NAVIGATION

NAVIGATION

S2b | UPDATING | Community on Feasting, Dancing, Mending, Wrapping, Volunteering, Exhibiting & Celebrating | February–March 2024

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WISHING | A Happy New Year 

Let’s begin the new year by saying thank you for sticking with us. 
We hope we can count on your support again through 2024

We already have some great events planned and
we hope you can join us for one of these:
 

FEASTING | For Our Friend, Nayran | Sunday 11 February 2024 | 12.30-2.30pm

In October 2023, our beloved chef and owner of Flavours of Syria Café and her family experienced a terrifying home invasion. As of today, they have received no help, no counselling nor any support to repair the damage. Join us for a lunch to show our support to a wonderful family. 

KEEPING | Fit Bollywood | 5 x Mondays, starting 5 February 2024 | 10-11am

Why not start your week off with a fun, energetic keep fit dance class?! Join Keerthana for five weeks where she will take you through a step-by-step dance workout, get fit and have fun!
 

MENDING | Clothes with Japanese Sashiko Workshop | Saturday 24 February 2024 | 10.30am-12.30pm

As part of Melbourne Fashion Festival Independent Programme and back by popular demand! Come along to a relaxing and fun workshop and learn how to give your clothes a second life with the talented Japanese sewer, Maoko Carroll.
  • Where: Space2b Social Design, 144 Chapel St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
  • Cost: $95
  • Bookings: online via S2b website
 

TURNING | Heads with Its A Wrap Headscarf Workshop | Saturday 2 March 2024 | 11am-12.30pm

Embrace your inner Queen! Learn how to confidently wear a head scarf in a variety of styles. As part of Melbourne Fashion Festival Independent Programme, Space2b is running this fun-filled workshop, hosted by the wonderful Abouk Girr.

CALLING | Volunteers to Join Our Shop Team | Saturdays

Thanks to everyone who's contributed to Space2b and in particular long standing volunteer and sewing extraordinaire Fiona - who's heading off to study this year. We will miss you!

Want to join us and be a part of the team?
If you can sew that's a bonus!

EXHIBITING | Dignity – a Solo Exhibition by Angelina Mirabito | Tuesday 30 January–Saturday 2 March 2024

The Dignity Exhibition celebrates art's power to transform the way we experience public and private spaces. The presence of art in daily life can have a dignifying effect, regardless of who we are or our story. Art can create meaningful connections and remind us of what's possible.
  • Where: Space2b Artspace, 144 Chapel Street, St. Kilda
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CELEBRATING | Festival Africa | Sunday 17 March 2024 11am-5pm

Space2b & Astral African Market presents a celebration of african cultures. Music, dance, food, craft, art and more.

Together we make a difference!

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Space2b Social Design (S2b)
Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182
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VTMH | WEBINAR | Medicate or contemplate? The time constraints of the system | Tuesday 12 March 2024 | 10.30am–12.00pm

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While person-centred care models include these domains, workers often feel ill-equipped to support people in these aspects of their lives. 

This reflective peer group allows mental health practitioners to deepen their understanding about spiritual diversity, which can include beliefs, values, traditions and practices.
 
In partnership with Spiritual Health Association (SHA), Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) is pleased to offer more opportunities for mental health practitioners to identify and explore challenges when spirituality or religion comes up during encounters with consumers.

Sessions in this series are for practitioners working in publicly funded mental health programs across Victoria. This includes staff based in clinical mental health services, community-managed services, as well as people working within mental health programs in community health and human social services. Unfortunately, these discussions are not open to students on clinical placement. 
  • Where: Online via Zoom — details to be sent to registrants in advance
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential as spaces are limited. Please register early to secure a place. More information or register

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Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
Address: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Level 1, Bolte Wing, 14 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel: (03) 9231 3300

VTMH acknowledges it is located on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Woiwurrung (Wurundjeri) peoples of the Kulin Nation. We know this land has history, custodians and stories spanning tens of thousands of years. We celebrate and recognise the First Peoples’ continuing connection to the land and water, and pay our respects to their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.
In a spirit of reconciliation, we commit to walking the journey of learning and healing together.

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Womens Shelter, Animal Refuge, First Nations funerals, Cultural and Environment Conservation

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NT | GWS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Women's Shelter

Galupa Women's Shelter (GWS) have raised two thirds of what they need to protect women and babies at Galupa and to help them stay on their homeland. 

With Jan 26 coming up, Gayili shared with me that she hopes we can all have a peaceful day where we can walk together and celebrate the Country that we are on.

If you can, we know the women and babies at Galupa will be overjoyed if you can support them for Jan 26. Let's amplify the incredible work of Gayili tomorrow by sharing her story with friends and family! 

Gayili has a message for you that you can watch on her campaign page.

Gayili is an award winning humanitarian and is credited for turning the suicide rate in the area from the then highest documented in Australia - to zero.

Together, let's help Galupa Women's Shelter to continue its irreplaceable work across the region protecting First Nations Women and their Children, who like anyone else in this country are entitled to live safely and with dignity.

VIC | JDFS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Farm Sanctuary

This is an urgent appeal on behalf of J&D Farm Sanctuary (JDFS) and their newest rescue, sweet baby Gloria. 

The poor girl was found in one of the worst situations you could imagine, both her back feet had been torn off, she was left to die with infection, maggots, extreme pain, and the inability to walk to find food and shelter.

Funds raised so far have been a god send to this small sanctuary, but they need to arrange specialist surgery ASAP and it won't be cheap.

Debbie from the sanctuary shared:
"Life at the sanctuary is overwhelming, but the calm and gentle nature of beautiful Gloria makes it all worth it. She knows we are helping her now so she is such a little darling letting us change her dressings. She is recovering well, but we need to get her into surgery as soon as possible. We would really appreciate any support as we have so many other special needs animals to care for."
J&D Animal Sanctuary are left with a significant veterinary bill. Gloria's future depends on the kindness of people who feel that her life is worthy. They have been told that with the right support she can live a long happy, and pain free life!

Can you help show J&D Sanctuary and Gloria some love?

Your support means so much.

VIC | VAFS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards FREE funerals for vulnerable Aboriginal families

Victorian Aboriginal Funeral Services (VAFS) never leave a family with the financial burden caused by the death of a loved one. They offer their culturally safe funeral services irrespective of the families ability to pay.

"We are devastated to announce that our hearse has been written off due to a battery malfunction. Without it, we can’t continue offering free funeral services to the most vulnerable families in the Aboriginal community - families coping with deaths in custody, homelessness, suicide, loss of children, or family violence in a culturally safe way.

We cannot count the number of loved ones we've laid to rest over the 50 years. We've touched the lives of every Aboriginal family in Victoria. We urgently need your help to continue our vital work."

All Aboriginal people deserve a funeral that respects culture, family and the unique community protocols for burying Aboriginal people. 

Your contribution will directly impact their ability to provide cultural farewells Aboriginal community members. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will bring them one step closer to the new hearse they so desperately need.

