Role statement - Victorian Council of Churches - Emergencies Ministry

The Victorian Council of Churches, Emergencies Ministry (VCC EM) provides its services through volunteers from several religious and cultural groups including Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu, trained to respond to all affected persons following emergencies in Victoria.

 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Provide information, education and training to cultural and faith communities, municipal council emergency management staff and other agencies

1.2, 1.6

   

Response (including Relief)

 

Activate Emergency Operations Centre to support to provide higher level support as required

3.3

   

Provide psychosocial support including emotional spiritual care under the SHERP

15.3

   

VCC EM supports DHHS to deliver the relief activity of co-ordinating the multi-faith multicultural response to emergencies

3.2

   

Recovery

 

VCC EM supports DHHS to deliver the relief and recovery activity of:

 

●  providing psychosocial support including psychological first aid, emotional and spiritual care and personal support in relief and recovery centres and through community outreach, direct visits, community meetings and gatherings

3.2, 15.3, 20.1, 20.6

   

●  assisting the DPC in the development and co-ordination of state services of worship and assist in the organisation of public memorials and gatherings to support the recovery of affected communities

3.2, 15.5

   

●  providing DHHS and activating agency a regular report on community wellbeing, needs and issues

20.1, 20.5

   

VCC EM supports Victim Support Agencies as the lead agency providing support in emergencies caused by criminal acts, as shown in the Social Environment table (Table 12)

Social Environment table

   

VCC EM supports VIFM as the lead agency providing support for the bereaved, as shown in the Social Environment table (Table 12)

Social Environment table

   

Assurance and Learning

 

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.