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Bega Valley Kids e-Newsletter

Summer 2015
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Hello everyone

Welcome to our summer e-newsletter for parents and service providers.

Summer is a great family time, but it can also bring stress if we don't take time out to relax. Find out what events and services are available over the summer ... and enjoy!
 

Events

BEGA VALLEY MARKETS


Markets are a fun place for the whole family to spend some time, maybe pick up a gift or a bargain along the way.

See the full list of markets in the Bega Valley here:
http://www.sapphirecoast.com.au/local-produce/market-calendar/ 


GYMNASTICS DISPLAY

in conjunction with Sapphire Coast AcademyPicture

This year fLiNG's Gym and Parkour Students will present a Gymnastic Display created by Alison Czolij, and presented in conjunction with students of Sapphire Coast Academy.

GYMNASTICS DISPLAY
SATURDAY DECEMBER 19
BEGA INDOOR STADIUM
Bookings at: http://www.trybooking.com/JVAM
 

FLING SUMMER SCHOOL

 
JANUARY at BEGA INDOOR STADIUM

Follow www.flingphysicaltheatre.com.au for details

SPIRAL ART GALLERY BEGA

BRING YOUR STORY TO LIFE

Everyone has a story to tell and Theatre Onset and Footprint Theatre will combine in January with a workshop designed to bring that story to life.

Over two weekends in January the workshop will unlock the secrets of some of the great theatrical storytellers. Tutor, Alex Nicol, has fifty years of experience as a broadcaster and a playwright and knows a good story when he hears one. €˜"The thing is there'€™s always something behind a good story; something lurking under the surface. The trick is to know how to dig and then to work with what you'™ve found."

"Watch the best stand-up comedians", he says. "€˜Their material is usually drawn from the commonplace; it'€™s the way the individual story is built, added to and the way it's presented that makes it work."

Nicol worked for some 40 years as a producer and presenter with the ABC in radio and television and has had his theatrical works produced in London, New York, Sydney Melbourne and Brisbane. "€˜I truly believe that everyone has a story inside them; all they need is the techniques needed to bring it to life."

The workshops will be staged over two weekends Saturday and Sunday January 9, 10 and 16, 17. They'll run from 10am to 3pm each day.

"These are not writing workshops",€™ Nicol says. They'€™re about the art of telling a story. I hope they might encourage people to go away and write their story. I hope too that after the workshops people might like to try the fun of bringing someone else'™s work to life. If that'€™s the case I'™ll undertake to find a suitable performance piece and we'€™ll work on it together.

The workshops are open to anyone over the age of 14 years at a cost of $50 which includes membership of Theatre Onset. They'll be staged at the Thimble Theatre in the grounds of Bega High School.

Call 6492 2619 to book your place.

COBARGO IS DANCING

 
EVERY MONDAY 6-7pm Cobargo School of Arts Hall

First Monday of each month is theme night...

Dance Dance Dance Dance for fun and exercise
Contemporary music 60, 70, 80, 90, 00s
$5 at the door
Proudly supported by Southern Women's Group 

IYENGAR YOGA with Trainer Lianne Davison

Every Friday 1-1.45pm
Iyengar Yoga aims to unite the body, mind and spirit for health and well-being. It is a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life which in turn can help promote total physical and spiritual well-being. Course by donation. 
Women's Resource Centre Bega

ART THERAPY DROP - IN

 

Thursdays 1.30–3pm

  • Art helps to soothe the soul.
  • Art reduces stress and connects you with others. 
  • Trainer Art therapist Ruth Haggar
  • Gold coin contribution would be appreciated.

COMPUTER HELP


We can help you with computers...
  • DO YOU NEED COMPUTER SKILLS FOR WORK?
  • DO YOU NEED COMPUTER TRAINING? 
OPEN ACCESS COMPUTERS Wednesday to Friday

BROADBAND for SENIORS provides seniors with access to training and support to new technology and the Internet and builds confidence. 

Women's Resource Centre Bega

Funding acknowledgement Dept. Social Services. 

NOURISH WOMEN'S RADIO SHOW 


Every Friday 11am - 1pm
93.7 Edge FM Radio 
 
Ruth Haggar hosts the radio show which focuses on everything that empowers women to live healthy, creative and inspired lives. Listen in and request topics - treadsoftly@live.com.au.

