Chicken and Leek Baked Risotto

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.

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Advice for people with disability

The Australian Government Department of Health has created a webpage containing COVID-19 advice for people with disability.

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.

1. The first COVID-19 NDIS participant information fact sheet explains:

  • what to expect from their NDIS providers
  • 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.

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Get Zooming: Connect with your friends and family online.

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.

Happy zooming!

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Food Safety Courses are still available!

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.

You can still do your food safety 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

Food Safety – Level 1, Use hygienic practices for Food Safety. Course code: SITXFSA001. Online Course Cost: $95

Food Safety – Level 2 ONLY, Participate in safe food handling practices. You need to have completed FOOD SAFETY – LEVEL 1 before enrolling. Course code: SITXFSA002 Online Course Cost: $115

Food Safety Supervisor (Level 1 & Level 2), Use hygienic practices for Food Safety. Participate in safe food handling practices. Combined course codes: SITXFSA001 and SITXFSA002. Online Course Cost: $210 (inclusive)

Community & Health Services

Accredited Food Safety Training for staff and supervisors in:
Child Care Centers
Aged Care
Kindergartens
Disability Services
Hospitality
Meals on Wheels

Food Safety – Level 1, Follow Basic Food Safety Practices. Course code: HLTFSE001 Online Course Cost: $95

Food Safety – Level 2, Oversee the day-to-day implementation of Food Safety in the workplace.. Apply and monitor Food Safety requirements. Pre-requisite: HLTFSE001 – Food Safety Level 1. Course codes: HLTFSE005 and HLTFSE007. Online Course Cost: $180

Food Safety Supervisor (Level 1 & Level 2) Food Safety Supervisor Certificate requires completion of all 3 courses: Follow basic Food Safety principles, Apply and monitor Food Safety requirements, Oversee the day-to-day implementation of Food Safety in the workplace. Course codes: HLTFSE001, HLTFSE005, HLTFSE007. Cost: $275 (inclusive)

Food Safety Supervisor: REFRESHER. Follow basic Food Safety principles: Apply and monitor Food Safety requirements, Oversee the day-to-day implementation of Food Safety in the workplace. Course codes: HLTFSE001, HLTFSE005, HLTFSE007. Choose this course if you already have a Food Safety Supervisor Certificate and need to update your training. As this is a condensed Refresher Course, students must provide a copy of their previously completed FSS Certificate. Online Course Cost: $220 (inclusive)

Food Processing Industry

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

Food Safety Supervisor, Follow work procedures to maintain Food Safety. Implement the Food Safety Program and Procedures. Course codes: FBPFSY1001 and FBPFSY2001. Online Course Cost: $210

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Trying to work out how to keep your first aid or CPR up to date?

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

If you would like to make a booking, bookings are done direct with Victorian First Aid online or call them on 0488 405 605.

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Got questions about Services Australia (Centrelink) job seeker payments? Read on.

If you’re new to Centrelink, the quickest way to claim a payment is online.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to my.gov.au
    • Create a myGov account, if you don’t already have one
    • Sign in to your myGov account and select Government support for coronavirus
    • Select I need a CRN, under Claim a Centrelink payment
    • Enter details from two accepted identity documents from the list to confirm your identity
    • Enter your Medicare card details and some personal details Centrelink needs to create your CRN

Once we confirm your identity, we’ll give you your CRN and link Centrelink to your myGov account.

The next step is to make your claim

  • Sign into myGov and go to Centrelink
    • Select Payments and Claims from the menu, then Claims, then Make a claim
    • Select Get started from the category that best describes your circumstances
    • Answer all the questions and submit your supporting documents and completed forms. We need these to assess your claim.
    • Now you can submit your claim.

If we need more details we’ll ask you for them.

Finally, track your claim

  • You’ll get a receipt after you submit your claim telling you your claim was submitted, the ID number, the date we estimate your claim will be complete and a link to track its progress online.
    • Depending on how you get messages from us, we’ll let you know the result of your claim through your myGov Inbox, Express Plus Centrelink app or a letter in the mail.

If you can’t prove your identity through myGov to get a CRN call us on 132 850.

We’ll need to confirm your identity in person at a later date. We’ll contact you in the future to let you know what we need.

If you have problems submitting your claim, you can call us on 132 850. 

