Programs and Services
Services for Families
We recognise the importance of families and understand the needs of children. Many of our programs are family friendly or designed to support families.
Camp Seaside is our annual camp for families with children. This weekend camp is held in term four and, despite its name, takes place in different locations all over Victoria. All Victorian families with children under 18 and a family member living with HIV are eligible to attend.
The free, fully catered camp provides exciting, challenging activities for children that could include rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling, archery, swimming, ropes courses, flying foxes, and more. Younger children are welcome to attend and are cared for by qualified child carers so that parents have the chance to relax and take part in their own activities. Craft activities, games, and a campfire and sing-along or marshmallow toasting may also be offered.
Activities for adults could include massages, yoga, meditation, adventure activities, drumming workshops, crafts and much more. A facilitated workshop is also offered for men and women. This is a chance to explore issues related to living with HIV in a safe, secure environment. Peer support staff are also available if you would like to connect with them.
Many parents appreciate the chance to meet and connect with other parents facing the same challenges that they do in living with HIV. There is plenty of free time in which to wind down and relax while the kids are having a ball participating in the camp activities. The kids love catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.
Members’ Fun Days
Our Members’ Days are another great way to connect with other families living with HIV. These family friendly days include activities that both kids and adult will enjoy. They are open to all women and heterosexual men and their partners and all families with children and are held three times a year.
Previous events have included trips to the Werribee Zoo, Sculptures by the Sea, trampolining, indoor rock climbing, horse riding, bowling and more. We include either lunch or morning or afternoon tea and you are welcome to attend without taking part in the activities if you would prefer.
Our Christmas party is very popular. It is a great way to catch up with old friends or meet new ones. Individuals and families are welcome to attend. We provide Christmas dinner and family friendly entertainment, and Santa is kept in the loop and makes an appearance with presents for the kids. It’s always a great evening and our members look forward to it every year.
Living Positive Victoria is strongly committed to the safety and well-being of all children who use our services. The welfare of children is a top priority and we have zero tolerance for child abuse. All children using Living Positive Victoria services have a right to feel and be safe, respected, valued and protected from harm. We have policies and procedures in place to create and maintain a safe environment for children. Living Positive Victoria is committed to protecting children from physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and cultural abuse and neglect.
All Living Positive Victoria staff, board members and volunteers must hold a current Working with Children Check and are required to comply with the Living Positive Victoria Child Safety Code of Conduct for board members, employees, volunteers and contractors. All adults who attend family events at which children are present are required to read and abide by the Living Positive Victoria Child Safety Code of Conduct for Service Users.
Read our Child Protection Policy here
Read our Child Safety Code of Conduct