Boost for Castlemaine District Community Health

October 2, 2020

The Minister for Employment Jaala Pulford has announced extra eight people will be employed at Castlemaine District Community Health thanks to funding from the Victorian’s Government’s Working for Victoria fund.

The roles are a response to a surge in demand experienced due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, with additional workers allowing Castlemaine District Community Health to better support isolated and vulnerable community members, such as those with a disability or who are homeless.

The boost will also help to provide counselling and case management of an increased number of people who need mental health and alcohol and other drug support.

A community engagement worker will work on a short-term engagement project with the Castlemaine LGBTI+ community to assist in linking people to services and support Castlemaine District Community Health volunteers to set up online training and development.

The organisation provides a wide range of services in the Mount Alexander Shire community, including alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, housing and homelessness services, community health nursing and family services. The not-for-profit’s endeavours are prioritised for people who may be vulnerable due to a range of factors.

Since launching in April, the $500 million Working for Victoria initiative has created more than 10,000 jobs, including supporting people who have lost their jobs due to the impacts of coronavirus.