On Wednesday 16th March, VCC Emergencies Ministry deployed its first interstate team to Northern NSW to support the recovery efforts after the recent flood events. This deployment came about as the result of a request from the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) as a partner in the Australia Volunteer Emergency Chaplaincy Alliance (AVECA) and was a historical occasion. The
Over three weeks in June-July, many VCC EM volunteers were able to support the Latrobe City Secondary Impact Assessments. In Traralgon, 40 homes and several businesses were flooded along the creek and many more suffered storm damage. There was also extensive storm damage, mainly in the hill country in the south of the shire. Many huge trees were brought down,
I was privileged to attend VCC EM deployments after the storms in June thatran rampant through the ranges and lower-lying areas.I joined in welfare visits in Kalorama with the Australian Defence Force. Itwas as we drove along Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd that I became more aware ofthe devastation these storms had caused. Many roads in the area where stillclosed because
Board Chair Rev Ian Smith has been Executive Officer for Victorian Council of Churches since 2013. He is the Inaugural Chair of the VCC EM Board and a chaplain with VCC EM since the mid-1990s with Syd Smaile, Graeme Winterton and Stuart Stuart. Ian has been a Christian minister in local church settings for 38 years and for three decades
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and the challenges with meeting Face to Face to conduct training two weeks ago we made the decision to trial online delivery. Last Saturday (25th July) we successfully ran our second online training pilot. Over the Friday and Saturday we have training close to 40 new volunteers mostly from the Wangaratta and Wodonga regions.