Take Control of your Addictive Behaviours

Did you know that SMART Recovery is an accessible, FREE weekly group support for people struggling with addictive behaviours?

SMART Recovery is an evidence-based group program assisting people to gain greater control over problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, internet and others. The group is friendly and open, based on principles of harm minimisation, self-management and mutual aid, and run by trained facilitators using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

Running in South Gippsland for over 12 months, the group has supported many individuals to gain greater control over addictive behaviours. The model addresses motivation, coping with urges, problem solving and working toward lifestyle balance. With a focus on the present and immediate future, participants set manageable goals with assistance from facilitators and the broader group.

* This group is also relevant for individuals completing a Community Corrections Order and some work-ready and mutual obligation programs. Evidence of participation can be provided on request.


Gippsland Southern Health Service is pleased to facilitate a weekly group for individuals wishing to change their own addictive behaviour:

When:        Thursdays 11.00am

Where:Primary Health Entrance,

Gippsland Southern Health Service (Leongatha Hospital)

Koonwarrra Rd, LEONGATHA

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Would you like to improve your English or Maths skills?

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Tuesday February 11

Many of our term classes start again this week and last. If you missed enrolling do not worry, do it now.  Many of our classes are able to take ongoing enrolments.  This is because our courses evolve with the students attending; we find this means we can best meet the student’s needs.  While “cookie cutter” courses really suit some people, at Milpara we find tailoring the course along the way works really well.  With this in mind if you are interested in English and/or Maths, English as a Second Language (Speak English & Learn English), The Art of Story Writing  or any of our computer classes give us a call.

The lovely Korumburra Craft group will be meeting at Milpara on Thursday February 13.  Bring along your craft and lunch and enjoy a day with good company.  If you cringe at taking a cut lunch, let us remind you that we have a fridge, urn and microwave so you do not have to stick with sandwiches.

Belinda is currently looking at setting dates for Introduction to Computers and Computers the Next Step.  Thanks to those who have expressed interest, we have numbers to run and may still have some places available.   We are also interested in people expressing their interest in the following pre-accredited courses: Kick Start your career in digital marketing, Women’s Financial Wellbeing, Workplace Computer Skills and Foundations for Future (Looking for work).

For more information, please give us a call at Milpara on 56552524, or pop in and visit us at 21 Shellcot Road Korumburra.

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3 Feb 2020

We’d love to get a variety of people who are looking for work or under employed to this a session here on Wednesday February 5 at 10 am.  Why? Milpara is keen to develop and deliver meaningful opportunities to build skills – what might these look like?
We want to know what our community members need and how Milpara can support that need. So lets start that conversation!

Would you like to learn French? Rachel would like to share and help people learn her native language. Beginners is an evening class is Friday evenings and Next Step Saturday mornings.  Pending numbers these classes will start this week.

Would like to improve your English or Maths skills? The lovely Tracy is back as our tutor and class will commence on Monday March 9.

If English is your second language we have two options.  An evening class on Thursdays and/or a morning class on Fridays, bookings are required.

The Art of Story Writing will start this Thursday February 6.  We are also looking to introduce a new course Journaling and Blogging which will run on Tuesdays over 6 weeks commencing February 18.

Unfortunately, we have had to put Belly Dancing for Fun and Meditation on hold, but we would still like to hear from you if you are interested in these classes.

Don’t forget to express your interest for the variety of computer classes, Women’s Empowerment & Soul Nourishment Workshop, Genealogy. 

For further details or to make bookings please call the friendly staff at Milpara on 5655 2524.

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See you in 2020

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 🙂

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Spirit of Giving Strong in Burra

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.

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Free Christmas Picnic Lunch

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.

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Planning for 2020 now.

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Join our Relay for Life team ‘Milpara’

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.

If you would like to join the team or make a donation please click Visit the team Milpara page.

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Do you or someone you know, need help with an alcohol, other drug or mental health concern?

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.

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