CoPP | GOV | UPDATING | Community Sector News | September 2022

 [Edited extract from public address]

This month features great learning opportunities for LGBQTIA+ and Transgender Awareness, free KN95 masks and hand sanitiser for community organisations and special events like the Port Phillip Seniors Festival and National Carers Week. 

 Training and Professional Development 

VIC | TRVI | TRAINING | LGBTQIA+ & Transgender Diverse Awareness | Friday 4 November 2022 | 9.30am-12.30pm

This hybrid training is part of the Port Phillip Community Training Calendar and delivered in person but also accessible online.

The first half of this training provides an overview of LGBTIQA+ communities, issues and concerns and the second half delves into more detail about trans and gender diverse communities. We provide recommendations and tips for working with LGBTIQA+ and TGD clients, customers and staff.

This training is delivered by Transgender Victoria (TRVI) and the trainers will be Nicole Shaw (they/them) and Zoe Walder (she/her).
  • Where: Council Chambers, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda & online
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential, online through Trybooking

VIC | CAVI | WEBINAR | Carers Sector Seminar Series | September-November 2022 | 1.30-3.30pm

These free Carers Victoria (CAVI) seminars offer opportunities to people working with carers to expand their skills and understanding. Workshops include;
See the Carers Victoria website for information and bookings.

VIC | WHISE | WEBINAR | Menopause and How To Manage | Wednesday 28 September 2022 | 11am-12.30pm

Women's Health in the South East (WHISE) will be hosting a panel of esteemed guest experts:
  • Dr Fatima Khan, menopause specialist at the Epworth and member of the Australasian Menopause Society
  • Jodie Belyea, founder and Managing Director of the Women's Spirit Project 
  • Mary Crooks, AO and Executive Director of the Victorian Women's Trust
The discussion will examine the impact of menopause on people's health and wellbeing, including their sexual health and desire, their employment and relationships, and people's experiences of seeking support and treatment within the healthcare system.

Community members, stakeholders and partners including primary care providers and specialists, health promotion practitioners and policymakers are welcome to attend.

VIC | VALS | TRAINING | LGBTIQA+ Ageing and Aged Care Awareness | Wednesday 28 September 2022 | 10am-1.15pm

The Val’s LGBTIQA+ Ageing and Aged Care (VALS) training session provides an introduction to supporting and working with older LGBTIQA+ people. This program is delivered via Zoom and is for Victorian based staff working across CHSP and/or supporting older people in the community or care settings. 

The session will introduce participants to the following:
  • LGBTIQA+ identities, communities, terminology, definitions & history
  • Key aspects & issue of LGBTIQA+ ageing
  • An introduction to LGBTIQA+ inclusive practice
This session is funded through CHSP sector support and development, and is for Victorian based staff open to a maximum of 4 participants per organisation.
  • Where: This interactive sessions is delivered via Zoom - the Zoom invitations will be sent only to registered participants prior to the training session.
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: email

VIC | VALS | TRAINING | Celebrating Older LGBTIQA+ People - Providing Inclusive Events & Activities | Tuesday 4 October 2022 | 2.30-4pm

Older LGBTIQA+ people face a range of barriers in accessing mainstream support services as they age. In this 1.5-hour event, Val's will provides information focusing on the need to provide LGBTIQA+ inclusive and relevant content, celebrations and activities in mainstream ageing and aged care programs. Providing LGBTIQA+ content and activities is a fantastic step in providing a genuine welcome to older LGBTIQA+ people.

We will provide some ideas and strategies that services can integrate into their existing programs that will be inviting and welcoming to LGBTIQA+ elders as well as other service users, and information about community supports specifically for LGBTIQA+ elders. A resource outlining interesting and relevant activities and celebrations will be provided to each participants.

This interactive sessions is delivered via Zoom - the Zoom invitations will be sent only to registered participants prior to the training session.

This session is funded through CHSP sector support and development, and is for Victorian based staff and is open to a maximum of 4 participants per organisation.

AUST | NUEN | GRANTING | IAP2A Australasia Certificate in Engagement scholarship program | applications now open

Nurture Engagement (NUEN), a partnership program offering scholarships for virtual training, has been established by the IAP2 Australasia Board to support small not-for-profits by offering their staff and directors the opportunity to complete the IAP2 Australasia Certificate in Engagement. The Program is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations who meet the specified criteria and that are accepted as program partners.

How to apply?

