Artist | Art Therapist - carlavanlaar.com
CREATIVE MENTAL HEALTH FORUM AND SELF CARE RETREAT

Friday 14th – Monday 17th May 2021

Inverloch RACV Resort, Bass Coast, Victoria.

Your host, Dr Carla van Laar is a Professional Member and Accredited Supervisor with ANZACATA.

This training event is proudly endorsed by PACFA for 11 hours of continuing professional development.

The Creative Mental Health Forum and Self Care Retreat supports the goals of the ACTivate Arts Therapy campaign in

showcasing how the Creative Arts Therapies are holistic, person centred, inclusive and value lived experience.

We welcome Professor Anne (Dan) Harris, Director of Creative Agency Research Lab,

ARC Future Fellow, Associate Dean, Research & Innovation, School of Education, RMIT University.

Profits from this forum/retreat will be donated to support CATA’s work

employing qualified Arts Therapists to work with families of children receiving end of life care.

Experience for yourself how:

Creative practices support mental health

Contemporary Arts Therapists are working to promote and recover mental wellbeing

Arts Therapies are inclusive, holistic, trauma-informed and socially relevant.

The 2021 Creative Mental Health Forum and Self-care Retreat is an opportunity to look after yourself and learn

while enjoying good company and restorative time in the living world.

It is hosted only two hours drive from Melbourne in the beautiful surrounds of the Bass Coast Bunurong Marine Park and township of coastal Inverloch.

This Professional Development event is suitable for Creative Arts Therapists, Psychotherapists, Health and Allied Health Professionals, Educators and Caring Professionals who are interested in understanding more about creative approaches in mental health care.

The Creative Mental Health Forum and Self-care Retreat includes:

Cultural awareness, welcome dinner and keynote

Creative Mental Health workshops and presentations

Participation in wellness practices including mindfulness, dance, swimming, nature walks, surfing and paddle boarding

Time to relax, explore and connect with your friends and colleagues

Exhibition of Creative Mental Health projects

Panel discussion on the future of Creative Mental Health in Australia.

Concierge Business Support Officer - East Gippsland Shire Council
Strengthening Business Service for East Gippsland Shire

The Strengthening Business Service is actively working with businesses in East Gippsland Shire that suffered through the 2019-20 Black Summer bushfires. Business facilitators will work with you to strengthen the systems, operations, and strategies of your business. Additionally, they will connect you to the services you need to recover.

This is a free service for bushfire affected small businesses in East Gippsland Shire.

You will have access to a dedicated facilitator who:

  • Is a local, independent expert
  • Understands East Gippsland
  • Can advise on what it takes to run a successful business in East Gippsland

They will work with you to develop a roadmap to navigate the challenges and opportunities your business now faces in the community. You will get a documented plan with strategies and goals to achieve in the immediate, medium and long-term.

To help achieve these goals they can offer access to:

  • Extensive Networks
  • National Information
  • Resources
  • Strategies
  • Specialists unique to your business needs

Your facilitator will also be able to provide information about possible funding to help with your recovery.

With this help from your facilitator your business will be stronger, more resilient and better prepared for the future.

The Strengthening Business service is part of the Entrepreneurs’ Programme which is delivered by Ai Group in partnership with the Australian Government.

More information on the programme – including information on how to apply is available at: https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Strengthening-Business.

 

To make an appointment with the Strengthening Business Service, please contact-:

Dr Nicola Watts: M: 0409 823 195 E: Nicola.Watts@ep.industry.gov.au

Michael Duncan M: 0401 446 165 E: Michael.Duncan@ep.industry.gov.au

 

Procurement Adviser - GROW Gippsland
Learn how Local Construction Industry Suppliers can gain access to New Projects.

Do you want to learn how to access new work opportunities?

Gippsland Major Works include:

  • Building and Construction Projects
  • Civil Construction Projects
  • Road & Rail Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Renewable Energy Projects ie. Solar & Wind Farms

Do you need support to promote your business?

Learn how to access all the above opportunities through local procurement platforms by attending a workshop and engaging with the GROW Gippsland Procurement Advisery Team Members.

Workshops presented by the GROW Gippsland Program with support of your Local Shire Councils, the LVA and the State Government of Victoria. 

