CHP eNews 24 July 2014: CHP hits the road for annual sector consultations



CHP eNews 2014

24 July 2014

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CHP sector consultations and state election workshops
CHP is taking to the road for our annual sector consultations, a series of two-hour workshops to exchange ideas with the sector. These conversations will help shape and refine CHP’s policy positions. There will be 6 workshops in total around Victoria – 5 in regional areas and 1 in metro Melbourne. With the state election approaching in November, we will also be using these meetings as an opportunity to provide you with support in letting your local politicians know about homelessness issues.
The consultation details are as follows:

  • Metro Melbourne: 14 August (10am – midday), Melbourne City Mission Conference Centre
  • Benalla: 19 August (1-3pm)
  • Bendigo: 19 September (9.30-11.30am)
  • Ballarat: 19 September (3-5pm)
  • Morwell: 23 September (9-11am)
  • Geelong 25 September (9.30-11.30am)

Registrations via EventBrite

Homeless Persons’ Week National Launch + sector forum Philanthropy and Innovations in ending homelessness
Kevin Andrews, Minister for Social Services will officially launch Homeless Persons’ Week (4-10 August) at a joint CHP and HA event in Melbourne. The theme of this year’s Homeless Persons’ Week is Homelessness: we can’t afford to ignore it. Homelessness Australia are offering
Sector forum: Philanthropy and Innovations in ending homelessness
The launch will be followed by a sector forum on the role philanthropy can play in supporting innovations in ending homelessness.
Date: 4 August 2014
Venue: Melbourne City Mission Frontyard Youth Services, 19 King St, Melbourne
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Register your attendance via Eventbrite

Services Connect Partnership – information sessions and update from DHS
DHS is holding a number of information sessions across the state on the Services Connect Partnerships. These sessions are being held in all 17 Department of Human Services’ Areas and provide an opportunity to discuss the Services Connect Partnerships Advertised Call for Submissions in detail. Details of the sessions, including contacts for RSVP are available here.
The Call for Submissions is open until 2.00PM on Thursday 14 August 2014. A copy of the Advertised Call for Submissions – Services Connect Partnerships document is available at A range of resources is available at to assist in the preparation of submissions.

Services Connect – an updated version of the sector map
We’ve had excellent feedback about the sector mapping document that we developed to assist services who are making submissions for ‘Services Connect Partnerships’. Some additions and amendments have been made – download the updated version of the sector map here. Read more about the call for Services Connect submissions in our blog post

CHP to inform Victoria police on inclusive practices
CHP has been selected as an official representative on Victoria Police’s newly established Mental Health Portfolio Reference Group (MHRG), one of eight community groups that have been set up to foster better understanding and service provision by police.  
The MHRG will provide advice on projects, policies and initiatives that could impact on people with mental health issues. CHP is pleased that homelessness is being considered in these important discussions around mental health. Jenny Smith welcomes feedback or suggestions about issues that should be raised in this forum. For more information read our blog.

Is law enforcement the best response to homelessness?
Homeless Law has released a research report on law enforcement as a response to homelessness and the use of public spaces, called In the Public Eye: Addressing the negative impact of laws regulating public space on people experiencing homelessness.
The report, based on international insights and expertise, examines the implications of police playing the frontline role in responding to homelessness.
An individual experiencing homelessness is more likely to receive fines or charges for public space offences purely because they carry out their private life in a public place, and yet laws and agencies that regulate public space often do not address the underlying cause of a person’s offending.
Homeless Law’s Manager and Principal Lawyer, Lucy Adams, who authored the report, said, “Circumstances that cause people to be sleeping rough, begging or drinking in public are almost always health and social issues, not criminal ones. We need to shift away from the idea that police and courts are the best way of dealing with these issues.” Read the Homeless Law media release.

