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    1.     Starting a group           2. Bookkeeping basics for groups

    Workshop 1 ‘Starting a group’ - Friday 17 April 2015

    Facilitated by Christine McAuslan – COSHG Co-ordinator

    A workshop for those who are:

    • Thinking about starting a group
    • Involved in a new group
    • Wanting to keep a group on track
This informal and practical workshop will explore some key issues for new groups and will be focused on participant questions to explore what is involved in starting a group and keeping it on track. For example:

Ways to find members

Group structures and incorporation

Running meetings

Sharing responsibilities

Group dynamics and cohesion

 Where:  Ross House, First Floor - Meeting Room 3, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne (accessible building)

When:   Friday 17 April 10.30 am to 12.30pm

Cost:     Free to current COSHG members - $10 for non-members

Please RSVP to COSHG by Wednesday 15 April 2015 Strictly limited places available.

Email: info@coshg.org.au Phone: (03)9650 2005  Web: www.coshg.org.au   

    

Workshop 2 – ‘Bookkeeping basics for groups’

Facilitated by Brenda Lacey

Brenda is an experienced bookkeeper who has worked in the not for profit sector for more than 15 years and contributed her expertise to various community focused committees. Brenda will share her skills and knowledge in presenting a practical interactive session in an easy to understand format.

This workshop is aimed at small groups who are not resourced by a professional bookkeeper or accountant.

Topics will include for example:

·         Principles of bookkeeping

·         Simple systems for recording and organising finances.

·         Balancing the books

·         Finance reports, who are they aimed at? How to read and understand them

·         Basic finance policies

·         What needs to kept and for how long

·         Where to get help

 Where:  Ross House, First Floor - Meeting Room 3, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne (accessible building)

When:  1.00 to 3.00pm

Cost:     Free to current COSHG members - $10 for non-members

Bookings are essential. Please RSVP to COSHG by Wednesday 15 April 2015

Email: info@coshg.org.au   Phone: (03) 9650 2005  Web: www.coshg.org.au

Post: COSHG, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000

                                           


"CD in the CBD"
Exploring Community Development in the Heart of Melbourne

Date:     Tuesday 23 September 2014
Venue:  Ross House, Hayden Raysmith Room

Level 4, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

This forum is for anyone who has an interest in community development. It will explore where community development sits today by comparing past and present community development practice and experience. Participants will have opportunity to network and share knowledge on how to survive and thrive while using community development practice.

Program


  9.30               Registration
10.00               Welcome and Introductions
                       
10.15               Community Development (CD) in practice
Guest Speaker – Denise Cauchi – The Diaspora Action Australia (formerly Humanitarian Crisis Hub)  works with Australian diaspora organisations that promote the human rights of people living in war and conflict. Denise will discuss why the organisation has chosen to use the CD methodology approach.

10.45               Community Development (CD) past and present
Guest Speakers – Pauline Williams, Action for More Independence & Dignity in Accommodation (AMIDA) carries out advocacy including self advocacy with individuals and groups with a focus on housing. Pauline will share her extensive knowledge of CD and its practice.

11.20               Speaker to be confirmed
11.45               Session 1:  Community Development today
This session will explore what CD looks like today, tell us about your current or recent project and why the CD approach has been applicable.

12.30                Lunch
           
  1.15               Session 2:  How to survive and thrive
Impacts on maintaining the CD model for your project/ organisation/group and for you personally.

  2.45               Summary of CD in the CBD

  3.15                           Close

Phone: 9650 2005 for special needs or dietary requirements: or Email: info@coshg.org.au

Click to book!            Web: www.coshg.org.au

Cost: $10.00 individuals        $20.00 organisations            (COSHG members free)

COSHG acknowledges the support of the City of Melbourne
for its contribution to this forum

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Click here to download the program

Chronic Illness Peer Support Forum
'Closing the Gaps'

Identifying the Issues and Exploring Solutions

This Forum is for those who experience issues related to Chronic health/illness, carers, workers from the sector and all those who have an interest in the way Self Help and Peer Support Groups contribute to their members and communities.

click here to register:
https://coshgforum2014chronichealthillness.eventbrite.com.au

Click here for Forum program

Click here for Presenter profiles

Collective of Self Help Groups (COSHG)

Annual General Meeting 2012-2013

Thursday 14 November 2013

All current, full members of COSHG are eligible to nominate to be a member of the COSHG Management Collective.