Procurement Adviser - GROW Gippsland
How to gain access to Major Work Opportunities across Gippsland

Projects totalling several billion dollars are underway or coming to all areas of Gippsland.

The focus of the Victorian State Government via the Latrobe Valley Authority and the GROW Gippsland Program is to support local suppliers across the Region to ensure that they know how to better access and take advantage of these opportunities.

GROW (Growing Regional Opportunities for Work) Gippsland is a collaborative approach to local economic development and jobs growth in the region. This can be achieved through local and social procurement and inclusive employment opportunities and knowing how to access new work opportunities. Networking and collaborative opportunities are also available through this process. 

 GROW Gippsland’s Local Procurement Advisers – Peter Mogridge and Robert Issell are undertaking a series of workshops for local suppliers in the 6 Local Government Areas of East Gippsland, Wellington, Latrobe City, Baw Baw, South Gippsland and Bass Coast with the support of ICN Gateway and Vendor Panel representatives. 

These workshops are predominantly aimed at assisting Suppliers in the Construction & Civil Industry however any supplier of goods and services across Gippsland will benefit from attending these workshops. 

Advice and support on how to connect with this pipeline of major projects currently underway or coming over the next couple of years will be invaluable in positioning your business to take maximum advantage of the opportunities.

These projects include Building and Construction Projects, Civil Construction Projects, Road & Rail Infrastructure Upgrades and Renewable Energy Projects such as Solar & Wind Farms.

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, or share with your own network of suppliers, details are as follows:

Latrobe City – Morwell RSL Club – Wednesday March 24th – 4pm to 6pm – REGISTER HERE 

Baw Baw – Downtowner Warragul Club – Tuesday March 30th – 4pm to 6pm – REGISTER HERE 

Wellington – Sale RSL Club – Wednesday April 7th – 4pm to 6pm – REGISTER HERE 

East Gippsland – Bairnsdale RSL Club – Thursday 15th April – 4pm to 6pm – REGISTER HERE

Bass Coast – Wonthaggi Club – Wednesday 21st April – 4pm to 6pm – REGISTER HERE

South Gippsland – Leongatha RSL – Wednesday 28th April – 4pm to 6pm – REGISTER HERE

If you want to learn how to access new work opportunities or need support to promote your business then register for one of these workshops.

For enquiries regarding these sessions, contact:

Robert Issell

GROW Gippsland Local Procurement Adviser

Email:   robert.issell@arcblue.com.au

Phone:  0439 092 371

 

Procurement Adviser - GROW Gippsland
SOUTH GIPPSLAND – Find out how to gain access to work opportunities.

Procurement Advisers to support suppliers to Construction Industry

A WORKSHOP will be held at the LEONGATHA RSL next Wednesday 17th March, from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm

Click this link to book a ticket – https://southgippslandsupplierworkshop.eventbrite.com.au

Do you want to learn how to access new work opportunities?

These Gippsland Major Works include:

  • Building and Construction Projects
  • Civil Construction Projects
  • Road & Rail Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Renewable Energy Projects ie. Solar & Wind Farms

Do you need support to promote your business?

Learn how to access all the above opportunities through local procurement platforms by attending a workshop and engaging with the GROW Gippsland Procurement Advisery Team Members.

Workshops presented by the GROW Gippsland Program with support of your Local Shire Councils, the LVA and the State Government of Victoria. 

GROW (Growing Regional Opportunities for Work) Gippsland is a collaborative approach to local economic development and jobs growth in the region, achieved through local and social procurement and inclusive employment. If we all work collectively to make small changes to the way we do business we can create a significant positive impact on the region.

Learn more about GROW Gippsland – https://growgippsland.com.au

Procurement Adviser - GROW Gippsland
Procurement Advisers to support suppliers to Construction Industry.

Procurement Advisers to support your business – Find out how to gain access to work opportunities across the Gippsland Region.

Do you want to learn how to access new work opportunities?

These Gippsland Major Works include:

  • Building and Construction Projects
  • Civil Construction Projects
  • Road & Rail Infrastructure Upgrades
  • Renewable Energy Projects ie. Solar & Wind Farms

Do you need support to promote your business?

Learn how to access all the above opportunities through local procurement platforms by attending a workshop and engaging with the GROW Gippsland Procurement Advisery Team Members.

