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CASI projects

CASI

Council is excited to partner with a number of local organisations to deliver a variety of projects to support the community and build social connections in Mount Alexander Shire.

Council has received funding to delivery the projects in partnership with the CASI Local Support Network, through the Victorian Goverment's Community Activation and Social Isolation (CASI) Initiative.

Create Space

CCH - Create Space

Create Space is a weekly time & space for people to meet up, bringing along whatever “thing” they’re working on (craft, sewing, decorating, whatever) and be together doing their thing, as a social, creative, no pressure gathering. Face to face and online sessions available.

Create Space flyer - Face to face sessions
Create Space flyer - Online sessions

Timeline
October 2020 to January 2021

Castlemaine Community House
Telephone: 03 5472 4842
Email: reception@cch.org.au
Website: www.cch.org.au

Activity packs for social support clients in Maldon

Maldon Hospital

Maldon Hospital social support clients will receive 3 rounds of activity packs whilst usual programs are not occurring. Activities which will encourage them to exercise, stay mentally engaged, and will promote mindfulness.

Timeline
October 2020 to December 2020

Maldon Hospital
Telephone: 03 5475 2000
Website: www.maldhosp.vic.gov.au

CFF Reactivate - Street Music

Castlemaine Fringe Festival

CFF Reactivate 20201 will bring high streets around Mount Alexander to life with street musicians and roving performances – reactivating our towns with vibrancy and colour and bring a smile to everyone’s dial through a series of lead-up performances presented in a COVID safe way.

CFF Reactivate promotional poster

Timeline
October 2020 to March 2021

Castlemaine Fringe Festival
Telephone: 0449 568 260
Email: castlemainefringe@gmail.com
Website: www.castlemainefringe.org.au

Iso-breakers

MNC

Themed walks in Maldon, with a twist:
• A fun way to join others, reconnect with what’s around and break the social fast.
• An informal avenue for seeing and becoming engaged in various local cultural and community groups.

Timeline
September 2020 to December 2020

Maldon Neighbourhood House
Telephone: 03 5475 2093
Email: info@maldonnc.org.au
Website: www.maldonnc.org.au

Growing Connections at Community Kitchen Garden

CCH

Growing Connections is about enhancing social connections in a community garden space, by establishing strong foundations for engagement with and supporting new volunteers to participate and connect.

Timeline
October 2020 to February 2021

Castlemaine Community House
Telephone: 03 5472 4842
Email: reception@cch.org.au
Website: www.cch.org.au

Tarrangower Tomorrow – Understanding Tarrangower’s COVID-19 experience

MNC

We want to understand the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Tarrangower community, how to respond as a community and what is required for recovery.
These questions will be incorporated into the Community Survey sent to all residents, businesses and non-resident ratepayers as part of the Tarrangower Tomorrow Community Plan.

Timeline
September 2020 to December 2020

Tarrangower Community Forum
Telephone: 03 5475 2093
Email: info@maldonnc.org.au
Website: www.maldonnc.org.au

Connecting community members without technology

CHIRP

Explore ways to provide access to activities and social connections for people in Mount Alexander Shire who are isolated and vulnerable, and do not have the technology to connect with others online.

Timeline
November 2020 to May 2021

CHIRP Community Health
Telephone: 03 5479 1000
Email: email@cdch.com.au
Website: www.chirp.org.au

Filling the Gaps

Castlemaine Commons Creative

This project will deliver a number of Castlemaine Commons YouTube Shows as a way to bring together community people, groups and networks. This will result in strengthening their resilience and form new resilience groups. We will identify, strengths and extent of community mutual aid, and generate conversations, actions and momentum that will enable inclusion and service access during these times.

Timeline
September 2020 to October 2020

Castlemaine Commons Collective
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/castlemainecommons/

Mental Wellbeing resource - z wallet card

CVPCP

To produce a mental health resource wallet card which gives clear and simple advice to all community members around what to do if they feel anxious or depressed, how to access professional help and how best to help others. Hard copies will be available to the community from December onwards.

Download the Mount Alexander Shire: Keeping mentally well card.

Timeline
September 2020 to November 2020

Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership
Telephone: 03 5472 5333
Email: admin@centralvicpcp.com.au
Website: www.centralvicpcp.com.au

Broadcasting: communicating COVID-19 information to multicultural communities

LCMS

This initiative seeks to broadcast COVID-19 updates in-language to the multicultural Castlemaine community: radio, media, social media and council media. This targets the ‘invisible community’, who may be unaware of the supports that exist in this region, and those for whom written English and/or other literacies may be a consideration.

Three in-language videos have been created to introduce key community groups to the services available in Mount Alexander Shire:

Hazaragi
Karen
Dinka


Timeline
October 2020 to December 2020

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Service
Telephone: 03 5441 6644
Email: info@lcms.org.au
Website: www.lcms.org.au

Community support for Xmas

CASI

A variety of support will be made available to assist our vulnerable community and promote social connections leading up to Xmas. This includes The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul providing food hampers and vouchers for families in need, supporting CHIRP Community Health to provide gifts for children, and supporting Council’s Youth Team to provide activity packs in November and December for vulnerable young people.

Timeline
November 2020 to December 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council - CASI Community Connector
Telephone: 5471 1700
Email: m.fowler@mountalexander.vic.gov.au

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