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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Week 3 Challenges

With a wet Friday evening we thought you may like to get in early. Remember you can submit to milpara@outlook.com or post on our Facebook page Milpara Community House.

Cook’n Burra: Letter i
Fun Activity: Finger Painting
Photo Topic: Sky

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Week 1 #MilparaChallenge

Can you believe it, we’re in Term 4? We are hoping to have some lighthearted fun this term and invite you to join our weekly challenges.

This week we have:
#MilparaChallenge
Cook’n Burra: Share your favorite recipe/meal/ingredient
Fun Activity: Korumburra show us in words, picture or art.
Photo Challenge: Green

You can post your photos, comments or stories on our Facebook page Milpara Community House or email to Belinda milpara@outlook.com

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Hoppy Term 4 we dare you to join our challenges!

WE DARE YOU TO HOP INTO ACTION and join us for a fun and exciting term (4) of challenges. Lets have some fun! Each week we will set a Cook’n Burra, Fun Activity and Photo Challenge. We’re giving you the topics now just in case you were planning on getting bored during the school break. Now you can start cooking or snapping early if you wish and then share on the relevant week or send your photos to milpara@outlook.com.Lets get ready for a hoppy/happy term 4,

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School break, but why not HOP into our term 4 Challenges early?

It’s been a weird year and we could all do with a bit of fun. We know how good it feels to have achieved something, so we decided to set some easy weekly challenges for term 4 and we’d like to welcome and encourage you to get involved. 

We’ll have a post each week on our Facebook page and website blog for you to share your photos and experiences.  Each week we will set a Cook’n Burra, Fun Activity and Photo Challenge.  We’re giving you the topics below so you can start cooking or snapping early if you wish and then share on the relevant week or send your photos to milpara@outlook.com.

Check out our next post with more details and the Challenge Calendar.

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Assistance with the $250 Power Saving Bonus

We are helping community members apply for the State Government’s $250 Power Saving Bonus, a one-off payment to help eligible Victorians experiencing energy bill stress.

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you or someone you know meets the eligibility requirements, get in contact with us and we can help you access this important bonus.

What is the $250 Power Saving Bonus?

The $250 Power Saving Bonus is a one-off $250 payment which provides direct support to Victorian households experiencing power bill stress during the coronavirus pandemic. It is available to over 900,000 eligible Victorian households with at least one eligible concession cardholder. 

Who is eligible for the Power Saving Bonus? 

To be eligible, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account)
  • Be receiving payments under one of the following concession programs:
    • Centrelink Pensioner Concession
    • JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy
    • Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession
    • Or hold a Department of Veterans Affairs Gold Card

Holders of Health Care Cards who are not recipients of Youth Allowance, JobSeeker, Austudy or Abstudy are not eligible.

When can eligible households apply?

Eligible households can apply anytime now up until 31 January 2022.

How many people per household can apply?

Only one payment is available to each household. 

How do I apply?

Applications are made online. If you do not have access to, or are uncomfortable using technology, get in contact with Milpara Community House and we will help you every step of the way:

Phone number: 03 5655 2524

Address: 21 Shellcot Road Korumburra VIC

What do I need for the application process?

When you come to us to submit your application, there are a few things you need to bring with you:

  • a copy of a recent electricity bill
  • your ‘NMI’ number (this is located on your bill and is typically a 10 or 11 digit number)
  • your card number for your Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care Card (for JobSeekers, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy recipients)

Be sure to keep a copy of your NMI and your application reference number as you may need this information for further communications about your application.

How long does it take to receive the Power Saving Bonus?

If you meet the eligibility and documentation requirements, you should receive your $250 payment via Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) within two to three weeks of submission. If you request payment via cheque, this should be received within four weeks.

What times are Milpara Community House assisting people with applications?

Milpara will assist people with this during normal business hours Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. We do request you ring and book an appointment time.

Do I need to call and book a time?

Yes. By ringing ahead and booking a time we can ensure a staff person can assist you more quickly.

What’s the easiest way to get to Milpara Community House via public transport?

Korumburra can be accessed via the Vline bus route Melbourne to Yarram via Leongatha, Koo Wee Rup and Dandenong. Milpara Community House is 1.2 km from the Korumburra Main Street Bus Stop and 1.1 km from the Coal Creek Bus Stop. Approximate walk time is 12 -15 minutes. You can use Public Transport Planner to find bus times https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/journey

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