A Bright Future – programs for people impacted by gambling harm

Bethany’s Gambler’s Help team in Geelong runs confidential programs and information sessions for people impacted by gambling harm.

Programs are available for people who require support with their own problem gambling, as well as for people impacted by a family member’s problem gambling.

Learn about the meaning and impact of gambling, develop personal and financial strategies, and gain support in a friendly environment.

To find out more about our Term 1 sessions, please visit our Gambler’s help services page and click on the links to view information fliers.

Jobs boost for expert roles in family violence and child and family support

An information session will be held on Thursday 1 February at Bethany Community Support’s Hamlyn Heights office to provide information about new career opportunities which will become available at the Barwon Support and Safety Hub.

The Barwon area is one of five launch sites around the state for the establishment of new Support and Safety Hubs. The Hubs will deliver a fundamental change in the way services work with women, children and families, and men. Hub staff will work with women, children and young people experiencing family violence and families in need of support with the care, wellbeing and development of children and young people, to access coordinated responses from community, health and justice services. The Hubs will also focus on perpetrators of family violence, to keep them in view and play a role in holding them accountable for their actions and changing their behaviour.

The establishment of the Support and Safety Hubs was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is part of a long term plan to end family violence in Victoria and help better support and protect vulnerable children.

The Barwon Support and Safety Hub will be based in Geelong and cover the Barwon area. The Hub will include specialist family violence services for women and children, and child and family services staff. It will also provide a first point of contact (via phone) for men who use violence, with further contact occurring at a separate location. By bringing together a range of expert practitioners from different workforces and practices, the Hub will create an integrated team and a consolidated access point to create a new way of supporting local people. The Victorian Government’s investment in the Support and Safety Hubs will see the creation of new employment opportunities for the area.

The Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault/Minerva and Bethany Community Support are jointly facilitating a recruitment information session to provide information about the career opportunities available in the new Barwon Support and Safety Hub.

If you enjoy working collaboratively and share our vision to create a future where all our community can enjoy safe and respectful personal and family relationships, please come along to our information session to learn more about the new roles available in the Hub.

The recruitment information session will be held on Thursday 1 February at 6pm at Bethany Community Support, 1 Gibbs Street, Hamlyn Heights.

Changes to the Bethany Board of Management

Five new Directors were elected to the Bethany Community Support Board of Management at our November AGM, with retiring Board members and new Life Members also acknowledged at the event.

Tara Paatsch, Frederick Clarke, Lynne Kidman, Chris Bowly and Dr Karen Lane were elected to the Board for their first term.

Geoff Caddy (outgoing Chair) and Sean Mackay retired from the Board, having reached their maximum tenure.

In recognition of their leadership and service to the organisation, Life Memberships were awarded to Fiona Williams, Dr Sandra Lea-Wood, Geoff Caddy and Sean Mackay.

Find out more about the Bethany Board of Management here.

Saver Plus – help with education costs

Have you heard about Saver Plus? 

It’s a free matched-savings and financial education program offered locally by Bethany Community Support. Saver Plus assists individuals and families on lower incomes to build their savings for educational costs and improve their financial management skills.

Saver Plus:

  • Matches savings for education costs dollar-for-dollar up to $500
  • Includes fun and informal financial education workshops
  • Provides assistance and support to establish a savings goal and develop a savings habit

Participants make regular deposits towards a savings goal over a 10-month period and attend workshops to build their financial management skills. When participants reach their savings goal, ANZ matches the amount – up to $500 – towards education costs including uniforms, text books, laptops, sports equipment, music tuition, TAFE or apprenticeship costs, and much more.

With the start of the 2018 school year just around the corner, now is a great time to get involved. Please call us on (03) 5278 8122 to register your interest or find out more.

Bethany to receive inaugural Adroit Golf Day Capital Grant

Bethany Community Support is delighted to have been announced as the beneficiary of a major capital grant from Adroit Insurance Group and the Geelong Community Foundation. The $100,000 grant will be derived from proceeds from the Adroit Golf Day, to be held on 23 November at 13th Beach Golf Club in Barwon Heads.

Adroit received 21 applications for the grant and, ably supported by the Geelong Community Foundation’s Grants Committee, undertook a robust grant review and interview process resulting in the grant being awarded to Bethany Community Support. The grant will be used to enhance Bethany’s family violence services with the development of a Men’s Centre.

The development of the Men’s Centre in Geelong will play an important role in addressing the issue of family violence in the local community, and will fill a current gap in the community response to family violence, in particular in services available for men who perpetrate violence or who are at risk of perpetrating violence.

The Men’s Centre will provide a multi-disciplinary response to the issue, by providing a suite of services for local men – both in the prevention and response to – family violence. Bethany has a bold vision for a service informed by cutting-edge research, which will provide men the opportunity to access services ranging from Men’s Behaviour Change programs to counselling, GP services, fathering programs and mental health assessment and treatment.

It is known that men who use violence often present with a complex array of factors which enforce (not cause) their decision to use violence. The Men’s Centre will provide men the opportunity to receive a tailored response to address his decision to use violence as well as to address any re-enforcing factors, such as alcohol and drug use, poor mental health, housing instability or homelessness, unemployment, disability, problem gambling, and so forth.

This is a highly innovative project which aims to provide ongoing benefits to the local community including employment and training opportunities, as well as contributing to a reduction in incidences of family violence. The Centre will be the first of its kind in Victoria.

The development of plans for the Centre are now underway, and are being strongly informed by current and emerging research and successful practice. An appropriate site for the Centre is currently being investigated, with an announcement is expected to be made later this year.

Bethany Community Support is extremely grateful to Adroit and Geelong Community Foundation for their support of this innovative project, and look forward to working with both organisations.

Welcome to our new look website!

Welcome to the new Bethany Community Support website! Whether you are a current client, someone looking for information about the type of services we provide, a job-seeker or just curious – we hope you find the new site easy to navigate and informative. We would love to hear from you if you have any feedback about the website, or about the refreshed Bethany logo (visit the Contact page to find out how to get in touch). You may also like to visit the new Bethany Kindergarten Services website, too.