For a stronger community

 

Always supporting our community

 

We are living in a new world, a world racing online as social distancing forces many of us to work, communicate and connect in new ways. As our community adapts to a world with COVID-19, connections and access to services are more critical than ever before. COVID-19 has intensified the need for all our support programs.

That’s why, in the last eight months, we have adapted our programs to meet the increased needs of our clients, staff, volunteers and the broader community. We have redirected resources to address high needs areas, recruited more personnel, and implemented new innovative and creative ways to engage with people to provide immediate service responses, whether remotely or in person.

What we have learned during this crisis has only reinforced our commitment to you. At the heart of PRONIA is a team of dedicated professionals who are responding to your needs and their resolve to support you has never been stronger.

To support individuals and families we have compiled a range of resources and information in our COVID-19 page in English and in Greek.

Find out more HERE  


 

Updated Message from our CEO on PRONIA services during COVID-19  

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Have you, or anyone you know, experiencing family violence at home?

Family Violence Awareness and Prevention - FREE WEBINARS by PRONIA

Family violence is a topic that has made the headlines much too often lately, mainly due to the pressure of COVID-19 on many families.

At PRONIA we have been offering counselling services and advocacy in matters of family relationships, family violence and elder abuse for over 30 years.  We have been delivering prevention and early intervention programs and support services to vulnerable people impacted by family violence.

The aim of the webinars is to bring awareness to an issue that has escalated during the COVID-19 lockdowns.  The monthly webinars are focusing on all aspects of the topic of family violence and they are delivered in English.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding and awareness of family violence and be empowered to seek supports.

 

We encourage all interested to take part in the series of seminars that include the following topics:

  • Contextual understanding of what Family Violence is in Australia
  • Types of family violence and its forms, including elder abuse
  • Overview of the legal framework for family violence in Australia
  • Drivers of FV and impact on a person's emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing
  • Understanding of inclusive practice and advocacy for clients and families
  • Recognise and differentiate between equality, equity and justice
  • Identify barriers to access supports Family Violence support services

 

The webinar recordings will be made available on PRONIA's webpage after each session.

More information can be found HERE. 

 


 

GREEK PEER SUPPORT TELEPHONE LINE

If you need to talk to someone, we have introduced our Greek Peer support line mainly for older Greek-Australians. The service was launched at the end of August in order to support the mental health of older Greek Australians affected by the spread of COVID-19. The line is staffed by professional advisers who can offer practical advice and connects people who have been isolated and lonely with each other, creating a network of support and new friendships.

If you or someone you know would like to participate, please call (03) 9388 9998 and leave your information. New groups start at the beginning of every month.

*** Greek Peer support Groups are only for GREEK speaking participants ***


 

How are you coping so far?

We have seen that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused additional stress for many people. Fear and anxiety has affected people’s mental health and COVID-19 has created an extraordinary amount of uncertainty.

Many feel overwhelmed often bringing out strong emotions in adults and children. Whilst the social distancing measures imposed are necessary for our safety, they can also make us feel isolated and lonely, increasing our stress and anxiety. Coping with stress in a healthy way can make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger.

Stress can sometimes cause the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Worsening of mental health conditions
  • Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol or other substances

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors.

At PRONIA we understand where you are coming from and we can provide you with social support from our professional counsellors who help many people in the same situation.

A phone call or a video chat with our social workers and counsellors can help you and/or your loved to access mental health support services. Please contact us to discuss more at (03) 9388 9998.


Remember, we speak your language! 

Stay healthy and safe, and know that we’ll be here when you need us.

Call us on (03)9388 9998 and talk to our support team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family & Community Services
Family & Community Services

Services include family and marital counselling, advocacy and referral, financial assistance, consultations and community development and education.

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Aged Care
 
Aged Care<br/> 

We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to meet the health and care needs of frail elderly, people with disabilities and their carers.

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Childcare
 
Childcare <br/> 

Greek bilingual long day care and kindergarten is available to families in the City of Yarra and surrounding suburbs through our Alpha childcare centres.

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Consumer directed care explained
Consumer directed care explained

Consumer Directed Care (CDC) is a service delivery philosophy that gives recipients and their carers more control over the design and delivery of the services they receive.

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  • Hours of service 150000 provided to elders at home
  • Individuals and families 1500 Supported via casework and counselling
  • Comprehensive programs 20 provided to the Greek Commnuity