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Information news for the C.A.O.S Network – #169

Dear Members,
Below is information that may be of interest to CAOS members.

1. Freedom from Clutter- a 20 week group program for people struggling with hoarding.

2. Barwon CASA/Minerva – follow up to questions at the October CAOS Meeting.

3. The City of Greater Geelong Women’s Swimming Program 2017.

4. Headspace 10 year Birthday Event, November 3rd.

5. With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding.

6. Exploring Barwon - Getting to know your area .

7. Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea.

8. Starting the Conversation.

9. Looking for an office/ work/community Space in Norlane?

10. Social Housing Volunteer Awards Now Open.

11. Beyond Pink and Blue: challenging gender stereotyping from the early years.

12. Dementia – Managing the Changes – workshop.

13. Did you know that the Viva Energy Role Model Grants are now open and taking applications?

14. New Report: Jobs availability snapshot 2017.

15. New Report: Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choice.




1. Freedom from Clutter- a 20 week group program for people struggling with hoarding.
This 20 week group program is run by Barwon Health Deakin Psychology Clinic for people struggling with hoarding.


This Program will teach you to:
• Make better decisions about what to keep
• Challenge the anxiety associated with discarding things
• Create a safer, more organised environment
• Bring home less things you don’t really need

When: Starting November 2017
Where: Primary Mental Health Partners
Level1, 131 Myers St, Geelong
Cost: Free with a GP Referral

GP Referral details: Via Referral net: Primary Mental health partners
Enquiries: 52220826



2. Barwon CASA/Minerva – follow up to questions at the October CAOS Meeting.

Does Barwon CASA / Minerva have its own housing options? Or do they link in with other providers?

We have partnerships with other housing providers (such as Salvo Connect) to support housing needs. Referrals occur through the case management process.

We also have a refuge which we do not accept local women into so the address is not compromised locally. Referrals are made through Safe Steps which is also a housing partnership. If Barwon women need to be referred to refuge Safe Steps take on the support and allocate them to a refuge in another region.


Women and children from CALD backgrounds

We provide an inclusive service for women and children from CALD backgrounds who have experienced family violence, and also males from CALD backgrounds who have experienced sexual assault. We have access to interpreters if appropriate; through VITS we engage female interpreters who reside outside of Geelong. We share the name of the interpreter with the client to ensure she does not know the interpreter. The client will identify her needs and her children's needs (with children's input as appropriate) and the worker will work with her to achieve her goals. We can call or email inTouch directly on behalf of the client in order to refer them, or we can support the client to phone the service, so the client is in control and empowered.


Here is the Change the Story clip, which provides a clear illustration of how gender inequality leads to violence against women:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLUVWZvVZXw


Kerry Tucker
Gender Equity Officer
Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault | Minerva Community Services



3. The City of Greater Geelong Women’s Swimming Program 2017.

WHEN: Sunday 22 October to Sunday 17 December (9 week program)

TIME: Sunday 7.15pm–9.15pm (centre opens at 7.00pm, doors locked at 7.30pm, centre closes
at 9.15pm)

WHERE: Waterworld, Corner Melbourne and Cox Roads, Norlane

COST: • $5 per adult, per session (16+ years old)
• Free for girls 12–16 years old
*Must show proof of age (School ID)

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: Swimming, aqua aerobics, use of spa and sauna.

WHAT TO BRING: Bathers, towel

PLEASE NOTE
• This program is not suitable for children under
12 years of age.
• Join the program at any stage.
• No creams, oils or body lotions are to be used.
• Women must wear suitable bathing attire.
• City of Greater Geelong Aquatic Regulations must
be followed.

FURTHER INFORMATION
• Veema Mooniapah 5272 4840
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• Jenny Scarlett 5275 1909
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4. Headspace 10 year Birthday Event, November 3rd.            

This year marks 10 years of operation of the headspace Geelong service, WOW! To celebrate this amazing achievement, headspace Geelong's Youth Future Crew are busy planning a FREE community event for young people to enjoy.
Join us on Friday November 3 at the Courthouse Youth Arts from 5-8pm for a FREE screening of the Disney Pixar film, Inside Out! Did we mention there will also be a load of FREE FOOD?! Pizza, slushies, cotton candy, popcorn and lolly bar! Plus door prizes!
We can't wait to see you there, bring your friends!

