We invite you to take a little time each week for self-nurturing and support. Join PRONIA’s four week connection and meditation program for Carers
This program is for you if:
You are a primary carer of a loved one
COVID restrictions and isolation has impacted your sense of wellbeing You would like to slow down a little
Caring for the Carer
Who cares for you when you are caring for others?
Every Monday 3pm – 4pm 23 November – 14 December
Every Thursday 11am – 12pm 26 November – 17 December
REGISTER HERE https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItdeqsqz0tHNTlyrrL7GJePAX3IXgEUVIi
This program is presented free by PRONIA for Carers, as part of its community engagement programs in alleviating the negative impact of COVID-19.
Sessions will be conducted in English and will be facilitated by Lucy Louca*, Community Engagement Officer at PRONIA.
*Lucy holds Counselling qualifications and is a registered meditation teacher with Meditation Association of Australia.
For more information call (03) 9388 9998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.pronia.com.au
Carers Victoria invites you to the free Connecting Carers Virtual Expo
Come along and connect to local service providers and community organisations, listen to engaging speakers, live chat with exhibitors and take part in fun activities.
The expo will be a great opportunity to:
Guest Performer: Christine Anu
We are pleased to announce that renowned Australian vocalist Christine Anu will join us to perform for the 2020 Connecting Carers Virtual Expo. Christine is one of Australia’s finest female vocalists. She sings from the soul of Australia with a deep connection to her indigenous heritage. Christine is arguably Australia’s most successful female Indigenous performer and one of Australia’s most popular recording artists, backed by an award-winning repertoire spanning across music, theatre, dance, film, television and children’s entertainment. Christine will perform on Monday 30 November and Tuesday 1 December from 7.45pm-8.15pm.
Monday 30 November
Day 1 will focus on Connecting to Systems. You’ll gain knowledge about the Carer Gateway, the NDIS, carer benefits, aged care and more.
Tuesday 1 December
Day 2 is all about Connecting to Wellbeing. It’ll be a fun day of health and wellness events, fun activities and ways to connect with others including carer support groups.
Click here to see the full schedule.
CELEBRATE NEWLY FOUND FREEDOM AMONG FRIENDS AT ISFAF END OF YEAR DINNER
6.30 pm Tuesday 8 December 2020 at The Camden Hotel, 414 Hawthorn Road Caulfield South
Places are very strictly limited. Bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. To secure your place, you must book by noon Wednesday 2 December 2020
To book: Email email@example.com or mobile 0412018722.
In your email or phone message, please include:
CHOICES FOR MAIN COURSE
CHOICES FOR DESSERT
Dietary needs such as gluten free dishes will be catered for. Please advise of special needs when booking to assist in finding a suitable meal that pleases you. Suggestions welcome.
There is no need to choose an entrée as the antipasto and salt and pepper calamari will be shared.
MORE NEWS FROM ISFAF
Walk ‘n Chat Thursday 19 November:
Walk starts: 1.30pm at Brighton Beach at end of North Rd outside Northpoint Cafe. Chat continues on our return at 2.45pm to Northpoint Café
Please feel free to join at 1.30 or at 2.45, Family and Friends welcome, including canines
Walk ‘n Chats are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month:
Thursday 3 and 17 December 2020
Thursday 7 and 21 January 2021
Thursday 4 and 18 February 2021
During the holiday season, Walk ‘n Chats will proceed, but please check on the ISFAF website http://ispaf.org/ or phone Judi on 0425 723 74 on the morning of the walk to check. Inclement weather has not stopped us to date.
Are you feeling lonely or disconnected?
Social Prescription is a holistic way of addressing health and wellbeing and is particularly helpful for those feeling lonely or disconnected. Similar projects in the UK have demonstrated positive results with participants reporting improvements in self esteem, confidence, reduced social isolation and loneliness.
A Community Connector will chat with the participant to design a wellbeing plan to connect them to community activities and services that are right for them.
The trial is being run by Highett and Hampton Community Centres and is available to residents of Bayside, Kingston and the Glen Eira. For more information click on the link below: https://baysidecommunitycentres.org.au/social_prescription/
Mental Health – Federal budget 2020
The Federal budget was brought down in October and outlined more funding to various mental health services and some new initiatives.
Mental Health Carers Australia have summarised the key measures from the budget.
To view this summary click here
Motivational Mornings are Back!!!
During National Carer’s Week, we launched our Motivational Mornings. Due to popular demand and carer feedback, we will continue these events until Friday 18th December.
Express Your Interest in Events Here
Please click on the link below to read the complete Carer South newsletter:
An important message from Maggie Toko, VMIAC CEO
10th November 2020
Dear VMIAC members,
Please find enclosed the nominations for the VMIAC Committee of Management. The nominees have provided a statement regarding why they wish to join the COM. Please peruse and have the notice ready on the afternoon of the AGM so that you know who you are going to vote for.
Chair: Kathy Wilson
Deputy Chair: Chris Maylea
Secretary: Tom Wood
Treasurer: Ali Pain
You will be asked to vote for one of the following – there are 3 positions
Please remember that you received a prior notice with the Eventbrite invitation which you will need to register for to VOTE. Please note that this is not a postal vote. If you are unable to attend the event, please ensure that you have returned your previously enclosed proxy nomination form. Any issues you may have, please contact us on 9380 3900.
To join the Zoom meeting:
or alternatively, phone any of the following numbers – You can participate even from a land-line. 731 853 730 or 7018 2005 or 02 8015 6011 or 861 193 900 or 08 7150 1149
Guest Speaker: Dr Sudeep Saraf, Programme Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health
Topic: Innovations, New Developments at AMAH during the Pandemic and Beyond
IT’S SPRING AND WE CAN WALK TOGETHER AGAIN THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2020
Beach Walk ‘n Chat this week, family members, including canines very welcome. Walkers meet at 1.30pm outside Northpoint Café Brighton – at the (beach end) of North Road If you don’t want to walk, feel free to join at 2.45 pm to chat.
Walk Dates for 2020:
Thursday 5 November and 19 November
Thursday 3 December 17 December
ISFAF Annual General Meeting is next week and our End-of Year Dinner is just around the corner
Tuesday 10 November 2020 Annual General Meeting PLEASE NOTE 7 PM START
Invitations and Proxy Forms have been circulated.
Guest Speaker: Dr Sudeep Saraf, Programme Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health will speak on ‘Innovations, New Developments at AMAH during the Pandemic and Beyond’,
Tuesday December End-of-Year Dinner (generously subsidised) details to be advised shortly
ISFAF office is not attended during ‘The Time of Corona’, but please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling Eleni on 0412 018 722 or Judi on 0425 723 746 or 9528 2820 if you have difficulty in accessing any meetings or would like information or just need to chat to someone
If you know anyone in need of a chat, especially individuals who don’t have internet, please call them and let us know if we can help. We need to reach out to those around us. We all need to work together.
Please spread the message because those without internet are often the most lonely in our community. And finally – the same old message – please keep an eye on our website: http://ispaf.org/
ISFAF committee is planning fun things for us to share once the restrictions allow. Now that restrictions are easing, we are already planning our end of year dinner.
If you have suggestions for venue / ideas for events please let Eleni or Judi know urgently
We have received some wonderful contributions to the ISFAF Anthology and seek more.
If you would like to contribute anything that is suited to publication within a book – such as an essay, article, poem, drawing or photo, please contact Judi on 0425 723 746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org