To all our volunteers – YOU’RE AWESOME

Its volunteer week and boy do we have some excellent volunteers here at Milpara whom we are super proud of and terribly grateful for.  Contrary to popular belief Milpara is not run by a big faceless government department or the shire, we actually have a fantastic group of volunteers who make up our Committee Of Governance (Milpara COG).  So it really isn’t an understatement when we say with-out volunteers we’d have no Milpara.  We also have a great bunch of volunteers who support the day to day operations of the house.  From smiling faces at reception, helpful bubbly tutors, people bussing around doing gardening, restocking foodbank, sorting of files and too many other things to mention but generally keeping the staff inline and well supported.  It’s can’t be said enough THANKYOU for all you do because together we all make Milpara a wonderful place.

In addition to wonderful volunteers, we have amazing participants. We were really pleased to celebrate Neighbourhood House last week with an art exhibition and pop up classes in the Korumburra Federation Gallery.  It was a fantastic opportunity to show-case and highlight some of the amazing work of participants and the pop up sessions were a lot of fun. We finished with week with a wonderful morning tea on the Saturday morning, it was amazing to see those who could attend and we acknowledge many faces were missing due to COVID, and finally being away after previous COVID cancellations. 

If you’re yet to come and find out how awesome Milpara is, we think it’s time you did personally.  Pop in for a visit 21 Shellcott Road Korumburra or visit our website (www.milparacommunityhouse.org.au) to see what activities might be for you.  We are really lucky to offer a great variety and are always interested in adding new things. Milpara 5655 2524.

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IDAHOBIT Day – International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia

Milpara Community House stands with our LGBTQIA+ community. We pledge to never stay silent about LGBTQIA+ discrimination and will take positive steps to be part of the solution. Milpara provides a safe space for all our community.

A really simple way you can help make a positive change for our LGBTQIA+ community is using a persons preferred pronouns. I know some people find this confusing so let’s break it down. A persons sex is assigned off physical anatomy. A persons gender identity is their perception of their own gender and will define what pronouns they prefer to use. Just asking a person their preferred pronoun and using it is really simple and makes a big difference, it’s validating and shows you care and respect them.

Grab a cuppa and few minutes to learn more this video might be an easy start: Gender Identity and Pronouns – Onlea – What Will You Teach The World?

Or why not pop over and check this webpage for more information Minus18 they’re leading change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them – we think that’s really awesome!

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Go your booster and need help updating your vacination certificate?

Have you had your booster shot and need assistance in updating your vaccination certificate?

We will be running a session each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 3 pm.  Please give us a call and let us know you are coming 5655 2524. A donation would be appreciated.

Please bring: along your MyGov Username and Password, if we assisted you in the past please bring along the card/sheet we gave you at the time. 

As you would appreciate, we have many people who will need assistance so if it is possible for you to come in at those times it will greatly assist us with managing our workload.

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Produce Swap and Foodbank Donations

Yummy Fresh Home Grown Vegetables.

We have been very lucky to have donations of wonderful home-grown vegetables on the produce swap table that also supports our Emergency Foodbank.  There have been some very excited people and beautiful compliments on the flavour. If you have surplus fruit and veg this is one place you know they’’ll be appreciated.   Other people who support the Emergency Foodbank by dropping of grocery items; we can take items that are up to 6 months past best before date.  So, if you fell for that sales trap where you bought more than you need, or are having a pantry clean out please feel free to drop it off at Milpara.  Milpara is located at 21 Shellcot Road Korumburra.

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We’re back for 2022

What’s happening at Milpara Korumburra’s Community House

Well we’re off and running for Term 1 2022, how exciting to have all the smiling eyes back in the house.  We are sure there are smiles too; they’re just under their facemasks – as masks are required inside.

Last week we welcomed back the English as a Second Language classes on Monday and Friday mornings. Lots of giggles were heard Tuesday morning from Games and Giggles.   Wednesday morning we had Mah-jong who alternate with a Monday evening. It was so good to finally have the Milpara Singers back in the house; it always lifts our Wednesday afternoon.   Moreover, we finished the week with Fridays Come Chat with Julie in the morning and of course Cards and Crafts with Barb in the afternoon.

This week we’re excited to have Art with Gayle back on Tuesday mornings, Relaxation Meditation in the evening and the Korumburra Craft Group who meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

Don’t forget to book your place for the upcoming short courses Delve into Tarot (online) starting Monday morning Feb 14, Creative Arts Workshop with Rachel starting Thursday evening Feb 17 and Learn to Sew on Tuesday afternoons starting Feb 22.

