I know that everyone is rather looking forward to a return to some sort of normal. We also know it is not as simple as jumping back to business as usual. During the last two months, Milpara has been closed for general activities; however, we made adjustments to accommodate for essential activities such as the Emergency Foodbank and Centrelink Agency to continue.
Community safety is very important to Milpara, so users will notice some changes when they do next visit the house. All house users will have their contact details recorded on arrival, a new cleaning regime has been implemented and social distancing is a requirement of entry. Anyone who is feeling unwell or have even the mildest symptoms are not to enter Milpara, please phone us 5655 2524, to keep everyone safe.
All classes and activities that transitioned to online learning will continue online at this stage. In-person activities will not resume until Term 3, we understand this may be disappointing. Due to the layout, room size and social distancing requirements we have to factor in a number of logistics considerations to ensure everyone’s safety.
Just a reminder that anyone using the emergency foodbank MUST bring their own bags. The foodbank is open to anyone who needs to use it, please don’t be shy it is a service for a purpose, if you need it, it’s there for you. We greatly appreciated the number of donations and support we have received recently.
We are excited to have Terry, who is a JP (Justice of the Peace), available to sign documentation on a Tuesday mornings. Please give us a call to make a booking.
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We are really excited to have a new staff member Jess join the team at Milpara. Jess will be facilitating a new program “Learning to Grow”.
This new community program is to support participants to identify and achieve their goals. Driven by participants needs and wants. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our communities needs.
The program can assist people on their journey to identifying their goals, get a job or return to work, set education goals and /or enrol to achieve them, access support services relevant to them, develop skills, build confidence and feel supported.
We anticipate this program will start in Term 3 (pending COVID 19 restrictions), but we are looking for people now who may be interested. So give Jess a call on 5655 2524 or email milparaL2G@outlook.com.
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Here at Milpara we often suggest people touch base with the Skills and Job Centre who provide expert advice on training and employment opportunities including:
help with job searching
assistance preparing resumes
apprenticeship and traineeship advice
assistance using the Victorian Skills Gateway
referral to welfare support and financial advice
assistance in using your existing skills to align to a new job or to undertake new training (Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL))
information on employment trends, areas with a shortage in skills and employment opportunities.
assistance with career and training plans, identifying training qualifications that could be undertaken to make a successful career transition.
The Centre also engage with a broad range of local industries, ensuring that it is tailored to meet the needs the local communities and industries. Locally the Skills and Jobcentre is based at TAFE Gippsland. If you’d like to get in touch give them a call on 1300 282 317 or email: email@example.com
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Interested in what else West Gippsland Libraries has to offer to pre-school children and their families? There is a lot including Ziptales, Online storytime, National Geographic Kids, Code Disco as well as Storybox. They also have Britannica, Kanopy and Busy Things. Better not forget Belinda’s favorite BorrowBox for both eBooks and eAudiobooks. Check out the images below for more information or visit there website.
Not a library member? No problem below is a guide for signing up for a free library membership to access what West Gippsland Libraries has to offer.
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Anglicare’s ParentZone Gippsland are pleased to offer Breaking the Cycle online.
Breaking the cycle is an eight-week therapeutic program for parents and carers whose adolescents are abusive or violent in the home. The program is supportive, informative and affirming, giving an opportunity to discuss all issues and learn new skills to better manage challenging situations.
It is mothers day this weekend! We know that mothers day stalls and school crafted gifts have been cancelled for this year.
So and kids why not give mum a special treat and cook her a yummy meal this Sunday. We thought you probably already have a handle on breakfast, Jenni has fond memories of cold Vegemite toast and lukewarm tea.
We thought we would share a really easy recipe for Chicken and Leek Baked Risotto. No need to stand and stir this risotto for AGES, the oven does all the hard work for you. That way you can enjoy more special time with Mum. Enjoy.
The webpage explains how people with disability can protect themselves from COVID-19, including through good hygiene, physical distancing, avoiding public gatherings, isolating if they are sick, and finding safe and alternative ways to get the services they need.
This advice supports and promotes the NDIS principles of empowering people with disability to exercise choice and control.
NDIS Commission resources for NDIS participants about COVID-19
The NDIS Commission has a COVID-19 webpage containing information for people with disability, and we have issued two fact sheets for NDIS participants about COVID-19.
their rights and how to make a complaint about a provider
what resources are available from the NDIA
where to find more information and resources about COVID-19.
2. The second NDIS participant fact sheet explains what to expect from providers and workers during COVID-19, including some possible changes to the way supports and services are delivered during this time.
Disability Information Helpline
The Disability Information Helpline provides information and referrals for people with disability who need help because of COVID-19. It can also assist families, carers, and support workers. The helpline is available by calling 1800 643 787. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment, you can also call the National Relay Service on 133 677. It is available Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It is not available on national public holidays.
We know know that some people are struggling with not seeing their friends and family.
We also know that it is easier to connect online than many people think. So we have put together a basic video on how you can use Zoom (which is free) to connect with the people important to you. While it’s not quite the same as in person, it is a wonderful substitute in these strange times.
If you have any hassles or need someone to answer any questions, please give us a call 5655 2524. Or you can comment on the post via Facebook.
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Due to recent social distancing requirements you’ll understand the need for face-to-face classes to be cancelled temporarily. So that participants and job seekers within our area are still able to complete their Food Safety courses we are pleased to enable participants to complete their Food Safety training ONLINE through CFT, Milpara’s standard training provider for these courses.
Simply select below the reliant training you wish to complete. This will take you to a secure link to complete your enrollment and payment. You will be sent an email with all the details to complete the training. This will come from CFT not Milpara. Training and assessment is provided by CFT International RTO # 21120. For terms and conditions students go to www.cft.com.au
Issue of certificates– Students will be emailed a secure e-certificate so that they can print, save or forward their certificate as needed. If they don’t have an email address or prefer a hard copy original, CFT will post their certificate. Please be advised there is an extra cost for printing and posting hard copy certificates ($12). If you just need to print a copy Milpara is very happy to help with that, just give us a call to organise it.
USI– These are nationally accredited courses and therefore from January 1 2015 all students will need to have a Unique Student Identification number. If you do not have a USI or have forgotten your USI or password please visit www.usi.gov.au
Hospitality and Retail
Accredited Food Safety Training for staff and supervisors working in the hospitality or retail food sector such as: Restaurants Hotels Cafes Motels Bistros Fast Food Outlets Catering Operations or Retail Food Outlets Canteens After School Care
Designed for people supervising food operations in businesses such as:Food Product Manufacturers Flour Mills Canneries Dried Food Packers Bakers Pasta Manufacturers Pickle, Relish, Chutney and Condiment Producers
Victorian First Aid is the company who normally provide first aid training at Milpara Community House. The current situation is that courses cannot be run at Milpara due to COVID 19 restrictions.
However if you do need to do your training Victorian First Aid still have you covered Xpress First Aid, CPR and Childcare courses will still operate in Warragul until further notice with reduced numbers.
Courses will be held at the Victorian First Aid Office Factory 4/12 Normanby Street WARRAGUL
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