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More than 17,000 people volunteer with the 50 member organisations of Catholic Social Services - a critical contribution to our work of service and work for justice. In the lead up to National Volunteer week, 8-14 May, we've released a special edition news update recognising and thanking the role of volunteers in our community.

 
One of our longtime members, MacKillop Family Services, is seeking the support of the Catholic community to help foster hope and promote justice for children, young people and families; particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse. In particular, they are keen to recruit more foster carers. Carers are necessary partners in assisting many of the children MacKillop supports.

A strong economy and increasing house prices, resulting in continued growth in Victorian Government revenues, has underpinned significant additional budget funding on responding to family violence, transport infrastructure and police numbers. This complements initiatives over the past year in housing access, and child and family support.

The 2018 pre-election budget will be the next major opportunity to redress a missed opportunity to invest more thoroughly in addressing entrenched need and disadvantage.

Our request to Mr Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, is that detention centres safeguard the dignity, wellbeing and personal security of their residents. Click here for our letter; and here for an uninspiring response from Australia Border Force.  A subsequent referral to the Ombudsman has resulted in their deciding to investigate our concerns about human rights.

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