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2019 Annual Report is out

Thanks to the wonderful work of Cheryl from WagTail Design the new 2019 Annual Report looks amazing.

You can click here to download the SPDL Annual Report, or contact info@spdl.org.au and we can send you the file.

  • 2019 AGM

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    You're Invited!

    The South Port Day Links 2019 Annual General Meeting is to be held:

    When:  Friday  29th November

    Where: Liardet Community Centre, 154 Liardet Street Port Melbourne

    Time:  12.15 noon for lunch, meeting to start at 1pm

    Guest Speaker:  Nicky Barry from COTA

    Any queries please contact Russell on 9646 6362

  • Strategic Plan 2019-22

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    In May 2019 the SPDL Committee of Management and all staff members had a facilitated off site Planning Day. The result of which was a 3 Year Strategic Plan.

  • SPDL - Annual General Meeting 2018

    AGM Invite_2018

    You're Invited!

    The South Port Day Links 2018 Annual General Meeting is on soon, details below:

    When:  Friday 16th November

    Where: Liardet Community Centre, 154 Liardet Street Port Melbourne

    Time:  12 noon for lunch, meeting to start at 1pm

    Guest Speaker:  Margaret Anderson, Director of the Old Treasury Building

    Any queries please contact Russell on 9646 6362

  • We say goodbye to our GM

    We say goodbye to our General Manager

    Notice to SPDL Staff, Volunteers and Members

    This note is to advise that Robert Menzies, General Manager of SPDL has advised the Committee of Management that he has resigned from his position and will leave SPDL on Friday 10 August 2018.

    It is with sadness that we accepted Rob’s resignation.  He has been with SPDL for 5 years and over that time has made a significant contribution to our organisation, overseeing many changes and improvements.

    He will be missed by everyone he works with – staff, volunteers and our clients alike.

    Rob is moving to Fitzroy Learning Network and we wish him all the very best for the future in his new position.

    The Committee of Management is commencing the recruitment of a new General Manager with the aim of ensuring a smooth transition into the role.  We are grateful to Rob for providing a longer than required period of notice as this allows more time to find the right person for the position.

    I will keep you all updated over the coming weeks, including a time for the opportunity to say a formal farewell to Rob.

    Lea Pope

    Chair, SPDL Committee of Management

  • SPDL 4 Hits the Road


    SPDL took delivery of its fourth Honda Odyssey People Mover to become the newest addition to the SPDL fleet. The Honda Foundation vehicle lent to SPDL for the last 3 years was returned, as the period of the loan had expired.

    SPDL takes this opportunity to thank The Honda Foundation and Brighton Honda for their support in making the loan vehicle available to SPDL for the past 3 years. The loan vehicle proved vital in allowing SPDL to expand its service to the whole of the City of Port Phillip and in reducing operational costs in the last 3 years.

    When purchasing a new vehicle once again Brighton Honda has supported SPDL in providing a comparative price and discounted servicing for a 5 year period. SPDL would also like to thank Albert Park Rotary, The Brian J Sutton Foundation and our anonymous donor who donated significant funds toward the vehicle.

    Without this support SPDL would not be able to update its fleet. There is no funding provided to purchase vehicles and SPDL relies on donations and fundraising activities.

    You can donate to SPDL by: -

    1. Visiting our website www.spdl.org.au and donate through Give Now on our website, a tax invoice is      automatically generated.

    2. At any branch of the Bendigo Bank by directly depositing funds in our donation account. BSB: 633 000 Account Number: 150 385 003. Ask for a donation receipt.

    3. Posting a cheque, payable to South Port Day Links. Sending it with your name & address details, so we can post you a tax deductible donation receipt.

    Address to: South Port Day Links PO Box 199 Port Melbourne 3207

    Donations of $2.00 or more are tax deductable


  • SPDL Turns 30


    SPDL is celebrating 30 years of service to the community. In that time SPDL has prided itself on delivering its services to support older people, people with a disability and those who care for them. By ensuring these people remain connected to the community and able to maintain their ability to live independently at home.

    South Port Day Links Inc (SPDL) was incorporated in 1991, however the  organisation’s foundation was celebrated in 1988 when DayLinks set of objectives were developed and subsequently launched in July 1989.

    These were the result of meetings, planning, consultation and hard work by a group of dedicated aged care workers, residents and volunteers in the Cities of Port Melbourne and South  Melbourne, led by Beris Campbell, who was the Senior Social Worker at the City of Port Melbourne.

