JCCV Key Projects
The JCCV works collaboratively across key projects to deliver best practice outcomes for our community
YAP - JCCV Youth Alcohol Wellness Program
YAP is an interactive and research-based wellbeing program aimed at preventing and minimising the risk of alcohol and other drug-related harm.
It was designed to empower grade 6 to year 12 students, and their families, with the skills and knowledge necessary to promote healthy and safe decision making. The program focuses on enhancing protective factors or strengths, that have been proven to reduce the likelihood of risk-taking behaviours, such as positive self-image, resilience and effective problem solving.
Thousands of students, parents and guardians have participated in the program since it started in 2009. Sessions were delivered at Bialik College, King David School, Mount Scopus Memorial College, Leibler Yavneh College, Sholom Aleichem and Yeshivah Beth Rivkah College. Psychologists and psychotherapists, experts from Headspace, Victoria Police and Hospitals helped provide essential advice and guidance. The program is made possible through the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy.
The JCCV has had a longstanding history of commitment to child protection within the Jewish and broader community and is committed to Safeguarding Children in our community. We have:
Established a Child Protection Reference Group in 2013 to offer practical support for communal organisations, protect children, and help community organisations ensure risk management policies procedures are in place.
Represented the community with submissions to State Government inquiries, including the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Organisations. Further initiatives included two series of JCCV Safeguarding sessions delivered by Katherine Levi, assisting Jewish organisations to develop child protection policies, with representation from across the community. Learn More.
Spiritual Care Outreach
The JCCV Spiritual Care Project offers focused and ethno- specific support for carers of Jewish patients in Victorian hospitals. Specifically, the JCCV offers accredited educational training programs for health care workers, volunteers and individuals directly to enhance the holistic care experience of Jewish patients. A series of Spiritual Training Sessions are offered and Counselling for the wellness of carers of palliative patients and those with chronic illness. During the Pandemic, the demand for Spiritual Care services has significantly increased. View our recent session here.
Jewish Immersion Programs
The focus of Jewish Immersion Programs is to give a snapshot of Jewish life, values, history, culture and understanding of the range of Jewish population in Melbourne and Victoria. Briefings by experts focus on population trends, religious traditions, rhythm of Jewish life events, and how best to understand and communicate more meaningfully with the Jewish community when interacting in the workplace. Visits to the Melbourne Jewish Museum and a Synagogue are part of the inclusive program. Local Council Staff, Victorian Politicians, Aged Care service providers, Victorian Police Cadets and Teachers and Volunteers in Victorian schools have the potential of gaining knowledge to promote greater understanding and harmony across the community.