Don't celebrate, donate. Share this campaign with a friend who wants to show respect, rather than celebrate Jan 26 this year 

WA | SOS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Saving Our Songlines: stand up for Murujuga

Last year, Raelene Cooper won a case in the Federal Court that stopped Woodside conducting seismic blasting of sacred Sea Country. Two months later, Woodside started seismic blasting anyway because the federal regulator waved through a new approval. Emissions from the project are a death sentence and are already eroding the world's largest collection of ancient rock art.

Rosemary Island is just one treasure of many at risk in the Burrup - it is home to a globally significant nesting population of threatened hawksbill turtles.
"The gas industry is trying to say it shouldn’t have to consult adequately with First Nations people. This is a system that is deliberately set up to fail us.
Currently, our state and federal governments are both working to make changes to their regulations to make it easier for industry to destroy my Country. Meanwhile, on my Country at Murujuga, Woodside’s Burrup Hub and the Perdaman chemicals urea plant are destroying our sacred sites while the federal Environment Minister sits on a major cultural heritage review that we demanded.
We need your help to fight harder than ever to protect the Burrup, sacred Murujuga rock art sites and songlines."
Will you stand with Raelene in this fight to protect sacred Murujuga rock art sites, songlines and the future of our planet?

Save our Songlines (SOS) is a campaign coordinated by Murujuga traditional custodians fighting to protect Country through community organising and strategic legal and media action. 

Don't celebrate, donate. Share this campaign with a friend who wants to protect sacred Country, rather than celebrate Jan 26 this year.

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Team Chuffed
Address: Level 2, 60 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Website

We acknowledge and pay respects to the First Nations People of Australia, the land in which we live and work. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal people and pay respects to Elders past and present.

ECCV | ANNOUNCING | Pre-Budget Submission 2024-25

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 We are pleased to begin the new year by sharing ECCV's Pre-Budget Submission 2024-25.

The past year has seen the worst cost of living crisis in Australia in over two decades. Migrants and refugees have been hit particularly hard, and our submission calls for a targeted approach to address the unique barriers our diverse communities face in accessing support.
 
Our submission also highlights the rise in racism and vilification, including the visibility of the far right in recent years, and its impact on our communities. We call for the implementation of anti-racism measures as a priority, particularly at the institutional level.
 
Key recommendations in our Pre-Budget Submission 2024-25 include:
  • Tackling inequalities exacerbated by the rising cost of living by investing in public housing, making utility, food and emergency relief accessible for people regardless of visa status, and funding community organisations to train and employ bicultural outreach workers.
  • Creating lasting systemic change by committing priority funding to implement the Victorian Anti-Racism Strategy, including expanded funding for local government and community anti-racism initiatives.
  • Supporting jobseekers from diverse backgrounds into sustainable employment via the implementation of a Multicultural Employment Strategy.
  • Investing in core funding for regional ethnic communities’ councils and peak multicultural organisations to continue to identify and coordinate responses to key issues across regional Victoria.
  • Backing for First Nations and multicultural communities to co-design and implement strategies that strengthen relationships between communities.
  • Investing in support for older people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to live in culturally safe and responsive accommodation.
Thank you to everyone who shared their experiences, ideas and insights as part of our consultation process. We encourage you to share this submission with your networks and support us in advocating for meaningful budget commitments to address the needs of our diverse communities.

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Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV)
Address: Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road, Coburg Vic 3058
Tel: (03) 9354 9555

ILF | REFLECTING | January 26 and Connecting Up

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What is January 26 and why is it important?

January 26 is a difficult day for a lot of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. While many people believe that it celebrates the arrival of Captain Cook on the shores of Botany Bay, the day actually marks when Arthur Phillip raised the British flag at Warrane (Sydney Cove) in 1788.

The Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the Traditional Owners of Warrane (Sydney Cove), have never ceded sovereignty to the British nation. In order to claim ‘Australia’, the continent was labelled as ‘terra nullius’, meaning ‘land belonging to no-one’.

The hundreds of vast and complex Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations and Societies were characterised as ‘flora and fauna’. This date also marks the beginning of a process of genocide that directly impacted all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It is for this reason that many people find the celebration of January 26 outdated and offensive.

However, for some First Nations Peoples, it is just another day. Others celebrate it. 

Some call it the Day of Mourning, Invasion Day, or Survival Day, recognising the incredible strength and resilience of First Nations Communities who have continually fought against colonisation. These ideas also honour the Ancestors who have fought for the survival of their languages, cultures and Countries. Everyone will have a different view about what this day represents, how they feel about it, and what should be done. 

Did you know that January 26 was marked as a Day of Mourning by First Nations people before it was a national holiday called Australia Day?

Connection

Many First Nations people throughout Australia use January 26 as an opportunity to connect with others in their Community. People gather at events throughout the country to sit down together, yarn, reflect, and connect. 

Nationally, there are many events to honour the strengths of First Nations Peoples and Communities.

Many non-Indigenous people show their solidarity and support by attending these events and joining in on important conversations about First Nations peoples’ hopes for the present and future.

It is these collective gatherings that are not about January 26 itself, but about celebrating connection to people and place.

They are opportunities to build relationships and bring people together, centering culture.

It is also an opportunity for all Australians to listen to and engage with First Nations knowledge systems.

Other Ways to Engage

If you are looking to engage with these things, there are numerous ways to get involved. Check out this extensive list of protests, festivals, dawn services and more throughout the country. If you are based in Sydney, you can also check out ILF Ambassador Anita Heiss’ play, Tiddas, at Belvoir Theatre, or listen to some live music at the Powerhouse Museum at the Blak Power House event. You can also check out the Australian Museum’s extensive exhibitions.

Watching for little ones and families 
Watching for adults 
Whatever way you engage with January 26, make sure that culture, inclusion, and connection are centred.

LAUNCHING | New Tote Bags

We are pleased to announce that we have launched four new tote bags with illustrations from Country Tells Us When… a story dedicated to the lands, languages and peoples of the Kimberley region. 

The tote bags showcase the ngamagarri (white cockatoo), the yari (humpback whale), jurru (snake), and an illustration of Buru (Country) from the book.

All funds support our programs in remote Communities. 

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Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
Address: 17/207 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tel: (02) 9280 0644
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PWR | SHAPING | A Path Forward: Exploring "Faith, Democracy & Our Common Future" | Throughout 2024

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2024 has been designated by many civil society organizations as “The Year of Democracy”. 70+ national elections and 50+ local elections are engaging over 2 billion people and shaping the future of the world this calendar year.

In 2024, the Parliament of the World's Religions is building on the call to action of our 2023 Convening, Defending Freedom and Human Rights, by hosting FOCUS24 | Faith, Democracy, and Our Common Future: Shaping a Path Forward, a year-long initiative that commits our attention to the collective concern for human rights and freedom.

Grounded in the Parliament's foundational document, "Towards a Global Ethic," FOCUS24 puts into action our shared commitments to solidarity, compassion, and respect for life by offering programs that foster collaboration and civic engagement in the many critical elections taking place around the world in 2024.

Those gathered at the 2023 Convening recognized the interdependence of our futures and the responsibility that each person has for shaping that future through a shared commitment to interfaith dialogue, civic engagement, and democracy. And now it's time to shape a path forward with FOCUS24, an initiative that examines what is at stake in these elections, provides an in-depth guide to the critical issues, and explores the values and beliefs that guide people of faith.

