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June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Elder abuse, whilst seldom talked about, is more common than we know. It may be perpetrated by a family member, friend, neighbour or carer, and may take various forms, such as physical abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.

Join us at the national Catholic social services conference dinner on Thursday 27 February 2020, from 6.30pm, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, 576 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. The dinner is part of the national conference, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion, however, all are welcome. Bookings are essential! Cost for the dinner: $75 per person. Bookings close 19th February 2020.
Effective engagement with the media is essential for those working in Catholic social services. Mobilising Media for Mission and Advocacy, on Friday 28 February, from 2pm-4pm, at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne, will be an informative, practical and inspiring forum, involving interaction with media professionals to gain insight into how to engage with the media effectively to advance the mission of Catholic social services, and how to effect powerful advocacy. All welcome!

Catholic Social Services Victoria, together with Catholic Social Services Australia will host a forum, Beyond Surviving to Truthfully Thriving: Continuing our Journey of Listening in Truth and Justice, on Wednesday 26 February, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne. The forum will draw on the enduring wisdom, strength and resilience of our First Peoples. Through stories, inspiration and challenge we will reflect on the past 10 years of Closing the Gap and see the way forward together guided by the principles of empowerment and self-determination. 

Due to public health guidelines and the state of emergency that has been declared in Victoria in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Catholic Social Services Victoria will be presenting our 2020 program of Mission Inspired Leadership evenings online via Zoom 3 September; 24 September; 29 October; 26 November.
2019 has been a fantastic year with four different events focused on young professionals and emerging leaders engaged in Catholic social services. Organised by the Emerging Leaders Network, which is auspiced by Catholic Social Services Victoria, young professionals and emerging leaders are invited to an end of year / Christmas catchup on Wednesday 18 December, 5.30pm-8.30pm, at A Hereford Beefstouw, 22 Duckboard Place, Melbourne.
Emerging leaders and young professionals working in Catholic Social Services attended a breakfast and inspiring conversation with social entrepreneur, James Murphy on Tuesday, 12 November. James is the owner of KereKere cafe, a business that combines his passions for promoting community well being, social justice, good food and quality living.

The Catholic Social Ministry - Delivering Catholic Social Teaching through Community Services and Public Advocacy Conference will be held on Saturday 23 November, from 9am - 5.30pm in East Melbourne. It will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences about the nature, functions and priorities of Catholic Social Ministry.


Catholic Social Services Victoria held its annual 2019 Anti-Poverty Week Lunchtime Conversation on Tuesday 15 October at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne. The Conversation this year was facilitated by Dr Nick Halfpenny, Director of Policy and Research at MacKillop Family Services. Following the Lunchtime Conversation, people stayed on for the Ecumenical Prayer Service conducted by CSSV in collaboration with the Social Questions Commission of the Victorian Council of Churches.
As Mental Health 2019 drew to a close, Catholic Social Services Victoria was pleased to support the parish community of St Pius X West Heidelberg in hosting an inter-faith prayer service in their church on Friday 11 October. Thirty-five people gathered to spend a prayerful hour in song, reflection and prayer to stand in solidarity and respect for the good mental health of all, but particularly to hold gently those among us who suffer from various forms of mental illness.

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