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COVID-19 Update: We are putting the wellbeing of our community first

At the Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) we take the health of our community very seriously. Over the last few weeks, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely to ensure we are doing everything we can to minimise risk of infection.

This is an evolving situation that requires a careful and measured response, and we must all do our part. This is why VWT will be adopting a working from home policy for the foreseeable future.

From this week onwards, most staff, volunteers and board members will be working from home until we deemed it safe to return to our normal office arrangements. Any scheduled meetings will now happen over the phone or via video link.

Our office will remain open in a limited capacity. If you wish to visit VWT, please call ahead: (03) 9642 0422

Look after yourself and each other
We are all in uncharted waters right now and it’s perfectly normal to feel anxious or concerned. Try to use this as an opportunity to practice kindness and compassion in your community — reach out to others, regularly check in, and stay as connected as you can.

Important updates


Women Powering Climate Action: Live stream | 6pm Thursday March 26 | Tune in via our Facebook page

We are scheduled to co-host a panel event with Verve Super on the ways we can continue to band together to protect the environment and women’s rights.

To support the health and wellbeing of the community, we have decided this event will be live stream only.

What this means for ticket holders
If you have purchased a ticket to this event, you have the option of requesting a refund on your ticket. However — if you are in a position to do so — we would very much appreciate it if you chose to donate your ticket.

All ticket donations from this event will be split between the Victorian Women’s Trust and Seed Indigenous Youth Network. We are both non profit organisations, 100% powered by donations from the community.

By not requesting a refund on your ticket, you will be ensuring this discussion reaches an even wider audience, and you will be supporting both VWT and Seed to keep advocating strongly for the environment and women’s rights.

Live streaming this event has been made possible thanks to Emma Whiting Travel & Cruise and we are extremely grateful for their support. Emma Whiting Travel is a women led business that believes in supporting women and our community — that’s a message we all can get behind.

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Volunteers

Our volunteers are a crucial part of our organisation. To safeguard everyone’s wellbeing, we will be asking our volunteers to take a short break from VWT. Some volunteers may wish to work from home. Where possible, we will do what we can to support this option.

Do you have a volunteer enquiry? Contact our Operations Manager, Maria Chetcuti: maria@vwt.org.au


VWT Shop

If you have purchased an item from the VWT Shop, first of all, thank you. Every purchase supports a future where gender equality is the norm, not the exception.

Pick up orders

Please note: from Monday 16 April, we have suspended pick up orders until further notice. All orders made after Monday 16 March will be posted out.

If you have made a pick up order prior to Monday 16 March, you are welcome to visit the VWT office to claim your purchase. Please call ahead to arrange a suitable time (03) 9642 0422.

Would you like to change your pick up order? Contact our team shop@vwt.org.au or call (03) 9642 0422 to arrange for your items to be posted out.


Take good care of yourself in the weeks ahead. If possible, try to exercise, eat healthy food and only take advice from trusted sources, such as the Victorian State Government health website or the National Government health website.

Stay in touch
We must do all we can to continue to strengthen our community. Please keep in touch with VWT — we would LOVE to hear from you — email women@vwt.org.au or call (03) 9642 0422.

Read up on all our feminist articles on the Trust Journal, and make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for regular updates.

While this might not be ‘business as usual’, our aim remains unchanged: full gender equality ensuring women and girls take up all of life’s opportunities with respect, safety and dignity.

Thank you for being in solidarity with us in these unprecedented times. Warmest wishes to you and your loved ones.

 

 

 


Illustration Michelle Pereira for About Bloody Time: the Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have published by the Victorian Women’s Trust (2019)