What is FOCUS24?

FOCUS24 is a year-long series of integrated online events featuring leading figures in democracy, freedom, civil society, civic engagement, and mobilizing people of faith.

At the core of this initiative is our commitment to working together with experts, community members, and PoWR stakeholders to develop a rich experience that prioritizes network-building, strategy mobilization, and learning.

The FOCUS24 series aims to bridge the gap between the lectern and the participant by committing to a community-first approach. Our programs offer a unique opportunity to be in dialogue WITH experts and each other.
All participants registered for the full FOCUS24 series will be added to PoWR’s FOCUS24 Community Hub and enjoy real-time dialogue with participants throughout the year. Via the Zoom messenger app, participants can share resources, screen captures, images, messages, and more.
We know the threat, we know the challenge, we know how important people of faith are in our common future. Now, it’s time to shape a path forward. And we can’t do it without you.

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Parliament of the World's Religions (PWR)
Address: 70 East Lake St., Suite 230 Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: (312) 629-2990

VMC | UPDATING | Community, News and Information | Wednesday 24 January 2024

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Welcome to 2024! 

I hope you all had a break and an opportunity to have some quality time with family and loved ones. I'm certainly looking forward to working alongside you to strengthen the bonds that make our state so special. 

It is Australia Day week and it’s a time when many Australians are recognised for their contributions and service to the local community, state and nation. It’s also a day celebrated with friends and family or a day where we are recognised as citizens of this country. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it can be a challenging day of trauma, pain, mourning and ongoing injustice. So be mindful and respectful of what the day and week mean and commit to ongoing education to ensure greater understanding, recognition and respect for the First Peoples’ 60,000-plus years of rich history and their rights for justice and better outcomes.

As is often correctly cited at the beginning, the new year promises both opportunities and challenges, and I know that together in unity and collaboration we will overcome the challenges and protect, nurture, respect and enhance our multicultural diversity.

One opportunity is Cultural Diversity Week. Victoria's multicultural celebration which will run between 18th and 24th March 2024, under the theme "Our Shared Stories – Celebrating Together”, and will also mark the UN International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21st March. I encourage you all to join the tapestry of experiences and celebrate the beauty of our diverse state share your stories and celebrate together where possible. Get involved in the exciting events and contribute your unique voice to the symphony of shared stories. 

I'm also thrilled to welcome new members to our Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) for 2024. The RACs play a crucial role in connecting the VMC with communities across Victoria, providing invaluable insights and advice on issues that matter most. The first round of RAC meetings will kick off soon, and your active participation will ensure that our diverse voices and lived experiences shape policies, programs and services. 

As we step into 2024, I want to acknowledge the challenges our multicultural society faces. Now, more than ever, respect, unity and understanding are essential. Let's focus on the issues that unite us, create conversation, build bridges and not walls between cultures and beliefs, and be clear that there is no tolerance for any form of discrimination, racism or vilification. While differences on issues will always exist, our overarching commitment to social cohesion must remain steadfast, and we must actively demonstrate leadership, collaboration and harmony through education, understanding, and celebrating diversity. 

As we embark on this year together, I know it will be bumpy but our collective commitment to a successful multicultural society, particularly in Victoria will guide us through these challenging times not just for us today, but for future generations.

Viv Nguyen, Chairperson


 News and Events 

VIC | VMC | SHARING | Your Cultural Diversity Week event with us | Monday 18–Sunday 24 March 2024

As part of Cultural Diversity Week, we are excited to highlight the diverse and vibrant events hosted by councils across Victoria. 

If you're planning an event we would love to promote it on our website and social media! Please share your plans with us at communications@vmc.vic.gov.au

VIC | GOV | ANNOUNCING | More homes and mental healthcare for regional Victorians

More Victorians living with mental health challenges in north-eastern Victoria will have the security and stability of a home and support services thanks to the Victorion Govenment. 

MELB | BOITE | CALLING | Emerging Naarm Musicians to apply for the Portfolio Project 2024 | applications close 5pm AEDT Sunday 25 February 2024

Are you an emerging culturally and linguistically diverse or First Nations musician living in Naarm/Melbourne? 
Consider applying for The Boite music professional development program where you can get support, and performance opportunities, gain new skills and build confidence in a close-knit community.

VIC | GOV | ADVISING | Housing for workers in south west Victoria

The Victorian Government has announced that regional workers in Victoria can access more affordable housing and accommodation.  

VIC | GOV | COMMEMORATING | Victorian women to be honoured in public art

The Victorian Government has announced significant investment for inspiring women to be honoured in public art across the state. 

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Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)
Address: Level 3, 1 Macarthur Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9651 5901

CoPP | CAMU | CALLING | Interested Caring Mums volunteers to information evening | Tuesday 6 February 2024

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Helping ensure no woman is alone as she travels on her journey through motherhood.

The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) provides emotional support and reassurance during a time of change for all mothers through its Caring Mums program.

NCJWA is calling out for more Caring Mums volunteers who want to help make a difference in empowering and enriching the lives of mothers.

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National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) 

CoPP | PPLS | CALLING | All LEGO legends | Sunday 28 January 2024 | 10am–1pm

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Come along to St Kilda Library and help us celebrate National LEGO Day.

The team from Brick Kit will be bringing along an 11 metre racetrack for everyone Ages 5+ to test out their LEGO racing cars and see how fast they can go. 

All LEGO will be supplied on the day at this free event which also marks the relaunching of our LEGO clubs for 2024.

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Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
City of Port Phillip
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
Telephone: 03 9209 6655

VIC | GOV | HEARING | Your Say: on Two City of Port Phillip projects | closing 23 February 2024

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Victorian Government consultations on City of Port Phillip projects will commence in February.

Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area Development Contributions Plan
The Department of Transport and Planning is seeking your views on the proposed approach to funding essential infrastructure for urban renewal in Fishermans Bend.

Engage Victoria: 'Making Montague' Precinct Implementation Plan
The Department of Transport and Planning has released the draft ‘Making Montague’ Precinct Implementation Plan for public consultation and engagement.

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Engage Victoria
Victorian Government's Online Consultation platform

CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Animal Refuge, Farm Transparency Project, First Nations Stories and Rainforest buy back

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VIC | JDFS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Farm Sanctuary

J&D Farm Sanctuary (JDFS) and Gloria's story started out as a lamb found in one of the worst situations you could imagine, both her back feet had been torn off, she was left to die with infection, maggots, extreme pain, and the inability to walk to find food and shelter.

Without the help of a caring passerby, Gloria would have died in that paddock all alone. She has now been given a second chance at life.

Upon arrival at J&D Farm Sanctuary, Gloria was whisked off to the vet where it became clear that she needs a lot of help to live pain free and aided support to walk. Gloria's short term needs are dressings (a lot of them), pain relief, antibiotics and a custom wheelchair to keep the pressure off her legs to allow the wounds a chance to heal.

In the next 5 months (until Gloria is fully grown) she will need x-rays, specialists consults, likely surgical amputation to shorten the bones, and prosthetics for future mobility.

J&D Animal Sanctuary are left with a significant veterinary bill. Gloria's future depends on the kindness of people who feel that her life is worthy. They have been told that with the right support she can live a long happy, and pain free life!

