Macedon Ranges Shire Council will be flying the flag this week leading up to International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) which takes place on Sunday 17 May. IDAHOT, a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities, was created in 2004 to draw attention to policymakers, opinion leaders, the public and the media of the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people.
The Victorian Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Martin Foley MP has announced, as part of the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, there will be $117.8 million available over four years for a broad package of mental health initiatives. Of this money, $5.88 million has been allocated for a set of targeted initiatives to be introduced in the next four years that combat transphobia and homophobia and improve the mental health and wellbeing and promote the rights of same sex attracted and gender diverse young people. Many of these young people are vulnerable to harassment, bullying and stress and are at heightened risk [...]
Cobaw Community Health’s cycling group, the Social Pedallers, invite beginner riders to join their second group starting on Thursday 9 October. This is a great opportunity to dust off the bike, wear something outrageously bright, feel the sunshine on your face and the spring air in your hair. As a beginner group it will start with some basic riding skills and road rules, before heading out for a ride through Kyneton. Distance will be determined by participants on the day. The aim of the Social Pedallers is to develop skills and fitness in a social and friendly atmosphere. The Social Pedallers [...]
The caravan program at Cobaw Community Health is thrilled that the Zonta Club of Kyneton have provided a second hand caravan and donated funds to support the program. Cobaw’s Youth Housing team established the caravan program approximately seven years ago. It aims to reduce youth homelessness in the Macedon Ranges by keeping young people connected to family. Where there is conflict or overcrowding, a caravan is placed at the family home to enable the young person to have their own space. Since its inception, the caravan program has achieved success in keeping 20-30 young people connected to family with the support [...]
Merger discussions between Cobaw Community Health and Bendigo Community Health Services are proceeding as planned with both organisations remaining committed to the plan. Due diligence processes are almost completed and both boards believe they will be in a position to make a decision about next steps within coming weeks, including the development of a formal Memorandum of Understanding to enable broader engagement of staff in joint planning and establishment of transitional arrangements. No decision regarding the merger will be final unless it is carried by the members of both organisations. “Discussions between the Boards of both organisations have been productive and [...]