CHP eNews 10 July 2014: Services Connect – where does your homelessness service fit?



CHP eNews 2014

10 July 2014

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Services Connect – where does your homelessness service fit?
DHS are expanding the trial of the Services Connect  model into the community sector, with the aim of integrating an individual’s human service needs, and that of their family, into one assessment, one plan and a flexible service response. On 3 July DHS released a call for submissions for community sector agencies to deliver ‘Services Connect Partnerships’ in eight DHS regions. Read more about Services Connect partnerships  in this week’s blog post. To assist services in preparing submissions, CHP has prepared a sector mapping document which identifies the majority of Human Services and Health coordinating bodies and their aligned DHS area.

YOU’RE INVITED! 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) on Monday 4 August 2014 in Melbourne. The theme of this year’s Homeless Persons’ Week is Homelessness: we can’t afford to ignore it.
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.
The forum which will feature Dr Shelley Mallet (Brotherhood of St Laurence) and Professor David McKenzie (Swinburne University) discussing the latest approaches in service delivery. The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation will share their insights into innovation, philanthropy and addressing homelessness, followed by an interactive panel discussion.
Date: 4 August 2014
Venue: Melbourne City Mission Frontyard Youth Services, 19 King St, Melbourne
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Register your attendance via Eventbrite
Federal Election Youth Forum: A catastrophic impact on young people expected
The Federal Budget is predicted to have a catastrophic impact on young people. Services have expressed serious concern for the wellbeing of children and families.
CHP has joined with a number of peak bodies to  host a forum for the youth sector which will examine these potential impacts. The half-day forum brings together key service areas; housing, employment and mental health and family support. We will also hear directly from young people likely to be affected.
Date: Thursday 17 July
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: The Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
Speakers:  Rebekha Sharkie, Executive Officer of the National Youth Connections Network – other speakers to be confirmed shortly.
Cost: Free to Members of YACVic, VCOSS, CHP and/or The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, $25 for non-members
Register: here 
McClure interim report recommends tighter eligibility for DSP
Last week the Government released an interim report on the review of Australia’s welfare services (commonly referred to as the McClure review). The Interim Report proposes a streamlining of income support payments to just four main payments. It also recommends that the Disability Support Pension only be paid to people with ‘a permanent disability and no capacity to work’. The report suggests those without a ‘permanent and profound’ disability be moved onto a ‘working age payment’. If implemented, this would have significant implications for people with mental illness.
The Mental Health Council of Australia has provided a very good summary and analysis of the key issues arising from the Interim Report. The Government has outlined a 6-week consultation period during which forums will be held in capital cities and submissions are invited. The closing date for submissions is 8 August.

Stereotypes abound in recent media reports
The tragic murder of a young woman in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens last week provided a classic case study on the media’s use of stereotypes of the homeless. The accused’s homelessness was of little relevance to the crime, yet it featured prominently in all media reports, further perpetuating stereotypes of the homeless as dangerous and mentally unwell. The Herald Sun’s front page headline ‘Hunt for Killer Hobo’ angered a number of people, including CHP’s CEO and Homeground’s CEO, both who submitted letters to the editor. Jenny Smith was interviewed on 3AW about the potential backlash of such stereotyping in the media. CHP also took up the up the issue of homelessness stereotyping in last week’s blog.

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
Now in its 7th year, this year’s concert will be MC-ed by RocKwiz co- presenter, Brian Nankervis. 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.
Grants & Awards

Impact100 – A grant opportunity for organisations addressing homelessness.  
Impact100 Melbourne is on a mission to provide high-impact grants, raise the profile of lesser-known NFPs and increase involvement in philanthropy across Melbourne.  In 2014 Impact100 Melbourne will consider eligible applications that address homelessness in Melbourne, for a major grant of up to $100,000. For more information go to the Impact100 website. Applications close 18 July 2014.

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.

In case you missed the news!

CHP Updates 

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. This edition will examine the slow emergence of a belief that there are policies and programs that can, if implemented properly, “end homelessness”; the opposing view being that homelessness can only be managed. Amongst efforts to “end homelessness” are models such as Housing, first; Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supported Housing.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of 15 August.
Contribution details can be found here.

HA Conference – Early bird registrations close 11 July
Register before 11 July to get the Early Bird rate for the 8th National Homelessness Conference: Complexities & Countermeasures!
Date: 10 – 12 September 2014
Venue: Gold Coast
Cost: Early Bird  HA member – $1195; Early Bird non-HA member – $1295
Further information can be found on the conference website.

Spirituality and mental health.
A two-day workshop that looks at the  relationship between spirituality and mental wellbeing. Participants will gain an awareness and understanding of the nature of mental illness, issues relating to the inherent dignity of the person and the spiritual dimensions of mental illness. The workshop will develop skills in assessing the spiritual needs of the person and ways to work with these issues.
Date: 14 July and 21 July
More info and registrations click here.

Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care
At least 85% of people who engage with mental health services have experienced trauma, so becoming trauma-informed is important for all workers.   This workshop will explore how we can all work more supportively – as individuals and organisations – within the context of trauma.  
Date: Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 and Friday 18 July 2014
Venue: VICSERV, Elsternwick, Victoria
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 young people workshop – self harm/self injury behaviours
The complexity of issues facing young people today continues to grow. Adolescence is in itself a time of conflict. This workshop utilises the latest research to better equip workers with young people, and will provide answers applicable to your day-to-day work.
Date: Monday 21 July 2014
More info is available here.
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

13th Australian Institute of Family Studies conference – Families in a rapidly changing world
Date: 30 July – 1 August
The AIFS conference will showcase cutting-edge research on topical issues relating to how families are adjusting to a rapidly changing world. It will outline key policy priorities for advancing the wellbeing of Australian families.
Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre
More information at the conference website.

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.

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