Can you help show J&D Sanctuary and Gloria some love?

Your support means so much.

AUST | FTP | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Farm Transparency Project 

Capturing heartbreaking animal cruelty in Australian farms, new hidden camera footage from a slaughterhouse shows ‘sustainable beef’ cows shot with a rifle up to eight times before losing consciousness and forced into the kill room using a hammer and a metal pipe. Investigators also captured footage of workers jabbing sheep and cows with painful electric prodders, including in the face and genitals, as well as beating, kicking and throwing sheep to the ground.

One cow is documented crying out in pain after having been shot in the head multiple times, while others become stuck in the stunning box and have their head crushed in the machinery, while they continue to display signs of consciousness.

It's not acceptable – these animals deserve better.

Farm Transparency Project (FTP) is calling on the Government to immediately suspend the operating license of all the facilities where illegal activity has been uncovered, and to immediately order mandatory, publicly accessible CCTV in all licensed slaughterhouses. So far, the released footage has helped to permanently close one slaughterhouse and started a parliamentary inquiry into animal welfare. 

By donating today, you can empower them to continue their vital work pushing for meaningful change for these animals – if we don't stand up for them, who will?

Let's be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

AUST | OGM | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Truth Telling from Yolŋu Elder

Dr Djiniyini Gondarra OAM is a senior Yolŋu elder, ceremonial lawman, clan leader and a profoundly influential spiritual and political freedom fighter for his people for over 45 years. 

An award winning documentary about his life and legacy was released last year, but the 90 minute film merely scratched the surface.

With your help, over 50 hours of footage will be turned by Our Generation Media (OGM) into an extensive library of educational resources that can be used for generations to come.  

Any donation of $50 will receive free lifetime access to watch Dr Gondarra's films Our Generation (2010) and Ḻuku Ngärra: The Law of the Land (2023). 

Don't celebrate, donate 👉 https://chuffed.org/campaign/truthtellingwithdrgondarra/
Share this campaign with a friend who wants to learn, rather than celebrate this year.
 

QLD | GRT | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards helping buy back Daintree Rainforest land

The Daintree Rainforest and its traditional custodians, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people, need your help to buy land back. 

Shockingly, blocks of land in this precious 120 million year old rainforest are still available to purchase and develop for housing. 

With your help, the Gondwana Rainforest Trust (GRT) will purchase, protect and restore this block of Eastern Kuku Yalanji Country, saving it from residential development.

So far, they have helped to return 160,000 hectares of land back to Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. 

But they are just getting started!

The successful purchase of this block will be a massive win for rainforest conservation, and one that the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will be forever grateful for (so will the endangered southern cassowary).

Share this campaign with a friend who wants to give land back, rather than celebrate Jan 26 this year.

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Team Chuffed
Address: Level 2, 60 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Website

We acknowledge and pay respects to the First Nations People of Australia, the land in which we live and work. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal people and pay respects to Elders past and present.

CHGR | CALLING | All teachers and business leaders for a Truth Telling Workshop | 13 or 14 February 2024 | 9am–12.30pm AEDT

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Following the result of the 2023 referendum, people have been asking 'where to from here?'. Truth Telling is a great place to start. 

This February marks 16 years since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised to Australia's First Nations people on behalf of the Australian people. To coincide with this anniversary, we are running a series of Truth Telling Workshops for business leaders and teachers. They are deep and insightful workshops and participants will leave with a greater understanding of our shared histories.

Join us on the morning of either 13 or 14 February to take part in truth telling. Truth Telling Workshops have limited places. Register now to secure your attendance.

Where: Children's Ground office, Naarm, 145-151 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181

Teacher PD Truth Telling Workshop | Tuesday 13 Feb 2024 | 9am–12.30pm AEDT

Business Leaders Truth Telling Workshop | Wednesday 14 Feb 2024 | 9am–12.30pm AEDT
  • Cost: Business $1,000, Not for Profit $500
  • Bookings: via Humanitix

Kele mwerre (thank you)!
Thank you for walking with Children’s Ground. It’s possible to end entrenched disadvantages within a generation. Be part of this change by supporting Children’s Ground and walking alongside First Nations children and families.

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Naarm Address: 145-151 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181

Children’s Ground acknowledges and honours First Nations peoples, paying respect to Elders past and present as custodians of this land. In Melbourne we work on the land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. In Central Australia we work on the land of the Arrernte People. In the Top End of the Northern Territory, we work on the land of the Bolmo People. In Darwin, we work on the land of the Larrakia people.

CHGR | WEBINAR | Invasion Day Discussion | Thursday 25 January 2024 | 12noon AEDT

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In the lead up to Invasion Day, join Children’s Ground for a significant online discussion to unpack the meaning of this date, self-determination, agency and the importance of implementing First Nations designed and led solutions across every facet of society.

Leading the conversation will be an esteemed panel of First Nations educational experts who have dedicated their lives to education and leadership.  

After an undeniably challenging year for First Peoples, in Australia and overseas, this conversation will look to the solutions, the strength and vision of our communities and the future for our children. It will explore exciting reform and the continued fight for an end to systemic disadvantage through First Nations self-determination. 

Panellists include:
  • 2024 NT Senior Australian of the Year, Yolŋu teacher, linguist and community leader, Yalmay Yunupingu 
  • Alyawarre woman and Associate Professor Batchelor Institute, Kathryn Gilbey 
  • Moderated by Children’s Ground Director of Strategy and Gunggari woman, Stacey Campton
Invite your friends and networks to join you at this lunchtime webinar. 
  • Where: Online 
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: For more information and to register:

Kele mwerre (thank you)!
Thank you for walking with Children’s Ground. It’s possible to end entrenched disadvantages within a generation. Be part of this change by supporting Children’s Ground and walking alongside First Nations children and families.

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SKFF | SCREENING | St Kilda Film Festival a matter of pride | Wednesday 7 February 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF) is proud to be part of the 2024 Midsumma Festival with an encore screening of LGBTIQA+ short films at the Victorian Pride Centre. 

The one-off SKFF Pride Showcase session on 7 February will feature a fantastic selection of short films from SKFF’s sold-out Pride Without Prejudice sessions held over the past three years. 

Beautiful cinematic lines, moving relationships, avant-garde commentary, inspirational personal documentary and raucous comedy are all part of the journey skilfully crafted by LGBTIQA+ filmmakers. 

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St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF)

MIFE | ENGAGING | Midsumma Festival | Sunday 21 January–Sunday 11 February 2023

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The Midsumma Festival is here!

Port Phillip is bursting with pride with the return of the much-anticipated annual Midsumma Festival, taking place from 21 January to 11 February.

Our neighbourhoods are home to some of the biggest and best Midsumma events. From theatre, cabaret and visual arts to parties, community events and, of course, the iconic Midsumma Pride March.

The annual Pride March will turn St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street into a sea of colour and solidarity for gender and sexual diversity on Sunday 4 February.

City of Port Phillip Council is a longstanding supporter of the Festival, and Midsumma, as Australia’s premier LGBTIQA+ arts and cultural organisation.

