COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic Impacts

Due to the current pandemic the COSHG office is closed and our two part-time workers are working from home. You can still contact COSHG via info@coshg.org.au or leave a message at 03 9650 2005 / 0448 421 327 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The circumstances have meant the cancellation of our intended 2020 rural workshops. We are currently looking at alternative means to present these workshops.

It is notable that there are a number of neighbourhood/community groups forming due this pandemic period to address disadvantage in their local communities. Some of these groups will eventually disappear, some will remain as a group with a variation on their original focus and others will continue to act as a community group.  Whatever status evolves, COSHG is here to assist through the life of the group.

COSHG has over 40 years continual experience in working with groups and is well positioned to assist new groups on a variety of issues if and when they arise, such as:

  • Starting groups
  • Maintaining groups
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Group dynamics
  • Legalities for groups
  • Resources for groups
  • And much more

Our website is currently being worked on. We will be adding more resources from time to time. If you are looking at starting or maintaining a group please see Resources and Starting and managing a group.

Importantly, later this year an update of our Resource Kit ‘In the Same Boat’ will be published and made available as a comprehensive guide for groups.

Counselling and support services

www.adavic.org.au › PG-social-support-support-groups
Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria – A support group meetings designed for people who suffer from an anxiety disorder and for their carers.
Beyond Blue: Anxiety, depression and suicide prevention 
Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health.
1800 Respect
National counselling helpline: 1800 737 732
Bravehearts
Counselling and support for survivors of child sexual abuse: 1800 272 831
Child Wise
Counselling provider: 1800 991 099
Lifeline
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention: 13 11 14
Care Leavers Australia Network
1800 008 774
PartnerSPEAK                                                                                                             
Peer support for non-offending partners: (03) 9018 7872
Friends for Good 
Raises awareness of loneliness as a significant issue in the community and address gaps in services to foster a greater sense of connection and wellbeing for individuals and communities.

COSHG is a network of self-help and social action groups. These groups are made up of and controlled by people who are directly affected by a particular issue.

COSHG is governed by a Management Collective which consists of member representatives, staff and those with the skills and interest that will enhance COSHG activities and administration.

COSHG acts as a clearinghouse and resource for people who want to contact groups, start a group or maintain a group. COSHG has an extensive database that includes self-help groups and relevant organisations throughout Victoria.