Leadership in the Community Sector

Sue Masters, Communications & Marketing Director of Haven; Home, Safe, spoke to us about what leadership looks like in the community sector.  Haven; Home, Safe is an integrated affordable rental housing and homelessness services provider, offering a variety of housing types from short-term emergency accommodation through to transitional and long-term affordable rental housing. They also provide specialist support services ranging …

Communication Training Makes a Difference

Great outcomes for two men with intellectual disability following communication support training for their workers. Authors: Meg Irwin & Tara Sheridan Abstract For many people with intellectual disability, successful participation is restricted by inadequate or inappropriate communication support. In Central Victoria, the local Communication Access Network service convenes and trains a network of disability support workers in advanced communication support …

Building Better Health Services together

“When you live with a mental health condition, it’s good to be valued and considered as a decision maker.” Cate is a member of the Consumer Participation Group, a group that works with local service providers to strengthen the voice of people with mental health issues within our health system. The group meets monthly to review mental health services policies …

Creative Links

Members of Creative Links are trying out new activities and meeting new people. Volunteering at a home for older people, a painting course with a commercial art gallery, joining a knitting group at the library and cooking seasonal produce are just some of the diverse interests that are followed at Creative Links. Led by Mary Burke, the team at Creative …

CreateAbility Creating A Connection

Described by Australian theatre industry leaders as having ‘what it takes to be a professional theatre company’; Bendigo’s CreateAbility Performance Ensemble are continually developing new work. CreateAbility’s powerful productions are devised and performed collaboratively by the performers who are the company members.  Their recent successful touring shows No Hands and DENDRON – The Forest In Us are contemporary theatre productions …

ONE IN FIVE TURN TO COMMUNITY SECTOR FOR SUPPORT

One in five people in Bendigo accessed services from the city’s 10 leading non-for-profit community sector organisations in 2017-2018. In the lead up to next week’s two-day Community Sector Showcase (CSS) at Bendigo TAFE Health and Community Centre of Excellence, the partner organisations reported that 23,516 people sought assistance from their respective agencies for issues such as legal advice, health …