Volunteering Central Victoria wants to hear from people who have been volunteering during this period of lockdown. Have you been packing hampers for Food Banks or cooking and delivering meals? Or perhaps lockdown has prevented you from your usual volunteering role because of concerns around your health and the risk of infection. During Volunteer Week, which takes place from 18 to 24 May, these stories will be published on the Volunteer Central Vic Facebook page. "Volunteers are so valuable," says Lisa Richards, Volunteer Central Vic Coordinator. "We want to honour their contribution to our community. This project is about resilience, coping with [...]
For this year's International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) we will be showing our rainbow of support and encouraging others to show theirs with a collective virtual flag raising on Sunday 17 May at 11am. See the attached media release for more details.
Cobaw has joined together with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership, Macedon Ranges Health and Kyneton Health to release a joint statement on how we are working to provide a coordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to read the joint statement.
As a part of the local service system, Cobaw remains open and committed to providing the same high quality, local supports for the community. We welcome new referrals as well as continuing to support our existing clients and participants. To ensure that we are minimising the risks of COVID-19 exposure, most of our work has moved to telephone/video appointments. Appointments in person can also be arranged when needed and safe to do so. We have made the decision to close all of our sites to ensure that we are supporting the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer to enable people [...]
We acknowledge the feelings of anxiety, distress and concern many people will be feeling in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There has been a lot new information to read and process and many changes to our daily lives which can be overwhelming. You are not alone. There are many places you can go to for support and all of the organisations below have information dedicated to coping with the current situation: Beyond Blue Lifeline Kidshelpline Headspace Better Health Channel Head to Health
We have been getting lots of offers of help from members of the community wanting to do something to help those in need during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our Volunteer Central Vic team have come up with these useful tips and ideas on how to safely support people and ensure that we stay connected to each other.
Cobaw has joined with 14 community health organisations and hospitals in releasing a joint statement outlining our concerns about the second draft of the Religious Discrimination Bill. Our organisations are deeply concerned about the Bill’s provisions which will have negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of people who may be the subject of unfavourable religious views. Our thanks to cohealth for leading this important piece of work. You can find the joint statement here.
Woodend Rotary are hosting a fundraiser trivia night with all proceeds going towards Cobaw's Housing program. Thursday 23 April, 7pm Woodend RSL, Anslow Street Tickets for the night cost $21 per person and can be made using the following TryBooking link.
Do you want to join an LGBTIQA+ leadership group in the Macedon Ranges? Here's your chance to work on a project whilst developing leadership skills. “Being apart of an amazing group of people is a wonderful experience that you can take away and use in your everyday lives. We are always welcoming new people to join and understand what it means to be a leader but most importantly what you think a leader is. I am really excited to see how far the queer community has come…and for other people to know more about queer history and understand what people [...]
We are pleased to announce that Cobaw is offering a new education and exercise program for those with hip or knee osteoarthritis. GLA:D (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark) involves education sessions on osteoarthritis and how improved joint stability through exercise can alleviate symptoms. This is followed by group training sessions twice a week for six weeks which focus on improving muscle control of the joint. For information click here.