Our City is proud to play host to 22 days of pride summer celebrations with a jam-packed schedule of local Midsumma events and participating venues listed on our What’s On St Kilda and Surrounds website.

We will raise the inclusive progress pride flag high over St Kilda Town Hall at our annual flag-raising ceremony to demonstrate our commitment for Port Phillip to be an inclusive City for all members of the community.

The ceremony is at 4 pm on Tuesday 30 January on the front lawn of St Kilda Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend, and for those who can’t, a livestream can be viewed on our Facebook page.

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Midsumma Festival (MIFE)
Address: Hanover House, 158 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006
Tel: 03 9296 6600

CSAS | EXHIBITING | Queer Connections: Celebrating LGBTIQA+ history in Port Phillip | from Friday 2 February 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

An exciting new exhibition exploring Port Phillip’s rich queer history through the lens of its most iconic venues and events.

Take a trip through the decades and uncover new stories from some of your favourite local enterprises - past and present - including Cafe 31, Mandate nightclub, and the St Kilda Midsumma Pride March.

Discover the people, places and moments that helped shape and cultivate contemporary queer culture and the trailblazers, experimentation and glamour that exemplify the pride of Port Phillip's LGBTIQA+ community.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) and Queer-ways and it is set to land at the Carlisle Street Art Space just in time for Midsumma Festival. Make sure to add this one to your list of festival ‘must sees’.

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Carlisle Street Arts Space (CSAS)
Open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5 pm. Closed Public Holidays
Located just inside the main entrance of the St Kilda Town Hall

CoPP | RLHG | GUIDING | Rippon Lea Estate Bird Spotting Tours | Sunday 21, Monday 29 & Wednesday 31 January 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

Rippon Lea Estate is recognised as a leading biodiversity hotspot and a haven for birds and other wildlife.

A new bird spotting tour will allow people to explore the 14 acres of gardens with a volunteer guide and the aid of a new book, 'The Birds of Rippon Lea Estate Bird Spotter Guide'.

Whether you’re a birdwatching expert or a novice, the tour will give you a new appreciation of the stunning biodiversity of this magnificent 19th century estate.

Port Phillip residents have free access to the gardens at Rippon Lea Estate.

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Rippon Lea House and Gardens (RLHG)
Address: 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick Victoria 3185
Tel: 03 9523 6095

CoPP | ADAPTATION | Preparing for climate change over a board game | Saturday 20 April 2024 | 10am–2pm

[Edited extract from public address]

City of Port Phillip is thrilled to bring The Adaptation Game (TAG) board game to our community. It's a playful workshop for Port Phillip residents to connect and prepare to be more resilient to climate change.

TAG is based on real science about how climate change will affect Port Phillip. You get to play out ways to prepare and protect your home, family, community, and environment.  

This is a co-operative game where all the players work together, so you don’t have to be “good at games”. You will play with three other people, and there will be a facilitator running your game, making it as easy as possible.

Come for the game, stay for the connections, and learn how you can make a meaningful contribution to your community’s resilience.
  • Where: St Kilda Town Hall
  • Cost: Free
  • Inclusions: Lunch will be provided
  • Learn more

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Address: St Kilda Town Hall, 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Website: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

SKF | CELEBRATING | St Kilda Festival | Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 February 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

The first fabulous St Kilda Festival headliners have been unveiled ahead of the full two-day program announcement on 17 January.

St Kilda Festival’s diverse program features live Australian music, dance performances, workshops, sports demonstrations, community group activities, food and market stalls, extended business trading, roving entertainment and a dedicated family-friendly stage.

The First Peoples First day on Saturday (17 February) will be headlined by renowned neo-soul artist Mo’Ju.

Headliners for Big Festival Sunday (18 February) include popular electronica, hip hop and indie-pop musician from Brisbane, Mallrat, and the much-loved Sydney electronic musical duo Bag Raiders.

Renowned as one of Australia’s largest and longest-running free music and cultural events, the Festival brings significant economic benefits to St Kilda while celebrating and promoting Australian talent.
St Kilda Festival (SKF)

BLSC | WELCOMING | Respect and remembrance at heart of We-Akon Dilinja ceremony | Friday 26 January 2024 | from 5.45 am

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St Kilda’s spectacular foreshore will be the backdrop for the dawn We-Akon Dilinja mourning reflection ceremony on Australia Day.

This moving ceremony will be presented at Alfred Square by the Boonwurrung Land and Sea Council (BLSC) in partnership with our Council. Support is also provided by the National Australia Day Council.

BLSC N’arweet Jason Briggs says everyone is invited to respect and acknowledge the many thousands of years of the Boonwurrung People’s continuing culture and connection to the land and waters traditionally known as Yuroke.
“The theme this year is Respect, Remembrance and Revival. The mourning ceremony will celebrate through song and performance the resilience of the Boonwurrung People and invite fellow citizens to share the acknowledgement of the past and present - acknowledging what we can learn from the past, rather than being chained by it, in order to create a better future.”
There is no cost to attend and bookings aren’t required. Those who can’t attend can view a livestream.

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Boonwurrung Land & Sea Council (BLSC)
Tel: (03) 9537 2222

VTMH | WEBINAR | ‘Is this a spiritual emergence or a mental health crisis?' | Tuesday 13 February 2024 | 10.30am–12noon

[Edited extract from public address]

While person-centred care models include these domains, workers often feel ill-equipped to support people in these aspects of their lives. 

This reflective peer group allows mental health practitioners to deepen their understanding about spiritual diversity, which can include beliefs, values, traditions and practices.
 
In partnership with Spiritual Health Association (SHA), Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) is pleased to offer more opportunities for mental health practitioners to identify and explore challenges when spirituality or religion comes up during encounters with consumers.

Sessions in this series are for practitioners working in publicly funded mental health programs across Victoria. This includes staff based in clinical mental health services, community-managed services, as well as people working within mental health programs in community health and human social services. Unfortunately, these discussions are not open to students on clinical placement.
  • Where: Online via Zoom — details to be sent to registrants in advance
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings: essential as spaces are limited. Please register early to secure a place. More information or register

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Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH)
Address: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Level 1, Bolte Wing, 14 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel: (03) 9231 3300

PPLS | OFFERING | Library Adult Programs January and February 2024

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SHOWCASING | Summer Sounds Series

Setting the perfect tone in the lead-up to the iconic St Kilda festival, a diverse line-up of talented musicians are bringing the summer groove to St Kilda & Emerald Hill Branches throughout January and February.

St Kilda Library: Velvet Bloom | Wednesday 31 January 2023 | 6.30–7.30pm
Velvet Bloom’s music speaks to the human spirit with an oozing honey pot of silky vocals, lush soundscapes and raw emotion. Fusing delicate songwriting with a luscious and vibrant soul sound that can fill any venue.

Emerald Hill Forecourt: Kekoson | Saturday 3 February 2023 | 12noon–1pm
Experience a Cuban Fiesta in the heart of Melbourne courtesy of Kekoson, widely acclaimed as the country's foremost and most authentic Cuban Son Music extraordinaires.

St Kilda Library: Pirritu | Tuesday 6 February 2023 | 6.30–7.30pm
PIRRITU’s music is a gentle, honest, and melodic personal journey that entices you into the depths of sadness, love, and shimmering hope. PIRRITU’s work honours a cultural journey to connect back to land, language, and family with a continual thirst for deeper understanding of his people and country.
 

