Have you noticed that as the weeks passed in isolation, you found you couldn't think as clearly, that you were lethargic, less productive, your mental health deteriorated, or that your attention span dwindled?

This resource can be used as a step-by-step guide for creating your own Working Together with Men project, or to inspire and support projects you may already be running or creating.

The City of Greater Geelong have adopted a Sustainability Framework that recognises climate change as a global emergency and are inviting you to learn about their Sustainability Framework and share your views on the proposed Action Plan.

Here's the upshot. The COVIDSafe app was rushed for a reason: we're in the midst of a pandemic. If we want to start opening up society again, being able to quickly identify anyone who may have been exposed to a new case of COVID-19 is crucial.

Surviving the COVID-19 reality has been challenging for us all. Transitioning back to a new type of normal will potentially be even more challenging.

We are currently seeking volunteers from the retail industry who are over 18 years of age, well and without symptoms of COVID-19 to participate in asymptomatic testing. The testing will not require participants to self isolate while they await their results if they are feeling well.

Nominations are now open for young people aged 12-25 who live in Greater Geelong.

The State Control Centre, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) and Community Information and Services Victoria (CISVic) are coordinating this survey.

Many families are bunkered down right now, trying to adjust to new work, school and family schedules at home.

The Barwon Health - Healthy Communities Unit have developed 7 fact sheets on staying healthy during COVID-19.

In partnership with the YMCA, the Health and Wellbeing team at Golden Plains Shire have created a series of 10 Backyard Brain Break videos. The videos provide families with a daily physical ‘Brain Break’ activity, that children and parents can participate in at home with little or no equipment needed.

In early April, the Drysdale community were please to see the opening of the Bella Wiyn Birralee Family Centre.

The City of Greater Geelong in partnership with VALID is creating an artwork for people with a lived experience of disability.

Care Australia have released a new report on This Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) which provides information on the different needs, capacities, and coping strategies of women, men, boys, and girls to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia. The purpose is to understand gender roles and relations and how they may change during the crisis. This RGA is based on an analysis of existing secondary data. The RGA was conducted from 23 March to 2 April 2020.

Looking for a healthy living app? Vichealth have released a database of over 300 apps rated which might be useful for those wishing to exercise at home.

Partnership Capability Framework: Creating Transformational Partnerships to Improve Community Health and Wellbeing provides a reference for PCP staff and partners to build capacity and identify the key elements and skills required to broker, support, manage, and monitor partnerships.
It can be used for multiple purposes including:

Beyond Blue have just launched a new, dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service - now available to support all people in Australia to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and wellbeing.

Where possible, Victoria will match people who need work with jobs that need doing.

Clinical Psychologist, Kathleen O’Moore explains how to complete a weekly personal mental health check-in during Coronavirus, and why it's important at this time.

Attention all Volunteer Coordinators, and/or Volunteer-Involving Organisations across our Barwon Region!