Term 2 will look a little different but what will be on?

Term 2 2020 will look a little different at Milpara. It is too early to say how different.  Instead let’s tell you what we know we will be offering.

The following classes will be moving online until we can again offer them safely  face to face. Are essential as minimum enrolments are required for workshops and courses to go ahead. Bookings are considered tentative until payment and enrolment forms are received.  Links to Zoom classes will be provided once enrolments have been confirmed. 

Delve into Tarot $84: Tarot cards are used for spiritual growth, fortune telling, gaining personal insights, and uncovering the hidden side of situations.  Whether you are an absolute beginner or have had some experience with tarot cards and want to sharpen your skills, this hands-on weekly class will teach Have your tarot cards ready and have some fun while you learn the art of foretelling the future. 
7 Mondays  April 27 – June 15 10 am – 11.30 am

Short course in Mindful Self-Compassion (SC-MSC) $250: The International US-based Center for Mindful Self-Compassion in partnership with John Julian presents:  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.
6 Thursdays  Apr 30 – Jun 4 2 pm -3 pm

Magic of the Hook – Crochet $25: All crochet stitches are based on the action of a loop pulled through another loop with a hook. With some magic hook action, you’ll learn to transform wool into samples of fibre art. Suitable for beginners, youth and those wanting to refresh their skills, or those who are stuck on a project. If you can, bring along your own 4 mm hook and 8 ply wool, or the project you are working on.  
6 Wednesdays Feb 19 – Mar 25 5:30 pm – 7 pm

Learn French  $160: Rachel would like to share and help people learn her native language, French.
Beginners  8 Fridays  Feb 7 – Mar 27          6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Next Step  8 Saturdays  Feb 8 – Mar 28   10 am – 12 noon

Unhurried Conversation FREE: In an unhurried conversation there is time to think differently and connect with people in a refreshing way. Unhurried isn’t always slow, but it has a pace where people find it easy to join in and not feel crowded out. And listening can be as satisfying as talking. We’ll use a simple format to create good, human interaction while enjoying a cuppa.  3rd Monday of month.
April  20, May 18, June 15 1:30 pm – 3 pm


The Craft of Story Writing  $50 + $10 admin: Whether you are a budding author, diarist, blogger, poet or family historian, join this group on a voyage of discovery to uncover your writing talents and stories. Shape your ideas, hone your writing and editing skills and create great writing that will keep your readers turning the pages.  Our popular The Craft of Story Writing class now has an evening option, delivered to you at home.  All you need is a smart phone, tablet or computer with Wii fi access and we will email you a weekly link to access the class, delivered via zoom.
8 Tuesdays May 5 –  June 23    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Journaling & Blogging $50 + $15 admin: Come an explore the wonderful world of a   Journals diary or blog for creativity, self exploration and self development.  Who knows where you can take it. 
6 Tuesdays Feb 18 – Mar 24  10 am – 11.30 am

English and Maths Class $50.00 + $15 admin: Would you like to improve your reading, writing, comprehension or spelling?   Or would you like to improve your maths skills?  This class is designed to assist people to reach their goals.  Past students have attended to learn basic reading to improve their independence and to improve their skills to assist their children and others to pass entry exams for further study.  Whatever your goal, you will find this a friendly supportive environment. 
9 Mondays April 20 – June 22 10 am – 12 noon

Speak English $50 + $15 admin: Learn to speak and understand English in a friendly, relaxed class, if English your second language.
11 Thursdays April 16 – June 25              7 pm – 9 pm

Learn English $50 + $15 admin: Learn to read, write and speak English with confidence in a friendly, relaxed class. 
11 Fridays April 17 – June 26              10 am – 12 noon

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Milpara Hours

We will be closing as normal for the school holiday break from 4.30 pm Friday March 28 and reopen at 9.30 Tuesday April 14. 

As normal, the Centrelink agent will still operate their normal hours unless advised from Services Australia to the contrary.

The Emergency Foodbank can be accessed during Centrelink hours.

Centrelink Agency Hours:
Tuesday 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 1 pm
Thursday 10 am – 1 pm

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Some information from the Victorian Community Sector

Milpara thought it would be helpful to share some information we have received from VCOSS COVID-19 Sector Bulletins. PLEASE be aware that any contact numbers will be receiving a high volume of calls.

Everyone is doing their best, but you may have to try a number of times to get through. These are unprecedented times, we all need to take a deep breath and be patient. Please remember that the person on the other end of any calls is likely under a lot of stress (they haven’t created this situation and doing their very best to assist). Please remember a little kindness goes a long way! Grab a cuppa.

