Welcome to the ‘Community’ issue

Jasmine Glover, Rural Women's Coordinator and her dog Maisie

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we face challenging and uncertain times. We want you to know that the Victorian Rural Women’s Network (the Network) remains here for you and is committed to its plans for 2020 — even though they may look a little different.

In the words of the Greek philosopher Plato, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ and we are confident the knowledgeable and resourceful rural women of Victoria will find ways to get through this together. We decided on the ‘community’ theme for this newsletter to celebrate the many different ways we build and benefit from communities, and the importance of local connection.

Right now, community has never felt more important. It is times like these that bring us together and enable us to build new friendships, skills and connections. Never has it been more essential to adapt the way we live and work, support one another, and stay connected and informed, which is what the Network is all about.

We will continue to share the latest coronavirus news and information through our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. I encourage you to access more information at coronavirus.vic.gov.au and through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) mobile phone app. You can find more resources, including wellbeing support, in the coronavirus article in this newsletter.

On 26 March 2020, the Minister for Agriculture, Jaclyn Symes MP, sent a message to all subscribers asking how the network can harness the strength of rural women to better support and connect our subscribers. Though we are not able to reply to everyone individually, we would like to hear what activities you are doing to stay connected and informed so the Network can improve its offerings.

Please email your ideas and feedback to VRWNetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au. In the meantime, know our thoughts are with you, look after yourselves and reach out to your community in the best ways you can. We will get through this with the support of each other.

Cheers from Jasmine Glover, Rural Women’s Coordinator, on behalf of the Victorian Rural Women’s Network team.

Do you have a story idea?

We invite stories or ideas for future editions. Articles should be written by, about or for rural women. If you would like to add something to our July 2020 newsletter which celebrates ‘Remarkable rural women’ as inspiring innovators, leaders and achievers, please let us know by
7 May 2020, to VRWNetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au.

Contact us via:

Email:                   VRWNetwork@agriculture.vic.gov.au

Website:              extensionaus.com.au/VRWNetwork/

Facebook:           facebook.com/VRWNetwork/

Twitter:               twitter.com/VRWNetwork

Pictured: Jasmine Glover, Rural Women’s Coordinator and her dog Maisie

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