HELPING | One-on-One Device Advice | from Monday 29 January 2023

Need help with your phone, tablet or laptop? Device Advice is returning in 2023 with new times and locations! 

Please note: Bookings for the first sessions will open the week of Monday 22 January 2023

Port Melbourne: Mondays 11am–12noon | & | Tuesdays 2–3pm

St Kilda: Tuesdays 2–3pm | & | Wednesdays 2–3pm 

Albert Park: Fridays 11am–12noon 

 

TALKING | English Conversation Café 

Are you interested in improving your English speaking skills and connecting with new people? Join us for our FREE Conversation Café at St Kilda Library, where you can practice English in a fun and relaxed environment.

St Kilda Library Community Room
Returns 30 January 2024
Every Tuesday 1.30–2.30pm
 

SIPPING | Tea and Tech: Everyday Tech Skills 5-week course | From 13 February 2023, Tuesdays | 10am–12noon

Our everyday tech skills program offers fun and interactive weekly group sessions for seniors, to develop their digital skills. You will be supported and encouraged to make the most of your personal devices in a safe and inclusive learning environment. Come along and learn more in Port Melbourne Library.
  • To enroll in this 5-week course contact us via phone on 03 9209 6644 or email libprograms@portphillip.vic.gov.au

TALKING | With Author Graham Willet | Thursday 8 February 2023 | 6.30–7.30pm

Historian Graham Willet highlights the queer history of St Kilda, long known as one of Melbourne’s pleasure grounds.

From lady swimmers and naked bathing, cafes and cruising grounds, Arts Balls and HIV/AIDS Centres... these all form part of a rich history that is not talked about nearly enough. At St Kilda Library
 

HOSTING | Queer Art Club | Saturday 3 February 2023 | 11am–1pm

In celebration of Midsumma, St.Kilda Library is hosting a community art-making event for the queer community to come together to share experiences and stories. 

The relaxed and casual art-making space sees individuals make art from a place of feeling, not aesthetics and is accompanied by good music and better company.  

With sold out weekly sessions in Brunswick, it has gained a cult following and created a community of legends around it.

Now we're bringing it to St Kilda in the St Kilda Library Community Room
 

WEBINAR | Introduction to Solar | Tuesday 27 February 2023 | 7–8.30pm

It can be hard to know what solar setup will suit your home and lifestyle. Join this free Zoom session with our not-for-profit energy experts from Renew to learn more about solar.

In this Online Zoom webinar, you will discover: 
  • the basics of how solar power works 
  • how to make the most of your solar system to minimise bills
  • how to get the right system for your home
  • how to claim financial rebates. 
 

WEBINAR | Summer comfort for renters | Wednesday 7 February 2023 | 7–8.30pm AEST

Just because you're renting doesn't mean you need to swelter this summer. Join our online session to learn how you can slash your energy bills and reduce your energy usage.

Join this free online Zoom session and hear practical tips from Renew’s energy efficiency experts to prepare your home to stay cool throughout summer.

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Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
City of Port Phillip
Address: 99a Carlisle Street, St Kilda, VIC 3182 Australia
Telephone: 03 9209 6655

S2b | GATHERING | Enjoy a Syrian Feast and start 2024 the right way | Sunday 21 January & Sunday 11 February | 12.30-2.30pm

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'Feast for our Friend' is a series of two Syrian lunches in our colourful art laneway in St Kilda. Share delicious food with 20 cool people (like yourself) at this memorable long-lunch.

Our friend and Flavours of Syria Café owner, Nayran Tabiei and her family experienced a tragic home break-in late last year.

At 3am on October 11, three hooded men armed with machetes smashed into Nayran and Majid’s home. They were left injured, traumatised, and confused because despite the damage to them, their property and vehicles, nothing was stolen.

The family were left wondering, Why us?
 
There is something you can do to help them NOW. 
Book a seat for yourself and your friends

All money raised will help Nayran and Majid repair their home and car and provide an opportunity for them to relocate to somewhere they can feel safe. 
 

ADVISING | Shop Opening


We are back baby! Open from Tuesday 16 January 2024 | 10am-5pm
144 Chapel Street, St Kilda

Together we make a difference!

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Space2b Social Design (S2b)
Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182
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CHUFFED | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards First Nations kids, Anti-Logging Protesters and Animal Refuge

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VIC | WAG | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Saving Wombat Forest

Wombat Action Group (WAG) says when the state government announced an "End to Native Forest Logging" in Jan 2024 it failed to mention that there are NO PLANS to end logging in Western Victoria!

This is an urgent call to support this group of activists who are in a race against time to protect native forests from catastrophic logging of critical habitat.
"With timber sources elsewhere being cut-off, we fear that more forests in the west will be opened up for logging. We urgently need permanent protections for the Wombat Forest and across Western Victoria.

If we don't fight this and fast, they will smash and grab every last log from this forest leaving a catastrophic bushfire risk behind."  
The group of activists and citizen scientists need your help to to ensure endangered species are protected from more extensive logging. They won't stop until they ensure the creatures and their habitat are permanently protected.

Can you help this determined group to do all they can to protect this precious forest?

AUST | PATHFINDERS | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Funding a Birth Certificate for an Aboriginal Child

Birth certificates are currency. For some Aboriginal people, their cost is too high.

The links between the stolen generations and the non-registration of Aboriginal births are clear. Many First Nations people are hesitant to reveal their unregistered status, fearing punishment due to the legacy of colonisation. It is also easy to see how poverty becomes entrenched when people are required to pay significant amounts for a document that is mandatory for access to essential services.

Pathfinders Ltd is a not-for-profit company and registered Charity with a large footprint across regional New England North West and Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales. It has assisted more than 19,000 people since 2015 by ensuring Aboriginal people are assisted by mob in the application process. There are still over 100,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who don’t have a birth certificate - please help them keep doors open for generations. 

For 17 years, Dakota Saltner did not exist in the eyes of the government. The teenager was born in the remote Indigenous community of Woorabinda, central Queensland, in 2004 but her birth was not registered. Gaining her birth certificate has been life changing. "Just to have a legal document for myself to know where I come from, and also get other IDs for myself like my driver's licence and other legal documents as well," she said. "It's just given me more options."

Essential services can be taken for granted for those of us who have easy access to them.

Show solidarity and chip in to help Aboriginal people and families get their birth certificate for free. 

VIC | MNCR | RAISING | Awareness, Support and Funds towards Companion Animal Crisis Centre

When families experience an emergency like a bushfire, their furry friends have few, if any, options. Many evacuation centres are unable to accept pets making the evacuation process even more stressful.

Without anywhere to go, these animals may end up either running away or being left behind to fend for themselves in devastating bushfires. 

Maneki Neko Cat Rescue couldn't let that happen again. 

They need our help to create a space where families can entrust the well-being of their pets while they navigate through emergencies like bushfires.

The Crisis Centre will not only safeguard these animals but also offer support and compassion to their human companions. 

By supporting the Maneki Neko Crisis Pet Care Centre, you become an integral part of a movement that values every member of the family, no matter how small or furry.

