VOICE - What's On

VOICE - What's On

VOICE - What's On

Workshops Coming Soon

Carers Victoria’s workshops for carers and service providers will resume in February 2022. In the meantime, if you would like to request a workshop for your organisation or support group, please email education@carersvictoria.org.au to discuss your needs.


Supporting women aged 50+ to gain the skills and confidence to find sustainable employment

COTA Victoria's Women Working Together is supporting women aged 50+ along their training and employment pathway. Women Working Together focuses in particular on female carers and it is a program which has expanded to run in Melbourne’s Northern and Western suburbs, as well as Bendigo region from February 2022 onwards.

Women Working Together involves recruiting and upskilling experienced women to become mentors, and matching them with women aged 50+ looking to re-enter the workforce or re-train for a more sustainable job. Women can express their interest in joining the program as a mentor or mentee by visiting our webpage Women Working Together.

Women Working Together is supported by the Jack Brockhoff Foundation, which supports the health and wellbeing of all Victorians.

So if you are a women aged 50+, looking for support to find work, or keen to become a mentor, please visit our webpage Women Working Together. You can also contact Wennie van Riet, Team leader Social and Economic Participation on 03 9655 2122 more information. Thank you for your interest in our work!

 

 

Workshops in 2022 – Book Now

Our Education team is now taking workshop bookings for next year. Sessions are available for carer groups, community groups and workforces on a range of carer issues, and can be delivered at your venue or online.

To find out what is available please visit our website or email education@carersvictoria.org.au to discuss your needs.


Featured Workshop: Cooking with Carers

Join us on Monday 6 December for Cooking with Carers, a live cooking show where you can join in as you cook along from home.

You’ll learn some easy recipes that are sure to make it into your weekly meal routine, and have a chance to hear from other carers about what they like to cook.

Register here


Fest-ABLE

Moonee Valley City Council, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Carers Victoria invite you to grab a picnic blanket and come down to Crown Street Stables for FEST-Able on Sunday 28 November, 12 – 4pm. Help us celebrate diversity and inclusion, and mark the upcoming International Day of People with Disability 2021.

Activities on the day include:

  • Live performances (Auslan) - Rudely Interrupted
  • Carer pamper corner (Carers Victoria) - Massages and pampering
  • Art exhibition – Patrick Francis
  • Silent disco
  • Bocce
  • Roving performer Curbside Carnies
  • Interactive Art workshop run by Georgina Humphries
  • Special Olympics BBQ

This is a COVID Safe event. Please note it is a Government directive that all participants over the age of 16 must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of entry to this event.

Register here. 

 

 

Spotlight: Trivia for Carers

Take a break, have some laughs and connect with other carers at our online trivia for carers on Thursday 14 October at 4pm.

There’ll be questions for everyone with topics including music, movies and general knowledge. Whether you’re a trivia mastermind or just wanting to learn something new, this is guaranteed to be a highlight in your day.

Register here


Carers Victoria Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops for carers and service providers.

Our workshops for carers support you to: 

  • Develop skills to support your caring role; 
  • Gain knowledge to navigate complex support service systems; and 
  • Enhance your health and wellbeing. 

Check out what’s on in September here.


Creativity with Smiling Mind

Whether you are in lockdown at home or simply looking for a new creative project Smiling Mind Creates has tutorials and activities to help you take a moment to pause, imagine and create.

Creativity can be an informal mindfulness practice as it relies on paying attention in the present moment with openness, curiosity, and non-judgment – similar to the qualities we bring to meditation. Like meditation, putting aside some time to engage in a creative task can be a great way to support your mind.

Find out more

 

 


Event - Resource for Carers Living in Bushfire

Risk Areas Carers Victoria has partnered with the CFA to develop a resource to support carers with bushfire planning.

Join us on Wednesday 27 October, 4.30pm- 5.30pm, for the launch of this e-learning resource for people who are caring for others living in high bushfire risk areas.

