Western Port News 29 April 2020

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NEWS DESK

Support in a time of need

Mental health support for young people THE mental health support organisation headspace has opened a satellite service in Rosebud. While offering three of the four core headspace streams the Rosebud service will also provide outreach support to young people and their families on the Mornington Peninsula. “Right now, Australians are facing a once in a century challenge,” federal Health Minister and Flinders MP, Greg Hunt said. “It is not only important during the coronavirus to focus on our physical wellbeing, but also our mental wellbeing”. He said headspace’s support for young Australians through the COVID-19 pandemic “has been exemplary”. “The important thing for us all to remember at this time is that it is always appropriate to reach out and speak up about mental health.” Financed by the federal government through the South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (SEMPHN), the new service will be delivered by Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS). Elizabeth Deveny, the health care network’s CEO, said Rosebud was the “perfect location to open a headspace service, especially during this time”. Jason Trethowan, headspace CEO, said the Rosebud satellite service was important to increase access to mental health support for young people in the area, particularly as young people experience drastic life changes as a result of COVID-19. The Rosebud service will offer help over the phone or video conferencing, while in-person appointments will be provided “on a needs basis and where able to be provided safely supported by physical distancing guidelines.” The headspace service will operate 9am–5pm, Tuesday to Thursday at 825 Point Nepean Road, Rosebud. Details: headspace.org.au/headspacecentres/rosebud/

WESTERN Port Community Support members are being kept busy because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “So many people are now unemployed who previously may never have needed our services,” executive officer Georgia Hourn said. “We are hoping to reach out to these people and reassure them we are here to assist as best we can.” Western Port Community Support is the largest provider of emergency relief in the region. “In the main, we are able to provide food parcels, both fresh and non-perishable, and hygiene packs, to anyone experiencing hardship or who is in a vulnerable situation leading to isolation,” Ms Hourn said. Home delivery can be arranged. “Our case workers continue to work more intensively with anyone needing additional supports for more complex issues, such as housing insecurity, mental health issues, education support, and any issues causing personal crisis.” The service is based at 185 High Street, Hastings. Call 5979 2762.

Ute stolen Coffee fix: Pantry House staffer Erin Anderson is pleased with the success of the pay-it-forward idea. Picture: Supplied

Coffee forwarded for ‘frontliners’ THE Pantry House, at Benton’s Square shopping centre, has been overwhelmed with support for its pay-it-forward board for emergency services and frontline emergency staff which is “getting huge every day”. “We would love more of those people to come

and collect the free coffees the community have paid forward,” proprietor Emily Cook, said. “We always have over 50 coffees paid forward and if you check out our Instagram and Facebook I have posted photos of some of the frontliners that got the coffees.”

DETECTIVES are searching for a white Ford work ute and trailer stolen from the driveway of a Balnarring house, 1am, Thursday 23 April. Detective Senior Constable Rohan Brock, of Somerville CIU, said another vehicle was broken into at the property earlier in which a spare key for the missing ute was found. A credit card in the ute was later used at a McDonald’s restaurant at Officer. Anyone with information can call Detective Brock, 5978 1300, or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Attention Schools, sporting clubs & community groups

Free advertising listings Each month the Western Port News will run a Community Events page, where your school or organisation can promote upcoming events, fund raisers, social events, etc. at no charge. This page is sponsored by the Balnarring & District Community Bank and listings are completely free. Listing should be about 40 words and include event name, date, time & address.

Send your listing to:

Community Events

PO Box 588, Hastings 3915 or email communityevents@mpnews.com.au PAGE 8

Western Port News

29 April 2020

If you have a child in Grade 5 and would like them to attend Padua College from Year 7 2022, enrolments open on Monday 2 March 2020.

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Enrolments close Friday 15 May 2020.

Visit our website to enrol online or to book a school tour

For enquiries, please contact the Registrar on 5978 2701 or email enrolments@padua.vic.edu.au

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