VMC | CALL FOR ENTRIES | My generation: stories of everyday multiculturalism Film Festival | now open, CLOSE 11.59pm Tuesday 24 April

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An invitation to showcase what multiculturalism means to your generation through the lens of everyday stories.

We're setting a challenge for filmmakers to use creative and original storytelling to enact powerful solutions to the questions of our time. Challenging us to look no further than the community around us, for the answers may be closer than we think.

Two weeks to enter your story of everyday multiculturalism. The VMC Film Festival is open for submissions and there are just two weeks left to enter a short film with your powerful story.

Films can be documentary-style or tell a fictional narrative, and films which were originally created for another competition or purpose will be accepted.

Shortlisted entries will light up the big screen at ACMI on Thursday 24 May.

In an age when  identity, race, faith and immigration politics dominate global headlines, we ask filmmakers , young and old: how has multiculturalism shaped our society in Victoria?

At this critical juncture of history,  what role do we want multiculturalism to play in our state’s future identity? And how do we get there?

Competition details:
  • Entries are welcome from anyone living in Victoria. Whether you are an established or aspiring filmmaker, or just have a powerful story to share, we invite you to submit short films of three to 12 minutes.
  • Submissions will be judged in two categories – under 25s and over 25s – and there will be great prizes .
Why: The VMC seeks narratives told by or about Victorians from all cultural backgrounds, and supports the work of emerging filmmakers from multicultural communities across Victoria.

When: Entries close Tuesday 24 April at 11:59pm. Visit culturaldiversityweek.vic.gov.au to find out more and to submit your entry.

Film Festival Tickets
Shortlisted films will be screened at the VMC Film Festival at ACMI at 7.30pm on Thursday 24 May 2018. Come along to enjoy a night of inspiring local films,  celebrate with the winners and vote for the People’s Choice Award!
Tickets will cost $10 and will be on sale in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updates and help spread the word to your networks.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171
Website: multicultural.vic.gov.au

The VMC Film Festival is presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology as an offshoot of Cultural Diversity Week.

VMC | GRANTING | Multicultural Festival and Events | open now, CLOSE 11.59pm Thursday 26 April 2018

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Encouraging participation of the whole Victorian community in festivals and events to celebrate and embrace our vibrant multicultural diversity.

Are you organising a multicultural festival or event that will take place between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019?

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) encourages you to apply for a grant through the Victorian Government's Multicultural Festival and Events Program.

How much?
There are three streams of funding available:
  • Small - $10,000
  • Medium - $10,001 - $50,000
  • Large - $50,001 - $100,000
Multi-year funding up to four years will be considered for: 
  • events based in metropolitan Victoria that have been successfully delivered and funded by the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion (MASC) Division and/or the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) for the last five years or more
  • events based in regional Victoria that have been successfully delivered and funded by MASC and/or the VMC at least once before in the last three years.
You are eligible to apply if you are an organisation that:
  • is a not-for-profit entity; and
  • has a current Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • is registered under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic).
Victorian primary and secondary educational institutions are also eligible for funding under the School Grants stream, set to open in August 2018. Events must be held in March or April 2019 to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week (16 – 24 March 2019).

For more information and to apply, visit the multicultural.vic.gov.au website.

Information Sessions
The Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division is currently hosting grants information sessions for community groups interested in applying for any MASC grants. The remaining sessions are:
  • Thomastown 
10 April 2018, 6.00pm
Barry Road Community Activity Centre - 36 Barry Road, Thomastown VIC 3074
  • Shepparton 
11 April 2018, 1.30pm
Goulburn Ovens TAFE - 152-200 Fryers Street, Shepparton, VIC 3630
  • Dandenong 
12 April 2018, 6.00pm
Dandenong Central Senior Citizens Centre - 10 Langhorne Street, Dandenong, VIC 3175

To register your interest in attending a session, email community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au with the following information:
  • Name
  • Organisation
  • Number of attendees
  • Location of information session you wish to attend
  • Any accessibility or interpreter requirements
Community Grants
Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: 1300 366 356
Email: community.grants@dpc.vic.gov.au
Website: multicultural.vic.gov.au

PPLS | WORKSHOP | Seniors' Creative Nonfiction with Lee Kofman | Sunday April 29th | 10.30am-1.30pm

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Aged 55+ years and with a life rich story? 

