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Wodonga resident Mikaela Reid was just eight years old when she became a carer. Her father has a mental illness and two brothers and sister live with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and anxiety. Mikaela was supported by our member organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes for more than five years. Now aged 20, she’s giving back to the program that helped her though the toughest time of her life by volunteering as a mentor in its Young Carer Mentor Program (YCMP).
Villa Maria Catholic Homes are in need of more volunteer mentors in Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Benalla and surrounds. If you can help, call Marion Rak on (03) 5722 9046. 
GriefLine is one of our valuable member organisations. Throughout 2019 it has a range of initiatives to encourage people to get involved with its important work. Many details can be found in its February 2019 newsletter.

For many years Palm Sunday has been marked by a Walk for Justice for Refugees. In light of the coming federal election, we think it is more important than ever to have a large showing from across the community at this walk to support justice.

On Ash Wednesday, 6 March, MacKillop Family Services is running a special fundraiser where any donation made on the day will have 4 x the impact! Paws4Kids aims to raise $200,000 to introduce 500 young people to dogs that are trained to support young people who have experienced trauma.
A Victorian-first Multicultural Wellness Centre in Melbourne’s east is connecting seniors and combating social isolation. The Centre, run by non-profit organisation Villa Maria Catholic Homes, in Wantirna South has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 2016. It was the first Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD)-specific, integrated, aged-focused wellness centre in the state.  
On 5 February, the centre’s most popular group, for Chinese seniors, will be a hub of activity as they bring in the Chinese New Year. Creating and hanging decorations, undertaking traditional customs and joining for the annual ‘Reunion Lunch’ are all part of the festivities.
Member organisation, Wellsprings for Women, provides a suite of programs designed in consultation with and in response to the needs of women in Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia, in Melbourne's southeast. There are a range of courses about to commence for 2019 including 'English for Driving Course', which starts 8 February, and runs over 9 weeks, and an Enterprising Creative Woman Program on Thursdays, commencing 7 February.

Warrnambool resident Gloria Smith, 85, hadn’t heard of a Home Care Package (HCP) before she secured one.
Like so many older Australians, Gloria feared declining health meant an inevitable move into aged care. Luckily, the local council referred Gloria and her partner of 29 years, Wallace McDonald, to non-profit organisation VMCH, which has supported them both with a HCP for more than a year. VMCH Case Manager Belinda Smith organises support for the couple with gardening, cleaning, home maintenance, personal alarms, meals on wheels and mobility aids to help them remain living independently at home.

Do you have 3 hours once a month to visit a prison to support the work of prison chaplains? 
Sister Mary O’Shannassy, from CatholicCare Prison Ministry would welcome Expressions of Interest from women and men who feel that they could make a difference by being a part of this Ministry. 

Expressions of interest are now open for the second round of Modelling Respect and Equality (MoRE), which will run in Melbourne commencing in early March 2019. MoRE was developed by Jesuit Social Services’ The Men’s Project, which recruits, trains and supports people who frequently interact and work with boys and men to promote positive attitudes, respectful relationships and gender equality. The attached brochure explains the program in more detail, including instructions on how to apply.
The Missionary Sisters of Service (MSS) have launched an initiative that will see their work in remote and regional Australia continue beyond the life of the religious community. The Sisters have set up Highways and Byways: A Community of Service, which will expand its reach across Australia, and take over the works of the John Wallis Foundation, which the MSS established in 2010 and named after the founder of the MSS, Fr John Wallis.
Highways and Byways is inviting grant applicants for projects that can make a difference in the lives of isolated, and often forgotten, Australians. More than $90,000 will be allocated in small grants to community programs in 2019. It is hoped that this figure will increase each year.

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