- Last Updated: Wednesday, 06 March 2019 05:22
LADS PACKS & ROUGH SLEEPERS DONATION DAY
DVCS would like to send out a massive thank you to all those who contributed to a super successful fundraiser on the weekend to raise donations for our new “Lads Packs” and “Rough Sleepers” Programs. Working with the generous volunteers who gave their time from the Nillumbik Lions Club, together we raised over $200 in monetary donations and have already filled 23 complete bags of essential hygiene and other items to pass on to those local men who are financially vulnerable and/or sleeping rough – and we are still counting, sorting and packing. A special thanks goes out to Eltham Bunnings, the Lions Clubs of Diamond Valley and Nillumbik and Big Group Hug, all whom collected donations among staff/club members for the programs and “Bubbles and Bears”’ in Eltham that donated 48 bars of handmade soap.
These items make a big difference in the lives of those needing support in our local community. If you would like to donate to these programs, or help with other community projects to ‘give where you live’, please call Kerri Wellington on 9435 8282.
Australia Day Honours for DVCS Volunteers
Diamond Valley Community Support and 3 of its long serving Volunteers received Australia Day awards from Jenny Macklin MP on Saturday 26th January. Congratulations to Benita Ewings, Joyce McNamara and Sonia Gilderdale for their well-deserved individual awards and to the all the DVCS Volunteers for their wonderful contribution to our organisation and local community.
West Heidelberg Community Legal Service
West Heidelberg Community legal Service together with DVCS are excited to announce a new Family Law advice clinic. The clinic will offer free legal advice to eligible members of the community and will cover all areas of family law.
Appointments will be available at DVCS from Thursday 8 November 2018.
Banyule Children's Gift Appeal
Can you help disadvantaged families in the Banyule community this Christmas? Then please donate new toys to the Banyule Children’s Gift Appeal! For some children, gifts donated via the Banyule Children’s Gift appeal are the only gifts those children receive. The program not only brings great delight to those children but also provides the parents with the knowledge that they live within a community that cares. So please give generously.
Vinnies Community Sleepout
Judy Thompson (Executive Officer) is participating in the St Vinnies Sleepout to support people experiencing homelessness in the Diamond Valley Community. Help her brave the cold by donating to:
KidsAssist helps Families with Education
Diamond Valley Community Support (DVCS) is very proud to announce the launch of its new KidsAssist program which will help families experiencing financial hardship and are finding it difficult to meet the full cost of school expenses.
DVCS Executive Officer Judy Thompson explains “All children should have the ability to fully participate in school life regardless of their parents’ financial situation. Yet the rising cost of school education means that some children are being singled out or excluded from opportunities to learn and grow and that’s where KidsAssist comes in.”
“Families experiencing financial hardship will be able to apply to DVCS for KidsAssist funding so that their children don’t miss out on important educational opportunities.”
The potential schools to participate in the KidsAssist program include Diamond Creek Primary School, Diamond Creek East Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic School (Diamond Creek), Rosanna Primary School, Rosanna Golf Links Primary School, Streeton Primary School and Macleod College.
Eligible families will be able to seek KidsAssist financial support for school related expenses including Stationery, Text books, Electronic Devices, Excursions and Camps, School Sports and other essential school items and activities.
“Our vision is to offer KidsAssist funding to help disadvantaged children attending all schools across the Diamond Valley area. It’s a big ask but it is so important that we strengthen opportunities for all children in our community to reach their potential through education.”
DVCS is extremely grateful to its Opportunity Shop Volunteers for their efforts in raising $10,000 to kick start the KidsAssist program. DVCS Op Shops are located at 44 Aberdeen Road, Macleod and 37 Chute Street, Diamond Creek, with all proceeds going back into emergency relief and other support services for the local community.
For more information please contact:
Judy Thompson – Executive Officer, Diamond Valley Community Support
Phone: 9435 8282 Email: email@example.com
AUTUMN & WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE TO RAISE $ FOR GREENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY
As the weather cools down, spare a thought (and a jacket) for those doing it tough. Diamond Valley Community Support and Greensborough Plaza have joined forces to run a pre-loved clothing drive that will be then sold at the DVCS Op Shops in Macleod and Diamond Creek.
DVCS Executive Officer Judy Thompson (pictures with Fiora Caminity) said money raised from both the Op Shop sales would go directly back into the local community to fund our KidsAssist Eduction Program and an Emergency Relief program for those in need.
Donations can be deliver to Greensborough Plaza's Customer Service desk on Level 2 between 30 April and 13 May.
It is with great excitement that we announce that our very own Rosie Bray has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day Honours List for 2018, for service to the community of north east Melbourne.
Rosie has supported many organisations in and around the Diamond Valley area over a long period of time including:
- Diamond Valley Community Support - Committee Member since 2009 and active volunteer since 2000
- Foundation Member of Yarra Valley FM Radio
- Supporter of Diamond Valley Foodshare since the 1990s
- Founding Member Greensborough Historical Society
Rosie is also a published author having written 'The History of Diamond Valley/Eltham Citizens Advice Bureau’, and has been a writer for 'What’s On in Watsonia' for over 30 years.
Rosie said: "I just wish my mum and dad were here to share this with me. It was their upbringing that gave me the community spirit."
The DVCS Committee of Management, staff and volunteers extend a very big congratulations to Rosie on her great and well deserved achievement.
Thank you very much StreetSmart Australia for your very generous Community Grant to Diamond Valley Community Support! These funds will go a long way towards the purchase of hygiene and personal care products such as toothbrush, toothpaste, flannel, soap, cleaning wipes, deodorant, shampoo, sanitary items etc for DVCS Mens and Womens Toiletry Bags and TLC Bags.
Many of our clients are so worried about providing for the rest of the family that they often forget about themselves. And it’s for this reason we have introduced TLC Bags to help vulnerable women feel important and cared for, and hopefully bring a little joy to their day. Handbags are packed with toiletries and other items such as lotions and moisturisers, jewellery, trinkets, note book, scarf, etc. When presented with a TLC Bag many clients are overwhelmed with gratitude. And thanks to our very generous friends at Greenhills Neighbourhood House we have been able to provide more TLC bags to our most vulnerable clients at Christmas time. Our Greenhills friends donated many gorgeous handbags and lots of lovely toiletries and gifts.Thank you very much Anna Lee and all the Greenhills community!