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Staying healthy, well and connected
Edition 11

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. 

Planning for the return of volunteers

COVID-19 forced the abrupt suspension of many community volunteer programs. With restrictions now easing, organisations must plan for the return of volunteers, a challenging task as many volunteers are in high-risk categories.

Read our handy guide to plan and manage the return of your volunteers

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Kingston Council is hosting an online webinar Gender equality & preventing family violence: exploring the links on 1 December, 11am – 12:30pm.

It will feature keynote speaker dual Walkley Award winning journalist and author Jess Hill (See What You Made Me Do – Power, Control and Domestic Abuse) and an expert panel.

The webinar will unpack gendered drivers that can lead to family violence, and explore how we can safely challenge these and promote equality and respect. Register for the webinar here.

Be Connected is an Australia wide-initiative empowering people to thrive in a digital world. They have online learning resources as well as a network of community partners who offer support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence including: 
  • How to use Zoom
  • Buying and selling online
  • Safe passwords
  • Online banking
  • Researching family history
Visit the BeConnected website

Help improve your neighbourhood

Help shape the future of Kingston by sharing what matters most to you in your neighbourhood.

Kingston Council has partnered with independent research agency Place Score to conduct a neighbourhood liveability study.  The quick survey will help identify priority areas for Council investment based on what our community values most in an ideal neighbourhood.

It could be parks and public spaces, buzzing shopping precincts, community safety, local facilities. 
Find our more at

Do you know a woman who has made a significant contribution to community, industry or society?
Nominations are closing soon for the Kingston Woman of the Year Award 2021.
Nominations are open until 30 November.

Find out more and nominate now 

Make a #NaturePact for 30 days

The People and Parks Foundation wants everyone to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of connection in nature each and every day. This November they're calling on everyone, young or old, near or far, to make a #NaturePact and sign up to a daily Nature Dose for a month – that’s 30 minutes in nature a day, every day for 30 days.

What is a Nature Dose?

Easy – it’s you, in nature, noticing nature. Whatever you’re doing – at work, rest, play or commute – take it outside, stay connected in nature. Take a walk and notice your neighbours’ plants, street trees, birds, the local park. It’s amazing where you’ll notice nature.

Find out more

Food for Mental Wellbeing resource

Research tells us that food choice is influenced by how we feel. Peninsula Health's new Food for Mental Wellbeing resource aims to assist people in obtaining accurate information about food that supports good mental health.

Mental health is an important part of overall health to be able to function well, have meaningful social connections, positive self-esteem and the ability to cope with change.

Download the resource and please share broadly with your clubs and networks.

Rent Reduction and Rent Relief Grant Guide

Tenants Victoria has developed a guide to help members of the community who are experiencing rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The guide includes detailed steps on applying for a rent reduction or the Victorian Government rent relief grant of up to $3,000. The guide also includes help with letters to your real estate agent/landlord and tips on negotiating a rent reduction.

Learn more and access the guide

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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