GROW Updates

Most Signicant Change Story – Being inclusive

Posted on September 21, 2021 in GROW Updates

I was saying that [name] had barriers to employment: Mental illness; fairly significant challenges in terms of work; long term unemployed – these are the limitations that [the employee] had. We teamed up with another GROW signatory called Encompass Community Services – that we recruited [the employee] through, and they also provided us with support...

Read more

New services and subsidies for employers

Posted on September 8, 2021 in GROW Updates

At the recent Jobs Victoria Information session, we heard about the new supports and wage subsidies to help local employers. Read the overview here and view slide presentation here Watch the Infomation session here For more information, please contact Leah on  

Read more

GROW Compact Action Network July 2021

Posted on June 30, 2021 in GROW Updates

Many thanks to those who attended our virtual Compact Action Network meeting on Friday 30 July, 2021. It was great to hear from some of our GROW partners about how we can work towards equitable opportunities for all of our communities. If you missed the meeting, please take some time to check out their edited...

Read more

GROW 5 Years – 5 films

Posted on December 11, 2020 in GROW Updates

Click on the image to hear Elaine Carbines, CEO of G21 Geelong Region Alliance, tell her story of GROW: Click this image for the Barwon Water social procurement story from Adam: Click on the image and hear Cara tell the Baptcare Coasthaven story of social procurement and inclusive employment: Click the image to learn more...

Read more

New builder appointed to Geelong Arts Centre stage 3

Posted on September 4, 2020 in GROW Updates

Development Victoria have announced: “Major property company Lendlease has been appointed to deliver the $128 million Little Malop Street Redevelopment. Lendlease’s ‘Geelong First’ commitment will put local partnerships, skills and innovation at the heart of the project and will ensure local suppliers and tradespeople, including social enterprises, are invited to tender on works packages throughout...

Read more


Posted on April 14, 2020 in GROW Updates

The GROW team is continually updating these Trello boards with links to current information and resources to support our communities in these unprecedented times. If you have a suggestion for any further resources, please contact Support for Businesses: Support for Individuals: Support for Community Services:

Read more

WorkWell Learning Networks: The mental health and wellbeing revolution set to sweep Geelong workplaces

Posted on January 20, 2020 in GROW Updates

  As part of a ground-breaking new initiative funded by WorkSafe’s WorkWell Program, The Give Where You Live Foundation has launched an exciting new knowledge-sharing network. WorkSafe’s WorkWell Learning Networks aim to promote mental health and wellbeing and prevent mental injury & illness by changing workplace cultures and practices. The Give Where You Live Learning...

Read more

Where are we at? GROW Start Up Review

Posted on August 27, 2019 in GROW Updates

How is GROW going? What has been achieved? Any ideas about what should happen next? To answer these questions, an external review of GROW was undertaken by Clear Horizon Consulting, reflecting on the activities and outcomes of the GROW initiative during the start-up phase. Whilst the review reflected on past achievements, the main focus was...

Read more

2019 GROW report card #3

Posted on May 2, 2019 in GROW Updates

On Thursday, 2 May, GROW signatories and partners met at the presentation of 2019 GROW Report Card, held at the new Baptcare Coasthaven Community. This beautiful facility is providing significant local employment and high quality aged care support for 3214 residents. Bill Mithen, CEO of backbone organisation the Give Where You Live Foundation delivered the...

Read more

GROW Summit

Posted on March 6, 2019 in GROW Updates

Over 40 local business, state and local government representatives and community organisations from the G21 Region came together for the GROW Summit late February. Convened by independent evaluators Clear Horizon Consulting, the whole day workshop analysed the progress of the GROW initiative during its Start-Up Phase and priorities for greater impact moving forward. Key learnings...

Read more