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Free Public Forum - Let's Talk About Gambling In Multicultural Communities
Come along to this free public forum which aims to explore the attitudes and issues around gambling in multicultural communities. A joint Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, ECCV and Monash University event, this forum aims to start a conversation about responsible gambling in Victoria's multicultural communities. The forum will present new research on perceptions of gambling in ethnic communities and will include a panel of speakers on empowering people to make informed choices around gambling, followed by workshop discussions. Community leaders, managers and workers in ethnic and multicultural community organisations, local government, representatives from health and community organisations and academics with an interest in culturally diverse communities are encouraged to attend.
When: 30 July 2014 - 3.00pm - 5.00pm
Where: Bendigo Tafe Multi-purpose Room 1, Mundy Street, Bendigo
Phone Number: 03 9349 4122
Bookings: RSVP by 25 July 2014
Applications for the African Leadership Development Program 2014 Are Now Open
APPLICATIONS for the African Leadership Development Program (ALDP) 2014 are now open! The ALDP provides an outstanding opportunity for 25 emerging African Australian leaders to develop their leadership skills to contribute to community development. Applicants from all African backgrounds who have demonstrated their commitment to community development can apply for the program. Young emerging leaders and women are encouraged to apply. The program is delivered by the African Think Tank in partnership with Leadership Victoria and funded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC). The program includes guest speakers who will share their insights and leadership experiences, a peer support group, a mentor program and collaborative community projects. Please contact Leadership Victoria for more information or for help with the application form.
When: Applications close 30 July 2014
Phone Number: 03 9651 6590
Free English Language Tuition
The Horn of Africa Communities Network Inc. has an English Language program which provides free English language tuition for migrants to help them learn the basics. The program, which is run by volunteers at the organisation, also plans to set up a program to help African-speaking children with their daily homework assignments.
When: Thursday and Friday between 10.00am and 2.00pm.
Where: 3 Pilgrim Street, Footscray
Phone Number: 03 9689 2586
Submissions Now Open For Services Connect Partnerships
Services Connect is the new model for integrated human services in Victoria. It is designed to connect people with the right support, address the whole range of a person’s or family’s needs to help people build their capabilities to improve their lives. On 3 July 2014 the Department for Human Services (DHS) opened a call for submissions for groups of non-government service providers to establish Services Connect Partnerships. These Partnerships will collaborate with the government to test, refine and develop the Services Connect model. Up to eight Services Connect Partnerships will be established, bringing together groups of service providers to lead, coordinate and integrate service delivery in DHS area. The department is currently looking for proposals from groups of service providers to deliver services for people who may need support with mental health issues, alcohol and drug issues, family violence, homelessness, social isolation, disability, parenting, financial or economic isolation, offending or anti-social behaviour, among many other possibilities. This process will draw on the expertise and experience of non-government providers to design, refine, test and evaluate Services Connect. The deadline for submissions is 2.00pm, Thursday 14 August 2014. A copy of the Advertised Call for Submissions - Services Connect Partnerships document is available via registration at www.tenders.vic.gov.au A range of resources to assist with the preparation of submissions is available at www.servicesconnect.vic.gov.au
Waite Intersearch organisation is seeking expression of interest for a Non-Executive Directorship Role
A long established Victorian not for profit community-based organisation providing high quality and comprehensive Family Services is seeking an experienced Non-Executive Director. This is a voluntary and honorary role located in the near Eastern Suburbs. Candidates are expected to live in Victoria. The commitment includes 8 or 9 three hour Board meetings per annum (after hours) as well as a strategic planning weekend and attendance up to two social events annually. Required skills of specialties: In addition to a breadth of multicultural experience, a track record of success in senior management in the private, public or not for profit sectors. Strategic planning and marketing Public awareness and building a brand Strong business acumen Knowledge and awareness of best business practices An understanding of accounting & financial principles Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills Strong networking capabilities Promoting research Integrity and ability to work well within a team Preparedness to stand up for public scrutiny Balanced decision making ability Required qualifications: Ideally a qualification in Clinical Psychology or Commerce or Marketing. Enquire in strictest confidence quoting Ref. No. 916.
