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Young Carer Bursary Programme  
Wednesday 22/10/2014
The Young Carer Bursary Programme assists young carers to continue or return to study. By relieving the financial pressure to undertake part-time work, the programme will help those in greatest need to combine education with caring responsibilities.
Vocational Support for Carers  
Wednesday 22/10/2014
The Vocational Support for Carers program is a new initiative that recognises that carers of people with mental illness face particular barriers to pursuing vocational options such as training, studying, up-skilling and paid employment due to the unpredictability and episodic nature of mental illness.
Walk With Willpower    
North and West
Wednesday 22/10/2014
The Walking With Willpower project matches adults who have low or no vision with a friendly volunteer to share together the benefits of a weekly walk. Participants in the project are adults, mostly over 50 years of age, who have a vision loss and live in Melbourne Metropolitan area.

Carer / Parent Support Groups

iCARE SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP INC.  
Wednesday 22/10/2014
iCare Special Needs Group Inc. is a parent/child support group that meets Fridays to discuss disability issues.

Featured Articles

Males and females with autism show an extreme of the typical male mind
Wednesday 17/09/2014
Sex differences in adults with Autism

New Programs and Activities

Homeshare Program    
North and West
Thursday 23/10/2014
Homeshare is an exciting new program run by Care Connect and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre. It offers a simple but effective way of meeting people’s support and housing needs.
Blind Sports Victoria  
Wednesday 22/10/2014
Blind Sports Victoria Inc is a statewide body providing support services to over one thousand blind and vision impaired people. Male and female participants of all ages are involved in both competitive and coaching programs as wel l as recreational activities.

Respite Opportunities

EMERGENCY AFTER-HOURS RESPONSE SERVICE    
North and West
Wednesday 22/10/2014
Emergency After-Hours Response Service (EARS) gives FREE in-home and non-medical emergency support out of business hours for people with disability, older people and their carers. telephone: 1800 72 72 80

Training and workshops

Early Days Support Workshop 1  
Thursday 23/10/2014
Early Days Support Workshop One The intent of Workshop One is to bring parents of babies (under 12mths old) with Down syndrome into one space in which families can not only access information, but can meet, share and unite with others in a similar situation. The sessions are relaxed and quite informal to allow for the sharing of experiences and learning from others.

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Can the bacteria in our gut affect our mental health  
Friday 24/10/2014
Can the bacteria in our gut affect our mental health? Recent evidence indicates the significant effect of each individual’s particular gut ‘microbiome’ (community) on the way our brain functions. Researchers are tracking neurological disorders, especially those to do with anxiety, schizophrenia and autism; and for some patients the streptococcus bacterium has been linked to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).