Join us for FREE, fun activities during the school holidays at Eastlakes Shopping Centre.
Welcome Ashleigh, our new Deputy CEO. Ashleigh joined us this week with more than 10 years of experience in the community sector:
Q: What is your favourite thing about your job?
A: I really enjoy working in the community sector as it gives me an opportunity to meet a variety of people from all walks of life, each of whom I find has the ability to teach, inspire or motivate me in some way.
Q: What was the first job you ever had?
A: My first job was as a Swim School Instructor teaching beginner swimming lessons to children.
Q: Can you play any instruments?
A: I have been playing the piano since I was 3 years old and can also play the clarinet and guitar.
Q: Where is your favourite place in the world?
A: I love to visit Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, it’s a small little village in a valley surrounded by the Swiss Alps with a 300m-high waterfall in the centre of the village, the local people are lovely and it’s absolutely stunning everywhere you look – you feel like you’re in a scene from the sound of music when your there.
Q: If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
A: I would love to go to Canada and see the Canadian Rockies mountain range, I also enjoy skiing and Canada has some of the best ski fields in the world so that would also be on my bucket list.
Q: What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
Henry, the Delta Therapy Dog, and his owner David will be regular visitors at The Cottage bringing smiles and cuddles to our dementia day centre.
It has been a long wait at the centre for a furry companion but it was well worth it. Clients, Henry and David enjoyed each other's company as well as a walk in the sun at Rushcutters Bay this morning.
Delta Therapy Dogs is a heartwarming program that brings the joys of animal companionship to those who need it most. Delta’s amazing and devoted volunteer Therapy Dog Teams brighten the lives of an estimated 20,000 Australians in hospitals and care facilities every week.
We look forward to more canine company next week!
Our volunteers Gill and Peter (left) met The Honorable Carmelo Pesce, Mayor of Sutherland Shire at the recent NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards. Peter and Gill represented our 45 devoted volunteers who between them donated more than 12,000 hours over the past financial year. Thank you for everything you do!
Good news! South Eastern Community Connect has received a Google Ad Grants award, making it easier for people to find out about us and our services.
Google Ad Grants is an in-kind advertising program that awards free online advertising to nonprofits via Google AdWords.
The Google Ad Grants program supports registered nonprofit organisations that share Google's philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts.
And this is what our ad will look like... soon to be seen on a screen near you:
All primary school children, no matter what school they usually attend, are welcome at our SMOOSH at Gardeners Road Public School vacation care.
There are spots available for these school holidays, and the program promises two weeks of fun packed days at the centre and on excursions.
Children will enjoy skateboarding, playcentres, 9D cinema, jumping castles, cooking, art and craft and a trip to the cinema.
View the full program and enrollment details here and join in the fun!
You can now donate online with our new, secure donation platform donorbox.
Your gift supports your local community and its most vulnerable members, supporting independence, well-being and quality of life for everyone, creating a better community for all.
All donations over AUD2 are tax deductible.
Please make a donation today and help us create a better future for your community.
An exciting new program is coming to our SECC Playgroups in early September! Let's read is a "book club" for tiny tots.
Come and read a book at playgroup - we have books in English and many other Languages, including bilingual. Borrow it for a week, read it every day and come back to share how you both liked it before discovering the next book.
“Based on the research evidence, Let’s Read’s vision is for all Australian children to share books, stories, songs and nursery rhymes every day from birth with the important people in their lives” Let’s Read Handbook 2017.
Proudly funded by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.
Come along to our Monday Playgroup at Gardeners Rd Public School or to Eastlakes Multicultural Playgroup at Eastlakes Public School at 10.00am on Tuesday the 4th & 12th of September to learn about what we can share with you.
Playgroup families ask for a parking permit for nearby parking during the sessions.
September is Dementia Awareness Months, and we are offering an information session for people with a recent diagnosis of dementia in their family:
When someone you love is diagnosed with dementia, there are many things for the family to consider:
These are important matters to look into early, when the person with dementia is able to make decisions as to how they want their affairs taken care of in the future and by whom.
This is a FREE information session, but places are limited and registrations are essential.
11 September 2017, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Tea and coffee will be served.
South Eastern Community Connect - Shop 84, Eastlakes Shopping Centre, Eastlakes
For everyone who uses our services, would like to be more involved in the community or simply wants to be part of something awesome we are now offering a special deal:
Become a member through one of our brand new membership packages and try out many of the programs we run completely obligation free and free of charge.
Here's your ticket to lots of freebies, to meeting new friends, find a new hobby, and shape your community:
These membership benefits are offered at cost to invite you to become even more active in what we do – build a strong, vibrant community where each of us belongs, participates and connects. It’s what community membership is all about.