 COPP | CELEBRATING | 2022 Seniors Festival | 1-16 October 2022 

Look forward to a City of Port Phillip festival (COPP) full of inclusive, free, informative and celebratory events and activities. The full festival program will be available in mid September 2022. The following events are currently accepting bookings:

LAUNCHING | Seniors Festival and Celebrating 22 Years of the Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC) | Ageism Awareness Day | Friday 7 October 2022 | 2-5.30pm

Celebrate positive ageing with an Afternoon Tea-dance, Musical Entertainment, Cabaret and Disco. This event is a recognition of City of Port Phillip’s Older Persons Advisory Committee (OPAC) 22nd Year.

David Sharples (DK, Soul DJ) is an entertainer and radio presenter with years of experience in England and Australia. Join DK, Soul DJ for a fun afternoon of Musical Entertainment, Cabaret and Disco. This event will feature the U3A Port Phillip Male Voice Choir, Ballroom Dancing ensemble and a disco including all your favourite Motown, Soul and Pop from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
  • Where: Port Melbourne Town Hall Auditorium 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential 
  • Bookings: essential, contact Simone Jamieson Tel: 03 9209 6260, Mob: 0403 904 092 or email

HARMONISING | Bring It Home | Thursday 13 October 2022 | 1pm for 1.30-3pm

This event is presented in partnership with The Victorian Seniors Festival, the City of Bayside, City of Glen Eira, City of Port Phillip and City of Stonnington councils.

Bring it Home flier (PDF 724 KB)

Bring it Home encourages older people to dress up to the nines and step out to have a great time. Bring it Home features high quality live music, special guests, stories, belly laughs, sing-along, dancing, radio plays, interviews and more.

Bring it Home is social and participatory and there will be invitations to participate through harmony singing, dancing, or joining the band to play the famous pig-o-phone. Audience members can be as visible and involved as they choose, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the party atmosphere! The Bring it Home Line up for this event is: Karen Davitt, Boris Conley, Steve Grant, Pete Slipper, Wilbur Wilde, Rebecca Barnard, Alison Ferrier, Patrick Cronin, Valanga Khoza.
  • Where: St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street St Kilda
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential 
  • Bookings: You can book for yourself or for a group. When you book please use the following code: PORT PHILLIP; Mob: 0421 853 266 or email

PRESENTING | Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing Awards 18th Year | Sunday 16 October 2022 | from 2-4 pm

Join us for this enjoyable session of literature including the announcement of the Judges Awards. As we celebrate 18 years of local writers, special guests will read from a selection of this year’s entries.
  • Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle St, St Kilda
  • Cost: Free but bookings essential
  • Bookings: Contact Simone Jamieson  Tel: 03 9209 6260; Mob: 0403 904 092 or email

CELEBRATING | Welcoming Week 9 to 18 September | Thursday 15 September 2022 | 6-7pm

The City of Port Phillip is hosting a Welcoming Week event on Thursday 15 September from 6 to 7 pm at Space2b in St Kilda, featuring a performance from John Wayne Parsons and light refreshments from Flavours of Syria.

Welcoming Week (9 to 18 September) is an annual international campaign that celebrates communities that strive to be more welcoming to all people.

Welcoming Week is an initiative of the Welcoming Cities network which supports councils to build communities where everyone can belong and participate in social, cultural, economic and civic life.

 Other Programs & Initiatives 

COPP | HEARING | Your Say: South Port Uniting Church Mission's Future Partnership Priorities | submissions close Tuesday 20 September 2022 

South Port Uniting Church Parish Mission is inviting any interested local organisations, groups and associations to participate in this 10-minute online survey to help shape the parish's distribution of funding, access to facilities and potentially other in kind support/resourcing which strengthens our community's resilience from 2023 onwards.

We want to know the best ways we can genuinely partner with others who are making a difference for people experiencing economic and social vulnerability in the City of Port Phillip. By participating in this survey, you can help identity gaps, priorities and opportunities for us to potentially work together in the future. There is also the opportunity to pitch an idea for a currently unfunded project or initiative where you think there is potential for a partnership to be developed.

All participants in the survey will receive a report back of the key findings from this consultation process, which could be useful in forming an evidence base for advocacy work or funding applications for your group/organisation. You may also be contacted by South Port Uniting Church for a follow up discussion to explore partnership in 2023.
For any further enquiries, please contact South Port Uniting Parish Mission Partnerships Steering Committee member Mia Cox via email

VIC | ANTAR | CALLING | Submissions for ANTaR Film Competition | entries close on 31st October 2022

ANTaR are having a film competition! It’s open to all ages and films can be between 1-5 minutes.