It is also very exciting to have a new group starting up, Fibre Appreciation Group who will be meeting at the Nyora Community Hall this term on Tuesday Feb 15 and March 15 at 9.30 am.

If you are interested in any of our activities, you can book online via our website milparacommunityhouse.org.au, call Milpara 5655 2524 or of course pop in.  Please remember everyone must provide proof of double vaccination or exception to attend (non-essential) activities.

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And that’s a wrap for 2021.

It has certainly been another interesting year. Milpara Community House will be closed from 4.30 pm Friday December 17 and reopen for 2022 on Monday January 24.
The Centrelink Agent will operate as usual throughout the school holiday break, except public holidays, the Emergency Foodbank can be accessed during those hours; Tuesday 10 am – 2 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm.
Our Term 1 2022 program will be going out later than normal we anticipate it will be available online mid-January via our website www.milparacommunityhouse.org.au and arrive in mailboxes late January. If you would like subscribe to our email newsletter or are interested in running any classes/sessions/workshops at Milpara please email Belinda milpara@outlook.com.
We would like to thank everyone for their support through 2021, there have been tricky times but many smiles and laughs shared too. Like it or not there have been some good things come out of this year like new technology skills, the little things in life have greater meaning, and we appreciate the opportunity to catch up with friends and family on a completely new level.
We acknowledge that it has not all been all sunshine. It has been a year to experience a greater spectrum of emotions and not all the comfortable ones! It has been a hard year and if you are feeling a bit deflated you are not alone. The Christmas season isn’t always jolly for every body and Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 www.beyondblue.org.au and Life Line 13 11 14 www.lifeline.org.au are there to help.
We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year, stay safe and take care.

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Orange the World: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Our Facebook Page MilparaCommunityHouse has been really busy with posts for #16daysofactivism. We didn’t want you to have missed them if you don’t follow our Facebook Page so here is a bit of a recap.

November 25 is day 1 of both Orange The World and Victoria’s Respect: 16 Days of Activism beginning with, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It will run until December 10, Human Rights Day.

So Milpara once again has been busy getting orange.  We’d like to thank everyone who has helped out. The street garden bed is eye catching with the orange flowers (complementing banners to go up soon). Our foyer this year has turned art gallery with amazing powerful art pieces completed by one of our students and local artists Wendy D. (See above gallery of her amazing, thought provoking work)

We’d love to encourage everyone to show there support by displaying/wearing orange to.  More importantly though we’d encourage people to take these 16 Days to reflect, learn, discuss and increase awareness of this important community issue.  We’ll be posting daily to assist.

If you feel unsafe or are concerned for someone’s safety, please call 000 or contact the police in your state or territory.

For confidential crisis support, information and accommodation please call the safe steps 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188.

For confidential phone help and referral in Australia, please contact 1800RESPECT, the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 737 732.

For a specialist LGBTIQ family violence service, please contact w|respect on 1800 LGBTIQ (1800 542 847) or visit www.withrespect.org.au

#2

Day two of 16 days of Activism and we wanted to draw your attention to the ‘Respect Is’ campaign. Have you thought about what respect means and looks to you?

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If you feel unsafe or are concerned for someone’s safety, please call 000 or contact the police in your state or territory.

For confidential crisis support, information and accommodation please call the safe steps 24/7 family violence response line on 1800 015 188.

For confidential phone help and referral in Australia, please contact 1800RESPECT, the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 737 732.

Share: “Respect means equality, and it means committing to equity. Respect is about valuing people and seeing them as their whole selves. It’s about centring dignity. And it’s about committing to the actions that will create a future where equality is a reality.

We can talk about women’s safety, we can talk about 10-year plans, but what we need is action.

I think that the system and community attitudes are changing, but we still have a way to go. In this country, we have a history of outdated views that are very blokey, that don’t value women. We don’t have a lot of examples of healthy masculinity, and we need to start seeing leaders who model respectful, nurturing forms of masculinity.

I believe in a future where everyone is safe and respected, and I know that is achievable because family violence is completely preventable. When I look at my daughter, who will be an adult in 10 years, I don’t want to think that we might just be talking about another plan without much change. I want a different future for her – where she is safe and happy in the world, the workplace, in her relationships, and in her home. That’s my motivation”.

