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Investing in a better world - U Ethical Information Session

Date: 26 October 2021
Guest speakers: David Brennan (U Ethical)

Find out how your organisation's money can achieve the financial and ethical objectives of your neighbourhood house.

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Vaccine Mandate for Victorian Workers

Date: 12 October 2021
Guest speakers: Brett Pomroy (Blax Group)

Find out more about the Public Health Order which mandates vaccinations for Victorian workers, including those who are employed by or volunteer for neighbourhood houses. 

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Victoria's Vaccination Program Update

Date: 9 September 2021
Guest speakers: Steve Clancy and Liz Bongetti (Department of Health), Brett Pomroy (Blax Group)

An update on Victoria's vaccination program, the best ways to respond to vaccine hesitancy, and industrial relations implications.

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Financial Wellbeing Services 

Date: 2 September 2021
Guest speakers: 
Bill Burn (Services Australia)
Matt Jones (Department of Environment, Water, Land and Planning)
Rebecca Wringe (Good Shepherd)
Daniel Crotty (Brotherhood of St Laurence)
Georgia Lenton-Williams, Claude von Arx (National Debt Helpline)
Karl Barratt (Consumer Policy Research Centre)
Mary-Lynn Griffith (Whittlesea Community House)

The aim of this session was to provide neighbourhood house staff with a quick overview of the range of financial supports/products currently available to community members who are struggling financially throughout the pandemic – and to provide them with resources to refer them on to these services.

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Chatty Cafe Australia

Date: 23 August 2021
Guest speakers: Glenys Reid and Helen Boulton (Chatty Cafe Australia), Melanie Tighe (Highett Neighbourhood Community House)

The aim of Chatty Café Australia is to help connect communities and increase social interactions by getting people chatting at their favourite local neighbourhood social venues.

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Children's Services Regulatory Changes 

Date: 4 August 2021
Guest speakers: Cate Harris and Karen Cullen (Department of Education and Training)

Find out about the new regulatory requirements for children's services that commenced in May 2020, and other changes that will commence on 1 January 2022.

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Launching the Carer Friendly program

Date: 23 June 2021
Guest speakers: Sarah Crisp (Carers Victoria)

Find out about the Carer Friendly program, a partnership with Carers Victoria, designed to make neighbourhood houses more informed, compassionate and welcoming spaces for people with unpaid caring responsibilities.  

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NHV Assist Information Session

Date: 10 June 2021

Find out about the recently introduced HR/IR service NHV Assist, meet the team, and see how they can support the behind the scenes operations of your neighourhood house. 

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No Interest Loans referral process for Neighbourhood Houses

Date: 8 June 2021

Find out the new simple way in which neighbourhood houses can refer low income community members to Good Shepherd's No Interest Loans (NILs) program.

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Feed Appeal Grants

Date: 23 March 2021
Guest speakers: Katherine Gokavi-Whaley (CEO Feed Appeal)

Find out about the Feed Appeal grants which are offering organisations up to $50,000 to expand existing food insecurity programs.

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Localising the SDGs: Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

Date: 10 March 2021
Guest speakers: Andrew Leigh MP (Federal Shadow Assistant Minister for Charities and Non-for-Profits), Matt Pfahlert (CEO of Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Academy Australia)

This discussion focuses on the impacts of COVID on the economy and society, and how social enterprises are championing social and economic change in local communities. 

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Making climate action a priority in 2021

Date: 8 February 2021
Guest speakers: Kate Phillips (Museum Victoria), Mike Flattley and Rena Singh (Royal Society of Victoria)

Find out how your neighbourhood house can take local action on climate change in 2021 through this exciting new partnership with Museums Victoria and the Royal Society of Victoria.

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Localising the SDGs: Goal 5 Gender Equality

Date: 8 December 2020
Guest speakers: Gabrielle Williams MP (Minister for Women, Prevention of Family Violence and Aboriginal Affairs), Tanja Kovac (Gender Equity Victoria)

This discussion focuses on domestic violence.

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Maintaining a COVID-Safe Neighbourhood House

Date: 24 November 2020
Guest speakers: Professor Joan Catford, Steve Clancy (DHHS)

As we begin to reopen after months of lockdown, it's important that we do this safely so we can stay open. 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 neighbourhood house.

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Localising the SDGs: Goal 2 Zero Hunger

Date: 16 November 2020
Guest speakers: David McNamara (Foodbank Victoria), Mitchell Bowden (Child Family Community Australia)

This discussion looks at tackling hunger and food insecurity in local communities, and showcases what neighbourhood houses across Australia are doing to address this.

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Localising the SDGs: Goal 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.

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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. 

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Localising the SDGs: Goal 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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