Teenage Road Information Program

7pm Wednesday 1 August 2018
Heritage Funeral Home
1414 Healesville KooWeeRup Road 
Woori Yallock
Doors will be open from 6.30pm onwards.

The presentation provides an in-depth insight into what happens in a road crash and the resulting road trauma. The impacts are real and devastating for emergency services, witnesses, work colleagues, friends and family members.

This program is for young people learning to drive, those who are on their P’s or those who have been driving for years.

Please come and support this important community initiative from the Yarra Valley Emergency Services who would rather meet you at a presentation than meet you at a crash.

Find out more information here>> Yarra Valley TRIP

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National Volunteers’ Week – thank you

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Today marks the commencement of National Volunteers’ Week and it is on the back of extraordinary efforts of our volunteers, that Road Trauma Support Services Victoria came to life back in 1994. In 2018, the vast majority of our workforce is unpaid but the passion of our people to ‘reduce the impact and incidence of road trauma’ is as strong as ever.

Our volunteers are remarkable, whether they are personally impacted by road trauma or thrust towards it by virtue of their work, their ability to create meaning and purpose from the unspeakable is at times, unfathomable. In every instance, your efforts make a difference to our community.

To our volunteers, you are the backbone of our organisation, you are the voices of reason and compassion, you give us the ability to continue. Thank you is humble and may seem inadequate, but we offer you our gratitude and admiration, for, without you, we would be very different.

You are brave, you are resilient, you are compassionate, you are generous, THANK YOU.

Workplace Health & Safety Show

Join us at the Workplace Health & Safety Show at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 23-24 May 2018. We will be at stand D07, make sure you drop past to say hello.

An exciting addition to the safety industry event landscape, the Show is the official exhibition of the #SAFETYSCAPE Convention, a week-long program of events, workshops, forums, seminars and conferences hosted by the Safety Institute of Australia.

The Workplace Health & Safety Show will present safety professionals with the broadest range of offerings under the one roof where they can compare, buy and stay updated on the latest products and policies.

The Workplace Health & Safety Show is a must-attend event for all safety professionals from a range of industries including manufacturing, building/construction, mining, councils/local government, hospitals, transport and more.

To find out more, visit www.whsshow.com.au

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Magistrates’ Court Open Day

Join us at the Magistrates’ Court Open Day on Saturday 19 May, Karen Robinson, our North West Metro Regional Coordinator and volunteer speaker will share her road trauma story, from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm.

Karen shares her story in the hope that people will think about their own risky driving behaviour and become more responsible, safer drivers – to help save lives, reduce serious injury and avoid a possible jail sentence.

Make sure you visit our information stand on the day.

Melbourne Magistrates’ Court, 233 William Street, Melbourne. #LawWeek

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‘Beyond the Winding Road’ book launch

Three and half years ago, Bec Beed lost her only brother through road trauma, she became an only child overnight. Bec has since written a book called ‘Beyond the Winding Road’ and will be having a HIGH TEA BOOK LAUNCH at 2pm, Sunday 6 May, at the Sandhurst Club, 5 Clubhouse Lane, Sandhurst.

“Life changed so quickly, relationships changed, my dreams and ambitions changed and I felt very alone in this journey. This is my story, my words. It’s a story through my eyes about persistence, determination and finding the will to live again after losing my best friend, my brother, on that dreaded Winding Road.”

RSVP by Monday 23 April – 0417 544 603.
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Melton Senior Drivers’ Expo

Free and confidential for licensed drivers over 55.

9:30am – 2:00pm, Saturday 28 April 2018 at Melton Library and Learning Hub.

  • Free lunch and refreshments
  • Road law changes
  • Health, medicines and driving
  • Free roadworthy check
  • Free driving assessment
  • Opportunity to ask questions

Early booking essential, and for all other details please contact Lynette on 9742 7534.

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Free child restraint checking day – Wyndham

South Sudanese community in Wyndham – Free child restraint checking day

Saturday 17 March, 2pm – 6pm

Come along to the South Sudanese Positive Parenting Program and have your child restraints confidentially checked by the experts. Did you know it is illegal to transport your children in your vehicle unless they are in a properly secured and approved child restraint?