If so, join writer, blogger and teacher Lee Kofman for a workshop on writing creative nonfiction. Creative nonfiction is a broad, exciting genre that includes such popular sub-genres as memoir, personal essay, travel writing and much more.

Learn about different elements of creative nonfiction and some of its common principles: situating the writer’s self, turning real people into characters and writing vividly.

Who: For attendees aged 55+ only.

Considerations: Please bring a snack as there will be no break for lunch during the workshop.

Get inspired to enter the upcoming Port Phillip Writes: Seniors Festival Writing Awards!

Cost: $6

Where: St Kilda Library Commmunity room, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Bookings: Essential. Online through EventBrite

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655
Email: library@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Website: https://library.portphillip.vic.gov.au/Home

CoPP | PLANNING | For Future Older Persons Care: Who Speaks For You When You Cannot? | Monday 30 April 2018 | 10am-12noon

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An Annual Forum to assist planning your future care and have your preferences known and respected. 

If you were very unwell and not able to communicate your preferences to others, who would speak for you? What would you want them to say?

Advanced care planning helps to ensure that your loved ones and your doctors know what your health care and personal preferences are. That can give everyone peace of mind.

Advanced Care Planning Australia Volunteer Community Ambassadors will provide easy to understand information about what advance care planning is, how it may benefit you and how to do it.

Where: St Kilda Town Hall (portico entrance), corner Brighton Road and Carlisle Street

Inclusions: Q&A, morning tea and all attendees to this free forum receive a complimentary information kit.

Cost: Free

Bookings: RSVP by Tuesday 24 April, ASSIST tel 03 9209 6777; Email rsvp@portphillip.vic.gov.au

Older Persons Consultative Committee (OPCC)
City of Port Phillip
Website: http://portphillip.vic.gov.au/older_persons_consultative_committee.htm

KIN | TOURING | Places of Worship | Wednesday 30 May 2018 | 9am-4pm

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A bus tour to places of worship providing an opportunity for the public to learn about different faiths. 

Tour participants will be able to see different places of worship and ask questions in a respectful and supportive small group environment. This will be a great opportunity to have a small guided tour, ask questions, and experience different faiths in a welcoming environment. Modest clothing worn in all Places of Worship would be appreciated.

This year two Community buses will be available (a 21 seats and an 11 seats buses) to accommodate more community members.

Bus Pick-up Point at 8.45am: Council Building, 34 Brindisi Street, Mentone 

The Tour will collect the participants at Mentone Council building at 8:45am and will include the following places of worship:
  • ECKANKAR Community Centre (Moorabbin)
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Moorabbin)
  • Yun Yang Temple – Include: visit of the temple and optional park walk and meditation session. (Narre Warren)
Cost: Free. Please BYO lunch - dessert and drinks provided by Kingston Council

Bookings: Essential, places on the buses are limited. RSVP: 7 May 2018. Elisabetta Robecchi elisabetta.robecchi@kingston.vic.gov.au | 03 9581 4783

Kingston Interfaith Network
Elisabetta Robecchi
Email: elisabetta.robecchi@kingston.vic.gov.au
Tel: 03 9581 4783

INTERSECT | SURVEY | Improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural and diverse faith backgrounds

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Together we seek to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural and diverse faith backgrounds by hearing about people’s experiences in accessing services and in seeking support. 

Concurrently we are exploring the levels of awareness and knowledge services and community leaders may have about the health and wellbeing needs, supports and barriers LGBTIQ+ people from multicultural and diverse faith backgrounds may experience.

