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The Victorian Government has initiated a number of social investment bonds as an innovative way of assisting vulnerable Victorians.  Members and friends are invited to join Teresa Fels, Director of Social Policy in the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, and Catherine Harris, General Manager, Business Development, at Sacred Heart Mission, to explore this program at a breakfast briefing at 7.30am on Wednesday 3 April. 
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On Saturday 23 March 2019, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting a parish forum on the topic, Helping our Refugee Families and Friends at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, 9.30am-1pm. This follows the very successful parish forum on the same topic held in August in 2018, focussing on how parishes can transform their desire to help asylum seekers and refugees into practical action. Book your place here
What are the key issues we face in relation to housing in Australia? What action can individuals and parishes take to address housing, stress and homelessness in their communities? Following a successful forum held last year with parish representatives to discuss the practical responses and opportunities to assist those who are homeless, Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting another forum for parishes on Saturday 8 June at Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne.
All are welcome to join our members, staff, leaders, volunteers and friends of Catholic Social Services agencies as we gather to celebrate our mission of justice and service. Commencing with our Commissioning Mass at 9.30am the 2019 Annual General Meeting will be held at MacKillop Family Services, 237 Cecil Street, South Melbourne.
Young professional and emerging leaders working within a Catholic Social Service are invited to attend an upcoming Emerging Leaders Breakfast on Tuesday 19 March, 8am–9:30am at Kere Kere Green Café, Fitzroy Gardens Visitors Centre, East Melbourne. If you're interested in leadership development through a formation focus and want to meet new people, explore social justice leadership and engage with a ‘wisdom figure’ within the sector, this gathering is for you! Download Flyer 

We all need to do better to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. 
Together with Aboriginal Catholic Ministry we are running a 'Journeying Together Towards Genuine Reconciliation' workshop on 14 March 2019. Victorian Treaty Commissioner Jill Gallagher will present and there will be opportunity for discussion on the Treaty process and to hear from members about their reconciliation pathways. 

Catholic Social Services Victoria hosted another of its Walking the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshops on Thursday 28 February 2019. This was a City Justice Walk with many of the executive staff of St John of God Hospital Berwick.

Three more Walking the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshops are scheduled for 2019. There will be another City Justice Walk offered on 2 May and other workshops on 29 August (Lower Plenty) and 28 November (Williamstown).
 

Applications are invited for the fifth series of the Mission Inspired Leadership program. This program is a professional development opportunity for leaders (Board members, managers and emerging leaders) in the Catholic social services sector.

The dates for the 2019 program are Thursday evenings: 21 March, 11 April, 16 May, 13 June. 

 
Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) hosted an National Disability Services Insurance (NDIS) Evaluation Workshop on 17 January 2019. The BSL, as providers of NDIS Local Area Coordination and the Early Childhood Early Intervention gateway program, initiated the evaluation to hear directly from stakeholders about their experience of the scheme. Eleven participants attended the workshop and provided their invaluable reflections and insights.
Friends, family and colleagues of Fr Kevin Mogg AM celebrated the book launch of An Enabling Life: Father Kevin Mogg by author Anne Touhey on Thursday 31 January in East Melbourne. Over more than five decades Fr Kevin Mogg was a leader in Catholic Social Services and in advocacy to build a more just and compassionate society. Anne has worked with Fr Kevin and many others to produce an insightful and engaging account of Kevin's life, ministry and vision.
 

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