Phone Number: (03) 9629 6333
Suicide Prevention Workshop
Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a free, Suicide Prevention Workshop, at Craig's Royal Hotel, Ballarat. This program helps participants recognise when a person may be having thoughts of suicide, and provides a simple strategy to intervene and assist them. The training is open to community members aged over 18 years. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials. Morning tea will be provided.
When: Thursday 10 July 2014
Where: Craig's Royal Hotel, Ballarat, 9am-1pm.
Phone Number: 1800 100 024
Child Restraint Information Now Available in Seven Languages
A video series featuring real parents and carers putting their children into child restraints and shows some of the common mistakes, has been translated into six languages other than English. RACV and TAC joined forces to develop the ‘Nino’s Child Restraint Challenge’ video series. There is a video on each of the restraint types: rearward facing, forward facing and booster seats. To help parents and carers who speak a language other than English, the Child Restraint Challenge videos have been translated into Arabic, Cambodian, Dari, Karen, Persian and Somali. The series will help ensure that restraints and booster seats are used correctly as well as providing tips about what to check before every trip. The video series is supported by VicRoads and Kidsafe. Email the RACV to request a copy of the DVD.
Deepening Reform for China's Long-Term Growth and Development
The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and Faculty of Business and Economics China Symposium is bringing together leading academics and policy advisers to discuss the latest research on the Chinese economy. After three decades of rapid growth and transition from a planned economy, China is facing a tough set of challenges that threaten to derail its growth path. The leadership has called for deepening reforms to right the structural imbalances, fix institutional distortions, reduce environmental damage and improve income distribution. How will these reforms unfold? How will they affect China’s growth and that of other economies? Panellists include Professor Ross Garnaut AO, University of Melbourne, Professor Yao Yang, Dean, National School of Development, Peking University, Professor Xiaolu Wang, National Economic Research Institute, Beijing and Professor Ligang Song, Australian National University.
When: Wednesday 9 July
Where: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne.
Phone Number: (03) 9035 3792
Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Awards 2014
The Victorian Premier's Volunteer Awards is an opportunity to recognise, thank and celebrate the significant contribution of Victoria's volunteers. Established in 2013, the awards recognise people who give freely of their time to enhance the lives of Victorians. In addition to recognition, winners of the awards will receive a donation for their chosen charity. The Premier is calling for nominations of outstanding volunteer achievements and contributions to Victorian not-for-profit, community and voluntary organisations or projects.
When: Nominations are now open and close on 1 August 2014
The 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women – Nominations Now Open!
Each year the Victorian Honour Roll of Women recognises and celebrates the great achievements of inspirational women in the community. The search is now on for 20 outstanding women to be inducted into the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women in recognition of their vision, leadership, commitment, hard work and exceptional contribution to their communities or areas of expertise. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised, now is the time to nominate. It could be someone you work with, a family member, a good friend or someone in the community that you hold in high esteem.
When: Nominations are now open and close on 5 September 2014.
Phone Number: For more information call (03) 9096 1384
Diaspora Action Australia - Volunteer Opportunities
Human rights organisation Diaspora Action Australia (formerly the Humanitarian Crisis Hub) has openings for volunteers. Positions include: Community Engagement Project Officer, Photo Archivist, Public Relations Coordinator, Social Media Specialist and Grant Writer. The position descriptions can be downloaded from their website. The organisation is particularly interested to hear from skilled volunteers from refugee and new migrant backgrounds.
Where: Diaspora Action Australia
Phone Number: (03) 9095 8588
Hmong Youth Conference
Join in the conversation and discuss what it means to be a young Hmong in 21st century Australia. The Hmong Youth Conference is designed to establish a platform for dialogue among youths and young Hmong Australians in a spirit of unity, participation and friendship. The theme of the conference is Finding Your Voice. Organised by the Hmong Melbourne Youth Society Inc. The event includes key speakers, entertainment, food and drink.
When: Saturday 28 June
Where: Highgate Recreation Reserve, 229 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn
Panel Discussion – What is the future of ethnic senior citizens clubs?
The Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre is inviting people to attend a panel discussion on the future of ethnic senior citizens clubs. Speakers will include Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, Marion Lau OAM, JP.
When: Wednesday 25 June
Where: Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, 251 High Street, Preston.
Phone Number: Please call (03) 9496 0200 to confirm your attendance.
Kyabram Bocce Club – Open Day
Join in the club’s 40th anniversary celebrations and find out more at their Open Day. This free event includes performances by Italian folklore dance group – Sicillia Bella. There will also be stalls selling wine, jams and traditional Italian delicacies as well as a bocce demonstration and a sausage sizzle.
When: Sunday 13 July
Where: Kyabram Italian Social Bocce Club, Breen Ave, Kyabram
Phone Number: (03) 5852 1285
Tony Dimarti – Italian Singer
Well-known Italian singer, Tony Dimarti, will be performing at the Kyabram Italian Social Bocce Club as part of the organisation’s 40th anniversary celebrations. This event will also include a three course meal and live entertainment throughout the night. Proceeds from the night will go to a local cancer charity.
When: Saturday 12 June
Where: Kyabram Italian Social Bocce Club, Breen Ave, Kyabram
Cost: Adults - $45 / Children under 15 - $20
Phone Number: (03) 5852 1258
The Right to be Bigots?
What does repealing 18C mean for Australian Multiculturalism? Join some of Australia's leading sociologists and the Shadow Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC to explore section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (1975) and its role in Australian Multiculturalism. Critics have argued that the new laws will licence public racism and that this will have significant negative impacts on belonging and the mental health and well-being of ethnic and religious minorities. The key question at the forefront of the public conversation then is - do these new laws licence bigotry and will they lead to increased racial tensions? Speakers include the Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC, Shadow Attorney General, Professor Farida Fozdar, University of Western Australia, ARC Future Fellow and Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation, Monash University. The event is free, however organisers request that you RSVP at the contact details below.
When: Wednesday 9 July
Where: The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
The Songs They Sang
‘The Songs They Sang’ tells the true story of the musical performances inside the Vilna Ghetto, Lithuania during the Holocaust. The film centres on two poets, Shmerke Kaczerginski and Avrom Sutzkever, and the songs composed by them and others encamped in the ghetto. In the face of a horrendous reality these artists refused to relinquish their culture and wanted to bring some hope to a besieged people. Survivors recall these songs and the importance of these performances. The documentary also considers the legacy of these songs and the various people preserving this music today.
When: Wednesday 11 June to Saturday 28 June
Where: The Backlot Studios, 65 Haig Street, Southbank
Cost: $16 adult / $12 concession / $10 student
Phone Number: 0405 164 298
Free session on discrimination for community organisations
Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) invites people from community organisations to an information session to help them identify discrimination law problems and make appropriate referrals for clients. VLA helps people who have experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, vilification or victimisation in areas such as education, employment, and goods and services.
When: 12pm to 1.30pm, Monday 14 July
Where: Lionel Murphy Centre, 360 Queen Street, Melbourne
Victorian College of the Arts Graduates Exhibition at Alliance Francaise
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Alliance Francaise de Melbourne is delighted to present its annual VCA Graduates exhibition, displaying the work of six young and talented students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts, from 20 May to 21 June. Yoshed Gillepsie, Giulia Giannini, McGauran, Lucy Moore, Soojin Park and Annalise Mayer were all selected last November during the VCA Grad Show by the Alliance Francaise for the quality and originality of their work.
When: 20 May to 21 June 2014
Where: Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, 51 Grey St, St Kilda
Free Palliative Care Sessions
In partnership with Palliative Care Victoria and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria are currently offering community education sessions to members of the Italian, Maltese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Turkish communities. A fully trained bi-lingual health educator can visit your group or club to provide a free, in-language, culturally tailored information session about the services that can be provided and the ability of service providers to respond to the traditional and cultural values of clients and their families. To book a session, or for more information, contact ECCV Project Officer, Susan Timmins on the email or phone number below.
Phone Number: (03) 9349 4122