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Twenty five people gathered at Catholic Social Services Victoria in East Melbourne on Thursday morning 14 March 2019 to listen and reflect on the continuing journey of Aboriginal Reconciliation across the member organisations of CSSV. Proceedings opened with an informative and challenging address from Jill Gallagher AO, the current Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner.
Our March newsletter contains our latest news and upcoming events (from us and some of our member organisations), including our 2019 Victorian budget submission; our paper based on the experience of member organisations, which highlights the gaps in social services in rural and remote areas; a Lenten reflection, and much more. 

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's February update is full of the latest news pertaining to our work, and upcoming events, including the Annual General Meeting on 11 April. All are warmly invited 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.
Catholic Social Services Victoria's Christmas newsletter is out now. It contains a powerful advent reflection by Fr Bill Edebohls, parish priest of Mary Mother of the Church Catholic Parish in Ivanhoe, which reminds us that while Advent is traditionally a time of waiting and preparing, "in the end the only preparation we can make to meet Christ at the end of time is to meet him now in the people who confront us on our own pilgrimage through life. Those fallen by the wayside who both disguise and reveal the Christ Child of Bethlehem and the Christ who is both King and Judge."
 
The newsletter also contains a range of latest news and upcoming events being run by our organisation and those of our members.

Anti-Poverty Week (14 to 20 October) is an opportunity to consider the issues of poverty and hardship here in Australia and overseas. To mark the occasion, Catholic Social Services Victoria hosted a lunchtime conversation facilitated by Brian Lawrence, who posed the question: “How many children have to live in poverty before the Fair Work Commission takes decisive action?”


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.
Mandatory sentencing, improving care for vulnerable children in Victoria, workplace spirituality and prayer, upcoming workshops for parish communities to help respond to family violence, and to assist asylum seekers. Find out about these news items, and more events from Catholic Social Services Victoria, and our members, here.
Work to transform the child and family system from a crisis response to early intervention and prevention is underway in Victoria. The reforms are addressing systemic issues so that children and families receive the support they need, when they need it. But there is still much work to do, according to Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria.
 
 

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