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Staying healthy, well and connected
Edition 10

During COVID-19 we will be sending out a series of health and wellbeing newsletters. Please share this information with your group members and anyone else who may be interested. 

Do you know a woman who has made a significant contribution to community, industry or society?



The City of Kingston is seeking nominations for Kingston Woman of the Year Award 2021.  Nominees should be leaders in their field, who inspire others and make a difference to our community through their exceptional professional or personal achievements in the following categories:

Courageous Commitment: Women who are dedicated to making a difference to the health, well-being, safety, and/or sustainability of our community through advocacy, campaigning, fundraising, and/or thought-leadership.

Excelling in Arts and Sport: Women using their sporting and/or creative talents to represent, motivate and inspire our community.

Inspiring Innovation: Women who are leaders in Business, Economics, Politics, and/or an Entrepreneur.

Success in STEM: Women excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Nominate Now

Nominations close Monday 30 November 2020.

The Award winner will be officially announced at Kingston’s International Women’s Day ceremony on Friday 5th March 2021.

Read more about the eligibility criteria, fill out or download the nomination forms on the City of Kingston Website or phone 1300 653 356.

Coronavirus Support for Multicultural Seniors
2020-2021 Grants Program

Multicultural seniors’ groups will play a key role in providing up to date information, enabling ongoing engagement and providing vital support to multicultural senior citizens in Victoria during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Coronavirus Support for Multicultural Seniors (CSMS) 2020-21 grants program will provide funding to up to $2,000 to multicultural seniors’ groups for immediate assistance to support their members and build stronger connections with their communities during coronavirus (COVID-19).

To qualify for this grant applicants must:

  • Be a multicultural seniors’ group with a focus on supporting seniors from culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse backgrounds.
  • Have at least 20 members with at least 50 per cent of their membership over the age of 60

Applications close at 11:59pm, 19 November 2020.

More information available on the Multicultural Affairs grant website: https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-support-for-multicultural-seniors-2020-21

Celebrate National Children's Week 2020

Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia with a diverse range of events and activities organised at National, State and Local levels. These focus the attention of the wider community on children, their rights and achievements. Children's Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood.

Cheltenham Community Centre is celebrating National Children's Week by providing a week-long program of shows, events and activities, supported by the City of Kingston and sponsors. Book here

Mordialloc Neighbourhood House is running a competition with a $100 prize. Find out more here.

For a list of other activities contact your local venue or visit My Community Life.
 

A free privacy policy for your policy toolkit

A robust privacy policy is an essential addition to any policy toolkit. Why? Because all organisations have a responsibility to treat people's information carefully. Cyberattacks and identity theft have become common, personal data is being sold for profit, and health information must be stored securely.

The Institute of Community Directors Australia are sharing a free 15-page policy template - produced with the assistance of legal partner Moores - that will help you protect private information and meet your legal obligations.
 
This policy features best-practice processes for:

  • data collection, use and disclosure
  • data storage, destruction and de-identification
  • data quality, security and retention
  • openness about data, with measures for access and corrections
  • proper use of "identifiers", anonymity and third parties
Download your free Privacy Policy here

Disclaimer: Please note that this is a template policy for general guidance only. For assistance in tailoring this policy to suit your organisation, or for legal advice at a pre-agreed price or training in this area, please contact Moores.

Why you need to keep your medical appointments during coronavirus

Statistics are showing the second coronavirus wave has caused a significant drop in the number of patients attending hospitals for treatment for heart attacks, strokes and essential cancer screenings.

While we must continue to follow restrictions to keep everyone safe, it’s important not to let the pandemic dictate how you treat your own health. Delaying medical appointments, such as cancer screenings and routine checks for conditions like diabetes, can have serious consequences for your health in the long run.

Tips for seeking medical assistance during the pandemic
  • It’s important to prioritise your own health. If you feel that you require medical attention, don’t feel guilty or worried about seeking the help you need.
  • GP clinics, hospitals and emergency departments are still operating across the state to provide all types of medical care, not only to coronavirus patients. There are health practices in place to protect health care workers and patients from the spread of coronavirus.
  • Monitor any changes in your physical state or routine which may be symptoms of medical issues such as cancer, heart attack or stroke and don’t delay seeing your doctor if necessary.
  • Don’t hesitate to call triple zero (000) in an emergency medical situation.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Extreme Hardship Support Program



The Extreme Hardship Support Program is emergency financial relief to help people pay for food, medicine or bills during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It is provided by the Victorian Government, with Red Cross. The program also provides information and referrals to those in need. 

Emergency supports are available for people on temporary visas, not eligible for Commonwealth support or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

Single people who have zero or very limited savings, income and community support can now apply to receive a $800 payment. Families still receive more based on the number of people in the household.

To apply for emergency financial assistance people should go to the Red Cross website or call Red Cross on 1800 855 240. Interpreters are available to assist in any language.

COVID-19 Community Survey

Remember to keep filling out the COVID-19 community survey.  
 
The results will help Council provide targeted services, respond to changing community needs and make sure we are caring for our community.

Haven't signed up yet? Simply click here to take part. We will check in with you weekly for the first 2 months, after that we will check in with you every month. We thank you for your feedback, your responses will help us help the community. 
Click Here to Start Survey

City of Kingston's COVID-19 Community Support Hotline

Please call the Kingston COVID-19 Community Support Hotline on 1300 653 356 to find out information on local agencies providing emergency food aid, home support services, financial counselling/assistance, family violence support and mental health services.

Victorian Statement Government 
The City of Kingston acknowledges the funding contribution made by the State Government of Victoria for the development of the My Community Life website, supporting resources and the delivery of community training sessions.
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