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Work to transform the child and family system from a crisis response to early intervention and prevention is underway in Victoria. The reforms are addressing systemic issues so that children and families receive the support they need, when they need it. But there is still much work to do, according to Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria.
 
 
Sr Nicole Rotaru rsm has worked with women and children in many settings to build understanding of family violence, particularly as it affects children and their mothers. On Wednesday 25 July, from 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Nicole will lead a workshop for parishes at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne. This workshop will help participants respond to people who have been affected, and to assist them in rebuilding their lives.
“The only way to love and serve people is to encounter them in the margins,” according to distinguished American author and speaker, Rev Prof. Anthony Gittins CSSp. Fr Gittins was in Melbourne on 21 May leading a reflection on ‘Ministry at the Margins’ for more than 50 guests of Catholic Mission and Catholic Social Services Victoria in East Melbourne. It is part of a 4-week tour in Australia, which has seen him lead gatherings in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. His last stop is Wagga Wagga.
National Volunteer Week starts on May 21 and recognises the wonderful work volunteers do in their communities. One of those volunteers is Mary, who says volunteering makes her feel closer to her family back in Malta. She is part of a team of volunteers who share their time and talents at Villa Maria Catholic Homes' St Bernadette’s Residential Aged Care, in Sunshine. She regularly visits Maltese residents at St Bernadette’s and talks to them in their shared language and about their heritage.

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