Rooming House reform forum hosted by SHSSN
The Southern Housing & Support Services Networkis hosting a Rooming house reform forum.
The day will be a great opportunity to share your experiences & learn from others who are also working with Rooming House Residents and Providers. The Program includes:

  • CHP will present it’s ‘The state of rooming house reform in Victoria’ and workshop the Recommendations arising from the report.
  • Presentations from local practitioners about innovations in working with private providers in the RH space
  • Reflections 1 year after implementation of the Rooming House Minimum Standards

Date: Wednesday 30 July (9.30am – 3.30pm)
Venue: ‘Sandy By the Bay’ at Sandringham Football Club
Register via EventBrite.
Enquiries: please email Karren
Homeless not voteless
The Victorian State Election is on 29 November 2014. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) works with community agencies to ensure that everyone has access to the electoral process, regardless of their current living situation. VEC can assist your clients to enrol and vote.
Book in for a visit to your agency:
Enrolment Outreach Sessions
August – October 2014
VEC can contribute to the cost of putting on a morning tea or BBQ for this session.
Mobile Early Voting Sessions
Tuesday 18 – Friday 28 November 2014
Only agencies that have booked Enrolment Outreach may book a mobile early voting session.
To book your session please email Alex  with a suggested date.
VEC also provide:

  • information sessions about the electoral process for agency workers
  • Posters and Easy English information to display at your agency.

Other resources available include:

Homelessness agencies encouraged to participate in review DHS Service Agreement
DHS is conducting a review of the 2012-15 Service Agreement with a view to implementing a revised Service Agreement by 1 July 2015. The Service Agreement is the primary contract management tool used by the Departments to manage arrangements with funded organisations. Information on the 2012-2015 Service agreement is available in the online Service Agreement Information Kit.
VCOSS, CHP, Domestic Violence Victoria, the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association, and VICSERV held a joint consultation on the Service Agreement with a small number of members. The general consensus has emerged that the Service Agreement needs to reflect a fairer balance between the contracting parties. A summary of concerns and proposed solutions arising from the consultations is here
Agencies are being encouraged to participate in the by completing the  ‘Feedback tables for the review of the terms and conditions of the 2012-2015 Service agreement’ . The summary of concerns and solutions may be a useful guide to some concerns already raised with VCOSS and others.
Keeping women and children in housing through the Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project
The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project (WHPP) is an initiative of Justice Connect Homeless Law that aims to keep women and children in housing through a combination of legal representation and social work support. Justice Connect have recently released an update on the project which shows some excellent outcomes. In the first two months of operation, the project provided ongoing legal advice and support to 10 women. 8 out of 10 of the women were facing eviction due to rental arrears. Five tenancies have been saved thanks to WHPP. Congratulations to Justice Connect Homeless Law for this early success.

VICSERV member forum – where to from here for MHCSS in Victoria
VICSERV is hosting this important forum to provide input into the vision for the future of mental health services.
Time: 2.00 – 4.30 pm, Monday 28 July
Location: Pullman, 65 Queens Road, Melbourne, Albert Park.
Registrations: Click here to register.  Places are limited. Member organisations can register two participants at no cost. A small number of registrations for additional participants and non-members are available at a cost of $100 per registration.  
RSVP: To register for this event click here. Registrations close on Friday 25 July

 ACOSS helping you to ‘Take Action’ against the Federal Budget
ACOSS has developed a range of resources to assist people and organisations to understand the proposed Federal Budget, and to  empower them to make their voices heard by decision-makers.
The toolkit is available here.
The Heart of St Kilda Concert is on again
Musicians performing on the night include The Basics, Vika and Linda Bull, Dick Diver, Ashley Naylor, Uncle Jack Charles, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Rebecca Barnard and Tim Rogers.
Comedians include Julia Morris, Charlie Pickering, Greg Champion, Elliot Goblet, Tegan Higginbotham, Dean Atkinson and Tripod.
The Heart of St Kilda concert raises funds for Sacred Heart Mission’s meals program which serves 160,000 breakfasts and lunches each year to people experiencing homelessness.
Date: Wednesday 13 August
Venue: Palais Theatre, St Kilda
Tickets: on sale now through Ticketmaster

Homeground invites you to submit artwork to their annual fundraising exhibition
This year’s exhibition has the theme of “Piece & Places” and will be exhibited at the Brunswick Street Gallery 14-27 Nov 2014. It will once again feature art from clients as well as professional pieces. If anyone knows of an artist who would be willing to donate a piece of work please pass on their details to Jenany. These pieces will be for sale throughout the two-week exhibition with proceeds going towards HomeGround. More information is available here.

Wintringham receives grant to buy Gilgunya Village, Coburg
Wintringham this week announced that it has been the beneficiary of a philanthropic grant from the Peter and Lyndy White Foundation of $7,500,000. The grant will be used to purchase the Gilgunya Village in Coburg, an aged care facility owned by Wesley Mission Victoria. Gilgunya  consists of 51 bedroom low care hostel units and 12 two-bedroom independent living units.
In case you missed the news!

