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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hosting regular catch ups via Zoom to keep our members connected and informed.

Localising the SDGs: SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities

Date: 30 September 2020
Guest speakers: Steven Portericker (Goddard Riverside, New York), Nyadol Nyuon, Kathryn Coff  (Nalderun Education Aboriginal Corporation)

This discussion looks at the Black Lives Matter movement and the implications for Australia at a local level.


JobKeeper 2.0 (September update)

Date: 23 September 2020

The ATO has released the new regulations for JobKeeper 2.0 so Cameron is here to update you on the latest information and answer your questions. 


Localising the SDGs: SDG 3 Good Health and Well-being

Date: 9 September 2020
Guest speakers: David Perry (Neighbourhood Houses Victoria), Kara Mansley (Redland Community Centre), Melanie Tighe (Highett Neighbourhood Community House)

Social prescribing enables GPs and allied health care professionals to refer patients, whose health or mental health is affected by non-medical factors, such as housing, financial stress, health literacy, loneliness or social exclusion, to non-medical support services. This discussion will be the focus on current and potential future links between social prescribing and neighbourhood houses. 


JobKeeper 2.0 (August update)

Date: 24 August 2020

The Federal Government has announced that JobKeeper will continue past September for two periods, October to December and then January to March 2021. Potentially eligible organisations will need to retest eligibility at the beginning of each of these two periods. Find out all you need to know about JobKeeper 2.0 and ask any questions you may have of our Chief Finance Officer Cameron MacRae.


Creating masks to combat the spread of COVID-19

Date: 24 July 2020
Guest speaker: Bronwin Ballantyne (Flourishing Communities)

The incredible team at Tassie Face Mask Project, with the help of some 350 volunteers, have delivered 9,000 masks to organisations across Tasmania and Victoria - ensuring masks get into the hands, and onto the faces, of those who need them most. The Tassie Face Mask Project is run by the not for profit organisation, Flourishing Communities Inc. Co-Founder Bronwin Ballantyne will join us to discuss the project and provide some tips on how neighbourhood houses can replicate it in their own communities.


Supporting financially vulnerable community members

Date: 2 July 2020
Guest speaker: Sandra Kington (Salvation Army Moneycare)

Due to the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19, many in our communities are now finding themselves financially vulnerable, whether it be due to loss of, or reduced, employment, or struggling to keep their own local businesses afloat. The resulting impact this will have on the mental health of individuals and families is significant.

To help people take control of their finances, we are partnering with the Salvation Army to host some online community sessions for community members in the near future. To get Managers and staff informed prior to these sessions, we are hosting this introductory session with Salvation Army Financial Counsellor Sandra Kington to talk about Moneycare, the Salvation Army's financial assistance program. 


Looking to the future: a post COVID world

Date: 24 June 2020
Guest speaker: Marcus Barber

Almost overnight, neighbourhood houses were forced to transform their service model in response to the coronavirus pandemic. From developing working from home arrangements and moving classes online, to takeaway food deliveries, and embracing new technologies as a way of staying connected to communities – it has been a steep, yet highly beneficial learning curve. It’s forced our sector out of its comfort zone by pushing us to experiment, develop and innovate.

As we start to re-open, a new normal arises. It’s time to look to the future, taking in all we’ve experienced in the last three months, and how we can apply it moving forward. This session with Strategic Futurist Marcus Barber will challenge you to consider the bigger picture and how your organisation can navigate and thrive in a post COVID world.


Creating a COVID-safe environment

Date: 10 June 2020
Guest speaker: Profession John Catford (DHHS), Cat Strawa (VMIA)

With neighbourhood houses beginning to re-open, it’s important that we all do this safely to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and community members.

Public Health Specialist Adviser for the COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Professor John Catford, will provide advice on how to maintain a COVID-safe environment for your organisation, including the actions taken when a person that has been to your neighbourhood house tests positive to COVID-19. We will also have Cat Strawa from VMIA to provide an overview of your insurance cover.


Trauma-informed community change

Date: 20 May 2020
Guest speaker: Tom Mulvaney and Sarah Waters (Family Life)

Recent events such as the bushfires and coronavirus will leave many in our organisations and communities feeling anxious, distressed and possibly traumatised.

Tom Mulvaney and Sarah Waters, Family Life will discuss key considerations for the provision of trauma informed interventions with community members, and briefly unpack the neuroscience behind trauma and how trauma presents behaviourally in individuals and also across broader community systems.


Neighbourhood House Week morning tea

Date: 13 May 2020
Guest speaker: Minister Luke Donnellan and Andrew Fuller

After a full-on couple of months changing the way we work to respond to COVID-19, its time to reconnect. Find your favourite cup, pop on the kettle and join your fellow colleagues from across the sector for Neighbourhood House Week. Including a message from Minister for Child Protection; Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan, an update from DHHS and special guest speaker, clinical psychologist Andrew Fuller, covering resilience and positive psychology during a pandemic.


Food relief during COVID-19

Date: 30 April 2020
Guest speaker: Angie Davidson-Slater (Reservoir Neighbourhood House), Heidi Butler-Moore (Glen Park Community Centre), Vicki Coltman (Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre)

Food relief and meal support is an essential service which many neighbourhood houses continue to provide during COVID-19. For the most vulnerable in our communities, this service is life altering.

The way we normally deliver these services has had to change to ensure the safety of volunteers, staff and community members - this includes moving to delivery or take away options. Hear from three houses about the measures they've put in place, the challenges they have faced, and what they've learned from this experience so far.


Leading a remote team

Date: 16 April 2020

Specifically for neighbourhood house staff who have a leadership role which includes the management of staff/volunteers, our HR Officer Jennie will provide advice on how to effectively manage your team remotely during this period of COVID-19.