    Back then the ideas that were developed were revolutionary as aged and disability care was based on institutional models, that did not recognise the benefits of older  people, people with a disability, in being able to maintain access to the community.

    Today we recognise that supporting older people to age at home and people with a disability to develop their personal independence, enables them to retain their connection to the community and achieves the best outcomes physically and psychologically for these groups.

    We refer to these concepts today as “Ageing in Place”, “Re-enablement” or “The    Active Service Model”. Research now demonstrates that the more active an older person or person with a disability is, that it improves their health outcomes,personal sense of wellbeing  and life expectancy.

    The services offered by SPDL address these needs of the community. Programs such as the DayLinks community transport service, GardenMates, PetMates and WalkMates, through the incredible support of volunteers, have  allowed many people in the community tomaintain independent living.

    We take this opportunity to thank all those volunteers and supporters for thei contribution, without your support SPDL would not have been able to deliver it  services to the community over the last 30 years. 

    Above Left: Memories SPDL 25th Anniversary

  • Make a Difference to Your Community - Volunteer Now!


    South Port Day Links (SPDL) needs volunteer drivers to support locally isolated residents within the City of Port Phillip. If you would like to make a real difference to the community, if you have a current drivers licence and enjoy working with older people we have a great volunteer opportunity you may like to consider.

    Volunteer drivers only need to be available at least one-half day per week, we provide the vehicle, orientation and training. You will need to undergo a police check and driver assessment which SPDL will cover the cost.

    If you are interested you can contact SPDL on 9646 6362 or go to the link here for more information and to register your interest to become a volunteer.

  • SPDL Policy Update— Alcohol, Drugs & Medications Policy

    Principle - SPDL recognises that all staff, volunteers and clients are entitled to safety and an alcohol and drug free environment. That some prescribed or over the counter medications can affect staff and volunteer’s capacity to safely undertake their roles.

    Policy - SPDL staff and volunteers may not work while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Volunteers and staff driving or undertaking other roles for SPDL must have zero blood alcohol level.
    Clients who appear to be under the effects of alcohol or drugs when using a SPDL service, who compromise the safety of staff, volunteers or clients and behave inappropriately will be denied access to services at that time.
    SPDL will not accept any liability for damage to any vehicle or person as a result of any staff member or volunteer driving a vehicle in contravention of this policy. Any such liabilities will be the responsibility of the driver and the matter will be referred to the Victorian police where actions are in contravention of driving laws.
    Staff and volunteers need to be aware of the effects of some medications on their ability to undertake their roles, especially in relation to driving, using tools or supporting clients. In situations where medications affect staff and volunteer’s capacity to undertake their role safely, putting themselves and others at risk, they are not to perform their role.
    Procedure - SPDL will undertake the following actions in relation to enforcing the Alcohol, Drugs and Medications Policy and providing a safe working environment: -
    Staff and Volunteers
    - inform all staff and volunteers of the ‘no alcohol and no drugs’ policy while working;
    - inform staff and volunteers of the effect that some prescribed or over the counter medications could adversely affect their
    performance and/or endanger themselves and clients;
    - inform staff and volunteers that they are not to perform tasks under the influence of medications that affect their ability to
    perform their role and that put themselves and others at risk.

  • SPDL 2017 AGM

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    SPDL held its AGM on the 17 November 2017 at the Liardet Community Centre. This year it was attended by over 50 people representing the Port Phillip community and marked 29 years of service by SPDL.

    Guest Speaker Tricia Malowney OAM, a Disability Advocate, talked about living and thriving with a disability in the community, using her own experiences and those she has worked with and spoken up for, over her career.

    The AGM marked another successful year by SPDL, as noted by the Chair of the Committee of Management, Lea Pope. Some core achievements during the year, included the upgrade of SPDL’s I.T.   Systems, transition to new funding arrangements, completion of a review of PetLinks, GardenMates and  WalkMates to enhance the quality of delivery of these services to the community.

    SPDL again posted a small surplus for the 2016/17 financial year, if you are interest in viewing the SPDL Annual Report link here

    Left: Tricia Malowney (far right) presenting at the SPDL AGM.

  • SPDL Committee of Management Vacancies



    About South Port Day Links

    South Port Day Links (SPDL) is a community based not for profit organisation, which uses the skills of volunteers to provide transport services, community support programs and community information and advocacy for older people and people with disabilities living within the City of Port Phillip.

    SPDL is incorporated and is a registered charity with the Australian Tax Office and Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.  The SPDL office is located in Port Melbourne.

    We have 3 paid staff positions, approximately 100 volunteers and a volunteer Committee of Management.

