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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
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.
 
There are many dimensions of social media and how it impacts on individuals, families, communities and nations. Many of our member organisations have well informed perspectives on some of the strengths and weaknesses of this rapidly expanding sector, particularly within the context of social justice.
During 2019 Catholic Social Services Victoria aims to focus on NDIS in a way that will identify opportunities for members to share their experience, develop their
 knowledge, understanding and practice, to ensure better outcomes for the people they serve. As an initial step, members and friends are invited to participate in an evaluation workshop led by the Brotherhood of St Laurence on Thursday 17 January, 10am-11.30am in East Melbourne. The BSL are undertaking an evaluation of these NDIS services: Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) gateway program and Local Area Coordination.
All are welcome to attend the Vigil Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita and to mark the International Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking on Thursday 7 February 2019, at 7.30pm. Mass will be celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral led by Archbishop Peter A. Comensoli and will follow the 6.30pm Holy Hour. 
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