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Our July 2019 update highlights the many ways in which our Catholic parishes are engaging in practical ways to overcome homelessness, with a series of practical forums having taken place already, and more scheduled in coming months.They're also actively engaged in assisting refugees and asylum seekers and in deepening their understanding of domestic violence and how to prevent it. We hope our parish communities will be inspired by the news featured in this July update, and that they'll join us in the upcoming events. Download update here.
Sixty-five people from parishes across the Diocese of Sandhurst gathered at St Brendan’s parish centre in Shepparton to discuss and share ideas about what could be done to alleviate homelessness in the region. The forum, auspiced by CatholicCare Sandhurst, Catholic Social Services Victoria, and the diocese of Sandhurst, resulted in each participating parish adopting a plan to deepen their contribution to addressing homelessness and the shortage of affordable housing.
Our May newsletter is out now. It includes an array of news and information, including the call from Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference for a fair go for low-wage income earners, and an analysis of the federal election result in light of our work with Catholic Social Services Australia in being a voice for those on the margins. There is also a long list of events to mark in the diary, including our annual Catholic Social Services dinner on Friday 30 August. On 8 June we're hosting a housing and homelessness forum for parishes to enable parish communities to practically assist those in need. Get all of the latest news, here.
Catholic Social Services Victoria, in conjunction with Edmund Rice Ministries and the Presentation Sisters, conducted another of its Walking the Land with Catholic Social Teaching workshops in the central business district of Melbourne on Thursday 2 May 2019.
A small group of people braved a wintry morning to experience a guided city justice walk which looked at a range of issues through the lenses of Catholic Social Teaching.
Our Easter newsletter is out now and is full of the latest news and information related to our work in providing a fair and just society for all Victorians. There are stories of our involvement in the recent Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees in Melbourne, an informative forum with members on the impact of social media and information technology on social services, a breakfast forum with Teresa Fels to explore social investment bonds as an innovative way of helping vulnerable Victorians and much more! There are many upcoming events that both Catholic Social Services Victoria is hosting, along with our member organisations. Read the newsletter here.
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.

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