The resource is relevant to anyone who provides care or support to family members and/or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic health issue or age-related condition and who lives in a bushfire-prone region.

Register Now

 

 

Workshop Feature: 'Pop-up' Lockdown Workshops

In response to the ongoing lockdowns in Victoria, Carers Victoria has added additional 'pop-up lockdown' workshops for carers which focus on supporting your health and wellbeing. The additional sessions include

  • Carers Coffee Club: a chance for you to have a social catch-up with other carers and discuss a specific topic such as cooking or pets;
  • Write your Cares Away: a workshop which teaches you how writing can be used to promote wellbeing and self-care;
  • Meditation: a chance to take a break and unwind at the end of the day with our qualified meditation teacher;
  • Cooking with Carers: a great excuse to get in the kitchen and cook along as we make a healthy and delicious meal together.  

For a full list of upcoming workshops, visit our website.


Entertaining Kids in Lockdown 

Run out of ideas on how to entertain the kids in lockdown? What’s On Melbourne have put together a parents’ guide for beating lockdown boredom, including art sessions with the virtual NGV, “crafternoons”, a virtual tour of the Melbourne Museum and livestreams from the Melbourne Zoo.

Check out the guide.


School Holiday Fun 

School holidays are fast approaching once again, which means it's time to come up with some strategies to keep the kids engaged.

The Satellite Foundation has organised two programs for children and young people aged who have a parent or carer with a mental health challenge. The "Creature Comforts" series is an online series over two weeks where 8-11 year-olds will have the opportunity to come up with some wild craft creations while making new friends over Zoom. The Songwriting series is for 12-14 year-olds to explore skills in writing, performing, recording or creating professional-sounding music online. 

For more information, download the flyer here

 

 

Featured Workshop: Cooking with Carers 

Join Carers Victoria’s very own live cooking show where you can watch, learn and join in as you cook from home.

Learn new recipes that are easy to cook and sure to impressive even the fussiest eaters in your life.

You will also have the opportunity to meet other carers, hear about their favourite recipes and share cooking tips.

The next Cooking with Carers session will run on Thursday 9 September, 2pm-4pm. 

Register here.


Carers Victoria Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops for carers and service providers.

Our workshops for carers support you to: 

  • Develop skills to support your caring role; 
  • Gain knowledge to navigate complex support service systems; and 
  • Enhance your health and wellbeing. 

Check out what’s on in August here.

 

 

Carers Victoria Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops for carers and service providers.

Our workshops for carers support you to: 

  • Develop skills to support your caring role; 
  • Gain knowledge to navigate complex support service systems; and 
  • Enhance your health and wellbeing. 

Check out what’s on in July here.


Webinar Series: Aged Care Reforms

The Department of Health is hosting webinars for residential aged care residents and staff to learn about aged care reforms. These reforms were announced in the 2021-22 Budget and in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission. To see what’s coming up, or to access past webinars on the topic, click here.  


Travellers Aid Scooter Safety Sessions

Travellers Aid Australia is launching their first Scooter Safety Practice sessions. These sessions aim to assist new mobility scooter users in building confidence to use their device on public transport. 

The sessions are a registered event and will be held at the following locations:

  • Seymour Station, Thursday 1 July, 11am – 1pm
  • Heyfield, 29 July 2021, time TBC
  • Shepparton Station, TBC
  • Braybrook Community Hub, Tuesday 29 June, 2pm – 4pm

If you are interested in attending a session, you can register your interest by completing this online form or by phoning 03 9654 2600 or email info@travellersaid.org.au 


Planet Puberty Workshops

Planet Puberty has some great workshops coming up in July and August, for parents or carers of a child with intellectual disability and/or autism spectrum disorder.

Planet Puberty is a digital resource suite that aims to provide the latest information, strategies and resources for supporting a child through puberty. It was co-designed with adults with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder across Australia. The website was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and Carers Victoria was part of the stakeholder advisory group.

To find out what’s coming up, click here.