Geraldine Bilston – Advocate for the prevention of family violence and the Deputy Chair of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council in Victoria.

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Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, we’re showcasing messages of respect and support from victim-survivors and community advocates as part of our ‘Respect Is’ campaign.

Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/enyy8f7c

#RespectIs #16DaysofActivism #CallItOut

#3 (we might of missed) #4

Shared :South Gippsland Shire Council  · Join us on a Walk Against Family Violence tomorrow (30 November). The walk starts at 12pm outside Memorial Hall in Leongatha. All welcome.

#5

16 days of Activism. Myth: “Family violence doesn’t happen in LGBTIQA+ relationships.”

Fact: Family violence can occur in a range of relationships including LGBTIQA+ relationships. Historically, there has been low awareness of family violence in LGBTIQA+ communities due to a lack of data. While many large studies do not collect data on sexual orientation, a number of small studies have shown that intimate partner violence occurs in same-sex relationships at similar rates to heterosexual relationships. It is also felt that incidents are under reported in the LGBTIQA+ community due to the fear of discrimination or lack of available support. (You’ll find more myths on this website if you’d like to have safeandequal.org.au)

Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQ+ helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQ+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Call 1800 729 367 or visit the Rainbow Door website. https://www.rainbowdoor.org.au/

#6

Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign encourages Victorians to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.

A world based on respect is a world we want to live in because we know that when gender equity exists, we all benefit.

Outdated gender stereotypes isn’t doing our men any favors either. Unpacking the Man Box finds men’s adherence to outdated attitudes to gender is over:

25 times more accurate than a range of demographic variables in predicting the use of physical violence, sexual harassment, verbal bullying and cyber bullying

22 times more accurate in predicting the experience of physical violence, verbal bullying and cyber bullying

11 times more accurate than demographics at predicting very risky drinking; and

10 times more accurate than demographics at predicting negative feelings and emotions.

So lets all work together to create change and

‘change the story’ as it benefits us all. Lets all have a think about what respect is, and how we can make changes we can make.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for the Police.

Safe Steps is Victoria’s 24/7 family violence support service. Safe Steps 1800 015 188 safesteps.org.au

#7

International Day of People with Disability December 3. Challenge the way you think about disability and help grow a more inclusive Australia.

We know people with disabilities are people first and people are awesome.  What isn’t so awesome is that at times they don’t get treated with the respect they deserve (16 days of activism : Call it Out).  This can actually lead to some pretty distressing outcomes. 

While I have your attention I’d also like to point out that not all disabilities are easily seen.  Many people suffer with conditions you can’t see and they too deserve your respect.  A great example of this is someone with a disability sticker parking in a disability parking space, who ends up abused publicly or left nasty notes.  What you may not know is that person has a heart, lung or other condition not easily identified.  So remember respect first, if you feel you need to ask, please do so respectfully, you may find your assumption is wrong. 

Here are some other quick tips: put the person first (not the disability), speak directly to the person (not there companions) and listen attentively when someone is having difficulty speaking , if they’re an adult then speak to them like an adult, ask before helping, if you’re unsure how to interact just ask them.  That’s just a few to get you started 😉

This 3 minute and 40 second YouTube video from the D.C. Office of Disability Rights discusses general rules of etiquette for interacting with people with disabilities. We encourage you to watch this short disability sensitivity training video. 

#8

How good does this years Orange the World : 16 days of activism against gender violence display look? We’d love to expand out to another garden next year, so if you are interested in making some orange flowers for next year, let us know.

Remember help is available if you are experiencing violence Safe Steps 1800 015 188 is a confidential and supportive family violence response line for Victoria available 24/7.

#9

We shared Korumburra Hospital Post: Being active not only works wonders on our long-term physical health, it’s also important for our mental wellbeing.

Yet too often, the environments in which women are active are not welcoming or supportive, leading to fear of judgement from others, often stopping women from participating.

Let’s Chat with those around us about creating welcoming and supportive environments that empower women to enjoy being active without worrying about judgement, their appearance, gender stereotypes or skills.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/gippy-girls-can

If you need help; In an emergency call 000. Safe Steps on 1800 015 188. Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault on 1800 806 292.

