Welcome to the March edition of the Project Respect Community Newsletter! We're excited to present our November Newsletter, highlighting Project Respect Events and News, free community events and health & wellbeing resources. 

Project Respect Events and News 

Community Lunch 

Come and join us at our next community lunch event on Tuesday the 2nd of April from 1pm to 3pm! This will be the first day after the Easter public holidays.   

Our community lunches are on the first Tuesday of every month and are a place to relax and have a chat whilst enjoying a free lunch! Our garden is very green and lush at the moment, and you are more than welcome to take part in some gardening, or take home some fresh produce. 

To RSVP, you can connect on our socials, or on 0477 001 110. Please provide us with details of any allergies or dietary needs.  

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Art and Wellbeing - Additional Evening Session! 

This coming month we have two options to take part in Art and Wellbeing sessions! 

  • Daytime - every Third Tuesday of the Month from 1pm to 3pm – our next session is Tuesday 16th April. 
  • One-off evening session- Thursday 4th of April from 6pm to 8pm – food provided from 5:30pm.  

Our Art and Wellbeing events are a safe peer space to relax and express your creativity. The event is free, no experience is necessary, and a meal is always provided. 

You can connect with us on our socials, or at 0477 001 110 for more info and to RSVP to the event. (Please include any allergies or dietary needs). If transport is a barrier for you, please reach out on the mobile number provided - we have options available that could help you out! 

We hope to see you there!  


Consultation Opportunity ‘My Body, My Voice’ by WHISE 

‘My Body, My Voice’ is a research project launched by Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE). The project explores the experiences of body image, by women with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and other over-lapping identities.  

Body image has long been understood as an able-bodied woman’s ‘concern’. WHISE aims to diversify that conversation more broadly to include women with disabilities and other intersecting identities. 

The survey is open for all women, and people assigned female at birth, who have (or have had) a disability. 

The project aims to answer the following research question: How do women with disabilities and other over-lapping identities feel toward their body, why, and what can we do about it? 

Link to survey and more info: My Body, My Voice Project - WHISE 

Renters’ Rights Rundown  

When: Wed 27th March 2024 
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
Further info: Online and FREE 

The Victorian Council of Social Services is partnering with Tenants Victoria for a free online session to explain Victorian rental rules and related matters. Attendees will be given formal information and then will be invited to ask questions about:  

  • How Victoria's rental laws operate. 
  • Renters' rights, obligations and protections. 
  • How to help renters challenge an eviction, rent increase or maintenance dispute. 
  • Strategies for managing matters escalated to VCAT. 

While the session is aimed at support professionals, it can be attended by renters and anyone supporting people who are navigating rental issues. 

Register to attend: Renters' Rights Rundown | Humanitix 

Community Events 

Weekly Queer lftars

When: Friday 22nd March  
Time: 7-9pm 
Cost: FREE 
Location: TBA 

Queer lftars celebration invites you to a unique experience of diversity during the month of Ramadan. Whether you identify as a Muslim LGBTIQA+ refugee, asylum seeker or forcibly displaced person, or are a member of the LGBTIQA+ community, you can come and share stories and foster connections in a safe space. 

Click on the link for more info: Weekly Queer Iftars - Victorian Pride Centre 
Link to tickets: Queer Iftar Week 2 Tickets, Fri 22/03/2024 at 7:00 pm | Eventbrite 

Bridges to Harmony – Cultural Diversity Week FREE event! 

When: Friday 22 March  
Time: 4pm – 8pm  
Cost: FREE 
Location: Condell Reserve - opposite Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy 

As part of Cultural Diversity Week, Fitzroy Learning Network is running its annual ‘Bridges to Harmony’ event with a celebration of the Fitzroy community, featuring live music, circus activities, market stalls and delicious food. 
Cultural Diversity Week 2024 in Yarra | Yarra City Council 

Neighbour Day Market – Cultural Diversity Week FREE event!

When: Saturday 23 March  
Time: 3pm-5pm 
Cost: FREE 
Location: Notting Hill Neighbourhood House, 37 Westerfield Drive, Notting Hill, 3168 

Neighbour Day Market is a fun community event supported by the Monash City Council and is a celebration of community, encouraging people to connect with one another.  

There will be: 
Market Stalls Galore 
Face Painting Fun 
Animals of Oz 
Bubbles Bonanza 
Succulent Sale 
Henna Art 
Sausage Sizzle 
Lemonade Stand 
Link to more info: Neighbour Day Market | City of Monash 

Resources - Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Self-care is the practice of taking care of ourselves so that we can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well. 

While we all have different ways of practising self-care, the ultimate goal is to make sure we spend time doing things that: 

  • Make us feel happy and healthy 
  • Lower our risk of disease and illness 
  • Help us manage stress or cope during challenging times 
  • Allow us to feel physically and psychologically safe 
  • Promote strong social connections. 

Sometimes, self-care activities don’t require much thought - like brushing our teeth or having a coffee with a friend. 

Ultimately, a self-care activity is something that fills our ‘wellbeing cup’ instead of emptying it. For more information, tools and more visit Lifeline’s website found here. 


We would love to hear any feedback you have and any ideas on what you would like to see included in the upcoming editions. You can email us at [email protected] or use the new anonymous PR Feedback Form 


All the best, 

Project Respect 

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