Well you can tell it is December with the towns looking lovely with their Christmas Decorations up. This time of the year can be difficult on many people though. Our emergency foodbank has been very busy. Donations are greatly appreciated and really do make a difference. You may have spare eggs from the chickens or some garden produce you may like to donate. We also accept unopened non-perishable grocery items. If you would like to make a donation but cannot pop in during open hours, Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm, you are welcome to leave them by the door. To all of the people who make donations both now and throughout the year we would like to say a huge thank you. You may think it was just a can of baked beans and not a big deal, but your kindness and generosity combined with that of others does make a large difference.
Our term program from next year is still being pieced together and confirmed. The dates should be going up over the next week on our website www.milparacommunityhouse.org.au and we will have a program available as soon as it is finalised.
Yesterday Monday December 10 was the last day of the Orange the World – 16 days of activism against violence. We would like to congratulate our community on supporting this important campaign. It has been wonderful to hear great discussions.
Have a great week from all the team at Milpara.
Enrolments are still open for Food Safety Training on 29/11 and RSA 4/12.
We were busy little beetles during the weekend getting our Orange the World display in place. Our display is located on sections of Bridge Street, Princes Street, Mine Road and Shellcot Road in Korumburra. We have also set up a selfie banner on our veranda so you can stop by Milpara, 21 Shellcot Road and take your photo, we would love to see them shared to help spread the word.
What is all the fuss about Orange the World? It is 16 days of activism against violence. While there is no comprehensive data on all people who experience violence, the following Australia-wide statistics prove the urgent need for change:
- every 2 minutes family violence results in a police call-out
- 95% of male and female victims report a male perpetrator
- on average at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner
- women are 5 times more likely than men to require hospitalisation due to family violence
In addition to personal impacts, there are substantial social and economic costs. Estimates suggest that the annual cost of family violence in Victoria in 2014-15 was approximately $3.1 billion.
In an emergency, you should always call 000. Some other helpful contacts people may like to make themselves aware of, because you never know when they may come in handy are
- 1800 Respect: Sexual assault, domestic violence and suicide prevention 1800 737 732 1800respect.org.au
- Men’s Referral Service: Anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals 1300 766 491 mrs.org.au
- Safe Steps: Family violence confidential support and information response line 1800 015 188 safesteps.org.au
- Lifeline: 24hr telephone crisis support. Online self-help resources information 13 11 14
We have a more information on our website Milparacommunityhouse.org.au
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Yummy Dinner from the first Korumburra Community Meal on Friday November 16 2018
Last chance to get involved in creating our display for Orange the World. We will be installing Saturday ready for the first day of the 16 days of activism. We still have our work table set up at Milpara for people to drop in anytime. We are also having a craft night Wednesday November 21 at 7 pm.
A lot has been happening at Milpara, Korumburra’s Community House. We have just had our first meeting with the architect and designers recently about the new community hub and further consultations will continue in the near future. So very exciting!
We’re in the process of preparing for our annual campaign
Orange the World – 16 days of activism against violence,
25 November – 10 December.
This year installations will be displayed – orange ‘put your hand up collars’ around power poles along sections of Bridge Street, Princes Street, Mine Road and Shellcot Road, and a large hand created with orange flowers. We will be having our last crafting session on Wednesday 21/11 at 7pm. Come along for a fun night and create flowers & collars.
We feel that together we can end violence and really make our community bloom.
Some recent fantastic news: Deanne the founder of the Trinity Kids, a small business that facilitates emotional intelligence and mindfulness programs for children aged 2 -18 years, was a panellist for an upcoming episode of ABC’s Q& A – May I be happy?
Milpara is very pleased to be one of the venues for the program, it is such a great opportunity for the kids of Korumburra and surrounds. It will be back in Term 1 2019. Bookings and enquiries for the programs are direct with Trinity Kids www.trinitykids.com.au.
We’d love to hear from community members about activities of interest for us to deliver to the Korumburra community during 2019 so if you have an idea, give us a call on 5655 2524 and we will see what can be arranged.