Upcoming Events in May for Drummond Street Services

Our friends at Drummond Street Services do some amazing work supporting the health and wellbeing of people and families in the Greater Geelong and Barwon regions. As well as recommencing face-to-face appointments with clinicians as of May 3rd, drummond street services has prepared a comprehensive list of events and groups for the upcoming month.

Turning into Teens

Teaching skills and strategies to help your teen express their emotions in healthy ways, this program seeks to help young people better articulate their thoughts and feelings effectively.

Held over six sessions, this program is perfect for those seeking to connect to their young person more effectively on an emotional level and help them strengthen their emotional intelligence.

April 29th 7 pm – 9 pm
May 6th 7 pm – 9 pm
May 13th 7 pm – 9 pm
May 20th 7 pm – 9 pm
May 27th 7 pm – 9 pm
June 3rd 7 pm – 9 pm

Where: Kurrambee Community Centre
12 Merrijig Road, Torquay.

Cost: $20 or free with a concession card. 

To Book: Click here to book or call (03) 9663 6733 for more information.

Top Gear

A seminar for parents of children who can be feisty, tricky, super energetic or who seem to be operating at top gear most of the time.

Perfect for parents who are looking to develop their skills in dealing with the inevitable tough behaviours that pop up and encouraging positive interactions.

May 11th 9:30am – 11am
May 18th 9:30 – 11am
May 25th 9:30am – 11am
June 1st 9:30am – 11am

Where: Grovedale Community Hub
45 Heyers Road, Grovedale.

Cost: $20 or free with a concession card. 

To Book: Click here to book or call (03) 9663 6733 for more information.

A Dad's Night In

A night for dads from across Geelong and the Surfcoast community to come together and share their insights and experiences in a relaxed setting.

19th May 7pm

Where: Driftwood Café
64D The Terrace, Ocean Grove.

Cost:$10 (donated towards Right Mate in support of men’s mental health).

To Book: Click here to book or call (03) 9663 6733 for more information.

Free Group for Parents of Children With A Disability

A free Zoom session for parents of children aged 0-6 living with a disability to help parents see different ways of thinking and parenting to feel more confident and optimistic.

You’ll meet other families in similar situations and explore approaches most likely to help manage your worries and help your unique child reach their full potential.

Every Tuesday at 5:30pm starting from June 1.

Where: Driftwood Café
64D The Terrace, Ocean Grove.

Cost: $10 (donated towards Right Mate in support of men’s mental health).

To Book: Click here to book or call (03) 9663 6733 for more information.

Applicants needed for Women with Disabilities Victoria Youth Project Group

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is searching for paid participants for their Youth Project Co-design Group (YPCG).  

The YPCG will consist of 10 members aged 15-25, who will work together and help design leadership opportunities that WDV will deliver.

The group will run from April to August 2021 with meetings held weekly (Applications close 9 am on Monday 26 April.)

Participants will be paid for their time.

Applicants will:

  • Be aged 15-25
  • Be a girl/woman (cis or trans), or a person who is non-binary, genderqueer, genderdiverse, femme identifying or of another marginalized gender.
  • Be comfortable in a women’s centred space.
  • Be someone:
    • With a disability (physical, sensory, intellectual, cognitive etc.)
    • Who is deaf/hard of hearing.
    • Lives with a chronic illness and/or pain.
    • Who is neurodiverse (e.g. autistic.)
    • Who lives with mental health challenges.
  • Be interested in helping shape what leadership opportunities should look like for girls/women with disabilities.
  • Be willing to share ideas and give constructive feedback.

WDV also aims to have YPCG members with a wide range of experiences and knowledge that can be represented and shared. People from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, including people with LGBTQIA+, Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) AND Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.


Applications close 9am Monday 26 April. 

View more information about the opportunity here. 

Apply here now.

Apply here now (Easy English).

To talk to someone about this great opportunity or for assistance with the application, please contact Bridget Jolley at WDV (Women’s Empowerment Officer – Youth), via phone: 03 9286 7800, or email: youth@wdv.org.au.

The End of JobKeeper and Where to Go For Help if You Need It.

The Past Two Weeks Have Been Tough For Many…

A sunny Easter long weekend hid the fact that many now face an uncertain future due to the end to the Federal Governments JobKeeper payment.

The treasury has estimated that between 100,000 and 150,000 people will lose their jobs because of the end of the subsidy. JobSeeker will of course continue, but with payments of $620.80 a fortnight for singles, and $565.40 for couples, many will face a period of struggle.

It seems redundant and repetitive to say it in April of 2021, but these are tough times. 

The Holiday Help Campaign

Over the 2020/2021 Christmas and New Year Period BATForce and the Give Where You Live Foundation launched the Holiday Help Campaign. 

This campaign was an effort to connect those needing help with food, housing, mental health, family violence, financial stress, and tenancy support across the Greater Geelong and Barwon Regions. 

The campaign was a huge success, with many organisations and individuals in the region sharing campaign materials across the community. 

The Quick Help Guide and How it Can Help You

In order to provide this level of support during another difficult period of time, BATForce is proud to renew the Holiday Help Campaign as the Quick Help Guide.

The Guide mainly features triage organisations – meaning they direct you to the most relevant resource for you.

There is also a downloadable pdf poster for business owners to print, if they wish to help spread the word in the Geelong community. 

If you or anyone you know needs help during this difficult time, direct them to the Quick Help Guide.