Werribee Bowls Club, 237 Watton Street, Werribee

To RSVP please email – sscwyndham@gmail.com

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Melton Community Road Safety Forum

Are you a young adult driver or a parent of a young adult driver?

Don’t miss this forum and your chance to improve your understanding of road safety. Learn more about road rules and the impact of road trauma including serious injury and fatal collisions.

TIME: 6.20pm – 9.00pm
DATE: Thursday 22 March 2018
WHERE: Melton Library (Balam Balam Seminar Room) 31 McKenzie Street, Melton

– Guest speakers
– Free showbags
– Brochures
– Information

The information provided in this forum will be about the impact of road trauma on our community and maybe confronting.

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Life members 2017

360_lowresAt our 2017 Annual General Meeting, we inducted three new life members into the organisation, Glenda Barker, Michael Perkins and Sue Cox (posthumously).

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Glenda has in some way been associated with the organisation since the very early days of our existence.

Understanding first-hand the devastating effects of road trauma on families and communities, her desire to support people impacted by road trauma prompted her engagement with the then, Road Trauma Support Team. Glenda’s work with the organisation has spanned all functions of the organisation and has included:

  • Speaking at our Road Trauma Awareness Seminars
  • Working on the organising committee of the Rose Garden weekend
  • Assisting the team at Blackburn by working in administration
  • Volunteering in, and facilitating several bereavement support groups
  • Volunteering time and expertise at the Time for Remembering planning committee
  • Speaking to the media and presenting to community groups

Glenda generosity extended beyond many years of volunteering her time and expertise. Several years ago she donated three pieces of garden furniture which today, remain as central features in our courtyard at Blackburn.

Glenda’s contributions to our organisation have been given generously and selflessly.

Michael Perkins
Michael commenced with us back in 2004 and, after 13 years, remains a vital part of the team. After surviving a serious crash as a teenager, and sustaining devastating and lifelong injuries, he joined the ranks of our education team to support and educate people at risk of road trauma.

He has worked in many areas, predominantly in education programs, however, his vast array of contributions includes:

  • Working in our Road Trauma Awareness Seminar programs as a volunteer speaker and educator
  • Educating and guiding young people in our Drive to Learn and youth orientated programs
  • Contributing to incarcerated drivers’ wellbeing in our prisons program
  • Presenting to schools and community groups
  • Contributing to our strategic direction

Like his peers, Michael’s contributions have been given generously and selflessly and always for the benefits of our organisation and the community. Like so many of our people, he has shown courage and resilience living with the impacts of his crash and turning his challenges into opportunities for growth and learning for himself and others.

Sue Cox
Sue survived a terrible crash as a teenager which left her with critical and lifelong injuries. Sue started volunteering a decade ago in our Road Trauma Awareness Seminar program in Bendigo. Sue worked as a volunteer speaker sharing her story with participants in the hope that it would create awareness and ultimately safety. Her approach was always non-judgemental and her enthusiasm and optimism were infectious. Like so many of our volunteers, Sue frequently offered her time to speak with the media and participate in road safety presentations to community groups and corporates. She was a wonderful support to the team in Bendigo and to our organisation.

Sue was an energetic and extremely positive advocate for road safety and supporter of our work.

In July 2017, Sue lost her battle with cancer leaving her husband Gavin and their sons, Martin, Patrick and Chris to perpetuate her smile, optimism and endless energy.

Gavin, on Sue’s behalf, accepted her admission posthumously as an honorary life member.

Making an impact in our garden

Resized_199_facebook 198As part of the Deloitte Australia Impact Day, Xander, Richard, Trupti and Angela volunteered to fix up our garden. As you can see in the before and after photos they have done a fantastic job, and we are very grateful for their hard work. Our garden is used by both clients and staff, and it is great to have it back in shape for summer.

A big THANK YOU to Xander, Richard, Trupti and Angela for their awesome work.