RSVP to Lauren on 0400 096 058 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the headspace Geelong Facebook event.


5. With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding.

Seed Funding Overview

Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation, through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. The My Choir program is about building supportive networks, strengthening diverse communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.

Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time. With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors, rehearse weekly followed by supper and perform at community and corporate events.

To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of seed funding grants of $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the $10,000 seed grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir.

Success is determined by our unique “Health of Choirs” indicators that measure member engagement and participation through our personalised program App. During the first six months one of our program staff will mentor the organizing committee to interpret the indicators and use them to focus their efforts to lay a strong foundation for the choir to succeed, be socially inclusive and build community wellbeing and inspirational outcomes for participants.

In addition (and separate to the initial $10k seed grant) individual communities may also apply for an allowance of up to $2,500 to support their conductor travelling to Melbourne to participate in the conductor training workshops to be held in early 2018.

How the With One Voice program works
With One Voice programs are set up and ran by local volunteers using the resources and materials provided by Creativity Australia. By establishing a local community choir under the auspices of Creativity Australia (as a registered charity) you hold a licence that enables the choir to raise funds to support projects and initiatives at a local level. The choir is set up as an unincorporated association under the umbrella of Creativity Australia. This includes an independent bank account which is jointly managed by the local choir volunteers and Creativity Australia.

Priority
Funding is not prioritized for any particular group or type of organisation, however, there is a set of criteria that applicants must meet. Please see the information pack that can be downloaded from the website for more information

Limitations.
The organising committees of With One Voice Choirs must represent the community and applications will be assessed based on their diversity and/or plan to achieve diversity. If you would like assistance on whether or not your group or organisation would be suitable to help establish a With One Voice choir, please contact Creativity Australia. Please note, local and state government are not eligible to apply.

Applications / Guidelines
Applications Open: September 17
Applications close: November 4
Application methods: Online
Website: http://www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/
Guidelines: https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.formstack.com/uploads/2294141/40401159/349838398/40401159_information_for_starting_a_with_one_voice_program_7-9-17.pdf
Application: https://creativityaustralia.wufoo.com/forms/with-one-voice/


6. Exploring Barwon - Getting to know your area .

You are invited to attend the November Exploring Barwon seminars. The next two sessions will focus on:
Trauma - Vicarious & Self Care and Client Trauma            

Topics covered will include:
• What is Vicarious Trauma
• Self-care and support
• What is the impact of trauma on the brain and body
• Practical ways to work with clients impacted by trauma

When: Thursday November 23, 1 to 3pm.

Venue: Level 5, B Side, State Government Offices Corner Little Malop and Fenwick Streets Geelong

This is a FREE training session facilitated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Local Connections Unit and the Department of Justice and Regulation as a part of the Exploring Barwon – getting to know your Area project.

For more information and to RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Please circulate to your networks and contacts where relevant.
Please note that there have been changes to the security access of the level 5 meeting rooms. A DHHS/DJR staff member will be at the ground floor B side lift to provide access from 12.45pm until 1.05pm. If you arrive later please proceed to level 2 for assistance.



7. Crossing the Line: Australia’s Secret History in the Timor Sea.

Kim McGrath the author of this great book will be in Geelong on Saturday 18 November 2017 4pm – 5pm: speaking at the Word for Word Non Fiction Festival at the Geelong Library.

            With explosive new research and access to never-before-seen documents, Kim McGrath will discuss her powerful exposé of Australia’s secret agenda in the Timor Sea. She will discuss her compelling story which exposes the ruthlessness of successive governments’ pursuit of valuable resources.

http://www.wordforwordfestival.com.au/session/crossing-the-line-australias-secret-history-in-the-timor-sea/



8. Starting the Conversation.

Starting the Conversation' is an inspiring that short film focuses on the strength and resilience of Aboriginal people, particularly when faced with the challenge of gambling addiction.

Click here to view the film.            


9. Looking for an office/ work/community Space in Norlane?

Corio-Norlane Uniting church is looking for a long term user for their hall, known as the Dorothy Thomson Centre, situated at 10 Wendover Avenue, Norlane.

The main building measures approximately 35mx8m. Layout is one principal room adjoining a smaller room with a kitchen, several accessible toilets, small office, plus several small multi use rooms.

There is also a fenced garden with raised garden beds at the rear of the building with access from inside the building.

