In November 2017 a one-off funding grant was announced to end of life care ancillary services to establish long term sustainable initiatives targeted at supporting people in the community with a terminal-illness to be cared for at home, and provide much needed support to their families and carers.

Following an expression of interest process these 17 organisations have been granted one-off funding to support their work.

Anam Cara, Colac

Anam Cara, Colac is a community owned hospice established to provide respite, palliative care and end of life care for the people of South West Victoria. Grant funding will enable provision of day hospice; transport; overnight in-home support; equipment hire; and carer support and education over three years.

Anam Cara House, Geelong

Anam Cara House, Geelong is a community funded hospice. They provide a range of services to people with life-limiting illness and their families. Grant funding will support further development of, their community outreach and day hospice programs over three years.

Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria

The Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria provide practical assistance and access to support services for Chinese people with cancer and chronic illnesses. The grant funding will support the organisation to continue to deliver a broad range of services over the next four years and expand service provision to the eastern and southern suburbs (Year 1), northern suburbs (Year 2) and western suburbs (Year 3).

Community Houses Association of the Outer Eastern Suburbs (CHAOS) network

Grant funding will enable the Community Houses Association of the Outer Eastern Suburbs to work with the five Neighbourhood Houses in the Knox local government area and ‘Volunteer for Knox’ to extend and frame the work Houses already do in supporting people’s end of life care needs. This funding will support CHAOS to enhance their relationship with formal palliative care services and support referral to these services where none exists. Working with Volunteer for Knox, volunteers will be recruited, trained and supported to provide and promote social support and end of life planning to individuals and the community.

Fernlea House

The mission of Fernlea House is to improve quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness, chronic condition or dementia, as well as their carers and families for communities in the outer eastern shires of Yarra Ranges, Maroondah, Knox, Greater Dandenong, Cardinia and Casey. The organisation evolved from a group of local residents who saw a need in their local community that wasn’t being met elsewhere.

Grant funding will support the establishment of a carer support group, transport to and from the facility, the delivery of respite, and development of written resources to facilitate end of life conversations.

Link Community Transport

Link Community Transport is a not-for-profit organisation that provides transport and basic home services to elderly and disabled people and their carers. The service operates in the northern and western suburbs or Melbourne and, in the near future, the northern regional area of Victoria. Grant funding will enable the organisation to provide a range of services to people being cared for at home and in the community with life-limiting illnesses.

Little Dreamers Australia

Little Dreamers is a not-for-profit organisation that supports young carers. They provide practical support, mentorship, education, and access to support networks aimed at providing young carers with the support necessary to enable them to continue enjoying their childhood whilst caring for a family member receiving end of life care. Grant funding will support Little Dreamers to continue to provide services for young carers over the next four years.

Mallacoota District Health and Support Services

Mallacoota District Health and Support Services is a not-for-profit organisation that provides health, social support, and community-based services to people in Mallacoota and the surrounding district communities. Grant funding will help the organisation to purchase equipment and resources needed to support people receiving palliative care.

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

Multicultural Centre for Womens Health (MCWH) is a Victorian health promotion organisation. MCWH promotes the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women through multilingual education, social action, capacity building, research and advocacy.

Grant funding will help immigrant and refugee carers who provide informal care for people from immigrant and refugee backgrounds with life-limiting illnesses living across Victoria to receive ongoing, short-term, tailored support in the form of a support companion (a trained bilingual and bicultural worker to provide one-on-one support).

Peace of Mind Foundation

Peace of Mind Foundation provides services to support the family as a whole improve the quality of life for brain cancer patients. Grant funding will enable the organisation to expand services beyond the Barwon, Surf Coast and Wyndham areas over the next four years. This includes in-home support services, counselling, respite, socialisation programs for people with life-limiting illness and their families.

Polish Community Council of Victoria

The Polish Community Council of Victoria is a non-profit organisation representing Polish-Australian organisations and individuals in Victoria. Grant funding will enable provision of health care aids and equipment; practical in home support; help in performing day to day activates; respite; family/carer socialisation and wellbeing; and community education sessions about palliative care conducted by bilingual educators.

PRONIA (previously Australian Greek Welfare Society Ltd)

PRONIA is a leading Greek ethno-specific community service organisation. Its purpose is to empower members of the Australian Greek community to reach their full potential through strong organisational collaborations, purposeful advocacy, targeted education, direct service provision, policy development and research in an innovative, culturally and linguistically relevant manner. Grant funding will enable provision of family/carer socialisation and wellbeing; community education; carer’s peer support group and annual retreat.

Russian Ethnic Representative Council

The Russian Ethnic Representative Council is a peak body representing 45 delegate member groups/clubs and Russian-speakers in Victoria. It assists the elderly, youth, recently arrived, sick, unemployed and other disadvantaged by providing direct services, referral, advocacy, support, cross-cultural training to mainstream organisations, information sessions and workshops to the community. Grant funding will enable provision of a range of practical in-home supports (including respite), help with transport, carer/family support, socialisation and well-being programs and activities.

Shannons Bridge

Shannons Bridge is a charity that connects patients and families with palliative care services and ‘bridges’ the gap if no formal services exist to support end of life care in the person’s preferred place of care. The organisation does this by training volunteers to provide practical help; arranging equipment to enable people with a life limiting illness to remain home; improving death literacy in the community; and assist with advance care planning.

Grant funding will support the expansion of services and the delivery of in-home respite services.

Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre

Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre is a not-for-profit community based agency that provide services to migrants and refugees living in the southern region of Melbourne, covering the local government areas of City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey, and the Shire of Cardinia and surrounding areas.

Grant funding will enable provision of transport to shops/medical appointments; family/carer socialisation and well-being; and work with other organisations such as hospitals and community health to upskill their workforce to work with volunteers and culturally diverse communities in relation to palliative care.

Victorian Arabic Social Services

Victorian Arabic Social Services is a non-profit grassroots organisation providing support and information to disadvantaged and socially isolated members of the Arabic speaking background communities of Victoria.

Grant funding will enable provision of practical in-home support (including respite) and help with day-to-day activities for people at home, or in the community receiving end of life care.

Warrnambool and District Community Hospice

The Warrnambool and District Community Hospice is a community managed and funded organisation. It provides in-home supports to people with a life-limiting illness, through the use of trained volunteers.

Volunteers help in performing day-to-day activities, practical in-home support; transport, respite (short-term day, overnight, in-home or out-of-home); family/carer socialisation and wellbeing activities and programs.

Grant funding will support the organisation to continue to deliver a wide range of services to their community over four years.