Welcome to April - a month where we have all transitioned to a new way of living and working. Our team are busy working from home to support our partners and community to help us all get through the months ahead. We've shifted our essential project partnerships online and postponed the others. You will see our website has been updated with a new COVID-19 page to house a suite of new FREE resources that our team have developed. These are designed to support your work, your clients and your community. We are working hard to support our partners in the most meaningful way we can - by working together. Please be kind to each other, support each other and seek support where you need. Reach out to the team if there's something we can help with.
The PCP website has been updated with a new COVID-19 page providing evidence based links and resources for easy access to our partners and community. Locally developed resources are being added to this page weekly.
The website will updated regularly, however due to the daily changes occurring, please continue to monitor www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus for the most up to date source of information.
The South Coast Prevention Team are working hard to support our health services, our partner organisations and the wider community. Each week the team are developing helpful tip sheets using a kindness message - be kind to yourself, be kind to your community, be kind to your colleagues, family and friends. These resources can be downloaded from the PCP website or shared via our Facebook page.
The COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Community Services Sector is designed to enable the ongoing provision of vital services to vulnerable and disadvantaged Victorians.
The COVID-19 Plan for the Victorian Community Services Sectorprovides guidance to the community services sector for Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Four Stage Pandemic Response. It should be read in conjunction with sector specific plans. As more information becomes known about COVID-19 and its impacts on the community, this plan will be updated and re-circulated.
Please view the plan online, as any printed copies may be superseded by newer versions online.
Talking to children about COVID-19
A member of the PCP team recently used this free resource - a short book - for talking to her children about COVID-19: "She (my daughter) felt a lot more relieved and more informed about it without feeling overwhelmed and the things she could do to help." It might help your children too. It's downloadable as a PDF in many different languages.
From the author - Manuela Molina
Dear families and educator all over the world,
I have created this short book to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world.
Manuela Molina - the author
enliven has created some easy English resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources use every day language to ensure health information is accessible and easy to understand for all. These may be particularly useful for services working in the accessibility fields. enliven will continue to update these resources regularly and produce additional ones as needed. Please visit their web-pages regularly for new content.
1800 My Options is a confidential and free phone service that provides information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health.
They are working hard to ensure the community continues to have access to reliable information about accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare at this time. www.1800myoptions.org.au
Victorian Volunteer Strategy
Did you The Victorian Government has committed to develop and implement a Volunteer Strategy to support and enhance volunteerism in Victoria.
Volunteers are a vital part of Victoria’s social, economic, cultural and environmental fabric, and deliver immense value to Victoria – for communities, places and individuals
While Victoria is home to a vibrant culture of giving, volunteers and volunteering are changing. For volunteering to thrive into the future it requires both a bold vision and practical approaches.
We encourage you to share your thoughts by completing one - or if relevant - both of the surveys below.
South Coast Service Providers Network
Social Media Masterclass
16 June 2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
This session will now be held via Zoom. Register here
(Limited to 20 so get in quick)
Making The Most Of Your Social Media – Masterclass with Mac & Ernie Social Media Training
In this three-hour session you will learn how to connect the dots between your customers and clients and your social media marketing and promotion. Understanding how the channels work, and how your audiences work with them will give you a greater understanding of how to create content that engages and adds value to your audiences. This 3-hour seminar will answer all your tricky Facebook and Instagram questions, give you lots of tips on how to be more creative, help you with time management (staying out of the rabbit hole) and much much more. It’s suited to people who are already using Facebook and Instagram - not for absolute beginners.
Erika McInerney has 25 years’ experience working in advertising and marketing and a proven track record of putting social media to work for business. Over the past four years through Mac&Ernie, she has worked with hundreds of individuals and organisations across Gippsland and other regional areas to teach them #bettersocial and how to fit digital into the marketing mix…comfortably.
South Coast Service Providers Network Meeting
We have scheduled an additional meeting next week in response to requests from local service providers. This will be an opportunity to identify priorities, connect and collaborate. A self care workshop will be included in the meeting to support staff.
Date: Wednesday 15 April 2020
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Venue: This will be hosted via Zoom invitation. (Network members will be sent an email with meeting ID and passcode)
Date: Wednesday 13 May 2020
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: The Old Wonthaggi Post Office (Cnr Watt St and McBride Ave, Wonthaggi) meeting room
Date: Thursday 13 August 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Venue: Meeting Room 1, Council Chambers, Michael Place, Leongatha
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2020
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Wonthaggi Town Hall Foyer meeting room (Cnr McBride AveBailleau Street East
Please check directly with all event organisers for status of events
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