Acknowledge the importance of each person’s heritage, traditions, identity, needs and aspirations.
- Recognise the contributions, achievements, journeys and stories of those who have gone before us.
- Recognise and celebrate achievements.
- Be responsible for our own actions.
- Be prepared and able to explain why we do things.
- Constantly look at how we can improve, both individually and as an organisation.
- Use knowledge and experience of what works.
- Ask people what they think about what we do.
- Ensure that all our resources and assets are used in the best possible way.
- Recognise our responsibilities in our neighbourhoods and communities.
- Expect that friendliness, support, humour and care are visible as we go about our work.
- Work with our clients, each other and our colleagues to share knowledge, ideas, resources and skills.
- Provide opportunities for people to get together, to have fun, to learn from and challenge each other to get better results.
- Encourage effective communication processes and enable active participation.