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A report released on 10 May by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that the number of young people in detention in Victoria has increased by 36 per cent over the past five years, from an average of 148 people per day in 2013/14 to an average of 202 people per day in 2017/18. This is despite the number of young people committing offences in Victoria having dropped for the fifth consecutive year.
 
“We are celebrating 75 years of story, of history and of being immersed in people’s lives right across this nation,” stated Stancea Vichie, congregational leader of the Missionary Sisters of Service, at the recent launch of the MSS’ commemorative cookbook, Food for the Highways and Byways.
Sr Brigid Arthur csb and the dedicated team of volunteers at Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project 
(BASP) are confronted regularly by asylum seekers and refugees and their families who come to them desperate for help since the government cuts to the SRSS allowance. BASP, along with other non-government organisations, has been trying to raise funds in order to provide for the unprecedented demand for help being made upon them.
On Sunday 12 May, we celebrate Mother's Day. To mark this occasion, VMCH is highlighting the services it offers, particularly for mums who have a child with a disability. About one in eight families includes a person with disability. While each family is unique, there are common challenges they all face when supporting someone with disability. 
McAuley Community Services for Women’s partnership with Unified Health Group (UHG) is reaping great rewards for the women and children they support – and luckily, they say they’re enjoying the connection as much as McAuley and the women are. UHG have been energetic and hands-on supporters, whether it’s putting together Christmas or Easter egg hampers for children, running a cake bake sale, or donating some of their onsite coffee cart proceeds to McAuley. And now they're providing two four-week placements for women involved in the McAuley Works program.
Sacred Heart Mission (SHM) have some very exciting news about its successful and innovative Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI) program. They have just wrapped up Phase Two, which started in 2016 and at the end of the program, report 85 per cent of people having remained in safe and appropriate long-term housing. Taking their learnings from the pilot and Phase Two, J2SI will commence Phase Three, which is available to another 60 people (bringing the total clients supported by J2SI Three to 120 of the planned 180).
Two inspiring older women whose fathers served in WWI and WWII have spent years dedicating their lives to ensure their loved ones’ legacies are remembered. As Anzac Day approaches, VMCH Berwick aged care resident Betty Whiteside proudly displays a book she spent three years compiling, which includes more than 200 letters that her father, Thomas Clair Whiteside, wrote during WWI. While Annie Hawke, who lives in VMCH's Shanagolden retirement village in Pakenham ensures that the stories of her father and other war heroes are remembered through her active involvement in the local RSL.
 
St Mary's House of Welcome annual trivia night fundraiser will be held on Friday 12 June at St Brigid's Hall, 378 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy. All are invited to join them for a fun night of laughs, good company and some cheeky questions thrown in for good measure, all while helping them to help those most in need. Cost is $45. Book here.
Wellsprings for Women is hosting a multicultural dinner on Wednesday 24 April to raise money for its home visitation program. The dinner will feature Afghan food as well as entertainment. It starts at 7pm at Afghan Rahimi Restaurant, 23-29 Walker Street, Dandenong. Places are limited, so please pay and book by 8 April. Email: jasmine@wellspringsforwomen.com.
An extra 90,000 workers will be required nationally as spending on disability almost quadruples thanks to the NDIS. It is estimated that one in every five new jobs created in Australia will be in the disability support sector. VMCH Disability Services is part of an innovative work-placement program for students who hope to work in disability. The pilot program, called the Disability Sector Capacity Building Project, will provide disability work placements for about 30 students at its lifestyle and accommodation services that support people with disability until the end of this year.

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