We are gathering this knowledge to better create resources inclusive of help sheets, training and e-modules to enhance culturally safe and culturally inclusive practice for all LGBTIQ+ people.

We would love you to be involved in any way you can.
We are offering multiple consultation methods to better inform our work.
  • Consultations include online surveys for both service providers and lived experience, individual consultations, facilitation of small group and broad participant forums.
  • We will be sharing these events in the next week as we launch our consultation phase to listen to and take note of stories and experiences from communities.
  • We welcome any questions or greater involvement in the project.
Contact us to get involved! By participating you are contributing to a deeper understanding of how intersectional identity influences principles of culturally safe care.

LGBTIQ+ Intersect Project Team.
Silvana Izzo
Email: silvana.izzo@svha.org.au
Website: http://www.vtmh.org.au/news/intersect-project

LGBTIQ+ Intersect, is a collaborative project between GLHV@ARCSHS, La Trobe University (GLHV) and Victorian Transcultural Mental Health (VTMH) that aims to develop resources for service providers, community leaders and other advocates and allies working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people from multicultural and diverse faith backgrounds. Funded via a two year Harmony Grant from the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion, as Out in the CaLD. Both organizations have long histories of advocacy, community engagement and sector development within a human rights framework.

CoPP | GRANTING | Community Meals Subsidy Funding 2018-2019 FY | APPLICATIONS OPEN Tuesday 3 April, CLOSE Sunday 29 April 2018

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Subsidies are available for the provision of healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate meals by local community groups and community organisations. 

This program promotes social inclusion and community engagement by encouraging the contribution and participation of older residents, residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, the LGBTIQ community, people with disabilities and people with complex needs.

Information session for new applicants
New groups and organisations are encouraged to attend the upcoming information session to find out more about the program:
When: Wednesday 4 April 2018
Time: 10 am (please arrive 10 minutes early to sign in)
Where: Training Room, St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda
RSVP and enquiries: 03 9209 6441 or meals@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Interpreters are available if requested.

More City of Port Phillip’s grants information can be found at:
Community Meals Subsidy Grant Guidelines are available in English. Translations are also available in Russian and Greek. To obtain these or if you have any other needs, please contact Anna Lew Ton on the details below.

Applications can be submitted online at https://portphillip.smartygrants.com.au/ from Tuesday 3 April to 5pm on Sunday 29 April 2018.

City of Port Phillip
Food Services, Diversity & Inclusion
Anna Lew Ton, Team Leader
Email: Anna.LewTon@portphillip.vic.gov.au
Mail: Betty Day Centre, 67 Argyle Street, St Kilda Victoria 3182
Tel: 03 9209 6441
Website: www.portphillip.vic.gov.au

The City of Port Phillip acknowledges support by the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Home Support Program and the Victorian Government’s Home and Community Care Program.
“Although funding for the Community Meals Subsidy Grant has been provided by the Australian Government and Victorian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government or the Victorian Government.”

VMC | GRANTING | Regional Community Resilience Projects | open now, CLOSE 5.00pm Friday 6 April 2018

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Community organisations in rural and regional Victoria can now apply for funding to develop projects that help to prevent violent extremism and tackle factors that cause community division. 

Between $30,000 and $120,000 funding is available per application.

Projects should respond to one of the following aims:
  1. Develop innovative projects and partnerships which address the conditions that underlie violent extremism
  2. Respond to tensions caused by right wing, ISIS-inspired and other violent extremist narratives
  3. Enable critical and constructive dialogue about factors that undermine social cohesion and may lead to violent extremism.
Who: Community organisations can partner with peak bodies, local councils and universities. Projects should be community or youth-led.                                                           

Details/Applications online.

Victorian Multicultural Commission
Level 9, 1 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 7017 8171
Website: multicultural.vic.gov.au

GRUN | CONFERENCE | Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Inaugural Commonwealth Conference | Monday 9-Wednesday 11 April 2018

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A conference exploring the normative and practical leadership roles of faith communities, universities, and the Commonwealth of Nations itself with theme: “Sustainable Peace and Development in a Polarising World: Perspectives and Contributions from the Commonwealth of Nations.”