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Team Chuffed
Address: Level 2, 60 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Website

We acknowledge and pay respects to the First Nations People of Australia, the land in which we live and work. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal people and pay respects to Elders past and present.

CoPP | UPDATING | Community Sector News | 9 January 2024

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Happy New Year 2024 to everyone in the Community Services Sector! May your year be filled with free training and amazing funding opportunities!

The Community Awards nominations have been extended and close on the 19 January 2024. You can self nominate or nominate a community group that deserves to be celebrated. 

 Training and Professional Development 

CAVI | WEBINAR | Carers Victoria Sector Connect Sessions

During 2024 the Carers Victoria Statewide Sector Development Team will be offering online sessions designed to provide an opportunity to find out more about supporting Carers in your community.
  
These free sessions and are open to any paid or volunteer colleagues who are involved in the management, planning or delivery of services to carers.  
 
The dates and registration links for the online seminars are provided below:

 Grants and Funding 

GRANTING | Youth Access Grants have been extended | applications close Sunday 14 January 2023

Youth Access Grants help young people aged 12 to 18 in our community enjoy more recreational activities.

The Youth Access Grant Program has two categories:

Stream one: Get Involved grant
Get Involved funding provides up to $500 for a young person aged 12 to 18 years to participate in recreational activities.

Young people between 12-17 years old need parental consent for their application. In this case, it is the parent or carer's responsibility to manage the funds and provide acquittal report.

Stream two: Recreation Programs grant
The Recreation Programs Grant is available for organisations to apply for up to $15,000. They must provide a free or low-cost recreation program for young people aged 12 to 18 years of age.

 Events 

CELEBRATING | St Kilda Festival is on | Saturday 17–Sunday 18 February 2024

FREE AND ALL AGES

St Kilda Festival is known as Australia’s largest community festival – a celebration of community spirit, Australian talent, and the beautiful St Kilda foreshore.

Since the first St Kilda Festival in 1980, this well-loved annual summer celebration has established itself as an iconic event that brings the community together.

Keep up to date with all the St Kilda Festival News:

 Other Programs 

CALLING | Nominees for Proudly Port Phillip Community Awards extended nominations date | closing 19 January 2024

Proudly Port Phillip Community Awards celebrate the extraordinary community contributions that make us proud to live, work and play in our City. This is your chance to acknowledge the local groups, people and projects that play a key role in shaping our neighbourhoods - the small and the large efforts, the individual and collective efforts. 

Award Categories
  • Port Phillip Citizen of the Year Award
  • Port Phillip Young Citizen of the Year award
  • Sustainability Project/Initiative Award 
  • Community First Award
  • Small Business of the Year Award
Nominations are now open until Friday 19 January 2024. Hard copies of the nomination form are also available from ASSIST customer service counters at the St Kilda and Port Melbourne Town Halls.

All finalists are invited to the awards presentation evening, which will be held on Thursday 14 March 2024.

GETTING | Women back to work with Future Women Job Academy

Jobs Academy is a virtual program that equips women and gender diverse people with the knowledge and connections to return to work and thrive. The program is flexible, self-paced and completely free. 
  • Next intake starting in February 2024
  • Jobs Academy is open to women and gender diverse people, aged 40 years or older. 
  • The program goes for a year. 

RESUMING | One-on-One Device Advice at the Port Phillip Libraries

Back by popular demand, the week beginning 29 January 2024, the Port Phillip Library Service will continue with one-on-one device advice sessions to support older adults with their digital literacy. Sessions are 30 minutes long.

Appointments will only become available to book via Trybooking one week in advance of the appointment date. Bookings can be made in via the library website, by visiting a library or by emailing libprograms@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Sessions available across three library sites:

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

S2b | REFLECTING | Upon 2023 – What A Year

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REPORTING | What we've been up to in 2023

  • 127 newly arrived migrants, refugees & people seeking asylum are on pathways to employment thanks to our support programs.
  • 115 artists were supported through our gallery and art programs.
  • 66 Designers are selling their unique creations through Space2b’s retail outlet. Around 80% are from Culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • 50 hard working volunteers make Space2b the place to be! With an estimated 6450 hours worked this year which is a financial contribution of $225,750!

CELEBRATING | 10 Years

Most importantly we have been around for 10 years and we sure had a fantastic celebration!

What a wonderful celebratory gala dinner it was with over 190 attendees. 

Thanks to Creative Australia Plus1 program that matched every dollar up to $25,000 we managed to raise a total of $57,315!

Special thanks to our MC, Brian Nankervis and JoysSoulMusic & all our generous guests who ensured the night was a great success. How could it not be! 

Thanks to City of Port Phillip Cultural Diversity Fund, 26 newly arrived migrants celebrated the wonderful evening with us!

WELCOMING | New Mural In Our Already Wonderful Laneway 

The brilliant Iranian artist, Leila Ashtiani got to realise her dream and share her traditional skills with the local community.

Thanks to the Palais Theatre, Leila trained 12 local artists in the art of 3d bas clay relief work. 

Thanks to City of Port Phillip, Leila and 5 artist created and installed this wonderful mural celebrating the art and cultural history of Port Phillip.   

EXHIBITING | Art Galore

Our art gallery has been booked out with wonderful exhibitions every month.  March and June are the months that we support our newly arrived artists to exhibit and sell their art.   

Thanks to a 3 year funding from the City of Port Phillip we are able to build our art programs and activities!

Our annual Affordable Art Show is now on (until end of January) funded by our wonderful sponsors, Community Bank Windsor.  Come and have a peak!

EXPERIENCING | Space2b

As some of you know we support newly arrived migrants to thrive through our unique and bespoke program, The Space2b Experience. The opportunities are as unique as the people we work with, designed around real people with real needs and dreams. This year thanks to a 3 year grant ‘Economic Pathways to Refugee Integration’ from the Commonwealth (Department of Home Affairs) 25 refugees and people seeking asylum have been supported.

ACKNOWLEDGING | Support From Our Local Federal MP Josh Burns

Josh Burns and his fantastic team have visited us on numerous occasions to offer advice and support. We talked about visas and settlement and his team offered personal assistance to a group at his office.

We also received a grant to upgrade our shop front and our online shop. Fantastic!
Hop online now and buy some goodies!

 

DEVELOPING | Art & Culture Experience For Corporates

We are developing a new program: ‘Corporate Art & Cultural Experience’ with the support of Community Bank Windsor.  They have kindly piloted the program and are now working with us to develop a sure to be fantastic program!!!

The program will be for corporates, government, NGOs who want fun team building activities with a cultural twist. 
If you know anyone who might be interested give us a shout!


INSTALLING | Urban Canvas Festival – Street Art

This year the wonderful Jah from Port Phillip Council organised a striking street art festival together with 5 other councils. Space2b was one of the participants and we were lucky enough to support 7 artists to paint electricity poles and roller doors as part of the program. What a great opportunity and how wonderful for the neighbours of Balaclava.
Walk around Space2b and see all the new installations!

