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Issue 08.17 17 March 2017

Women's Information Service: What's On - 14 March 2017

Western Community Connections Forum - 22 March 2017  west

The first Western Community Connections Forum for 2017 will be held on Wednesday March 22 at Findon Community Centre. The prime focus for this meeting is “Coping with School Costs”, alerting to changes that have occurred re concessions and the current impact on families. Guest speakers are Ann Bliss from Nazareth Catholic Community, Rachael Hayes from the Smith Family and Michelle Hogan from Good Shepherd Microfinance.

If you wish to come along for the light lunch just prior to the meeting (12:30-1:00), please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register. Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

Invitation: ASIC Financial Literacy Community of Practice - 31 March 2017 (City)

TOPIC: Start Smart story book and virtual reality experience

TOPIC: ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching in schools

MarionLIFE e-News - March 2017  south

E-newsletter for the Volunteering Strategy!

Now you can keep up with all that is happening in the Volunteering Strategy for South Australia (VSSA) via its new e-newsletter.

As a result of feedback from VSSA members and stakeholders, this newsletter has been developed in order to keep you updated on the outcomes, achievements and general news of VSSA activities.

Uniting Communities - Beluah Park Low Income Support E-News - March 2107  east

Shelter SA - Housing Matters  - 9 March 2017

In this edition:
  • AHURI: Homelessness and housing solutions – national one-day conference (Friday 31 March 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre)
  • Youth homelessness funding saved
  • Information and fact sheets for senior citizens
  • Consumer and Business Services (CBS) – Renting tips for International students

Shelter SA - Housing Matters - 15 March 2017

In this edition:
  • Keeping my Place - a new way to help young people keep a place to call home
  • Treasurer Scott Morrison links housing affordability to Australia's birth rate
  • Homelessness, home ownership and affordability
  • Who Cares…We Care…Fundraiser to support homeless children

Dignity Not Debt - Protest amd Fliering - 20 March 2017

Anti-Poverty Network SA will be protesting and fliering outside the Norwood Centrelink,49 Edward Street, Norwood from 2pm, as part of the national day of action against the Centrelink debts, the government's widely-criticised policy that has led to thousands of intimidating, incorrect, inappropriate notices being issued to current and former welfare recipients. Here are the details:

NDIS Nuts and Bolts with Sam Paior - 5 April 2017  east

Join JFA Purple Orange for a free event with Sam Paior, parent and advocate from The Growing Space to learn the nuts and bolts of the NDIS - what it’s all about, how it works and how to make the most of it. This event is for people living with disability and families.

2017 Women's Honour Roll - nominations close 9 June 2017

The South Australian Women's Honour Roll is an important part of an ongoing strategy to increase the formal recognition of women for their contribution to the South Australian community. Now held biennially, the Honour Roll acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of women in our community and their commitment to effecting change to ensure that we live in a safer and more inclusive society.

The Office for Women encourages you to consider nominating a woman or women that you believe have made significant contributions to the South Australian community. By recognising the achievements and dedication of women we raise the profile of their work, and increase its visibility in a society geared to take women’s efforts for granted.

Twenty women who have made an outstanding contribution to our community will be included in the 2017 South Australian Women’s Honour Roll publication. All women nominated will be included on the ongoing list of nominees.

CHOICE Campaign: It takes how long?

Issue 07.17 03 March 2017

Shelter SA: Housing Matters - 27 February 2017

Southern Volunteering SA Training Calendar - February to June 2017  south

Southern Volunteering SA offers a selection of courses for volunteers and volunteer managers, including several new courses specifically for volunteer managers, which are being offered for the first time. Most of the courses are free. All of the free courses (except for Introduction to Volunteering) are open to active volunteers or managers of volunteers only.
 
Upcoming courses for the months of March and April include:

  • Introduction to Volunteering - Woodcroft
  • Mental Health First Aid (2 days) - Victor Harbor
  • Customer Service Training for Volunteers – Seaford
  • Volunteers and the Law – Christies Beach
  • Grief and Loss – Seaford
  • Dementia Awareness – Goolwa 

Launch of the Discretionary Grants Program

Trustee company, Australian Executor Trustees (AET) has launched its discretionary grants program for 2017/18 offering up to $600,000 to eligible charitable organisations before 30 June 2017.