Please contact COSHG if unsure of your current membership status or wishing to nominate for the Management Collective. Nominations must be received by Thursday 7 November 2013.

Agenda

2.30pm                Afternoon tea

3.00                      COSHG Library Collection Launch

3.10                      AGM

        • Attendance and Apologies
        • Minutes from 2011-2012 AGM
        • Annual Report for 2012 -2013
        • Financial Report for 2012 -2013
        • Elections: Management Collective

3.30                      Close AGM

3.30                      Guest Speaker: Derek Mortimer from DF Mortimer & Associates. (A boutique law firm with expertise in not-for-profit and charity law.)

COSHG is delighted to present this opportunity for groups to hear about the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC): what it does, legislative change and what this means for incorporated associations etc. (Derek’s areas of expertise also cover; dispute mediation and governance, charitable trusts, associations, companies and non-distributing co-operatives, ACNC registrations, tax concessions and deductibility and employee and volunteer law.) www.dfmortimer.com.au

4.15                Close

RSVP:            AGM attendance by Wednesday 13 November 2013
Phone:          9650 2005
Email:            info@coshg.org.au
Post:             Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000

Where: Jenny Florence Meeting Room 1, 3rd Floor, Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. (Between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets.) This venue is accessible.
Public Transport: Ross House is easily accessed via Swanston, Elizabeth and Flinders Street trams and is situated close to Flinders Street Station.
By car: Flinders Lane is one-way only. There are 2 accessible parking spaces outside Ross House.
Public car park: 202 - 208 Flinders Lane (near Swanston Street)

‘Self Help and Support Groups in Victoria – Keeping our history alive’ – Library Project
COSHG has been busy recording our extensive library collection over the last year. The Collection is a wonderful resource that covers much of the development and history of the self help group movement from the mid-70’s including organisations and campaigns that influenced self help groups along the way.
         
COSHG acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government in achieving our Library Project.

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Thursday 13 September 2012

COSHG is holding a Forum for Self Help and Support Groups Awareness Week and
celebrating our 35th anniversary.
Download Flyer.

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New Health Condition Support Grants Program announced by the Department of Health

There are three bands of grants in the program:

Band 1: up to $5,000 per annum (the former Health Self Help grants) to peer support groups to contribute to running costs.

Band 2: between $5,000 and $50,000 per annum to organisations to undertake a range of peer support activities.

Band 3: between $50,000 and $100,000 per annum to peak bodies to provide a range of peer support modes, develop pathways between peer support groups and health and human services, and to build the capacity of health condition-specific peer support groups.

Applications for Band 1 will be through an application form, while submissions for funding under Bands 2 and 3 will be through an Advertised Call for Submissions.

The submission document and further information about all three bands is available on the Primary Health website: http://www.health.vic.gov.au/pch/icdm/funding.htm

Closing dates:

Band 1 applications close 5.00 pm Friday 13 April.

Bands 2 and 3 close 2.00 pm Thursday 12 April.

 

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2011 Events Calendar

Please let us know about your group's event so we can list it on the calendar. We are interested to hear about all events no matter how high or low key. Just click here to find out how to submit your group's event details.

To view events go to the National Self Help and Support Groups Awareness Week Calendar

 

The Collective of Self Help Groups Inc. (COSHG)

Invites Self Help and Support Groups to participate in

National Self Help and Support Groups Awareness Week

Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September 2011

‘Helping each other to help ourselves’

This is an opportunity for all self help groups and support groups to celebrate their group, their achievements and the self help group movement.

Groups are invited to join in this national celebration by holding an activity that celebrates their group and the work it does. Activities may include for example, an afternoon tea, information stall, or an interview in a local paper.

