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During this increased time at home, many of us may be spending this time cleaning out and re-organising our homes with the intention of and preparing to donate some of the items that are no longer needed or used. Edmund Rice Camps Victoria would love you to think of them, particularly if you have things like sleeping mats and inflatable mattresses, complete tents, large storage containers, coloured fabric, bikes, helmets, paints and brushes. They'll be on hand to come and collect when safe to do so!

Inspired by Get Active Victoria, Wellsprings for Women is offering fun exercise activities to help keep its community members moving and staying healthy. It’s Ageless Grace session is free and held twice a week on Tuesday and Thursdays via Zoom from 9:00am - 9:45am. Wellsprings is also hosting a Resume Writing, Job-Interview Skills and Personal development course from 13th October - 10 November 2020, every Tuesday from 11am - 2:00pm. 

Normally at this time of year, St Mary’s House of Welcome is busy organising its ‘Degustation for Dignity’ annual fundraising gala event to help people sleeping rough and experiencing chronic homelessness. Sadly, COVID-19 and physical distancing has put a stop to that for this year. Far from being defeated, St Mary’s has created something new — ‘De-frustration for Dignity’, to be held on Friday 30th October, 7:00pm - 8:30pm. Cost is $220 for two people (includes premium grazing hamper for two, full of beautiful Victorian wine and produce; exclusive access to an online wine Masterclass hosted by renowned wine writer, Max Allen, tasting notes, access to an online silent auction, and more.

Powerless. Distressed. Sad. Anxious. Uncertain. We are all growing weary of restrictions, lockdowns and safety precautions. This is especially true for those who live across VMCH's aged care residences. Helping them to navigate their emotions and maintain their faith at this difficult time is the role of dedicated pastoral care practitioners. Sr. Kate Mannes, Pastoral Care Practitioner at VMCH Bundoora Aged Care Residence says residents’ feelings are swinging in multiple directions at the moment. 
Wellsprings for Women is hosting a couple of online courses over coming weeks, as well as a series for women to help build connection. The first is for resume writing and job interviewing skills, taking place every Wednesday, from 19th August to 16 September, 11am-1pm. The second course is on 'Making Australia Home', which is every Tuesday, 11am - 12:30pm, with the next one taking place on Tuesday 18th August, to 15th September 2020. The 'At the Well' series for women is being held on Thursdays, starting 20 August. For more information, email indri@wellspringsforwomen.com or phone (03) 9701 3740.
Life in isolation is difficult for all of us. Being physically separated from the people we love is heartbreaking. We hear a lot about older people in aged care and how they’re coping, but how are people in other support services faring? Member organisation VMCH provides 14 Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes across Melbourne for adults with disabilities who can live independently, with some support. 
Member organisation VMCH has announced the green light for a new affordable homes development. VMCH Board Chairman Julien O’Connell AO made the announcement on August 6, during Homelessness Week 2020, indicating that the organisation would build 40 new affordable homes in Ivanhoe, with work expected to commence early next year. 
Congratulations to our member organisation St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria who has been certified carbon neutral under the Climate Active initiative, underpinned by the Australian government. This is a significant achievement that sets Vinnies Victoria apart as the first social welfare charity in Australia to achieve the certification. Find out how Vinnies Victoria did this by joining an online Zoom conversation on Thursday 13th August, 12:30pm-1:10pm.
July 30 marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons where we direct our thoughts, prayers and action toward the elimination of human trafficking. Our member organisation ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Persons) has produced a prayer resource to use in the lead up to, and on the day, and are also holding their annual fundraising appeal, to support its important work. Join ACRATH via Zoom at 12pm on 30th July for 10 minutes of unified prayer.
Recent times have demonstrated the importance of having a safe and comfortable home. Member organisation, VMCH, is proud to unveil its newest Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Carrum. Five adults moved from its Highett SDA into the two connected, three-bedroom houses on July 6 and are busy making their new spaces home.

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