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McAuley Community Services for Women is hosting a special lunch on Thursday 29 August to help raise funds for its work in supporting women who are experiencing homelessness. Over the past five years, the number of women experiencing homelessness in Victoria has increased by 8.3%. That is 10,432 women in Victoria on any given night who does not have safe and secure accommodation. Women over 55 is the fast growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness.
All are invited to the 2019 Ozanam Conversation on the topic, 'Standing Up; Reclaiming Lay Leadership in the Catholic Sector' on Wednesday 24 July 2019, 6.30pm-8pm at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. Renowned journalist and broadcaster Geraldine Doogue AO will join with Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council in leading the conversation.
It has been a challenging week for those of us who care deeply about the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children. Monday night's Four Corners program on ABC TV exposed the shocking and inhumane treatment of children, including primary school aged children, in Brisbane City Watch House. Last week the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released the shocking news that the number of children and young people in Victoria’s prisons has increased by 36 per cent over the past five years - despite an overall drop in young people coming into contact with the justice system.
Wellsprings for Women aims to connect isolated women residing in the City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong areas. With this in mind, women are invited to take part in its 2019 Women’s Rider program to have fun and to rediscover the joy of bike riding. It's free and takes place every Saturday, from 10am-12pm. BYO bike and helmet (though limited numbers are available to borrow).
Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. That’s why Vinnies is raising money to provide people experiencing homelessness with vital access to food and accommodation. On 20 June, leaders in business, community and government will sleep without shelter on one of the longest nights of the year to help change the lives of Australians experiencing homelessness as part of Vinnies CEO Sleepout. In 2018, a record $6.9 million was raised as part of the sleepout to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty in Australia. Register here.
The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum has released a federal election statement that calls for all sides of politics to commit to “language and policies that reflect a compassionate and humane Australian society”.
 
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. 

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