Workshops presented by the GROW Gippsland Program with support of your Local Shire Councils, the LVA and the State Government of Victoria. 

GROW (Growing Regional Opportunities for Work) Gippsland is a collaborative approach to local economic development and jobs growth in the region, achieved through local and social procurement and inclusive employment. If we all work collectively to make small changes to the way we do business we can create a significant positive impact on the region.

Learn more about GROW Gippsland – https://growgippsland.com.au

Concierge - Business Support Officer - Wellington Shire Council
Circuit Breaker Action: Victorian Government’s Business Support Package

Victoria’s business community has been greatly impacted by the global pandemic.

To help businesses manage this impact, the Victorian Government has announced a further $143 million package to support eligible businesses impacted by the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Business Victoria website for the most up to date information on this support package.

There are four initiatives available for eligible businesses as part of this support package:

Business Costs Assistance Program

The new Business Costs Assistance Program helps eligible businesses with costs incurred as a result of the circuit breaker action.

For example, businesses may have incurred costs through loss of perishable food or produce and cancelled bookings.

Eligible businesses with an annual payroll of up to $3 million can receive a one-off grant of $2000, whether they have employees or not.

Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund – Circuit Breaker Action Payment

Eligible businesses who received a grant through the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund will receive a further one-off payment of $3000 to help with costs incurred as a result of the circuit breaker action. Businesses that receive this payment will not be eligible to receive a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program.

Victorian Accommodation Support Program

The new Victorian Accommodation Support Program is an expansion of the Regional Tourism Accommodation Support Program and includes tourist accommodation premises in Greater Melbourne. This will support accommodation providers whose bookings were cancelled due to the circuit breaker action to limit the spread of COVID-19.

The $16.2 million Program supports tourism accommodation providers with a grant of one of two tiers of support for those with demonstrated booking cancellations between Friday 12 February and Wednesday 17 February 2021:

  • Tier 1: Funding of $2250 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises experiencing 10 or fewer cancelled nights.
  • Tier 2: Funding of $4500 (ex GST) per Accommodation Premises with 11 or more cancelled nights.

The Victorian Accommodation Support Program will open soon. Register your interest in this program now.

Travel Voucher schemes

Two travel voucher schemes will encourage Victorians to travel across the state, as our tourism industry recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 and bushfires.

The schemes include:

 

Owner/Principal Consultant - Carmel Riley Consulting
Latrobe Valley Business and Industry Capability Fund – $5,000 Grants Available

Who watched the Queens Gambit?

According to the Daily Coach[1], the Queens Gambit Series demonstrates that

“Being able to combine creativity, calculation, art and science will help anyone’s thought process”.

The article goes on to articulate 5 key lessons for business decision making that we learn from the show:

  1. Understand the difference between strategy and tactics
  2. Walk a fine line between flexibility and consistency
  3. Practice your strategy – develop confidence that will work under pressure
  4. Seek outside opinions
  5. Do not fear any opponent, believe in your talent to win

Ok… so we’re not quite sold on 5 – our 5 would be “do not let fear of your opponent stop you from taking action – draw upon courage to play your own line” (remember when Watts was training Harmon for her game with Borgov… “Play your line, never his. You play what’s best for you”)

Buying a chess board and training manual was not enough for Harmon to Master chess. It is the same in business. Downloading a business plan template and following the prompts is a great start. But it is not enough for the long game.

@carmelrileyconsulting helps business owners strengthen their understanding and application of strategy and tactics to inform meaningful business plans for the long game. This is then nurtured through individualised mentoring and accountability to translate your business strategy into practice. As a remote-first business, we can deliver these services online or face-face to meet your specific needs.

If this resonates with you, please reach out to see how we can support you to gain strategic mastery for your business!

If your business is located within the Gippsland Region – good news! The Latrobe Valley Authority currently has $5000 grants available to access professional services such as this – and there is a host of awesome business coaches and strategic advisory firms listed on the Gippsland Business Connect website for you to choose from – but hurry! These grants close Friday 16 April 2021 at 5:00pm or when the program funds are exhausted.

[1] https://thedailycoach.substack.com/p/lessons-from-netflixs-the-queens