Residents 3000 event – Homelessness in Melbourne CBD – 6 April 2017

Hello to Members and Subscribers

Our pre-dinner drinks night for April is next week – 6:00 pm at the Kelvin Club (14-20 Melbourne Place).  This month we are pleased to welcome three guest speakers: Major Brendan Nottle from Salvation Army, Dean Griggs from Melbourne City Council and Dr Stewart Saunders – a doctor with Monash Health. Our guests will join the discussion on the homelessness in Melbourne CBD.

A range of factors can lead to homelessness, including unemployment, housing affordability, mental illness, childhood trauma or abuse, family violence and substance abuse. Homelessness is a big problem for Melbourne, as it is in cities worldwide.

Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle is a recipient of the prestigious Melburnian of the Year award 2013. He serves as Collingwood Football Club’s volunteer chaplain and is a past Melbourne award winner. He was also a Moomba Monarch in 2012.

Dean Griggs has over 20 years experience working with people and communities and has held a range of leadership roles in local government. Dean has also worked in community mental health. He has joined City of Melbourne and as a Manager Social Investment he leads teams responsible for delivering initiatives relating to city safety, homelessness, youth services, international students, preventing violence against women, cultural diversity, disability and inclusion and programs for Melbourne’s Indigenous community. Dean has a Bachelor of  Behavioural Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion from Latrobe University, and a Master in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology.

Dr Stewart Saunders has a PhD in Philosophy from Australian National University with a particular interest in the functioning of the human brain. He then completed medical studies at University of Melbourne and is now a doctor with Monash Health, currently pursuing further specialisation in psychiatry. In 2016 he worked for a year in a 50 bed Secure Extended Care Facility in Dandenong. He would like to share what he learned about schizophrenia and mental illness.

We look forward to seeing you at this interesting event organised by Residents 3000. Refreshments will be served following the event. The Kelvin Club bar is available throughout for attendees enjoyment.

Those whose membership has lapsed are welcome to renew at $25 per person.  Non-members will be asked to contribute $5 to cover costs.

This event is supported by East Enders and by Coalition of Resident and Business Associations CoRBA