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JoCare is hosting a Social Isolation and Loneliness forum on Tuesday 31st March, from 9:30am - 12:30pm at St Joseph's Parish Hall, 47 Stanhope Street, Malvern. The forum speakers include Dr Lidia Engel, Health Economist, and Mr Geoff Sharp, Director of Volunteering Victoria. This forum aims to bring together local community groups to begin to work together on small community initiatives to decrease social isolation and loneliness in the local community.

The John Pierce Centre is holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th April 2020, from 4:30pm-6:00pm, at its location 25-35 High Street, Prahran. All are welcome to attend to learn about the valuable work undertaken by the Centre in 2019 and the financial position of the organisation. Tea and coffee commences at 4:00pm followed by the meeting. RSVP to admin@jpc.org.au
CatholicCare Sandhurst Family and Relationships Services is facilitating the Dads Tuning into Kids program, in Bendigo over seven weekly sessions, commencing Monday 4th May 2020. This program is for dads of 0-10-year olds who would like to learn how to help their child/children manage feelings such as worry, frustration and anger. There is no cost. For bookings and enquiries, contact Jo on (03) 5438 1300  
International Women’s Day was marked on Sunday 8th March. Many of our member organisations marked the day with celebrations acknowledging the amazing role of women in their personal lives and in their professional work. The theme for this year’s IWD was Each for Equal, promoting the role each of us have to play in supporting gender equality in society. 
Join Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria for a Celebration of Aboriginal Culture: Welcome to Country, didgeridoo player and Aboriginal dance group Djirri Djirri at St Francis Church on 326 Lonsdale St Melbourne on 12 July 2020, at 11am.
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A Make your school slavery-free resource kit was launched in Melbourne yesterday (Thursday February 13) to help students, teachers and staff eliminate slavery from Catholic schools.
You are warmly invited to a book launch of Dear Mother Dear Father by Bernadette Wallis at Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne on Thursday 5 March at 5pm.

VMCH's Carer Support program recently held an event at Coombe Yarra Valley, as an opportunity for the full-time carers to get together, socialise and have some time out from their responsibilities. The program provides events for people who live in Melbourne’s eastern region and care for a loved one with care needs including dementia, disability, chronic condition or illness, or older age-related needs. It is a chance for the carers to take a break and enjoy some time to themselves. Some of the carers have shared why they enjoy being involved.

In a statement released 3 February 2020, the St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) has reiterated that every cent of funds donated to the Bushfire appeal will be spent on people affected by the fires. National President Claire Victory said the Society has dispatched $3.8 million (of $13.7m) so far from the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, mostly as direct cash payments for bushfire-impacted households in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Canberra-Goulburn.

Wellsprings for Women is hosting free digital literacy classes on Fridays at its Dandenong location, 10:00am-12:00pm, for women aged 55-years and over. It's aimed at women who'd like to learn about or improve their skills in computer, internet, smartphones, iPad, cyber-safety or other, digital topics. All levels are welcome.

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