Kids

BUSH KINDER

In Motria's Garden is a new bush kinder in the Bega Valley established as a unique family day care scheme with Inspired Early Childhood. Launched in May 2015, this program introduces two- to five-year old children to nature-based play through outdoor adventuring along the beautiful Bega River. We learn environmental respect and awareness as we walk with our backpacks on, we scramble, skip, climb and settle down beneath majestic trees to daydream with folktales and picnics by the riverside.  
Our goal is to deepen connection with nature via the child's experience with the natural world, their relationship to each other and with self. When a child is given time and freedom to explore nature, to note the tiniest of details of insects, leaves, trees, birds, tracks, their sense of belonging blooms through wonder and curiosity.  This program aims to inspire, activate, engage and reflect on the incredible beauty of the wild, to stimulate creative thinking, empathy and kinship. 

Find In Motria's Garden on Facebook where you can see our adventures.
For further details contact Motria Tymkiw von Schreiber via email motria@bigpond.com or 6492 6211

Help

PEARL'S PLACE SOCIAL CAFE

Pearls Place is a community-based organisation located in Merimbula on the far south coast of NSW, Australia. We are staffed by volunteers and operate through donations.

Pearl's Place is a free social cafe open to all.
Open for lunch Wednesday 12.00 noon to 1.30pm

We are currently operating from
Pambula Town Hall
13 Quondola Street Pambula
(just north of the roundabout).

Our purpose is to aid those in need in our community, by providing free quality meals, food assistance, companionship, social support, and links to other helping bodies.

We are non-denominational, and Pearls Place is open to all in need.
www.pearlsplace.org.au

XMAS HAMPERS

 
WRC wants to support families who have had a hard year, struggled on and need that extra bit of support and joy at the end of the year.
 
We are looking for referrals from services who work with disadvantaged women and families to receive Xmas hampers. We try not to take self-referrals from women unless they are working closely with us or a service – there are a limited number of hampers to share last year we made up 17 – hoping this year we might make it to 20 or more…

It is important that the hampers are a surprise and delivered by the service provider who works with the client just before Christmas, Hoping hampers will be ready Friday 11th December.
Let me know if you have a referral to make.

Gabrielle Powell, Coordinator, Women's Resource Centre | Southern Women's Group Inc.
Phone: 02 6492 1367
Email: wrcbega@bigpond.com

THE GIVING SEASON

These four young women from Menindee Central School. a remote school in Australia, are about to embark upon a journey. They are running a Pozible campaign to raise funds for a school excursion to Japan. Watch their story and support them in their learning.

 

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has funded the development of an online toolkit to empower frontline workers to prevent domestic and family violence as well as sexual assault against women and children.

1800RESPECT is the Australian Government’s National Sexual Assault and Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service.

Developed in consultation with experts and funded by the DSS, the 1800RESPECT online toolkit is now available and has information on good practice, educational videos with specialists, webinars, tools and resources, and apps. Workers can access the full toolkit, or tailor a toolkit according to their own learning and development needs.

The release of the toolkit coincides with the 16 Days of Activism, a global campaign to end violence against women that ran in 2015.

The toolkit aims to increase the safety and support of women and children experiencing the impacts of domestic and family violence and sexual assault, and includes:
  • Core resources such as information, videos and information on risk assessment, safety planning, cultural competence and trauma
  • Resources to help workers and professionals understand the different types of violence against women
  • Resources for managers and organisations on developing domestic violence policies and working with trauma
  • Resources specifically for working with LGBTIQ communities
  • Resources for working with women going to court
  • Resources for workers and professionals in the emergency services sector
  • Promotional resources to help raise awareness of support available to women experiencing the impacts of domestic family violence and sexual assault.
Online toolkit www.1800RESPECT.org.au/toolkit

Contact Kelli Browne, National Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Manager,
kelli.browne@1800respect.org.au  0418 356189

TELSTRA

MOBILE RECHARGE VOUCHERS & 
PRE-PAID PHONECARDS

Recharge vouchers and pre-paid phonecards are to support victims of domestic violence or people who are homeless to gain access to support - available at Women's Resource Centre Bega.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRANSPORT VOUCHERS

Vouchers are available at WRC, McKillop FRS, SEWACS, BVSC Brighter Futures, FSC Family Support Service and Mission. The target group is
  1. Women and children who need transport assistance when escaping and/or recovering from to domestic violence situations.
  2. Women and children living in BVSC who may not have a driver’s license and/or are disadvantaged through socio-economic circumstances. 
Funding acknowledgement Dept. Transport and Infrastructure.

