Our Vacation Care at Gardeners Road Public School welcomes primary students from all Sydney primary schools to enjoy our fun packed holiday program.
This year we have pony rides and water slides, zorb balls and skyzone, ice skating and the firefighters, Luna Park plus many many more exciting fun activities.
Check out the program and enrol today!
South Eastern Community Connect opens a FREE crèche for shoppers at Eastlakes Shopping Centre.
Drop in this Saturday 10:00AM – 12:00PM for the first day of free fun and play.
That’s right! Eastlakes now has a free crèche for children 2-5 years old to play for an hour while their parents shop, get a haircut, enjoy a coffee or run errands at the post office. The crèche will be open every Monday and Friday, 10:00AM – 12:00PM during December.
The crèche is operated by South Eastern Community Connect, who is also the approved provider of outside school hours care at Gardeners Road Public School and Eastlakes Public School. You can expect experience, best practice and quality care. Numbers are strictly capped at 10 children at any time to allow our two qualified staff to engage with each child and provide quality, fun entertainment.
Come have a play in our crèche, enjoy different toys from our toy library, snuggle up with a book or dress up for an adventure with new friends.
Our crèche is brought to you by the Family and Children Services Team of South Eastern Community Connect, your local community centre, and funded by Eastlakes Shopping Centre.
Join us this Thursday for our Pop-up Market at Eastlakes Shopping Centre - admire craft, handmade children's clothes, find a preloved treasure or pick up a plant for your home.
The markets are where our community groups show off the things they made throughout the year and raise funds for materials to keep on crafting.
Drop in between 10:00AM and 2:00PM this Thursday 16th of November at Shop 42, Eastlakes Shopping Centre.
Greg Killeen has received the Rotary Unsung Volunteer Award 2017 for 15 years of volunteering for SECC, devoting countless hours to steer the organisation from strength to strength.
Greg is one of seven volunteers from as many organisations, whose work was recognised at this year's awards ceremony.
As a member of the SECC Board Greg contributes his expertise in advocacy especially for people living with disabilities to increase funding for different types of flexible community and disability services, and to grow programs that are client focused, person centred and meet the needs of people with disability, their family and carers.
Greg is a hard-working and conscientious volunteer whose dedication continues to improve our community, especially for those living with disabilities. His advocacy resulted in improved building accessibility within local facilities including those owned by council and operated by the community, and increased accessible transport services, in particular taxis and related services.
We thank the Rotary Club of Maroubra for hosting a wonderful awards night for all nominated volunteers and their organisations, and for a generous donation of $300 to support the work of South Eastern Community Connect.
Today is the day to celebrate our fabulous volunteer manager, Sue Ohanian.
Starting out as a volunteer with us herself, we soon discovered Sue's past career in Human Resources made her a valuable team member. Nearly three years on, she supports our 45 active volunteers at South Eastern Community Connect with professionalism, integrity and outstanding people skills.
Thanks to Sue our volunteers feel supported and enjoy the rewards that volunteering has to offer while we are fortunate to have an incredible, reliable support base in our volunteers. Our volunteers make our world go around, and Sue enables them to feel a true sense of belonging within the organisation.
Thank you, Sue, for the terrific work you do.
Back by popular demand is our PlayPower workshops:
Connect with your inner child, have fun with every day items from around the house and have some simple, quality playtime as a family - the cheapest and best bonding time ever with free laughs and cuddles for all.
Saturday 25th November 2017, 9.00am-11.00am
Gardeners Rd Public School library
Gardeners Rd entrance, Rosebery
PlayPower Workshops also teach you early childhood and brain development and give you opportunities to ask questions and share your parenting experiences.
The first three years of life are critical for a child’s lifelong wellbeing. Strong parent-child bonds developed during this critical time boost children's resilience to handle life's challenges.
Sunday 29 October is Graffiti Removal Day. It's not about street art, it's about raising awareness of spray paint vandalism.
This year hits very close to home with several of our vehicles being vandalised with not even a tag, but what seems the work of a local enraged about parking. These vehicles provide transport for the vulnerable and elderly in our community, who will now have to board vehicles that have been vandalised with a clear message of hate and aggression: ‘We don’t want you here.’ It’s a sad state when there is no room for charity on our public streets.
“Our vehicles are of course insured for damage, but it takes time to get them fixed,” explains Kate Melhopt, CEO of South Eastern Community Connect. “And while we wait for them to be repainted we have to decide whether we want to expose our clients to that level of hostility or cut back on the trips we provide until the cars are fixed. It is very sad to see our clients feel humiliated when they have to travel on vehicles bearing a message of anger and hate towards the service. Our clients depend on the transport, and these vehicles are just as important as any privately owned car. We have the same right to be on the road and in public parking spots as all other motorists. It is a sad time when charity vehicles get targeted because someone else wants the spot they happen to be parked in.”
South Eastern Community Connect is a community organisation that, among many other services, provides transport to the elderly and those with mobility issues and people living with dementia.
The festive season is around the corner and the creative juices are flowing at our Senior Social Group at Beaconsfield today. The clients really enjoyed it and created beautiful pieces to bring joy to friends and family.
Beatriz Londono has been recognised with the 2017 Maisie Foster Volunteering Award for long standing volunteering for South Eastern Community Connect.
Beatriz began almost 10 years ago as a volunteer in the Spanish cancer support group, before moving on to assisting with and then running the Tai Chi classes for Spanish speaking clients. Beatriz’s enormous commitment to the Tai Chi program shows in her creating a beautiful booklet on Tai chi in the Spanish language.
Beatriz also helps at events – for example, conducting sessions on meditation
at this year’s Neighbourhood Centre week event in May and helping at various
Beatriz is a very dedicated and hardworking volunteer who always shows
exemplary commitment to her programs.
Beatriz is known for her calm, supportive & warm personality.
We thank Beatriz for her generosity of time and spirit.
October is Mental Health Month, and here is YOUR chance to boost your community’s wellbeing.
We are running a packed program with FREE creative workshops for those living with mental health challenges as well as FREE, quality training for people in the community to become mental health mentors.
That’s right! Your community needs you.
Through the CADRE program we offer free, quality training to anyone in the greater Botany area who wants to learn more about mental health and learn strategies to feel more confident in supporting people in the community who struggle with issues.
Whatever your own mental health, you can be a Mental Wellness Hero in your community;
REGISTER today for a therapeutic workshop or to become a mentor and share the journey to recovery.
FREE Art Therapy Workshop
FREE Creative Clay Pottery Workshop
FREE CADRE Training Workshops - this workshop is now fully booked
Not ready to join the program yet? Come to our Community Wellness Event!
Thursday, 12 October, 12-3PM
Alf Kay Eastlakes Community Centre, Corner Evans & Florence Ave, Eastlakes