We always receive new toys at the toy library, and the latest friend to add to our collection is this happy wheely bee.
Choose from more than 900 toys for children aged 0 - 8 years, for just $30 a year. Borrowing is free and you can borrow up to three toys a fortnight.
With after hour service for busy working parents there is no reason why you can't try out, enjoy and swap new toys throughout the year. And with school holidays around the corner, what better time to join!
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Come visit us at Eastlakes Schopping Centre for some holiday fun!
Monday 10 July 2017, 11:00AM - 1:00PM is SUPER HERO DAY
Save the day with super craft and use your super powers to win a game.
Tuesday 11 July 2017, 11:00AM - 1:00PM we celebrate NAIDOC week.
Play some Aboriginal games and try some indigenous craft.
For more information or to book contact Family Support on 02 8338 8506 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The weather may be grey, but our autumn vacation care program promises two weeks packed with fun and activities!
Our vacation care at Gardeners Road Public School welcomes all primary school aged children from across the Greater Sydney area.
June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an opportunity to talk about abuse and neglect suffered by the elderly members of our community, how to recognise the signs and how to prevent it.
“The physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders is more common than we would like to think”, says Kate Melhopt from South Eastern Community Connect, a not-for-profit community support organisation in Eastlakes.
“Many of our seniors are isolated and marginalised, and we need our community to look out for them. If an elderly neighbour is being neglected, mistreated or showing signs of deteriorating well-being it is time to step up”, she says.
Warning signs to look out for include;
And for the elderly;
Neighbourhood Centres like South Eastern Community Connect offer many services free of charge that are aimed at preventing elder abuse.
“We can offer help with banking and bill paying, and can pick up any financial red flags. We have volunteers who visit our clients in their homes to build and maintain relationships with the elderly, and to pick up any concerning changes in mood and behaviour. Our aged care workers also act as another set of eyes and ears when it comes to warning signs in the daily life of the client” Ms Melhopt explains.
“The most powerful tool in preventing elder abuse is, however, supporting and maintaining a wide network of relationships with caring neighbours, friends, family, support workers, health professionals and other organisations that will be able to pick up the warning signs”, she says.
To discuss how our services can help you build that strong safety net and hands-on support, call South Eastern Community Connect on 8338 8506 or contact your local neighbourhood centre.
If you experience neglect or abuse, or know of an elderly person being abused or neglected – speak up. Call the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline on 1800 628 221.
There are many things on the bright side of ageing that can make your days even more fulfilled. Join us for an expo with hands-on activities, make new friends and find out more about the services in your area.
It was a full house when the Eastlakes Community Centre opened its doors for this year’s Welcome Dinner.
Close to 100 people arrived last Friday, carrying plates of their favourite meal to share with new friends to be. South Eastern Community Connect, joiningthedots, Bayside Council and Sydney Multicultural Community Services jointly hosted the event with a grant from Multicultural NSW.
The Welcome Dinner Project is an opportunity for those who arrived in Australia less than ten years ago to meet the locals over a pot luck style dinner. The chats and laughs shared over plates of scrumptious food foster friendships and connections among people from diverse cultures and walks of life. Newly arrived Australians include migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and international students. The projects aim is to break down barriers and celebrate diversity.
As people walked in they were welcomed and invited to share in a few words what they were passionate about. With every table having a mix of newly arrived and established communities, the ice broke quickly as people talked about their different passions.
Each guest had brought a dish that reminded them of home and shared something about their dish, their culture and themselves. There was an amazing smorgasbord of dishes including delicious and mouth-watering deserts to please even the most discerning palates.
Whether you came from an established community or a new arrived, there was no doubt a great welcoming atmosphere created by everyone sharing and showing hospitality and celebrating everyone’s uniqueness and individual contribution to our multicultural community.
“In the current climate where there are so many forces that try to divide us, we helped our community create a different story – one which is accepting and welcoming and promotes more connected , peaceful, resilient and productive communities”, says Vida Tebyani, Family and Multicultural Manager at South Eastern Community Connect.
At the end of the night, guests wrote down one word to describe how they felt about their experience, and some of the comments included: “lucky”, “Happy”, “Grateful”, “inspired”, “hopeful”, “fulfilled” and “Welcomed”.
Many participants came forward offering to host a Welcome Dinner in their homes and engage their friends and neighbours to embrace collective diversity and interconnectedness. We thank them for their generosity and community spirit! To find out how you can join in or to register to host a dinner in your home, head to www.joiningthedots.org