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.