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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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 FOLLOWING LEARN LOCAL COURSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE

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
CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

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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

CARE PACKS
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

TOUGHER RESTRICTIONS
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. 

WORK PLAN
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.

NDIS ADVICE
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. 

KEEPING CONNECTED
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.

WORK RIGHTS
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.

KID SUPPORT
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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