The globe is witnessing a period of tumultuous change. Driven by factors such as the far-reaching impacts of climate change, political and economic upheavals of Brexit, US withdrawal from international leadership coupled with the rise of Chinese transnational organisations, persistent international terrorism, and widening political and social polarisation, this wave of change is restructuring how the world works.

What is the role of the Commonwealth of Nations in these changing times?
Based on the successful precedents of events organised in conjunction with the G20 and G8 Summits, it is clear that input from a broad range of voices strengthen international decision making. This conference will assemble experts from around the Commonwealth as part of the activities surrounding the Commonwealth Games on the Australian Gold Coast in April 2018.

Monday 9 April: 4.30-9pm
Tuesday 10 April: 8.30am-9:00pm
Wednesday 11 April: 8.30am-6pm

Where: Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue (N35), Nathan Campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, Nathan, QLD 4111

Cost: $50-$100

Inclusions: Conference Sessions, 2 x Dinners (Monday and Tuesday), Morning Tea & Afternoon Tea Exclusions: Wednesday dinner, accommodation and travel

Bookings: More information and registration online through EventBrite.

Griffith University (GRUN)
Centre for Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue
(N35) Nathan Campus, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan, Nathan, QLD 4111

WIN | ENGAGING | Youth Leadership Camp 2018 | Tuesday 10-Thursday 12 April 2018

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A Wyndham Interfaith Network residential experience Tuesday 10th –Thursday 12th April (3 days/2 nights) during 2nd week of April school holidays at Whitehall Guesthouse in Queenscliff. 

Faith communities with a link to Wyndham can nominate 5 young potential leaders (between 16-25 years old) to join others.

The total number of places for young people is 30.

It is also possible for a faith leader to accompany the young people from their community as an observer and additional support.

The camp is Co Ed with males and female accommodated on different floors of the facility.

The camp will be facilitated by Wyndham CEC, the Gandhi experiment and Victoria Police. It will be active, creative, reflective and fun.

Themes include:
  • Building understanding;
  • Responding to challenge
  • intercultural skills;
  • World’s religions; and,
  • Organising social action
Support and follow up will be available for young people to plan activities on leadership or social action.

Where: Whitehall Guesthouse, 11 Learmonth St, Queenscliff VIC 3225

Cost: Free. All costs are covered.

Wyndham Interfaith Network
Laurence Gray
Tel: 03 9742 4013
Email: laurenceg@wyndhamcec.org.au

A collaboration with Victoria Police, The Gandhi Experiment, Wyndham Community and Education centre Inc and the State Government of Victoria.

PPLS | SUSTAINABLE | Gardening For Apartments and Small Spaces | Wednesday 11 April 2018 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Come along and learn tips, tricks and simple solutions to make your garden seem bigger. Overcome constraints and grow a functional sustainable garden that is good for you and the environment. 

This talk by Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia will cover design for balconies and small gardens, working with constraints, organic waste recycling options, growing in containers and pots, vertical gardening, soil and potting mixes and water smart gardening.

Did you know the City of Port Phillip Council is also delivering a series of hands on, interactive workshops and talks to share sustainable living tips with our community? Whether you want to reduce your energy consumption, explore waste free living or speed date a sustainability expert, we’ve got you covered. Learn the practical tips to live the smart life today and sign up to attend our workshops.

Check out the Sustainable Port Phillip calendar!

Where: St Kilda Library, 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda Vic 3182

Cost: Free

Bookings: online through EventBrite

City of Port Phillip Council
Port Phillip Library Service (PPLS)
Tel: 9209 6655
Email: library@portphillip.vic.gov.au

BaIN | TOUR | Place of Worship: Our Lady Ta' Pinu Shrine | Saturday 14 April 2018 | 9.30am-2pm

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Join this Guided tour of shrines and Way of the Cross with viewing of the Chapel of Adoration.

