Counselling and Peer Support Network

The Counselling Peer Support Network provides an opportunity for all counsellors within the local area to network and support one another, it also provides an opportunity to share ideas and reflect on client trends.

Qualified and practicing counsellors

Bi monthly meetings

Convened by Diana Inkret


Learning Beyond the Bell


Through Learning Beyond the Bell, CMY will continue to support homework program providers in Victoria by working with program coordinators, providing training to program volunteers, resources to the sector, networking opportunities and supporting the recruitment of volunteers.

In Term 1 of 2013, LBB is hosting a networking and sector development event for all homework club coordinators AND tutors. Save the date of Monday 18th March from 6-8pm, as you won’t want to miss this key event for the homework club sector in Term 1.

Co- coordinators of Homework programs

One meeting per Term

Monday 18th March from 6-8pm,

Rosie Goethel

LLB Western Region Officer

(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

9091 8235


North & West Metropolitan Indigenous Family Violence Regional Action Group

Our aim is to work together holistically to reduce the incidence and impact of Family Violence and strengthen communities by ensuring that all members have access to culturally competent programs specific to the needs of our community.

Joining the group is restricted to: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 18 who live or work in the North or West Sub regions of Metropolitan Melbourne. Non Indigenous people who work or reside in this catchment area can join as associate members.

Bi –monthly

Helena Gonebale

9412 5390

9412 5368



The purpose of the working group is to develop a shared agenda and platform for information sharing and action on the keys issues of importance for Same Sex Attracted and Sex & Gender Diverse (SSASGD) Young People aged 12 – 25 years across the seven municipalities in the western region

Group members will take turns in hosting the meeting at a location within their organisation. The host organisation is responsible for booking & preparing a suitable room and taking minutes. The host organisation is not required to arrange catering.

The Working Group is composed of youth, health, community and government services and organisations or service providers that have an interest in resource sharing, service collaboration and coordination across the seven municipalities in Melbourne’s West. Invitations will be issued on an agreed and as required basis. Currently have 31 members – attendance is usually 10 -15.

Meetings held every second month on a Tuesday from 10am – 11:30am with the location to be rotated.

Western Melbourne Headspace & Brimbank Youth Services

(Note: this changes annually, new conveners fro 2013 yet to be announced)


Alison McRoberts - 9304 1011

Travis Walton – 9091 8272


South West Mental Health Alliance

Network for agencies that work with people with a mental illness (includes clinical, PDRSS and AOD services). Part of state wide Mental Health Alliances initiative. Focus includes:

• Strategic/advocacy work

• Information sharing/support

• Some project work

Mercy Mental Health, Western Region Health Centre, Mind, Mental Illness Fellowship, Voyage, DasWest, Carers Victoria Respite Connections, (DH N&W Region representatives also attends meetings but not member)

Quarterly meetings

Mario Blandin de Chalain, Manager,

Mercy Mental Health,

ph. 99287409


Western Metropolitan Regional Youth Affairs Network – WMRYAN

There are 16 RYANs covering Victoria supported by the Department of Planning and Community Development. Wyndham is part of the Western Metro RYAN.

The aims of RYANs are:

• To provide strategic advice to Government on key issues for young people in Victoria

• To provide a key means for communication and consultation between the youth sector, young people and the Victorian Government

• To be an advocate for the needs of young people in local and regional strategy development, community strengthening activity and government policy

• To engage young people where appropriate, or consolidate information from youth engagement activity across the region

• To promote information sharing and collaboration amongst youth service providers

Applications for membership are sought from organisations working with young people in the Western Metropolitan Region.

Bi-monthly meetings

Nicole Battle,

Youth Planner,

Wyndham City Council, ph. 9742 8155


Western FaMHNet

To provide an annual forum to:

• showcase local carer and family initiative and services

• provide opportunity for information sharing and networking

To ensure ongoing communication and information sharing between agencies regarding carer and family initiatives and support services.

Membership: Staff employed by organisations serving the DoH mental health areas of Mid West, South West and Inner West; and the relevant Local Government Associations of Brimbank, Hobson’s Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham and parts of Hume and Melbourne councils.

2-3 monthly or as needed

Alice L. Berliner

Chief Social Worker


Ph. 9377 3400


Trevor Ball

A/Chief Social Worker


Ph. 9288-7000,


Western Local Government Region Youth Services Coordination Network

Role of group includes:

• Developing consistent approach for planning and service delivery in the western region

• Discuss planning and issues

• Peer support

• Advocacy

Not open membership. Local government youth services coordinators, planners and team leaders.

Bi-monthly meetings

Dimitria Katsikis,

Brimbank City Council, ph. 9091 8209


WynBay Local Learning and Employment Network

The WynBay LLEN is one of 31 LLENs funded by the State Government across Victoria (covering the Wyndham and Hobsons Bay municipalities) to support their objective that 94% of all young people will achieve Year 12 or its equivalent by 2015. The LLEN does this through brokering partnerships. It is an incorporated association with a membership of 230 organisations.

Membership of the LLEN is open.

Membership of the LLEN Committee of Management is limited with specifications on representatives (i.e. local government, business, community, schools)

Bi-monthly meetings

Dallian D’cruz, Exec Officer, LLEN,

ph. 93946330