Well folks that a wrap and Milpara is now closed for the school holiday break.
We will open again on Tuesday January 28. We’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy break and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020.
Note from Belinda: I look forward to spending some quiet time reading a book and enjoying some time outside. As the flowers in this picture remind us, some people will see weeds, and some people like me, will see cheerful yellow flowers that hold the prospect of fairy wishes. So as you head into the crazy festive season remember to choose your thought wisely and the gift of a smile may be cherished far more than you think. – Belinda 🙂
Milpara would like to acknowledge with great thanks the wonderful generosity of our community. It has been heart warming to receive donations to the Emergency Foodbank.
We have received large and small donations and they are all gratefully received. Some people may feel their small donation isn’t significant, however let us assure they are. One of the wonderful things to witness this time of the year is how small individual donations combined make such a HUGE difference.
Another way we can make a difference, and we shouldn’t undervalue, is to look out for others. The festive season can be a really sad time for some. It can be a time people may feel isolated, have negative thoughts and increased feelings of stress, loneliness, anxiety and depression. Remember the gift of a smile and compliment will cost you nothing, but may have a huge ripple effect.
Some helpful contact numbers: Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 78 99 78, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 and National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007.
Milpara’s Staff and Volunteers would like to send everyone a big heart felt smile and whatever your situation, we hope you have the best Christmas you can.
What a great community we live in! Korumburra churches invite people not to spend Christmas Day alone, also understanding it can be a difficult time they’ve put out an invitation to a Free Christmas Picnic Lunch.
It will be held at noon on Christmas Day (December 25) at Coleman Park, 39 Queen Street Korumburra. RSVP is preferred by 20 December to Belinda on 0422 521 924 but last minute attendees are still welcome!
Dietary requirements catered for and local transport is available on request.
Here is a personal invite to anyone who would like to join our team ‘Milpara’ at the South Gippsland (Korumburra) Relay for Life on 4pm Saturday March 14 to 10 am Sunday.
If you would like to benefit from the early bird registration fees you have until Friday December 13: Child $25, $35 & Family $75 (2 adults & 2 children under age of 18, additional children charged at $10 each).
You don’t have to attend the whole event, last year we had a roster and some of our team popped in to do an hour or two, others set up tents and enjoyed the whole event. We are happy for anyone in the community to join our team, we are a friendly bunch who are always keen to make new friends.
Alternatively you may like to make a donation towards the team.
We just had some lovely visitors from ASCO, who have delivered some replacement and new flyers. Which prompted this post.
Do you or someone you know, need help with an alcohol, other drug or mental health concern? If so you can call their FREE intake and Referral service Phone 1300 022 760, Monday – Friday 9am – 5 pm, website www.asco.org.au to make an online referral or get more information.
They can assist through:
Conducting an intake to work out the most appropriate services to meet your needs
Helping you to access these services, or refer you to other appropriate services
Keeping in contact with you while you are waiting for services to ensure you are getting the help you need
Linking your family or carers into supports they many need.
Have a loved one struggling with addiction? You’re Not Alone. ASCO have a family and carers support program which provides support and education with a focus on self-care, acceptance and growth to empower family members to regain control of their lives. Our aim is to reduce stigma surrounding addiction and help families of Gippsland realise they are not alone.
We still have places available for the following workshops, please let us know if you are planning on attending. Needle Felt Fairy Saturday November 30 and Polymer Clay for Beginners – Necklace Saturday December 7. Please call Milpara on 5655 2524 to book your place.
You may have noticed there have been some busy beetles on the weekend setting up for Orange the World – 16 days of activism against violence; November 25 – December 10. You will notice orange collars with hand prints, representing put your hand up against violence, have been put up around Korumburra on electrical poles and a few other displays are up around the town. Orange is the colour designated by the UN’s Unite to End Violence against Women campaign. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange represents a future free from violence. Milpara staff will wear orange in support and would like to invite you to do the same. Maybe you would like to display orange in your home, neighbourhood and workplace to show your support.
For more information about Orange the World please check out the dedicated page on our website, you will find it on the menu bar at the top of this page.
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). 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) 1800respect.org.au is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service, phone and online service is available 24/7.
FYI we have scheduled another RSA course for this term. It will be Thursday December 12, 5 pm – 9 pm.
Bookings can be done online through TryBooking or call Milpara 5655 2524.
Special note: if you are planning on attending please let us know, so
we have a good idea of numbers. Why? Because it is very sad for
everyone when we turn people away and could have booked a larger space.
Or worse cancel due to low numbers and then end up with twice as many
enrollments than needed to have gone ahead. Thanks Belinda
Connect Over Food Luncheon is something new we are trialling
at Milpara this term. We have two dates
set Tuesday November 19 and December 17, 1 pm start. The idea is to bring along a dish to share
and enjoy a lovely lunch together. Some
people love to share their favourite dish, for others it may be their quick go
too meal they think others should know about.
It can be made from scratch or come from a jar or packet. It is more about sharing and enjoying some
friendly company. Bring along your
recipe just in case others would like to recreate your dish. If you do not have
a recipe that’s OK too. We do ask you
RSVP so we can set the table, please call Milpara on 56552524.
Orange the world, 16 days of activism against violence is
coming up November 25 – December 10.
Milpara is again joining this campaign and plan to install the ‘put your
hand up collar’ around the electrical poles around town, which looked fabulous
last year. We would love to invite you
to get involved. Simply pop into Milpara
to collect the plastic, trace and cut hand prints with your family, workmates,
and group or as an individual. Then
return it to Milpara so we can add the backing orange and install them.
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