The best place to access up-to-date health advice remains dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Victorians in mandatory self-isolation running short on food and unable to have any dropped-off by friends are now eligible for a “food and personal care package”, with a two-weeks supply of items like long-life milk, pasta, canned fruit, cereal and sugar, as well as some personal care items. People wishing to request a pack should call Victoria’s dedicated Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398

tage 2 measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus are now in effect across Victoria. You should stay at home and avoid all gatherings. This reduces the chances of transmission, protects the health system and saves lives. If you’re unsure, then stay home. If you are with other people, you must observe the rule of one person for every for square metres. See all the restrictions.

Will there be further restrictions? Yes.  Premier Andrews has clearly stated we will shift to Stage 3, at some point. 

There are a lot of people out of work, and a lot of critical services crying out for help. Where possible, the Victorian Government will match people who need work with jobs that need doing. VCOSS and Trades Hall are helping design ‘Working for Victoria‘ scheme

Individuals out of work can register their interest today.

The National Disability Insurance Agency has published information in an Easy Read format about their response to COVID-19. Information is also available in five different languages along with a regularly updated frequently asked questions and answers page. 

The Consumer Action Law Center is lobbying companies that deliver essential services to make sure people aren’t disconnected during the Coronavirus health crisis (#KeepConnected). They’re keeping an up-to-date list of companies’ responses here.

Job Watch has released a Q&A on employment rights in relation to COVID-19. They includes answers to frequently asked questions like ‘Can my employer direct me to work from home or change my hours because of the Coronavirus?’ and ‘Can my employer direct me to use my paid leave entitlements?’ Read it here.

Coronavirus is hard to explain to little ones. They can be confused, overwhelmed and anxious. Emerging Minds has created a curated selection of resources to assist parents and carers to have these conversations. 

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A Special Newsletter

Here is a link to the Special Newsletter from Milpara with useful links during this weird coronavirus time.

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Same Same but Different!

Test running Zoom with Mummas Supporting Mummas

Ok, let’s face it things are a little different today than we may have expected 6 months ago. BUT lets look at it from a glass half full lens, Face to Face is always awesome but perhaps connecting online has some advantages too. For example wearing PJ’s (also known as a casual suit) or no bra are not such a socially acceptable option when leaving the house, but if you are connecting via zoom who would know? And if honest I like brewed coffee like I have at home, at Milpara it’s only instant. Learning a few new tech skills may be fun, but often we need a little push to decide to try it. Lets make the most of it.

Milpara is moving some of it’s classes to Zoom rather than the only other option being cancelling. Our next term program will be offering a variety of classes with the online option if Face to Face is not an option at that time (we still don’t know).

We are also planning on offering a variety of social connections via zoom too! Hopefully kicking off next week. At this stage it’s looking like social chat (make your own coffee at home and connect for the chat), charades, short story chat (our facilitator will read a short story and then everyone can discuss it), meditation and we hope possibly a book club. We are still interested in hearing from anyone who may be interested in hosting other options too.

So what is this Zoom? Zoom is basically like that Brady Bunch image, you know the one at the start where each had a little square head, for techo people they may call it video conferencing. People can talk with each other online as a group or 1:1. If you have a computer with a camera and sound that is perfect! But not necessary, you can also call in off your phone while watching the image on a computer or just use the phone and make up the pictures in your head. If you have a smart phone or tablet you can use that instead of a computer, you just need internet and the link.

What is a link? A link is really a hyperlink (ya what??????)………….. it’s something that will connect you to a website. Often on emails etc it will show up blue and if you click on it, it magically takes you to a websites. Or on facebook when you click on that article your interested in and it magically takes you to a different page. You most likely have been using them without even knowing what they are.

We will have these links (and phone number information if you would like to call in off a phone instead) likely on our Facebook Page. We’re still sorting out a few wrinkles and if honest we have been incredibly busy so haven’t had as much time as we would have liked to get this all sorted out. But stay tuned.

We will develop a short video on how it all works soon, because sometimes seeing something is much easier than reading loads of words (high 5 to that). And of course staff at Milpara are happy to provide technical support and talk you through it.

Anyway for now, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon, even if that is via Zoom.

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Online connection?

With interesting times, come interesting ideas.

Milpara is planning to offer a variety of activities that the community can be involved in from the comfort of their own home. All they would need is a smart phone, tablet or desk top computer and WiFi. People could book in to a session and then we would provide a login link that they use to join the session at the designated time. (This may sound complicated, but we will make it easy!)

We know we have people in our community who are high risk who have already choosen to self isolate to protect their health. We also know as the virus spreads more people will be isolated and cases increase.

So to help spread some cheer and keep our community connected during this strange time, we think offering online connections could be really great!

It could work for a variety of activities including but not limited to:
*Lets do morning/afternoon tea, make you own cuppa and join in for a virtual coffee date.
*Lets play – Snakes & Ladders, Ludo, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Charades, who am I etc
* Group crosswords
*Story Club, the host would read a short story and then group can discuss it.
* Milpara Singers (Not a choir but a fun get together of people to share the enjoyment of singing as a group)
*Craft Together, log in and share conversation as you craft from home.
*Classes in crafts etc which people would likely have home supplies.
*Mindfulness Meditation

Lets face it we are only limited by our creative thinking. So if you have an idea we’d love you to share it.

