COPP | THIS | The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network Resumes and more | May 2022

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Connecting and strengthening communities through inclusion and partnerships.

The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network Resumes Quarterly Meetings | Thursday 26 May 2022 | from 1-2.15pm

The Port Phillip Volunteer Coordinator Network (PPVCN) meets quarterly to discuss all thing volunteering. It's an opportunity for Volunteer Coordinators to offer and receive peer support, share resources, learn from guest speakers and build capacity in the volunteering sector of Port Phillip.

This meeting will be in held person and the theme is Better Together. The agenda items will include a round table introduction by members and a guest speaker from Volunteer Victoria to talk about membership and training.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall Training Room, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda (meet in the foyer)
Bookings: essential via Trybooking.

If you are interested in being a member of the network, please email Simone.

Ageism Awareness Session | Wednesday 15 June 2022 | 11am-12noon 

This session is part of the City of Port Phillip Community Training Calendar 2021-2022.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Prevention Day. Join members of The City of Port Phillip’s Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC) to learn about ageism, a key driver of elder abuse. Now in its 22nd year OPAC works with Council to advocate on all matters relating to the health and wellbeing of older residents.

In August 2021, The City of Port Phillip formally endorsed a Notice of Motion to support the EveryAGE Counts campaign a grassroots campaign of individuals and organisations dedicated to highlighting the social, economic and civic impacts of ageism, and building an Australia that no longer tolerates it. Delivering Ageism Awareness Sessions for our community is one-way Council demonstrates its ongoing commitment to ending ageism. The session has been co-designed and by members of OPAC and is based on a session developed by Maroondah City Council.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall Training Room (meet in the foyer), Ground Floor, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Bookings: essential via Trybooking
Upon booking you will be provided a pre-session workbook and question sheet that will need to be filled out prior and brought to the session.

Victorian Pride Centre and Star Health Tour and Information Session | Monday 20 June 2022 | 2-3.30pm 

This session is part of the City of Port Phillip Community Training Calendar 2021-2022.

Join a member of the Victorian Pride Centre (VPC) team as they take you on a tour of the Pride Centre, which incorporates spaces that are not normally open to the public. Learn about the building’s design, the resident organisations inside the Pride Centre, and bookable event and work spaces, while also having an opportunity to explore the Pride Gallery.

The Star Health Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub on Fitzroy Street supports the increased demand for mental health services, and to relieve pressure on existing specialist and general practice services.

The service provides short to medium term support to anyone having a difficult time or feeling overwhelmed and is available to individuals of any age and is accessible for all Victorians, regardless of visa status.

Consumers can receive psychosocial and wellbeing support for up to 6 months. Generally appointments are weekly to fortnightly. Star Health have an assertive outreach approach where they can meet consumers in their office (Fitzroy Street, St Kilda), their home or the community

Where: The Victorian Pride Centre with Star Health, 79-81 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Bookings: essential via Trybooking

LGBTIQ+ Training Sessions

Free online training sessions for healthcare professionals focused on creating safe and inclusive environments.

WHISE, in partnership with Thorne Harbour Health, is delivering two free, online capacity-building sessions for healthcare and community service professionals, to enhance the regional workforce capacity to respond to the unique needs of LGBTIQ+ clients and ensure service provision is inclusive.

The sessions are targeted at a wide variety of healthcare and community service professionals including general practitioners, nurses, practice managers, other allied health professionals, Youth Service workers, Maternal and Child Health staff, and staff working in the prevention of violence against women, as well as response. It is encouraged that all partners and stakeholders share this important work, by promoting the events widely through social media, email communications and other network meetings.

There are two sessions available. Please note it is not a requirement to attend both sessions, although it is strongly encouraged:

LGBTIQ+ cultural sensitivity and awareness | Thursday 12 May 2022 | 6.30-8.30pm
The first session is focused increasing participants' understanding of the social determinants of LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing outcomes, improving participants' understanding in meeting the needs of LGBTIQ+ consumers and creating an affirming and inclusive service environment.
Bookings: You can register via Eventbrite

Trans and Gender Diverse inclusive practice | Thursday 26 May 2022 | 6.30-8.30pm
The second session is focused on increasing participant's understand of and ability to apply the legislative and legal requirements to respect and recognise gender identity, increasing confidence in developing and implementing trans and gender diverse policy and practice recommendations and creating cultural safety for trans and gender diverse consumers.
Bookings: You can register via Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about the event, please email Laura Riccardi (Sexual Reproductive Health Promotion Officer) 

Out & About SPARK Conversations

Out & About invites you to join a series of free events for trans and gender diverse people over 50.

The Out & About SPARK Conversations are an opportunity for skill-sharing and peer support around reconnection and story.

