Author Archives: Marli Blackney-Noter

Resource of the Month – October, 2020

The Resource of the month for October are the LGBTI+ Resources.

Despite people who identify as LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Intersex and Queer/Questioning) making up an estimated 11% of the Australian population, research shows that sport participation rates for the LGBTIQ+ community are amongst the lowest of any community group.

To help clubs understand some of the barriers to participation for the LGBTIQ+ community, Proud 2 Play, together with South West Sport, have developed a suite of online resources, including a short course to be hosted on the well known “Play By The Rules” website.

The project was made possible through support from VicHealth, and had direct input from several south west sporting clubs whose feedback helped shape the online short course.

A launch event for the resources on September 22nd featured an All-Star panel who have been assembled to introduce the sports industry to the new online resources.

Blokes of the South West – Virtual Lock In

‘Lock In’ – proudly brought to you by Let’s Talk Foundation and supported by South West Healthcare

Tomorrow Man bring their virtual workshop to the South West.

📅Thursday 15th October 7.00 – 9.00 PM.

Join us for some laughs, banter and a chat about what’s going on for blokes at the moment.If you’ve been missing the social side of life – your workplace, your club or the catchup at the pub … this is for you.

Register for this FREE event by following the link: https://virtuallockinsouthwest.eventbrite.com.au/

Women of the South West – Virtual Unbound

‘Unbound’ – proudly brought to you by Let’s Talk Foundation and supported by South West Healthcare

Tomorrow Woman brings their virtual workshop to the South West.

📅Tuesday 13th October 7.00 – 9.00 PM.

If you have missed the social connection of your everyday life, be that your workplace, mother’s group, sporting club or gym … … this is for you.

Register for this FREE event by following the link: https://virtualunboundsouthwest.eventbrite.com.au

Policy of the Month – September, 2020

Our Policy of the Month for September is the Interacting with Children Guidlines!

This week is National Child Protection Week. This year National Child Protection Week will celebrate its 30th year with the theme:

 Putting children first…

‘Putting children first’ was front of mind when the National Child Protection Week campaign was launched in 1990, with the aim of bringing abuse and neglect out of the shadows and putting child wellbeing on the national agenda.

Since then, the need to put children first has been recognised time and time again as an important pillar for boosting the wellbeing of all children in Australia.  

Under this year’s theme of ‘Putting children first’ we invite all Australians to look at how they can prioritise children in their lives and communities and to engage in National Child Protection Week – as individuals, and as part of families, organisations, communities and society.

Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. To grow up well children need to feel safe and loved, have a chance to play and explore, have a say in decisions that affect them, and access to essential things like food, shelter and healthcare. 

For children to thrive we need to come together as a community and put children’s needs first during National Child Protection Week and every week. 

With that in mind clubs should think about what they need to do ensure children feel safe in your sporting club.

This month we are looking at Interacting with Children Guidelines. These guidelines are for coaches and other personnel to protect them from risk and to keep children safe.

CLICK HERE to download the Interacting with Children Guidelines. It is recommended that sporting organisations develop guidelines tailored to the needs and context of their sport. 

Also take a look at our May 2020 Policy of the Month – Child Safe Policy.

Volunteering Victoria Supplementary Grants

The Volunteering Victoria Supplementary Grants program provides funding to support the efforts of Victoria’s volunteers as well as to encourage and increase participation in volunteering by providing small amounts of money that organisations and community groups can use to help their volunteers.

The intended outcome of the grants is to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.

The 2020 Supplementary Grants are designed to support volunteer involving organisations with a high proportion (over 40%) of volunteers to:

  • Help support the efforts of Australia’s volunteers
  • Help support the inclusion of vulnerable people through volunteering
  • Encourage, support, and increase participation in volunteering
  • Post COVID-19 re-engagement activities for volunteers
  • Adapting practices to support volunteers’ safety in relation to COVID-19

Grants of between $1,000 – $5,000 are available to enable volunteer involving organisations to strengthen community functioning by increasing participation in volunteering.

For more information or to apply for this grant, click here.

Applications close on Sunday 20th September 2020.

Active Kids Grants

The Australian Sports Foundation Active Kids Grants are now open.   

The Active Kids Grants aim to provide every child with the active childhood they deserve, by helping sporting clubs with additional funds for equipment to increase junior participation.  

The grants will focus on volunteer run grassroots and community clubs with young members aged under 20, with priority given to clubs in disadvantaged and / or rural communities. 

Applications will be accepted from 1 September to 30 September with suggested grant values up to $10,000 to fund projects that will acquire sporting equipment, sporting kits and uniforms. 

For more information or to apply for this grant, click here.

Applications close on Wednesday 30th September 2020.