    Who are we seeking?

    To assist us to achieve our mission, we are looking for enthusiastic, experienced professionals to join our Committee of Management.

    You will ideally have previous governance or senior management experience, an understanding of the work of the community services sector, ability to work as a member of a team and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

    • Government Relations
    • Community Services/social services
    • Volunteering
    • Marketing
    • Fundraising
    • Legal
    • Human Resources
    • Information Technology
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    • Corporate Relations

    We would particularly like to consider applicants who live in St Kilda and Elwood as we are expanding our transport service into these suburbs and would welcome feedback and ideas on the best ways of engaging with residents and other service providers in these areas.

    Our Committee and small Management team enjoy a very productive working relationship.  Together we are passionate and focused on assuring SPDL’s successful future and in this context, we freely share ideas and work together to achieve our goals.

    How to apply

    If you would like further information or wish to submit an expression of interest, please contact Lea Pope, Chair of South Port Day Links at leapope@bigpond.com

    Further information about the SPDL view Our Team Page or to register your interest view How to Volunteer

    Contact SPDL on 9646 6362.

  • Thanks to Pod

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    Pod Homewares in Bay St has generously donated an item toward the hamper being created for the raffle to be held as a part of the Bunnings BBQ on Saturday 1 April to raise funds for SPDL.

    SPDL acknowledges the fantastic support provided to SPDL over the years from Pod.

    To visit the pod website click here 

  • Thanks to Port Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital

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    South Port Day Links has received a very generous donation of $200 worth of merchandise toward the SPDL raffle to be held as a part of the Bunnings BBQ from the Port Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital. 

    SPDL takes this opportunity to express its sincere appreciation and thanks for this kind donation.

    For more information about Port Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and Hospital click link

  • SPDL Receives ACNC Registered Charity Tick


    SPDL has received the Registered Charity Tick from the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC), the tick confirms that SPDL is a registered charity and meets the requirements of the ACNC in meeting its statutory and reporting requirements as a registered charity.

    Visit the ACNC website for more information click here

    Consider Maling an Online to Donations to SPDL through Give Now

  • Toyota Community Foundation Equipment Grant


    Through the City of Port Phillip Community Grants (Equipment Fund) sponsored by the Toyota Community Foundation (2017/18 funding round).

    SPDL has been able to purchase a much needed lap top computer to support SPDL undertake presentations in the community and allow team members and volunteers access additional computer stations.  

    SPDL acknowledges the fantastic support of the Toyota Community Fund and the City of Port Phillip Community Grants Program.

  • South Melbourne Community Chest Grant

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    SPDL has received a grant from the South Melbourne Community Chest to support the expansion of service to move from 3 to 5 days per week.

    Once again South Melbourne Community Chest who support many organisations with grants within the City of Port Phillip has demonstrated what a fantastic organisation they are by enabling so many community groups within the local community to deliver much needed projects.

    Lea Pope the new Chair of the SPDL Committee of Management recently commented "this group does an incredible job through raising funds to support the community through its Op Shop in South Melbourne, they really make a huge difference, SPDL acknowledges their fantastic support to the community".

    Anyone interested in supporting South Melbourne Community Chest can donate items at the Op Shop located at 200 Bank St South Melbourne, it is open 10 to 5pm week days, 10 to 2pm Saturdays.

    Contact by phone on 9699 6839 for more information or if you are interested in volunteering or donating goods. The shop does not have a website.

  • Elwood Bendigo Bank Funds the Expansion of DayLinks Service


    The Elwood branch of the Bendigo Bank through its Community Grants program has again provided a grant to SPDL to support the sustainability of the expansion of service into the southern corridor of the City of Port Phillip.

    The grant will make a big difference as it will help SPDL to grow the service from 3 days per week to 5. It is hoped that the service will be expanded in 2017 and help meet increasing demand for the community transport needs in the Elwood and St Kilda areas.

    To find out more about the great service provided by the Elwood branch of the Bendigo Bank visit their website, see link  Elwood Bendigo Bank Website

  • Community Fund Raiser at The Block


    SPDL attended the community day held at The Block, the day was very successful as it raised over $700 toward the update of SPDL fleet from a raffle and the sale of soft drinks. It was also an excellent opportunity for SPDL to promote its services to the community.

    Brendan Paynter Chair of the Fundraising Sub Committee commented that "it's always important to promote our service to the community, The Block was a great opportunity to do so, its was great to be involved in an event like this".

    SPDL thanks the volunteers who gave up their time on the day to help host the stall.