For more information go to https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/affected-coronavirus-covid-19

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Taking your business online: What you need to know

Small Business Victoria Workshop

Unsurprisingly this workshop will now be delivered online. However like all Small Business Workshops it is bound to be full of fantastic information and provide a great opportunity to ask the presenter will experience those burning questions you may have.

Summary: Get yourself ready to launch your business online at this essential digital workshop that goes right back to basics to build a complete picture of the opportunities ahead. Learn how to make informed choices about websites and social media, get across search engines and online advertising, size up the benefits each offers your business and know where to access the right tools to begin.

When: Thursday 14 May 2020 at 6:00pm
Where: Online, a link will be sent prior to the event
Investment: $20

Bookings are online via trybooking: Click to book!

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Short course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC – MSC) 6-wk pilot program.

John Julian with Paola Cheng and the US-based

Center for Mindful Self-Compassion presents the Short course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC – MSC) 6-wk pilot program.

Learn skills you can use in life, at home or at work to reduce stress and burnout.

Short course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC), a 6-week program developed from the evidence-based healthcare adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion, an empirically supported program of Dr. Kristin Neff at UT Austin and Dr. Chris Germer at Harvard Medical School.

Research conducted in 2019 suggests that the short course program leads to a reduction in stress, depression, secondary traumatic stress and burnout, and an increase in compassion, mindfulness, and job satisfaction in healthcare professionals.

When: 6 consecutive Thursdays at 6.15 pm, 7th May – 11th June 2020
Location: Online (Zoom)
Cost: Early bird $106 closes 30/4 . After 30/4 Cost $133.00

To book: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mindful-self-compassion-sc-msc-6-week-online-course-tickets-100601682340

You can also book via the web page: www.thinkinghealthy.com

For questions: 0439901795 or email john.julian56@gmail.com

Course facilitated by John Julian and Paola Cheng

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Do you know about the Burra Bundle that you can have delivered?

Ok the important details from the video are:

Burra Bundle available thanks to some fantastic local businesses including: Kelly’s Bakery, Korumburra Quality Meats, Grow Lightly, Korumburra News agency, Glorious Googies, Gippsland Jersey and Hillcrest Honey.

Small Bundle $65 delivery included:
-Meat to value of $20
-Fruit/Veg to the value of $20
– Kelly’s items including 1 lt milk, 1/2 doz eggs, 1 loaf of bread & hot cross buns
Large Bundle $100 delivery included:
– Meat to the value of $25
– Fruit/Veg to the value of $25
– Kelly’s items including 2 lt milk, dozen eggs, 2 loaves of bread, hot cross buns, family meat pie.

Then you can add extras items. My video was too short to include what you can add so here is a bit of a list:
– Herald Sun
– Weekly Times.
– Extra meat packs $30 or $20
-Extra Fruit/Veg $10, $20, $30 $40 or $50
– Extra Bread white, wholemeal, Muligrain, Fruit
-Extra rolls white, wholemeal or multigrain
– Family quiches asparagus, lorrarine, pumpkin & spinich, spinich
– Family pies including fruit and other varieties
– Dairy 1 lt, 2lt, Skinny or Full cream, Gippsland Jersey, Butter
– Eggs 1/2 doz or Dozen
– Honey 200g or 400g

Ok if you think this sounds like something you are interested in then here is a link to the booking form or call Kelly’s Bakery on 5655 2061.

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Welcome to Term 2

We’re open for Term 2, well sort of. As you may expect things this term will be a little different. So we are closed for activities in-house but we are open for Centrelink and Emergency Foodbank.

We have a number of activities/classes moving online. We are currently taking enrolments for: Speak English, Learn English, The Art of Story Writing, Learn French (Beginners & Next Stage), Magic of the Hook (Crochet), Journaling and Blogging, Delve into Tarot, Food Safety, Unhurried Conversations and Short Course in Mindful Self Compassion. Please give us a call on 56552524 or email milpara@dcsi.net.au

Worried our old Emergency Foodbank is a bit small for social distancing? (as seen above) Don’t worry it has temporarily moved to the main Training Room to provide adequate space.
Please ring the door bell for service.

Emergency Foodbank is open! You can drop in any time between 9.30 am – 4 pm (We close at 4.30 pm). The Centrelink Agency (Services Australia) is also operating normal hours; Tuesday 10 am – 2 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm. The only thing that is a little different is you will need to ring the door bell for service. Centrelink customers will be given a number ticket and can wait in their car without loosing their place (if walking we do have seating in the back training room).

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