Let us know if you are holding an activity and we will include it on our dedicated webpage at www.coshg.org.au

National Self Help and Support Groups Awareness Day – All welcome

When: Thursday 8 September, 11.30am to 2.00pm (COSHG AGM 2.00 to 2.30pm)

Where: Hayden Raysmith Room, 4th Floor Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

COSHG will be holding a day of information and activities featuring:

  • A fascinating collection of 1980 / 90’s campaign posters from a variety of groups and organisations
  • Information stalls
  • Speakers
  • Lotus performance
  • Second hand books to buy from the COSHG library collection

 

     For more information or to register your event please
     Phone: 03 9650 2005 Email: info@coshg.org.au
     Website: www.coshg.org.au

 

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COSHG Annual General Meeting 2010 – 2011

The AGM will be held on National Self Help and Support Groups Awareness Day

Thursday 8 September 2.00pm

 

All members and interested people are invited to attend the Collective of Self Help Groups (COSHG) AGM

 

4th Floor Hayden Raysmith Meeting Room,

Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
(The venue is accessible)

 

All current, full members of COSHG are eligible to nominate to be a member of the COSHG Management Collective.

Please contact COSHG if unsure of current membership status or wishing to nominate for the Management Collective. Nominations for the Management Collective must be received by 1st September 2011.

RSVP for AGM attendance by Thursday 1st September 2011
Phone:           9650 2005 or email: info@coshg.org.au
Post:   Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

How to get there - (Melways reference 1B, M8)

Public Transport - Ross House is easily accessed via Swanston, Elizabeth and Flinders Street trams and is situated close to Flinders Street Station.
By car - Flinders Lane is one-way (access via Swanston Street) and has 2 accessible parking spaces outside Ross House.
Public car park available 202 - 208 Flinders Lane (near Swanston Street)

 

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Recent COSHG events

 

The Collective of Self Help Groups (COSHG)

Presents

Facilitation and Communication Workshops for Self Help Groups

Facilitated by Spencer Brennan

Self-Help Resource Centre Ontario, Canada

Thursday 15 July

Introducing Spencer Brennan

Over the past 25 years Spencer Brennan has worked as an addiction therapist, life skills coach and adult educator and has managed volunteer programs in a variety of settings. In his capacity as the provincial outreach coordinator for the Self-Help Resource Centre, Spencer supports the development of both local and regional peer support initiatives by providing consultation, networking support, resource materials and fee-for-service training workshops. Spencer holds a diploma in human services counselling, a degree in adult education and has presented workshops on a variety of topics in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Spencer Brennan first visited Melbourne in 2007 and facilitated two sessions for COSHG. Feedback from participants was very enthusiastic. “Sessions with Spencer…Brilliant” - “all of his presentations, his style of honesty made him very enjoyable to listen to.

COSHG is delighted to once again have the opportunity to host the following workshops to be facilitated by Spencer.

The day will also include a FREE information session on the Disability and Health Self Help Grants to coincide with the announcement of this year's grants. (Presented by the Office for Disability and Department of Health.)

Session A. ‘So you want to be a facilitator'

An informal information session for new facilitators and those interested in becoming one. Topics include guidelines, feedback, and several conflict resolution approaches.

This is primarily an information session, with some experiential work around the conflict models. We examine the definition of peer support groups, the meaning of facilitation, adult learning principles, listening skills, the importance of guidelines, reasons for conflict including inappropriate feedback, and several approaches to conflict resolution.

Session B. ‘What do you mean I'm not clear?'

Communication means "to give a share of, to share in and to have a common channel of passage." The difficulty is that as human beings we don't all have the same way of communicating.

This communications workshop will look at: understanding the difference between listening and hearing; separating process and content; examining some elements of Emotional Intelligence (EQ); mediating simple misunderstandings; and recognising that all conversations are about relationship. If you've ever been tired of explaining yourself or clarifying one more time, this is the workshop for you.

When: Thursday 15 July

Where: Arts House, (Meat Market) 5 Blackwood Street North Melbourne

This accessible venue has been sponsored by City of Melbourne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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