GATHERING | Makers Market

Together with our friends, the Urban Creatives, the wonderful pair that run the CERE markets (yes we managed to get them down south) we ran 2 makers markets in the laneway. 
Filled with numerous designers and artists selling their precious and lovingly handmade, ethical  goodies. 
Look out for our next African Festival coming in March!

SHARING | Stories

Abouk, a local resident, visited Space2b at a lunch we organised to celebrate EID. Abouk was inspired by the exhibition and it encouraged her to connect with Space2b and begin her journey.  Abouk exhibited at our Affordable Art Show, had her own exhibitions and went on to join our Space2b Experience Program. She trained in the retail space and is now our Retail Manager and Outreach Officer!  
Come on in and say HELLO!
 
Rahila is an artist who arrived in Australia on a spouse visa from Pakistan. She first came to Space2b as an artist exhibiting in our affordable Art Show and later participating in our Face2Face program where she co-created artwork with a professional artist, Sandra Tobias. Rahila wanted to design and import clothing to Australia. Mentored by our wonderful business mentors, Rahila now has her own fashion label, Kolachi, selling at Space2b. Stand out from the crowd!
 
Victoria makes jewellery inspired by her culture. She joined our weekly jewellery meetup group and Space2fly mentoring program. Victoria now makes new designs that locals love!
Victoria has developed her own brand name and stationary. She launched her new brand at a showcase event and now sells at Space2b and other outlets. 
Get your own unique earrings!
 
Genet, a local resident to St Kilda, is an entrepreneur and ideas person. 
Her dream is to sell coffee sourced from her home in Ethiopia, which she says is THE VERY BEST! 
Together with her husband and her mentor, Genet has developed her new brand name - KAFFA GOAT, eco-friendly packaging and roasts some delicious Ethiopian coffee.   
Come and get a taste!

SERVING | Flavours Of Syria

We have a wonderful hidden gem in our laneway - the Flavours of Syria Cafe run by Nayran. Unfortunately, 2023 has been a very hard year for Nayran and her family.
Despite numerous obstacles Nayran, has managed to mentor 6 trainees in the café and supported 5 chefs to cater for our Dinner with Friends program. What an inspiration you are Nayran! Visit her cafe for a unique experience!

THANKING | You

We could not have done it without all our supporters, sponsor and donors.
A HUGE SHOUT OUT TO YOU ALL!
 
Together we make a difference!

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Space2b Social Design (S2b)
Address: 144 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Melbourne Vic 3182
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PWR | ISSUING | A New Year's Message from the Chair of the Board: Reflecting on 2023 and Welcoming 2024 | Wednesday 3 January 2024

[Edited extract from public address]

Jai Jinendra, as we welcome the new year, I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude for what we accomplished in 2023 with the support of our global interfaith community. 

I am honored to continue my work with PoWR as the Chair of the Board in 2024. I will be joined in my work by our dedicated Officers, new and returning trustees, our Executive Director and his staff, and individuals like YOU who are dedicated to the future of our organization.

Join me in congratulating our officers on their re-election for 2024: our Vice Chairs, James A. Lynch, Jr. and Rev. Charline Manuel; our Secretary, Rev. Dr. Scott Stearman; and our Treasurer, Imam Saffet Abid Catovic.

I want to reiterate my welcome and congratulations to the incoming Class of 2026 who began their term on January 1: Tarina Ahuja, Br. Benedict Ayodi, Rev. Rich Havard, Dr. Azza Karam, Annie McKinney, and Dr. Nayana Shah. I hope you will join me in welcoming them and learning more about the importance of their work, their voice, and their commitment to the mission of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. 

Additionally, I extend my heartfelt thank you to the members of the Board that ended their term on December 31, 2023: Naeem Baig, Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Dr. Manohar Singh Grewal, Thomas Lemberg, Ven. Dhammadipa Sak, and Bruce Knotts. Their work over the past three years and during the 2023 Parliament Convening was vital in the success of our conference and the incredible program offerings that shaped 2023.

My deepest gratitude to the 2023 members of the Circle of Patrons: Blouke Carus, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: Founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen, the Charter for Compassion, the Circle of Friends for VRG Vision, the Fetzer Institute, the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion, Steve and Jessica Sarowitz, the Wayfarer Foundation, and Weixin Shengjiao: Sagely Teachings of the Heart. On behalf of the Board and Staff, I offer our deepest appreciation to these greatly valued Patrons for their important support and commitment to PoWR. 

2023 marked a historic milestone for the organization and for myself as Chair. I can’t begin to express what it meant to serve as the first Jain and the first Indian Chair of the Board at a Parliament Convening. The love and blessings that I have received from everyone who stopped to wish me the best at the Convening, has only given me more energy to continue to work in the space of interfaith dialogue and continue to find solutions to our global issues. I invite you all to celebrate the amazing work of PoWR and our communities this year; it would not have been the same without all of you.

In 2023, the Parliament of the World’s Religions:
  • Hosted our most international Convening yet, welcoming 8,200+ attendees from 97 countries representing 218 religious and spiritual traditions.
  • Reached over 2.5 billion people worldwide through the media coverage of our inaugural Parade of Faiths, the 2023 Convening, and the immersive community events.
  • Partnered with the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative to share an urgent plea to protect the Amazon and the human rights of its Indigenous Peoples.
  • Successfully lobbied for recognition of the Parliament of the World’s Religions' historical significance by the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois. 
  • Partnered with the Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement at Seattle University to offer Seeking Religious Literacy, an online course advancing faith and interfaith understanding.
  • Upheld its role of engaging guiding institutions by collaborating with partners at the United Nations and through an interfaith lens addressing the Israel-Hamas War, Nuclear Disarmament,  the Right to a Healthy Environment, and the Vatican’s Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery.
  • Published three supplements to the 2020 report Faith Action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Translated our foundational document Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration into Chinese, Polish, and Spanish.
  • Published a collection of biographies of influential women of faith entitled Women Advancing Knowledge Equity: The Parliament of the World’s Religions.
These accomplishments were made possible by every volunteer, committee member, Convening attendee, presenter, luminary, sponsor, trustee, and subscriber who supported the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2023. 

We came together, celebrated our humanity and each other, and committed to trying to understand each other's perspectives. We looked into each other’s eyes and said, yes, together we can do it. And yet our challenges persist. Our world is facing unimaginable suffering. World conflicts have shown just how fragile our hard-earned progress on understanding, solidarity, and peace are, how easily they can be eroded. 

As I reflect on the heartwarming successes of 2023 and the heartbreaking challenges we are facing for 2024, I want to reiterate a key point from my closing remarks at the 2023 Parliament Convening. We can celebrate the closing of an event, an experience, a year. But I hope that 2023 is not a closing. Let it be an awakening. 

We have work to do in 2024 and I am incredibly grateful for the support team we have put together as we advance our mission and build from the successes of 2023. I invite you to join me in supporting Parliament by becoming a supporting member or donating today.

On behalf of myself and the Board of Trustees, I wish you a very happy new year. May 2024 continue to be a year of awakening and action in our shared pursuit of peace, justice, and sustainability.

With deep gratitude,
Mr. Nitin Ajmera, Chair

Nitin Ajmera is a senior management professional and practitioner of the Digambar Jain tradition. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Parliament of the World's Religions (PoWR).

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