The theme of the competition is “What does Tomorrow Australia look like, in the context of reconciliation?” 

There will be a public big-screen event for finalists, so don’t miss out on this chance to have your film seen by an audience! Finalists will also get the chance to chat with one or more of our First Nations judges - Minelle Creed (Award winning journalist), Tait Brady (internationally acclaimed filmmaker) and Richard Frankland (award winning filmmaker and musician.)

COPP | PPCG | OFFERING | Free Tax Help Program | from August to October 2022

Port Phillip Community Group runs a Free Tax Help Program for eligible residents of the City of Port Phillip. If you earn under $60,000, do not have your own ABN or receive income from investments, then you may be eligible for assistance.

PPCG has volunteers offering face-to-face appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, as well as remote appointments on Tuesday evenings. 

Volunteers are trained and supported by the Australian tax Office and the program is proudly supported by the City of Port Phillip.
  • Get in touch to book your appointment on Tel: 8598 6600; email or visit website

COPP | MAC | CALLING | For Nominees to Multicultural Advisory Committee | nominations close 18 September 2022

Passionate about supporting the voices of multicultural communities?

The City of Port Phillip is inviting interested residents, organisations and groups to apply for voluntary positions on Council’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.

The Committee provides advice and feedback to Council on opportunities and issues that affect all multicultural communities in the City of Port Phillip.

COPP | LILO | LOOKING | For Local Multicultural Music Acts

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unique and wide-reaching challenges for our City's live music sector. It is our priority to support musicians, bring audiences back safely, and assist our venues with recovery.

Live n Local (LILO) database of featured artists is a resource to help event organisers program exciting and diverse live music events featuring local talent. Artists featured in the database are eligible to be booked through the Locals Playing Locals: Live Music Support Scheme.

We're inviting musicians from all genres and levels of experience to list your act by filling out the form and your information and contact details will promoted on our website for potential gigs and bookings.

COPP | PPCG | DISTRIBUTING | Free KN95 Masks and Hand Sanitiser for Community Groups or Schools

Are you a community organisation or school?

The City of Port Phillip, in partnership with Port Phillip Community Group, have on offer free packets (of 10) KN95 masks and 500ml of hand sanitizer.
  • Please call Lou on 0408 307 997 to arrange an order and collection time. Collections are on Mondays and Wednesdays. 

COPP | PROFILING | Christchurch Community Centre

We are celebrating the coming of Spring at Christ Church Mission Community Centre and are looking forward to the promise of new beginnings along with all the great activities that are taking place at the centre.

Following the daunting covid era and lockdowns it has been a real triumph to reopen our programs to the community. While our Emergency Support program and Evening Meals continued in a limited fashion during the past 2 years, our community members are much happier now to be able to enjoy our Thursday evening, sit down, 3 course meal where it is not only delicious and nourishing but a great opportunity to meet with friends and have a chat. We understand that not everyone is feeling super confident yet, so we still offer a take away meal option.

The kitchen garden is preparing for the new season with fresh herbs and vegetables ready to be planted out for our kitchen as well as potted up to sell at our next Plant Sale - the ‘Little Nursery’ social enterprise will sell plants on the first Saturday of each month at our ‘mini market’ in the Church grounds.

In partnership with Port Phillip Community Group, we offer an introduction to Hospitality and Horticulture training courses. The courses run for 7 weeks during school terms. Participants are providing positive feedback with some of the graduates enjoying the success of securing employment and new volunteer positions. Trainees are supported by qualified trainers and mentors to help them to achieve their goals. Graduates may also assist in the Open House meal preparation and serving or join in the Garden Nomads program, where we have a number of local residents in need of a little help to manage their gardens.

The Patchwork and Quilting group meet on every second Monday and they recently held an exhibition. The exhibition was an opportunity to show case their incredible talent, especially the participants who joined the group with little, if any experience at all. It was a great success, with the Quilts beautifully displayed in the Church setting.

All of this takes place with the generous help provided by wonderful people who volunteer their time and skills. We are more than happy to chat with anyone who has an interest in our programs and we are also interested in new ideas for more affordable, social activities. So, if you have some time to spare and would like to arrange a time to have a tour of the centre please contact us:
  • For more information email or Tel: 9534 9250


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Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182