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Get a second opinion and trust to your instincts. That’s the message from Glen Iris resident Maria Giacomantonio ahead of September’s Dementia Awareness Month. Maria is a full-time carer for her husband of 52 years, Dominic, 82, who is living with Lewy body disease, one of the most common causes of dementia among older people.
ACRATH’s week of advocacy in the Australian Parliament in 2018 saw a team of 14 ACRATH members and colleagues in Canberra to advocate for improved approaches to combatting human trafficking and protecting victims of human trafficking and slavery-like practices, and forced marriage.
Once again we are asking for the Catholic community to come together to advocate for people seeking asylum, this time in the weeks either side of the 104th World Day of Migrant and Refugees. As a practical expression of Pope Francis’ message to welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants and refugees (recently distributed by the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office in their toolkit to promote Migrant and Refugee week), we are asking again for your support in facilitating action. 
Modelling Respect and Equality (MORE) is a new program developed by The Men’s Project that will recruit, train and support people who frequently interact and work with boys and men to promote positive attitudes, respectful relationships and gender equality.

Degustation for Dignity is a special event with a big goal: to taste some fantastic wine and food, and help homeless people in Melbourne. St Mary's provides community support services including meals, showers, emergency relief and a safe place for people experiencing homelessness, poverty and mental illness. Wineries will put forward their favourite and best wines for review by UK wine expert Matthew Jukes.  Matthew will host a master class, including seven courses with matched wines.

Come join us for the annual event of the John Wallis Foundation - a walk, ride or run along part of the beautiful Great Victorian Rail Trail between Yarck and Yea in Victoria.All proceeds to The John Wallis Foundation for disadvantaged communities.

Jesuit Social Services CEO Julie Edwards officially launched the #WorthASecondChance campaign 
on 24 July to expand the conversation around positive approaches to youth justice. The launch featured powerful presentations from two young men, Sammy and Caution, and videos of other inspiring young people who have made the most of their second chance.   
MacKillop Family Services and The Sanctuary Institute Australia are embarking on a National Professional Learning Tour to explain “how the Sanctuary Model creates safer, more inclusive and healthier cultures in schools, community service organisations and the broader community.” The Victorian Seminar is on 16-17 August 2018 at Victoria University. Click here for more information, flyer and registration.
Community members are being urged to rally around their youngsters as  Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) Young Carer Mentor Program urgently seeks mentors for at least 13 young carers living in Seymour, Euroa, Heathcote Junction, Mooroopna, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Wodonga and Boweya. Some of the carers supported by the program are as young as eight and have little family, community or financial support. Research indicates that if they are not adequately supported, their own health and wellbeing can be seriously affected. The mentor program links them with volunteer mentors who give emotional support, life skills and social opportunities.
Villa Maria's Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care in Torquay is hosting an open day on Saturday 21 July, from 10am-12pm, where visitors can receive some personalised advice or join one of the regular tours. Star of the Sea is a state-of-the-art and award-winning facility which opened in September, 2017. It offers personalised services, dementia care and tailored lifestyle programs for older people.

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