Renewal SA’s Works Program: Women in Steel Pre-employment Program - closing 20 March 2017

Renewal SA’s Works Program at Port Adelaide in partnership with Challenge Recruitment, Workskil, BlueScope, TafeSA, Interskills Training and WorkReady is delivering the Women in Steel Pre-employment Program offering real employment opportunities with Challenge Recruitment for BlueScope. Women living in the Western and Northern suburbs interested in a career in the steel manufacturing industry are encouraged to apply. Participants must attend the Information and Selection Session to be eligible. For further information please contact Bonnie before 20 March and register for a screening session. Phone 0466 501 609 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Women & Finance – A Man is Not a Financial Plan (City) - 27 March 2017

On Monday 27 March, Soroptomist International are holding a free information session titled ‘Women & Finance – A Man is Not a Financial Plan’. The session will be held at the Cumberland Arms hotel, 205 Waymouth Street Adelaide, at 6pm (if you wish to purchase dinner) with the information session running from 7-8.30pm. Rental Expert Carina Andrews will discuss rental agreements, and Financial Planner Christie Rigg will talk about money and younger women; credit cards; agreements; loans; insurance and superannuation. Please RSVP by 23 March to Marrion Saunders on 0488 198 144 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Essentials 4 Women SA: Beauty & the Beast - 30 March 2017  east

Essentials 4 Women SA are holding a screening of the film Beauty & the Beast at 6.30pm on 30 March 2017 to mark the final day of their 5th donation drive. E4WSA is an organisation that collects donations of feminine hygiene products and underwear, and distributes them to disadvantaged women.

Reverse Mortgages and Seniors Equity Loan (City) - 20 April 2017

UK Charities ‘Struggling to Survive’ – A Wake Up Call for Australia

CHOICE: Bad bank behaviour making you

Issue 06.2017 24 February 2017

National Financial Literacy Strategy Annual Highlights Report 2015-16

The report paints a national picture of the richness and diversity of financial literacy/capability programs and initiatives delivered by a wide range of organisations across the government, education, industry and community sectors, in alignment with the National Strategy, including many of the organisations represented by COP members.  As well as headline results and collective impact, the report presents numerous case studies of the programs run by Supporter organisations and showcases the work that many of you are doing. The report is published on the National Financial Literacy Strategy website at www.financialliteracy.gov.au

Tips for Renters – information and services for South Australians (sa.gov.au)

The South Australian Government provides information and services for South Australians on a range of housing topics.  For people looking to rent or who are already renting, fact sheets include information about renting privately and sharing, finding a secure rental property, tenancy bonds, residential parks, rooming, lodging and boarding housing and substandard properties.  It also provides tips for young people and students as well as offering tenancy information sessions.

Reinstated $1000 cap for Child Dental

The Federal Government has reinstated the Child Dental Benefit Scheme cap $1000 over a two year period. This can be used at a dentist or at a SA Dental School Clinic. If it is used at a school clinic then the child will get more value for money.

Puddle Jumpers Annual Report 2016

Issue 05.17 17 February 2017

Free Workshops for Workers Affected by Redundancy - commencing 16 February 2017  south

HR Development at Work is running Next Steps for Retrenched Workers in Southern Adelaide to help workers who have been retrenched. These free workshops supplement the normal outplacement programs offered by companies and are not meant to replace them. They provide some extra ongoing group support.
 
They’d love your help in ensuring every retrenched worker knows these are available to them.
If you know a worker whose position has been made redundant, invite them to these free support workshops on Thursdays in the Marion area. Workshops start 10:00 am and are repeated in the afternoon at 2:00pm, commencing Thursday 16 February. 
 
Workshops will be tailored to the needs and level of the participants. The workshops will help retrenched workers who want assistance with:

  • resumé and application writing
  • finding the hidden jobs
  • using technology to find and apply for jobs
  • interview skills training
  • finding a new career path, entering self-employment and more

Retrenched workers can find out more and register their interest to HR Development at Work by email

Shelter SA Newsletter - 17 February 2017

tafeSA: Women's Education; Information Session (City) - 7 April 2017

Launch of National Financial Literacy Annual Highlights Report 2015-2016

The report paints a national picture of the richness and diversity of financial literacy/capability programs and initiatives delivered by a wide range of organisations across the government, education, industry and community sectors, in alignment with the National Strategy, including many of the organisations represented by COP members.  As well as headline results and collective impact, the report presents numerous case studies of the programs run by Supporter organisations and showcases the work that many of you are doing

High phone and internet bills punishing South Australia’s working poor, welfare groups warn

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) appeared before the Productivity Commission last week to discuss concerns about the affordability of telecommunications services. [The Advertiser]

Don’t give your heart to a scammer this Valentine’s Day

The ACCC is warning consumers to be wary of scammers when looking for romance online and on social media. There are also warnings for consumers to watch out for fake emails that claim to be from the Federal Government's myGov website. [ACCC]

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