 

 

Sector Seminar Series: Trends in Service Design

The final session of our Sector Seminar Series for staff, volunteers and professionals working in the design or delivery of support services for carers is back for its final session this month.

Join us on Tuesday 22 June for the final seminar on the topic “Principles of Co-Design: What is it and when do we use it?”

For more information or to register, click here. 


Brunch and walking groups in the West are back

Did you know Carers Victoria hosts several programs for carers living in the West? These groups provide carers an opportunity to connect with other carers and find out about support and services. Attendance is free, however registration is essential.

The groups include:

  • Werribee Walking Group (Third Tuesday of the month, 10am-11am. Includes walk and a coffee catch-up)
  • Hobsons Bay Brunch Group (First Monday of the month, 10am-11am. Catch up over light brunch)
  • Brimbank Brunch group (First Thursday of the month, 10am-11am. Catch up over light brunch)
  • Caroline Springs Walking Group (First Wednesday of the month, 10am-11am. Includes walk and a coffee catch-up)

Register here.


Carers Victoria Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops for carers and service providers.

Our workshops for carers support you to: 

  • Develop skills to support your caring role; 
  • Gain knowledge to navigate complex support service systems; and 
  • Enhance your health and wellbeing. 

Check out what’s on in June here.

Featured Workshop: Shrink Your Art

Carers Victoria's highly popular art group for carers is back. 

Join the art group to learn how to create jewellery and art projects with shrink art. The group will meet weekly over three weeks to complete our projects together.

Shrink art is an easy and fun craft activity. You will draw or print your art on thin plastic sheets which will shrink with it, leaving a detailed finish.

You will receive all the art supplies you need to take part in this workshop via mail prior to the first session.

Get in quick - registrations close 5pm Friday 30 April or once fully booked.

 


Carers Victoria Workshops

We offer a wide range of workshops for carers and service providers.

Our workshops for carers support you to: 

  • Develop skills to support your caring role; 
  • Gain knowledge to navigate complex support service systems; and 
  • Enhance your health and wellbeing. 

Check out what’s on in May here.

 


We’re Back! Face to Face Education Sessions Return

The Education team can now visit you in your COVID-safe space to deliver our range of workshops. These include the longer versions of many of our Zoom favourites, as well as some that we have not been able to run for a while. Find out more on our website or contact education@carersvictoria.org.au.

 


Conversations with Carers Victoria: Eye Health and You

Join us for a very special episode of our videocast Conversations with Carers Victoria on Wednesday 5 May at 2pm as we hear all about eye health from our friends at the Vision Initiative to bring you valuable information on the most common eye conditions, eye testing, low cost eye care services and how to protect your eyes and those of your loved one.

The good news is that many eye conditions are preventable or treatable if detected early.

Join us on our Facebook page or via Zoom here

 


ATSA Independent Living Expo

The ATSA Independent Living Expo takes place at the Melbourne Showgrounds between 18-19 May and with more than 45 free seminar sessions there is something for everyone.

There will be over 130 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more.

The Expo is open to visitors of all ages, including those with a disability, seniors and their families, friends and carers.

Register now for free and you will also receive a free coffee and free parking – all in a COVID safe environment.

Register here

 


COTA Victoria: Will Australia’s Aged Care System be Fixed?

COTA Victoria is hosting an event about the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety on Thursday 15 April from 11am-1pm.

This event aims to ensure the conversations about the Royal Commission continue to include older people, their families, carers and those of us who want a better aged care system.

To register click here.

Featured Workshop: Caring for Older Persons - Healthy Eating and Nutrition 

Making healthy food choices for better health

This information session will teach you about healthy eating habits, basic nutrition principles and how you can get the most out of your meals every day.

Topics will include:

  • The importance of fibre, protein and calcium in our diet;
  • Understanding food labels;
  • Understanding serving sizes;
  • The Australian Dietary Guidelines;
  • Delicious recipes.

Who Should Attend?

Carers of someone over the age of 65 (55+ if Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background).