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Catholic Social Services Victoria supports a joint statement made by McAuley Services for Women, Uniting Care Vic.Tas. and Anglicare Vic., in expressing concern at the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill. The statement says: A second draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill was released earlier this week, introducing changes that include a broader definition of which organisations can discriminate based on religion.
In appreciation of the support provided by its volunteers, Edmund Rice Camps is hosting a barbecue on Sunday 16 February 2020, 12:30pm - 3pm, at Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy. Volunteers are invited to join with the Edmund Rice Camps Board and Staff for a summer barbecue, to reflect on the 2019 camping year and to catch up with leaders from across the summer.  All volunteers are welcome. For catering purposes, please register your attendance here. 
St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA) has embarked on a groundbreaking training program to help key staff identify and support vulnerable people who present to its hospitals who have been trafficked. The Advocates for Change initiative is part of a wider anti-trafficking project that SVHA began in 2017 in partnership with ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) which has worked to combat slavery for the past 16 years
We are pleased to announce our 2020 Mission Inspired Leadership program with Catholic Social Services Victoria. This program is going into its sixth year and continues to provide a four-night sequence of monthly workshops which offer stimulating and relevant professional development for organisational leaders and Board Directors across the Catholic social services sector and with other affiliated organisations within health and education. 

The four dates for 2020 are all Thursday evenings – 23 April; 21 May; 25 June; 23 July.

Jesuit Social Services has launchedtwo new podcast series; the first is co-produced between its Support After Suicide program, Joy 94.9 and Switchboard Victoria, and provides support, conversation and comfort to people affected by suicide. The second podcast series is called Braided, which was produced by its Artful Dodgers Studios and captures stories of young people.

Jesuit Social Services is pleased to announce that applications for the fourth round of the Victoria Police Diversity Recruitment Program, which seeks to increase the representation of African-Australians from refugee and other backgrounds in Victoria Police, are now open! Successful applicants will commence the Victoria University 15 week Course in Policing Recruitment Pathway, which is held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6pm-9pm, on 31 March 2020. Applications close 19 February 2020.

Wellsprings for Women has received a grant from RACV Community Foundation to support its ‘Creative Enterprising Women’ program, designed to help vulnerable and isolated migrant and refugee women to build confidence and know-how that would enable them to utilise their existing skills either as a source to earn an income or to contribute to help others in the community.

Congratulations to Sr Mary O'Shannassy, who recently celebrated 25 years of working in Prison Ministry. Sr Mary said, “To be with, to sit with, to walk with, to loiter with people that are considered right down there. There is preciousness in each one of them and it just takes time to be with them, to sit with them, and to be privileged to share the sacredness of the story that has brought them to be who they are. So these 25 years have been a gift to me.” As an aside, Sr Mary defines chaplaincy as ‘loitering with intent’.

Santa ditched his reindeer in favour of completing a very special delivery in Victoria’s first locally built, fully electric bus with the Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne. Together with Transdev, they collected and delivered donated Christmas gifts for kids in foster care and residential care, as part of MacKillop Family Services Annual Christmas Drive. The gifts generously donated by local schools and businesses to ensure kids in care can have a present to open on Christmas Day.

VincentCare's redeveloped Ozanam House opened in July 2019. Supported with a grant from Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, this project has increased the supply of affordable housing at Ozanam House to include crisis accommodation, transitional accommodation for men and women who are recovering from a period of homelessness and long-term independent living units for men and women aged over 50 who have experienced homelessness.

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