  • SPDL Replaces its Fleet with Honda People Movers


    SPDL has been able to update its vehicles through the Stronger Communities Grants provided by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development 2016 with the endorsement of Michael Danby MP for Melbourne Ports.

    These grants, along with the support from an anonymous donor, the Brian J Sutton Foundation, Rotary Albert Park and Brighton Honda has enabled SPDL to upgrade its entire fleet to Honda People Movers.

    This will mean SPDL can increase the number of trips that it can offer the community, improve client access and provide volunteer drivers with an improved volunteer experience.

    SPDL acknowledges the support from all these parties in providing SPDL the opportunity to upgrade its fleet and help it to achieve its mission in the community.

  • Health Expo


    South Port Day Links through funding from the City of Port Phillip community grants program and in partnership with Inner Southern Community Health, Social Inclusion in Port (SHIP) project held a Health Expo on Tuesday 24 May at the South Melbourne Town Hall.

    The Expo is targeted local residents, who were middle aged or older to give them the opportunity to learn about how to maintain their personal health. The expo included presentations on stroke and warning signs, caring for your kidney’s and a session on the My Aged Care website soon to be the central referral point for aged services in Victoria from 1 July 2016.

    Information booths and Health checks were also a part of the day, they included information about the local Men’s Shed, University of the 3 age (U3A), Heart care and a gentle exercise session was held.

    The event was well attended with over 50 people in attendance and was well received. Our thanks to the City of Port Phillip for the Community Grant funding to hold the event and our partner the SHIP project in helping SPDL coordinate the event.

  • Bunnings BBQ April 2016


    In April this year SPDL held its annual BBQ at Bunnings Port Melbourne, the event this year made over $2,000 and was well supported by the local community.

    SPDL thanks, Bunnings Port Melbourne, our many sponsors and volunteers who ensured the event was a great success.

  • Presentation to the Honda Foundation and Brighton Honda


    South Port Day Links (SPDL) in December 2015 marked its appreciation of the support given by the Honda Foundation and Brighton Honda in providing a loan vehicle to SPDL for 3 years. SPDL presented a canvas of photos celebrating the use of the Honda People Mover by SPDL transporting clients as part of their daily service.

    The Honda People Mover provides greater passenger capacity, easier access for clients, improved safety and drivability, supporting SPDL to increase the capacity of the service it can offer to local residents and improve drivability for volunteer drivers who support the DayLinks service.

    Out thanks to The Honda Foundation and Brighton Honda for their fantastic support.

    For more information visit the Honda website: Honda Site

  • Christmas Volunteer Event 2015


    South Port Day Links (SPDL) held its annual volunteer Christmas event in December at the Port Melbourne Trugo Club to thank our 75 volunteers who allow SPDL to deliver its services to the community. This year's event featured a jazz inspired band and the catering was supplied by the HEAT (Hospitality, Employment and Training) project.

    HEAT is a practical youth re-engagement program delivered from the SKYS Learning Centre in South Melbourne. It is an innovative and practical program that assists young people in developing self-esteem: gaining accredited training qualifications in the hospitality industry, work experience in local businesses and prepares them for the world of work.

    HEAT operates in an informal learning environment and is designed to dramatically improve the lives of many young people who are disengaged from mainstream education. HEAT achieves this through supporting young people to make a positive transition to secure employment, thus avoiding the negative traps of long-term unemployment.

    If you are interested in supporting HEAT by getting them to cater for your next event T: 03 9696 5340 or visit the HEAT Web site Heat Web Site

    The event was a great success and was enjoyed by the volunteers who attended, thanks again to our incredible volunteers who keep SPDL's services on the road.

  • DayLinks Expansion of Service to the Southern Corridor of the City of Port Phillip: - Now Regular Part of the DayLinks Services to the Community


    The South Port Day Links Committee of Management in October 2015 endorsed the ongoing delivery of the Expansion of Service into the southern corridor of the City of Port Phillip that was commenced in January as a pilot service with a launch at the Elwood + St Kilda Learning Centre, who have been a great support in helping SPDL delivery the expanded service to the community.

    The Expansion of service was launched by Martin Foley, State Member for Albert Park and Minister for Ageing in February 2015.

    The expanded service has slowly grown in 2015 and has provided much-needed transport to residents in the new service areas who can now access the community and attend medical appointments, social activities and meet everyday needs by being able to go shopping to maintain their everyday living and personal independence.

    If you live in the suburbs of St Kilda, St Kilda East, Elwood or Ripponlea you can now access the DayLinks service, for more information contact SPDL on 9646 6362.

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