FAIR TRADING WORKSHOPS

NSW Fair Trading will be visiting Bega on 18 February 2016 for the My Place Program,a travelling community education program. It will include:
  • Be scam aware – for clients
  • Buying safe products – for clients
  • A guide for incorporated associations – for organisations
Additional workshops from the list in the poster below can be requested by contacting Gabrielle Powell at the Women's Resouce Centre on 6492 1367 email wrcbega@bigpond.com, or contact Fair Trading directly at april.jovanovski@finance.nsw.gov.au

Legal

DRIVING WITH A MOBILE PHONE?


DOUBLE DEMERIT POINTS STARTING THESE HOLIDAYS IF YOU'RE CAUGHT DRIVING WITH A MOBILE PHONE !

CONSUMER WATCH - Solar Panels Door to Door

 
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) are interested in the activities of Certegy – a company which facilitates the sale of solar panels (and other products) via door to door sales, apparently with no interest, thereby seeking to avoid some of the protective provisions of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act (the NCCPA).
 
Service providers, particularly local financial counsellors whose clients have been affected should send any responses to Jenny Lovric Jenny.Lovric@legalaid.nsw.gov.au at Legal Aid.

SOUTH EAST NSW WOMEN'S LEGAL SERVICE 

Do you need an appointment?

CONTACT SHOALCOAST Tuesday and Thursday 10 -12
 
Appointments also available on a regular basis with a solicitor in Merimbula, Eden & Bega

BOOK IN for an appointment 1800 229 529

LEGAL AID NSW


In keeping with usual practice, there will be no clinics in January 2016 due to annual leave and people being busy with kids etc. Clinics will start again in February.
 
If there is something urgent in meantime you can contact Legal Aid Nowra office on 4422 4351. Although the office is closed from 18 Dec 15 to 4 Jan 16, all calls are being diverted to head office in Sydney where solicitors will be available. 
 
Kirsten Griffin will be starting on 11 January 2016 as Lyn Larkins' replacement. Kirsten has worked for Legal Aid before and brings a wealth of experience.  Lyn hopes to bring Kirsten down the far south coast in February to introduce her to people.

Lyn sends a big thank you to everyone who has assisted over the last few years with her homeless persons outreach clinics. She expects to still see you around as she will still be travelling the long and windy roads of the far south coast in her new role as part of the civil law service for Aboriginal communities.

Funding

THE IMB COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

The IMB Community Foundation was established in 1999 to provide financial support to community groups with positive ideas and concepts to help them convert their ideas into working projects.
Since its inception, the IMB Community Foundation has granted around $7.6 million to support 500 projects with a diverse range of themes and purposes throughout our local communities.
Applications for the 2016 round of funding are NOW OPEN.
Click here to complete an application form for your community project.
Click here to view the 2016 applications timetable. 
Submissions close 24 February, 2016.
IKEA
LIVING LOCAL COMMUNITY GRANTS
While IKEA works on a global level to improve the lives of many people in developing countries, we also want to make a positive impact on our local community. 

The IKEA Living Local Community Grants are about combining our products, our home furnishing expertise and our co-worker volunteer leave days to support local non-profit and charity organisations whose efforts are focused on helping those without homes, and children.

 
How it works
  1. If you are a non-profit or charitable organisation with a need for our products and home furnishings expertise to makeover your premises then simply register your interest below – we will contact you when the applications are open.
  2. You will have until midnight 24th January 2016 to submit your inspiring proposal.
  3. Then the IKEA store team - at each of our seven stores in QLD, NSW, ACT and VIC – will select up to three organisations for co-workers and customers to vote online.
  4. The organisation from each store with the highest number of online votes becomes the winner who receives the $5,000 IKEA makeover comprising our products, home furnishing expertise and our co-worker volunteers to bring it all together. The two runners-up will both receive IKEA gift cards.
APPLY ONLINE NOW

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