The communities that have a presence at the shrine include the Maltese, Italian, Filipino, Hispanic, Sri Lankan, Indian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Vietnamese, Polish and Indonesian.

Bus pick-up Location: Ballarat Regional Multicultural Centre, 145 Victoria St, Ballarat East

Considerations: Must be able to walk up hill. BYO lunch.

Cost: $5 for travel, plus a donation of choice at the shrine

Bookings: RSVP by Tuesday 10 April, Margaret 0400 650 234, Maureen 0418 383 802

Ballarat Interfaith Network (BaIN)
Website: http://interfaithinballarat.blogspot.com.au

BMIN | TOUR | Place of Worship: Australian Islamic Centre of Newport | Victorian Mosque Open Day | Sunday 15 April 2018 | 10.30am-1.30pm

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All aboard for Newport Mosque – “perhaps the first truly contemporary Australian mosque … is an architectural and social marker of a new perception of Islam in Australia (see more at NGV)". 

This visit will include guided tour lead by the mosque architect, the renowned Australian architect Glenn Murcutt.

Bus Pick-up Location: 
10:30am Sunshine: in front of VISY Cares Hub, 80B Harvester Rd, Sunshine VIC 3020
10:40am Footscray: Footscray Town Hall, 61 Napier St, Footscray VIC 3011
Bus returns: to both locations by 1.30pm.

The Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network (BMIN) taking part in the second annual Victorian Mosque Open Day. A bus of up to 45 participants will visit the Australian Islamic Centre of Newport.

The Mosque Open Day is state-wide annual event, run by Islamic Council of Victoria’s (ICV) is supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and Victorian Government (Office of Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion).

Considerations: The tour includes BBQ lunch provided at the Newport Mosque.

Cost: This is a free event.

Bookings: Register online through EventBrite.

Those with their own transport can meet the BMIN group at the mosque at 11am. The Mosque is located at 23/31 Blenheim Rd, Newport.

The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network
Maribyrnong City Council
Tel: (03) 9688 0452
Email: info@bmin.org.au
Website: http://www.bmin.org.au

MUC | ENGAGING | Men of Faith | Sunday 15 April 2018 | 5.30-8pm

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Join in discussion with Men of Faith Forum. Hear how five different men live their faith, impacting and shaping lives:

  • Islam
  • Sikhism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
After such an amazing night hearing from our Women of Faith Forum back in January, we are doing it all over again.

Everyone - women and men, any faith background, those searching for faith too - are invited to come and share in conversation, listen to these amazing stories and ask some questions with these five men sharing their life journeys from their different faiths.

Where: Murrumbeena Uniting Church, 117 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena VIC 3163

Murrumbeena Uniting Church and The Sonder Collective
117 Murrumbeena Road, Murrumbeena VIC 3163
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1552861928097144/

A collaboration with The Sonder Collective, a Youth and Young Adults collaborative Ministry

WIN | TOUR | Places of Worship Tour | Tuesday 17 April 2018 | 9am-2pm

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All aboard the bus into friendship,  stopping Crossroads Uniting Church, Church of Scientology and Quang Minh Buddhist Temple.

Bus pick-up Location: 
Crossroads Uniting Church, corner of Duncans Rd and Synnot St, Werribee VIC 3030
Drop off: this location by 2pm

Tour visits:
10-11.15am: The Church of Scientology, 231 - 251 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
11.45am-1pm: Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, 18 Burke St, Braybrook VIC 3019

Considerations: Remove shoes at entrance to the Temple
Light lunch to follow

Cost: Free. A vegetarian lunch will be provided

Bookings: RSVP by Thursday 12 April. Online through Trybooking

Wyndham Interfaith Network
Laurence Gray
Tel: 0401 337 696
Email: laurenceg@wyndhamcec.org.au