To get this to happen we need people who would be interested in donating their time to run the sessions. This could be done from home or you would be welcome to use a space at Milpara.

If you can help with this project please get in contact, email milpara@outlook.com or call the house on 56552524.

Much thanks the Milpara Team.

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3/3/20 Make new friends

A big week for sharing meals with new friends with Lets Share Lunch on Wednesday March 4 and Community Meal on Friday March 6.

Are you looking for an enjoyable get together on the second and fourth Thursday of the month? Then join the Korumburra Craft Group, their next meet up is Thursday March 12. Bring along your own craft knitting, embroidery, patchwork, crochet etc. and enjoy some great company, everyone welcome.

Have you moved into the area?  Would you like to meet other people and learn about the district?  Then we’d like to invite you to join us for our Newcomers’’ Morning Tea. It is a great opportunity for us to welcome you to the community, and for you to ask any of those questions but are unsure who to ask.  Please RSVP by Friday March 13 to allow time for a welcome bag to be put together by Korumburra Community Development Association. Milpara 5655 2524.

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Share lunch, walk for cancer and save on your RSA and Food Safety

It seems hard to believe but we are now past midterm, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun.  There is still lots more fun to be had this term too.

Our first “Share” Lunch is coming up on March 4.  Two things I love most is sharing a laugh with good company and eating yummy food. I am sure I am not the only one.  So the invite is to come along, bring something to share for lunch; which need not be fancy, from a packet is fine.  It is about getting together, enjoying company, and likely making new friends too.  Now I must apologise as an important seminar now clashes with my lunch date, so the lovely Marg is going to host.  But we hope this will be at least once a term and I’ll see people at the next one.

Relay for Life is coming up and anyone who would like to join our team would be most welcome.  You can register and or make donation online our team name is “Milpara” or pop into the house and we can help.

This term we are offering Food Safety Level 1 and Supervisors in class on Thursday March 5 with RSA in the morning.  We are offering a $5 discount for people who have booked and paid by February 27.

Just a reminder to put the Free Community Meal in your diary, it is the First Friday of the Month, next date is March 6 at the Anglican Church Hall on Bridge Street.

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Navigating a Health Crisis

Most people have had to deal with a sudden health crisis at some stage in their life – either their own or someone close to them. Amidst the turmoil, you can find yourself without the relevant knowledge and skills to navigate this challenging journey.

Leongatha psychologist Liz Crocker has seen all too often the stress that this places on both the patient and the carer. So, with her lawyer daughter, Liz has written ‘The Patient Advocate Handbook’, a practical guide to help you remain calm, focussed and stable as you navigate the health care system.

“It is natural to feel overwhelmed and insecure as you absorb a diagnosis and its ramifications. So, you need to know how to handle a health emergency and make good decisions if you are to achieve the best possible health outcome.

“It’s not about creating conflict or being the loudest voice in the room – it’s about knowing your rights, having a plan, finding your voice and working with people in the health system to get a good result.”

“The book is our way of holding your hand and being a trusted ally. You will find clear processes for you to follow and several case studies to illustrate how you can achieve those outcomes.”

A talk by health psychologist Liz Crocker, the co-author of THE PATIENT ADVOCATE HANDBOOK – How to find and use your voice in healthcare, will be held on Friday 17th April 11.30am Milpara Community House, 21 Shellcott Rd, Korumburra.

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18 Feb 2020

Unhurried Conversation is a new activity to Mipara held on the 3rd Monday afternoon of the month.  Yesterday we had a great session. In an unhurried conversation, there is time to think differently and connect with people in a refreshing way. Unhurried is not always slow, but it has a pace where people find it easy to join in and not feel crowded out. Listening can be as satisfying as talking. Next session is March 16.

We hope to kick off a guitar lessons for beginners this Friday, which will run for 6 weeks.  The class will run for one hour on Friday mornings.  No previous music skills required. While bringing your own guitar and music stand is preferred, with prior arrangement we can likely lend you the equipment.

We also have a Polymer Clay workshop scheduled for Friday where students will learn to make canes for use in a variety of projects but on the day will be looking at making beads for a necklace.

Stacey is qualified to deliver HypnoBirthing ® International – The Mongan Method Classes. We are fortunate that she is offering her skills to the local community offing both a day or evening option starting last week of February.   Learn how to eliminate fear around birthing and utilise our deep relaxation techniques that have been proven to support the birthing mother’s mind, body and baby to work in harmony for birthing.    Bookings and for further information please call Stacey on 0499 914 568.

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