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Villa Maria's Star of the Sea Residential Aged Care in Torquay is hosting an open day on Saturday 21 July, from 10am-12pm, where visitors can receive some personalised advice or join one of the regular tours. Star of the Sea is a state-of-the-art and award-winning facility which opened in September, 2017. It offers personalised services, dementia care and tailored lifestyle programs for older people.
Jesuit Social Services’ Men’s Project has been established to provide leadership on the reduction of violence and other harmful behaviours prevalent among boys and men, and to build new approaches to improve their wellbeing and keep families and communities safe.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has supported new legislation to help eradicate the scourge of modern slavery. The Government introduced the Modern Slavery Bill 2018 into the Australian Parliament last week, which will require large organisations in Australia with annual revenue of at least $100 million to report annually on their efforts to detect and eliminate slavery from their supply chains. The bishops acknowledged the work of ACRATH and the Archdiocese of Sydney's Anti-Slavery Taskforce to achieve this outcome.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As part of this celebration, CatholicCare Greater Melbourne is hosting an event on Thursday 12 July, from 10.30am-11.30am, at the Cardinal Knox Centre in East Melbourne. Sherry Balcombe, coordinator of Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria is guest speaker.
Catholic social services make a substantial contribution to the social fabric of Victoria. Services range from alcohol treatment, crisis housing, Indigenous ministry and prison ministry, to the protection of women and children escaping family violence, refugees and asylum seekers and those impacted by human trafficking. More than 200,000 people were supported by Catholic social service organisations during 2016-2017, with the total number of occasions of support being in excess of 400,000. The total expenditure in assisting these people was more than $700 million and included 6800 employed staff and at least 17,600 volunteers.

ACRATH has launched its fundraising appeal and hopes to raise more than $100,000 in the lead up to World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. The money will help ACRATH maintain vital programs to combat human trafficking, especially forced marriage and forced labour. While you are reading this, the marriage of a teenage schoolgirl in Australia is being planned by her family. She will most likely have never met the groom and she will have no say in the marriage. If she objects to the marriage she risks rejection by her family and community. But thankfully she will not be left alone and homeless.

We are pleased to announce that GriefLine, one of our Catholic Social Services Victoria Member Organisations, has recently received funding for new children and youth counselling programs.


Parents give their children so much as they grow. Maybe that is why it is so hard for many of them to receive care from their children in their senior years. That is especially true if children have to take on the tough conversation about moving into residential aged care.  Community nurse, Suzanne Tatnell, says that even though her job put her into contact with older people in aged care, it was still difficult when she had to head down that path with her own mum.
If you or your loved one is thinking about aged care and not sure where to start, contact Villa Maria Catholic Homes, a  Catholic not-for-profit organisation, providing services to 7,600 people across Victoria.


June 11-17 is Men’s Health Week, which aims to raise awareness and prevention of men’s health issues and to celebrate men’s roles within the community. Catholic not-for-profit, Villa Maria Catholic Homes, runs a Men’s Shed in Wantirna, which has provided a safe-haven for men for more than a decade.

National Volunteer Week starts on May 21 and recognises the wonderful work volunteers do in their communities. One of those volunteers is Mary, who says volunteering makes her feel closer to her family back in Malta. She is part of a team of volunteers who share their time and talents at Villa Maria Catholic Homes' St Bernadette’s Residential Aged Care, in Sunshine. She regularly visits Maltese residents at St Bernadette’s and talks to them in their shared language and about their heritage.

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