Public speaking & accidental activism (with Ben MacEllen) | 6 May 2022 | 2-3.30pm
Join Ben MacEllen (comedian, writer, public speaker and performer) as he shares with us his experience of public speaking and accidental activism as a transgender man from rural Victoria. Presentation and Q&A plus time for networking and discussion.

Connecting together in COVID times (with Hunter) | 13 May 2022 | 2-4pm
Brotherboy and veteran Hunter joins other trans and gender diverse people over 50 to share ideas and strategies for connecting with our peers in the context of COVID. This session will include time for networking and discussion as well as sharing techniques and skills.

Venue: Victorian Pride Centre (and online)
Bookings: Register online for one or all of these free sessions via Eventbrite or for more details call Meredith on 0466 218 921

Quirky Port | Thursday 19 May 2022 | 8-9pm, this is an online event

This event is presented by the City of Port Phillip Arts and Heritage team.

Join Janet Bolitho on this virtual tour and experience local creativity in art and design manifested on local streets, gardens, walls, balconies, doors and gardens.
Bookings: essential through Trybooking - Quirky Port

Urgent Call Out: Volunteering Opportunities in Port Phillip Community Group Programs

Port Phillip Community Group (PPCG) provide a range of centre-based and outreach programs and services to address complex issues. Services and programs includes information, referral and support; emergency relief, material aid and financial counselling; skill development and pathways to education and employment; social inclusion events and more.

There are many urgent volunteer roles that need to be filled at PPCG, so if you have volunteers who are looking for more work or know of any members of the community interested in volunteering please touch base with PPCG on the details below. The roles are:

  • Filling the roles for Front Desk Support Volunteers – up to 5 people across various morning or afternoon shifts throughout the week between 9.30am and 4.30pm at 161 Chapel St, St Kilda. Please see position description for more information.
  • Warehouse and packing support for our Share The Food program – up to 5 people to work on Mondays between 9.30am and 4.30pm at the Port Melbourne warehouse site. Please see position description for more information.
  • A volunteer role for Alma Road Community House (ARCH) Communications Support as - one person on Tuesdays at 200 Alma Road, East St Kilda. Please see position description for more information. 
Anyone interested in applying can fill in an Expression of Interest found on our volunteer web page, or by email or by calling us on 8598 6600.

The Young Carer Project for school aged children

Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation, supporting young people who provide unpaid care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age.

In every classroom across Australia, two to three students will have a caring role. The Young Carer Project (TYCP) believes in a school community where Young Carers have equal access to educational opportunities as their peers. We work in schools across Victoria and Queensland to deliver workshops and education around Young Carers and how we can best support them in their school lives.

Here's a great 3 min video that dives more into the schools program.

Young Carers can apply for support by fill out this application form by themselves or with their trusted teacher or well being officer.

Carers Victoria Sector Seminar Network Series

An invitation to staff, volunteers and professionals working in the design or delivery of support services for Victorian carers.
Carers Victoria invites you to join them for our 2022 Sector Seminar Network series. These seminars are designed to provide an opportunity to gain knowledge and improve capacity in the delivery of carer services.

Each seminar will focus on a specific theme and will include “What’s New?” and “Let’s Network” sessions which provide an opportunity for participants to share and exchange ideas.

These free seminars are held via Zoom and are open to any paid or volunteer colleagues who are involved in the management, planning or delivery of services to carers.

You can book for the Carers Victoria e-newsletter.

National Standards of Volunteer Involvement Training

This training is online and provided by Volunteering Victoria

Cost: FREE (supported by VMA funding)

This workshop guides participants through the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015), Australia’s best practice roadmap for volunteering professionals.

Topics covered include: developing and reviewing of organisational policies, attracting and retaining volunteers and how to gain recognition and commitment to volunteering across the broader organisation.

Two sessions available: 11 May 2022 or 17 August 2022.

Bookings: essential via Volunteering Victoria events calendar.

Linking Neighbours and Seniors Register

This program is funded by the City of Port Phillip.
This program aims to create links between over 55 Port Phillip residents, enabling you to get to know each other and so better support each other.

The Linking Neighbours Program organises a range of outings and activities throughout the year. ie trips, excercise groups, digital literacy workshops and neighbourhood catchups. Once a person registers, their details will be used to mail out information about the activities.

The Seniors Register is for residents who live in the City of Port Phillip. The Register is a confidential and secure list of people's emergency information held at the Port Phillip Council and St Kilda Police Station. The information provided will be used to help emergency services assist you in an emergency situation.

How to register?
Registrations can be completed using the seniors registration form (PDF 78 KB) by filling in the details you would like to have as your record. You need to download the form to your computer to be able to fill it in, then save the form in your name.

Email the completed form to Community Development and Liaison Officer in Diversity and Inclusion, or get in contact for an application form to be sent to you via email or calling 03 9209 6777 via ASSIST

City of Port Phillip (CoPP)
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182