It is supported by the Victorian Government, local government and Victoria Police, and governed by a local Committee of Management. There are a number of similar services around the State which are listed on the Victorian Government’s Seniors Online websites and on some local government websites.
The Bellarine Community Support Register’s purpose is to enhance the feeling of safety and security, confidence and sense of wellbeing of those in need of support living on the Bellarine Peninsula.
As at June 2018, The Register had about 1,400 registrants and 30 volunteers. Assistance provided to registrants includes:
- About 2,000 care calls made by Register volunteers to local people on the Register
- Quarterly newsletters distributed to registrants with news and safety tips
- Facebook page, regularly updated with safety and other relevant information
Watch our video below where former Chairperson, Gail Rodgers, discusses the important and unique community work on the beautiful Bellarine delivered by the Bellarine Community Support Register.
Years in Business
The Committee of Management appoints a Volunteer Coordinator who manages the team of about 20 volunteers (excluding the 10 committee volunteers).
The Committee of Management has up to 10 volunteer member positions. A Victoria Police representative, usually the Senior Sergeant as Officer in Charge at Bellarine Police Station in Ocean Grove, is invited to all meetings and serves as ex officio on the Committee.
All volunteer committee positions, including the chairperson, coordinator, secretary and treasurer, are nominated and elected by financial members of the organisation. The committee sets the strategic direction for the development and operational activities of the organisation and supports its volunteers.
Anyone interested in meeting members of the Committee of Management is invited to email the Committee’s Chair Leonie Saundry on [email protected]
The Committee and all volunteer members of the organisation are required to undergo regular police checks.
The Register contains about 1,400 registrants. Their data is input by volunteers who have been police checked and signed a confidentiality agreement.
To register, people must live on the Bellarine Peninsula, which includes the following towns and areas: Barwon Heads, Bellarine, Clifton Springs, Connewarre, Curlewis, Drysdale, Indented Head, Leopold, Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Moolap, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Portarlington, Queenscliff, St Leonards, Swan Bay and Wallington.
History of the Register
The concept of the Bellarine Community Support Register Inc (BCSR) was borne out of concern for elderly residents living on the Peninsula and was principally driven through the Portarlington Community Association and Ann Nichol OAM, our first Committee Chairperson.
Following a meeting in December 2005 with Ms Lisa Neville MP, a sub-committee met with the Rosebud Police Senior Citizens Register, Geelong police and service providers on the Bellarine Peninsula. It was agreed there was a potential and an identified service area within the Bellarine Peninsula community.
The Register has been developed with the support of the Victorian Government, Victoria Police (Bellarine District), the City of Greater Geelong, the Borough of Queenscliffe, Bellarine Community Health and community representatives from the Bellarine Peninsula.
The Bellarine Community Support Register is one of approximately 30 such organisations in Victoria – visit Seniors Online for locations of other registers.
We have close relationships with a number of service clubs through our volunteers and attend the Barwon South West Region’s Bellarine Community Safety Group chaired by the Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville MP.
Legal status of the Register
Incorporated non-profit organization – A0049036P
Deductible Gift Recipient Status (DGR)
Endorsed for Income Tax Exemption (ITEF), including Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST)
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