#16DaysOfActivism #RespectIs #LetsChatGippsland www.16daysgippsland.com.au 

#10

#16daysofactivism. Yesterday was the International Day of People with Disability a day to celebrate the achievements, accessibility, participation and inclusion. As part of our 16 days of activism and creating greater awareness we wanted to highlight a sad fact. Nearly, 2 in 5 women with disabilities have experienced intimate partner violence since the age of 15 (Compared to 1 in 4) Center of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (2021) Nature and extend of violence, abuse, neglect and exploration against people with disability in Australia.

Looking at the ‘People with disability in Australia’ AIHW updated 2/10/20 47% of adults with disability have experienced violence after the age of 15.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, help is available. If in immediate danger, call 000 and ask for the police.

National Disability Abuse + Neglect Hotline 1800 880 052

1800 Respect (National Sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service 1800 737 732.

Safe Steps (Confidential and supportive family violence response line 24/7) 1800 015 188

#11

#12

We shared Gippsland Southern Health Service post

Children deserve to be who they want to be.

The reality is, too many of us expect different things from boys and girls, and we often treat them differently, without even realising it.

Let’s Chat with those around us about raising children as equals and freeing them from outdated stereotypes. Even the little things count – from the toys they play with, letting them express their emotions and opening their minds to what they can be when they grow up.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/level-playground

If you need help;

In an emergency call 000.

Safe Steps on 1800 015 188.

Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault on 1800 806 292.

#16DaysOfActivism #RespectIs #LetsChatGippsland www.16daysgippsland.com.au

#13

We shared Respect Victoria post

“It’s being honest, open, willing, and being able to take on criticism. It’s acknowledging that everybody has a story, and we all experience harm. It’s unlearning your privilege, making a choice not to use violence and choosing to seek help. Respect is looking beyond punitive measures to solutions that support change and growth.

Judgement, isolation, finger-pointing – shame doesn’t help anyone. Shame keeps both survivors and perpetrators in the shadows and on the margins, and makes people feel like they can’t seek help. Leading with respect means choosing not to discriminate based on a person’s lived experience, so that we can all get the care we need.”

Nina – a member of the Victim Survivors’ Advisory Council, an advocate for systemic change and an advocate for women who experience criminalisation and are survivors of family violence.

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Throughout the 16 Days of Activism, we’re showcasing messages of respect and support from victim-survivors and community advocates as part of our ‘Respect Is’ campaign.

Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/enyy8f7c #RespectIs #16DaysofActivism #CallItOut

#14

#15

#16DaysOfActivism  Milpara have created a list of helpful contacts on a great little business sized card. If you’d like a card or two, three or more please pop into Milpara and pick some up. We have them on the counter throughout the year and find they’re great for people to pick up discreetly and slip into there pocket or to hand out. Personally I carry some in my wallet, because you never know when you might bump into someone and with a variety of services listed they come in handy in lots of situations (Belinda).

The card has a little information about the service their contact number and website. Listed on the card are Safe Steps, 1800 Respect, Men’s Referral Service, Lifeline, Kids Helpline.

#16

Today is International Human Rights Day which is fitting as the last day of #16daysofactivism against gender violence and the #Callitout campaign.

We are all humans. We are all born free and equal. We are sharing this photo to show that Milpara Community House stand up for human rights.

Join us and add your photo! #StandUp4HumanRights

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Don’t miss out on the $250 Power Saving Bonus

Don’t forget your $250 Power Saving Bonus, if you receive a government payment (or someone in the house does) you are eligible for a one off payment of $250. You do need to apply for this payment; it only takes about 5 to 10 minutes.

We can assist you with this, just bring in your bank account detail for the payment to be sent to, a recent power bill and the concession card.

Any questions? Please call Milpara 5655 2524.

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Need help getting your Vaccination Tick?

We have been busy helping people attach their vaccination records to their Services Victoria App, or print off a copy of their vaccination record if they have a myGov account or create one to do this.  If you would like some help with this please pop into Milpara, 21 Shellcot Road Korumburra.  You will need to bring your myGov password if you already have an account and your phone to receive the SMS access code.  If your account is not already linked to Medicare you will also need to bring along your Medicare card and the bank details of where you Medicare refunds are deposited please note this is a BSB and Account Number not your bank card.  If you would like to create a myGov account we can help with that too please also bring along your email address and passwords to access your email, alternatively we can set up an email account for you. 

If you would prefer to just have a paper copy sent to you in the mail please call the Vaccination Register on 1800 653 809. They are currently advising it should arrive in 14 business days.

Any questions?  Please call Milpara 5655 2524.

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The Challenges keep rolling.

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