Established in 1980, PICAL is a part of the Gippsland region's Neighbourhood Houses Victoria organisation. Neighbourhood Houses aim to bring people together to connect, learn and contribute in their local community through social, educational, recreational and support activities, using a community-based approach. Here at PICAL we work towards developing strategies to improve our community whilst understanding and valuing its uniqueness. We endeavour to provide a strong, safe and vibrant community that values diversity and gender equity.
PICAL is also registered as a Learn Local Provider which means some of our courses receive Victorian Government funding making them more affordable to our priority learner groups. These courses address the particular needs of those adults who have experienced barriers to education in the past and need some help to take the first step back to education, training and or employment.
To empower our community through programs that build self-confidence, optimism and resilience to better cope in crisis, reduce disadvantage and enhance success in study, relationships and career.
To care about current and future generations through understanding our past, providing education and being sustainable and inclusive in our community.
To support and empower our community through education and specialised services.
Stay connected to the community and respond to its needs with respect, dignity and integrity.
We consider the needs of our community whilst supporting inclusivity.
We follow a cohesive plan for educational programs, referral services, volunteer networks and socially related programs which are for the benefit of our community.
We help protect our island environment by supporting sustainability projects and developments
Meet The Team
Women Connect Program Manager
COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
Chairperson: Jeff Floyd
Vice-Chairperson: Stephanie Thornborrow
Secretary: Andrew Chappell
Treasurer: Steven Davie
Ordinary Members: Tim Anders, Terry Heffernan, Sally Matthews, Denise McGill (OAM), Julie Lynch, Michelle Stewart & Fran Mandergeddes
THE FOUNDER OF OUR EMERGENCY FOOD RELIEF: Phil Dixon
PICAL owes a huge debt of gratitude to Phil, who worked here as a volunteer and on our committee of management for many years. Phil created the emergency food relief service in December 2008, largely in response to the Global Financial Crisis. With the assistance of local churches, Phil organised donations from surrounding Cowes businesses and local supermarkets. The service has operated continuously since then, with the contribution of many other local groups, banks and community organisations. Since 2008, it’s estimated the service Phil started has fed in excess of 10,000 people.
In October 2019, PICAL recognised Phil’s commitment to helping the community, by naming the emergency food relief service the "Phil Dixon Pantry" and presenting Phil with a Lifetime Service Certificate. A plaque bearing Phil’s name now permanently welcomes visitors to the Pantry in honour of her ongoing legacy to the community of Phillip Island.
Presenting Phil with her plaque in October 2019.
From L to R: Barbara Parrot, Phil Dixon, Kylie McMurray and Chris Burns