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
Learn English with us for just $15 - you can bring your child along!
Friday 13th October—9th December 2017
$15 all up.
SECC Family Support Team and The Deli Women & Children’s Centre run
these English Classes with CHILDCARE & activities during school terms, including a special half hour of reading, songs and activities together with your children.