Thankyou to everyone who participated in the Walktober Challenge! We are currently awaiting the region results so will keep you posted!

The Rainbow Connect sessions have wrapped up for now but we are hoping to continue the group in 2021. If you would like more information or to make sure you stay up to date with latest developments please contact our Group Facilitator Linda Wilson from Elite Counselling.

Phil Dixon Emergency Food Relief New Home & Hours

Now operating from its spacious new home the Phil Dixon Emergency Food Relief Pantry is located in the portable building previously called the Sunroom, just beind the main reception building.

Volunteers have worked tirelessly to provide a bright welcoming space where items are easily identified and can be handled with all COVID safe measures through a servery window.

Over the past 6 months the pantry has grown to become the largest food relief service in the South Gippsland region! 

NB: Please note as of the  23/11/20 the PICAL Pantry Operating Hours are 10am to 2pm 

Some extra courses to see out 2020
































Download the current Term 4 2020 Course Guide HERE

In addition to our Food Safety Training and RSA on Saturday November 28th we have a couple of extra offerings to squeeze in just in time for Christmas.

AHCM213: Operate and Maintain Chainsaws

Saturday December 5th 9am -3pm

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a hand-held chainsaw and maintain it in working condition. It also includes cross-cutting fallen timber using safe cutting techniques. This is a nationally accredited unit of competency delivered by Australian Safe T Training, RTO#21852
Cost: $230pp (minimum 6)
Bookings: PH 5951 1131 or online at 

Barista Skills Training

Tuesday December 8th 9am - 3pm

You'll be cafe job-ready with this 6-hour introductory barista skills course. Local chef and coffee connoisseur Raj Ruthi, co-owner of @11-eleven Phillip Island, will guide you through the fundamentals of extraction, the different types of coffee drinks, milk texturing, machine cleaning and maintenance. The class will be held at the Phillip Island Football Club. There's plenty of local demand for skilled baristas with the upcoming summer tourist season!
Cost: $40 PICAL Members, $50 Non-members
PH: 5952 1131 or

Mindful Making Ceramics with Emma Le-Mar

Combining pottery and meditation you will create a personalised ceramic Christmas gift whilst learning and practicing mindfulness. Commencing Thursday December 3rd from 1pm - 3pm for 3 consecutive weeks. Small class sizes with all social distancing measures in place and individual class materials supplied.
Cost: $60 PICAL Members, $70 Non-members.
To read more about Emma and her see her beautiful work head to
To book call 5952 1131 or online at

PICAL's Isolation Nights series

concluded on Monday September 7th following a fantastic presentation from Mat Bowtell from

Free 3D Hands. We were blown away by Mat and his team's response to the shortages faced by the community and our frontline workers at the start of the pandemic. With dedication and unwavering commitment, one small factory on Phillip Island proved just how we can get manufacturing done, right here on home soil.

We'd like to thank all of our presenters: Chris Duff The Country Dietitian, Lois Gaskin from Turn the Page Bookshop and Linda Wilson from Elite Counselling

for giving so generously of their time. Make sure you stay connected as we continue along the road to the new COVID normal. There are many people in our community ready and willing to help and PICAL is only a phone call away!


Workplace Training, Learn Local and Leisure & Lifestyle are currently running with all COVID safe guidelines in place. Group Activities recommencing with indoor group size restrictions. Please contact individual group facilitators for more information.

EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF OPEN Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm.

CENTRELINK AGENCY OPEN Monday to Friday 9am to 1:30pm

YOU MUST WEAR A MASK WHEN ATTENDING THE CENTRE and follow all directives from staff in regards to social distancing.

Classes and activities may be subject to change at short notice in-line with government recommendations. Please check the website, the PICAL Facebook page and/or group facilitators for any changes to programming.

56 - 58 Church St, Cowes VIC 3922

PH: (03) 5952 1131

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm (except Public Holidays)


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