They would ideally like to partner with a community organisation with costs negotiable depending on use.
Please contact Rev Peter Jewell on 0419 165473.



10. Social Housing Volunteer Awards Now Open.            

Nominations to recognise outstanding social housing tenants in the Frances Penington and Molly Hadfield Awards are now open.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today called for nominations to help recognise public and community housing tenants who have contributed to their community by working as volunteers.            

The awards acknowledge tenants who work as volunteers with a community group, agency or charity or who have supported people in their local area. Last year, 30 tenants and six groups were nominated including a volunteer with more than 25 years of experience in advocating for public tenants.
Marlene McKay received the Penington Award for her work as Secretary and occasional chair of the Park Towers Housing Tenants Association where she developed material for her neighbourhood in different languages, and trained and mentored other tenant volunteers.

The award honours the late Frances Penington, a Commissioner of the Housing Commission and the first woman appointed to the board of a statutory authority in Victoria. She was a strong advocate for public housing tenants, particularly for women living in housing estates.
The Molly Hadfield Award is named after the late Mary (Molly) Hadfield who was a founding member of the Housing for the Aged Action Group. It recognises the contribution made by public and community housing tenants in supporting older community members.
Last year, the award went to the Let’s Get Together Group, a team of volunteers that formed in 2003 when older community members identified the need for local activities and outings for elderly tenants.

For more information on how to nominate someone for these awards visit www.housing.vic.gov.au/frances-penington-and-molly-hadfield-awards or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


11. Beyond Pink and Blue: challenging gender stereotyping from the early years.

As part of the Barwon Month of Action to stop men’s violence against women and children, a panel of expert speakers will discuss the effects on children and society of rigid gender stereotyping in the early years.

The panel will explore the origins of the gendered nature of violence. Speakers include:
• Jess Boccia, Social Worker and Mother
• Professor Glenda MacNaughton, Early Childhood Practitioner
• Dr Michelle Smith, Lecturer in Children’s Literature

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

This event is free but booking is essential – see www.grlc.vic.gov.au/whats-on/beyond-pink-and-blue-challenging-gender-stereotyping-early-years

When:Tuesday 31 October 2017
Time: 6.00 -7.30 pm
Where: The High Ground, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Level 5, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong.



12. Dementia – Managing the Changes – workshop.

Who is the program for?
Family carers who need information & support managing the changes occurring as a result of dementia .

Overview
The aim of this workshop is to enable carers to better understand the changes caused by dementia and how best to manage these changes as they occur. It also covers the role of effective communication and will introduce a problem solving approach as tool for dealing with these changes.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this session, it is anticipated that participants will have gained a basic understanding of:
• What dementia is
• The effect dementia may have on the behaviour of the person with dementia
• Strategies for effective communication
• Understanding of changed behaviours and what might trigger these behaviours
• The problem solving approach as a means to address behaviours of concern
• Coping strategies and support options for carers

Places are limited, please book early to avoid missing out.

When: Thursday 23rd November, 2017 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Bellarine Community Health Centre, Drysdale
21-23 Palmerston Street, Drysdale

Booking: For registration and fee information please visit
https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/vic/education-and-consulting/family-information-and-support
or contact the Geelong office on 5229 6979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



13. Did you know that the Viva Energy Role Model Grants are now open and taking applications?

Each year not-for-profit organisations such as yours are invited to apply for grants of up to $5000 to assist with programs addressing one of three significant challenges - mental illness, substance misuse and breaking the poverty cycle through education.
Grant applications are judged on overall community impact and the ability to make lasting changes for those involved.

This year’s applications close on November 20.

For more information, and to submit your application visit our website.



14. New Report: Jobs availability snapshot 2017
(Anglicare Australia)

This report shines a spotlight on what the job market is really like for those facing the greatest barriers to work – people who may not have qualifications or experience to draw on, those trying to re-enter the workforce after a long break, or those living in regional or remote areas. http://apo.org.au/node/115071



15. New Report: Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choice.
(National Centre for Vocational Education Research)

This research summary brings together the key findings from two research projects looking at the aspirations, intentions and choice of students considering vocational education and training. The research investigated student’s post school career and education aspirations, the drivers influencing behaviour, awareness of vocational training options and career pathways, as well as how choices are made in a competitive training market. Implications for schools, vocational training providers and government policy are identified in this summary. http://apo.org.au/node/115496

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