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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.
The Victorian Government’s 2019/20 State Budget is an opportunity to ensure that jobseekers who face significant barriers to employment aren’t overlooked, says Jesuit Social Services. In its submission to the 2019/20 Victorian State Budget, the organisation calls for expanded investment into Victorian jobs initiatives such as Jobs Bank and Jobs Victoria Employment Network.
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Together with Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), we encourage you to have a slavery-free Easter. Not only does slavery-free chocolate taste delicious, it also means that no enslaved child has been used in the production of the chocolate. You can buy slavery-free chocolate in big supermarkets and smaller shops. The easiest way to tell if your chocolate is slavery-free is to check if it has one of the commonly used certification symbols on the wrapping.
 
Click here, to find out everything you need to know about how to shop slave-free this Easter.
Contemplating end of life care isn’t a popular topic. But if you have specific wishes around how you’d like to experience your last days, planning is vital. April 1-5 is National Advance Care Planning (ACP) Week, encouraging people to speak up and be heard about what matters most to you, particularly as you age. Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) reports around half of Australians will not be able to make their own end-of-life medical decisions, yet few people take the active steps required to enable control of their future health care.
About one in 100 people in Australia have autism and World Autism Awareness Day, on April 2, aims to raise awareness about what life is like for them.Rose’s 13-year-old son, Mark, has autism. She feels that life would be easier if people took the time to understand how his diagnosis affects him and the family. 

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