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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We’re searching for Tutors and Idea’s

Milpara Community House loves to provide a diverse range of activities and learning opportunities to our community.

We are currently planning for Term 3 2021 and we’d love to hear from anyone interested in running a workshop, activity or class (paid or voluntary).

We’d love a second computer tutor. Don’t worry Jack’s not disappearing but he’d happily share the work load.

We’d love to run some more workshops in Term 3, they might be in arts, crafts, cooking the options are open to any ones imagination. Let us know if you are interested in running a workshop.

While Milpara is open Monday to Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm that doesn’t mean these are the only hours we operate activities. We are always open to evening and weekend activities.

Do you have something you’d like to learn or participate in? Let us know! A number of our activities in the past are a result of people expressing their interest.

Pop Belinda our program coordinator an email milpara@outlook.com, message our Facebook page or give Belinda a call on 5655 2524.

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Don’t get lonely!

Milpara Community House has a variety of activities from developing skills to making new friends – it is all important to us.

With the cooler shorter days setting in we thought it was a great time to remind everyone that you don’t need to be lonely.

We have a number of reasons for you to get out of the house and connect with others. Here are some examples:

  • Come Chat – with Julie Fridays 1 pm – 3 pm
  • Capture a treasured memoty – by appointment
  • Games, Puzzles, Crosswords and more – Tuesdays 9.30 am – 11.30 am
  • Community Meal (is back) Friday June 4 at 5.30 pm at the Anglican Church Hall on Bridge Street.

We also have Singers, Craft and Cards with Barb, Social Mah-Jong, Art with Gayle, Korumburra Craft Group and Korumburra CWA. If you’d like more details on any activity reach out, we’re happy to help 🙂

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Some exciting activities at Milpara

Come Chat is a new activity on Friday afternoons.  We have a warm space, friendly face and the urn will be hot.  Did you become a bit of hermit last year?  Feeling a bit lonely? Or just want to spend some time in good company?  Well this s a great excuse to get out of the house, meet new people and reconnect.  It’s a safe warm space to share some company, laughs and a cuppa.

Keep your brain active with a fun session on Tuesday mornings.  Games, puzzles and crosswords can be a great was to exercise your brain.  So we have set aside a time so you can get together with others and enjoy brain exercise in company.  Bring along your favorite to share with others or just bring yourself.

Gals this is for you! ‘Women in the Shed’ will be a six week course run on Thursdays 10 am – 3pm, starting May 20.  With an experienced female tutor you can feel comfortable as she supports you through different projects to build your confidence and capacity to use hand and power tools. This activity will be held at the Korumburra Men’s Shed. Limited places are available so bookings are essential.

Are you confident in having conversations with someone you are concerned about?  It’s something we’re all likely to come across at some point in time, that point when you are wondering might this person suicide? Would you be thinking I don’t know what to say, I might say the wrong thing, I don’t have the skills to ask. Don’t think that, feel confident and know what to say by attending one of our free workshops because together we can reduce our scary suicide rates.  We are running a QPR – Question Persuade Refer workshop on Thursday morning May 6 and a Rural Minds Day Workshop on Thursday May 20.  Book your places by calling Milpara 56552524

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Parents of school aged kids – this is for you.

Learning to Grow – parents of school age children (primary or secondary) who are looking at returning to work/education study or have been out of the workplace for some time, this is for you!

Bring along your pre-school child/ren and while they have some fun with a carer you get to have some fun with Jess the Learning to Grow facilitator.

It’s about helping you as an adult achieve your goals, build confidence, identify your transferable skills, develop a resume and build on your interview skills.  

This program is FREE and will run Thursdays April 29 – June 24, 10am – 12 pm.

Bookings are essential and can be made using the button below. Or you can call Jess at Milpara who will be back after school break on Monday April 19 56552524, alternatively email her on milparaL2G@outlook.com.

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Just for the gals

This term we have a couple of courses designed specifically for women,because sometimes things can just feel awkward and being “just” gals removes that barrier.  So with some fabulous female tutors leading the way, we have the following empowering courses:

Women in Shed – designed to help women build their confidence and capacity to use hand and power tools as they work on a variety of projects involving timber, tiles and metal. More information click here.

Women’s Financial Wellbeing – Talking money can feel awkward, but it is an important step in reaching financial security.This course is designed to build knowledge skills and confidence around managing money and financial security. More Information Click Here.

Wonder Women Support Group – peer support for women survivors of trauma and/or abuse.  Its about moving on with life, recognise the strength within, and embrace your inner “wonder woman”.
More Information Click Here.

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