CHP Updates 

As you read this, we’re in Canberra launching the next edition…
The June “Housing, Homelessness and Disability” will be launched on Thursday 24 July in Canberra by the ACT Minister for Disability the Hon Joy Burch. Also speaking at the launch is Bruce Bonyhady, the Chairman of the National disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This edition of Parity was sponsored by the ACT Government, Wintringham, the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria, Wesley Mission Victoria and the Community Housing Federation of Australia. You can view a full list of the articles in this edition on our website.

Call for contributions: August edition of Parity – “From Outputs to Outcomes: A New Approach to Ending Homelessness” 
Contributions are sought for the ‘From Outputs to Outcomes: A New Approach to Ending Homelessness’ edition of Parity.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of 15 August.
More information on this edition and details on how to contribute can be found here.

National Homelessness Conference – Early bird rego extended to 8 August
The 8th Homelessness Conference will be held from 8-12 September. Homelessness Australia has extended the date for earlybird registration to 8th August.
For more information visit the HA website or contact +61 7 3858 5555 or E:
PESP update
Danny, from our PESP team, has been engaged by the Victoria Police Community Encounters program to participate in the training of new police recruits to help them better understand the causes of, and responses to, homelessness. CHP’s involvement in the training has been very well-received, with one police trainee saying, ”This experience has changed my idea of what policing is as a career by showing me its not all about catching the crooks and paperwork. Its about engaging with the many different communities and gaining their trust so we can work hand in hand with them.”

Wodonga Institute of TAFE has released their SHS training calendar for August-December 2014. Wodonga Institute of TAFE are the key provider of training to the Specialist Homelessness Sector offering a range of tailored low cost training programs.

Training sessions coming up in the next month include:

  • Specialist Homelessness Information Platform (SHIP) training (1 day)
  • Introduction to homelessness and social housing (2 days)
  • People skills for working with complex behaviours (2 days)
  • Mental health first aid (2 days)

Download the calendar here.

Effective documentation
This one-day workshop will provide practical tips and guidelines for documentation of the care and support provided to consumers, families and carers. There will be a focus on clear documentation according to legislative requirements, organisational policy and procedures, and sector best practice.
Date: Wednesday 13 August
Venue: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria
RSVPs: For more information and to register click here.
VAADA workshops to support AOD sector through reform transition
VAADA is organising a series of workshops and webinars to support the AOD sector through the reform transition. Funded by the Victorian Government, these events are free of charge and will be delivered throughout 2014. Registration for these events is essential and can be completed online by visiting the VAADA website.

 Working with adult survivors of complex trauma
Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) presents this full day workshop designed for diverse health personal who work with adult survivors in various capacities
Date: Friday 15 August 2014
Venue: Cliftons Melbourne Level 1, 440 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: Full: $250 Concession: $190
More info:  or 02 8920 3611

Challenging behaviours: strategies for de-escalating, understanding, and Recovery
This program provides participants with strategies to deal more effectively with aggression and intense emotional expressions, as well as opportunity to increase understanding of typical factors contributing to hostility, and appropriate interventions. This program is suited to all workers in the PDRS sector, including managers, team leaders, counsellors and administrative staff.
Date: Monday 8 September
Venue: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria.
For more information and to register click here.

Grants & Awards

Victoria Law Foundation General Grants – applications close 8 September.
If you need funding to bring a great idea for a legal project to life, then consider applying. Applicants are encouraged to get in touch as soon as possible to discuss project ideas. For more information please visit VLF website. You can also read about VLF latest grant projects

15th International Mental Health Conference
The conference theme Mental Health: Innovation | Integration | Early Intervention, will focus on Suicide, Dementia, Depression, Personality Disorders and Trauma. Keynote addresses, submitted papers, workshops and case studies will examine how approaches and techniques can be incorporated into daily practise.
Date: 25 & 26 August 2014
Venue: Surfers Paradise, Qld
For more information and to register click here.

8th National Homelessness Conference: Complexities & Countermeasures
At this biennial conference front-line providers, academics, governments and agencies and those with a lived experience of homelessness will connect to identify the multiple and interwoven causes of homelessness, unpack the elements of successful programs, policies and practices, and seek ways these can be applied to prevent and end homelessness.
Date: 10 – 12 September 2014
Venue: Gold Coast
Further information can be found on the conference website.

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