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Welcome to the Open Place web site.

On this web site you will find information about the services we provide and how Forgotten Australians can access these services.

We are committed to continuing and expanding our outreach capacity in order to better serve isolated Forgotten Australians and isolated communities.

A great achievement for Forgotten Australians is the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuses. Please visit our
Royal Commission page under "About Forgotten Australians" for information and updates.

Open Place will continue to provide information and updates via our web site and by mail.


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Royal Commission to hold community information forum in Ballarat

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be holding a community information forum in Ballarat on Wednesday 19 March 2014.
The Chair of the Royal Commission, Justice Peter McClellan, will address the forum, which follows informal meetings with community groups and service providers in Ballarat two weeks ago.
Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said the community information forum will provide a way for interested individuals and community groups in Ballarat to engage with the Royal Commission.

Staff members from Open Place will be attending. If you have any questions please ask to speak to our Royal Commission Support Team.

Click here for more information on the forum...

Or click here to visit the Royal Commission's website regarding the forum

Open Place's New Counselling and Records Rooms

Open Place has been fortunate in gaining access to some extra office space just around the corner from the drop in centre. This space will significantly improve confidentiality and privacy for Forgotten Australians who use the counselling, records and support services. These additional rooms will mean that group and leisure activities can continue at Open Place without causing disruption to those who need a quiet counselling session or an uninterrupted open area to spread out records. If you have a counselling, records or a support appointment at Open Place please continue to come to the front desk at Open Place for attention and service.



Orana Care Leavers Reunion

Where: Rentoul Hall, 16 Livingstone Close, Burwood
When: Friday, 25th April 2014
Time: 12:00pm—4:00pm
RSVP: Rita on 0417 952 381 or for catering by 9 April

Lentara Uniting Care (formerly Orana) is holding the  Annual Orana Care Leavers Reunion.
Lunch will be provided. All family and friends welcome. Uniting Care have some funding available for travel or accommodation costs to assist Care Leavers to attend the reunion.