We are continuing on our Compassionate Communities venture to bring Death Cafes to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and should be so happy and proud with all that we have achieved!
As a project group, we have completed Death Cafe events across the Local Health District and discussed ‘Death, Dying and End of Life’ with so many wonderful people!
We have taken Death conversations to the beach, to the Birth and Deaths Bar and been involved in public presentations and conversations about our project with groups such as the Illawarra Interagency, Parsons Funerals and the Community Industry Group Expo on More End of Life issues as well as talking with individual health professionals about our project. Radio interviews have also helped to increase our community engagement and local profile.
There are so many questions for us to ask ourselves such as :
How can we take our conversations into relationship with our aging community members?
Perhaps in aged care facilities?
How can we further engage with the men in our communities?
How can we open the space to teenagers and adolescents?
What other projects or areas of interest do you feel our communities would benefit from?
With the project approaching its final month of formal operation and support from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, where do you see our project going in the months ahead?
Please join us, bring a friend and come and share your thoughts with us.
We look forward to seeing you!
Next Meeting – SUNDAY 16 MAY 2021 from 3pm to 5pm
Please register here in Eventbrite for the meeting Joyce Wheatley Centre at 107 Terralong St, Kiama. You are welcome to bring a mug to save on recycling and landfill and a small plate of something to share 🙂
If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook group – Compassionate Communities Illawarra-Shoalhaven. The group is private so only the people in the group can see the posts and comments. Anyone interested in joining ComCom is able to join.
You are invited to our UoW Social Work Sunset Seminar series for 2021.
We will be hosting four seminars, two will be hosted on campus and two will be delivered on zoom. Seminars are free and open to all social work agencies; places are limited so RSVP early.
The first seminar is on 12th May details below. Seminar 1 Title Cultural humility in social work practice Date Wed 12th May Time 4pm Location Building 29, UOW Wollongong Campus (please RSVP via attached invite or link here)
Take note of future dates for your calendar. Further information will be sent out with RSVP link in June. Seminar 2 Title Introducing students to mental health as a field of practice: Recovery, stepped care and health promotion Date Wed 21st July Time 4pm Location Zoom
Seminar 3 Title Trauma-informed framework practice Date Wed 29h September Time 4pm Location Zoom
Seminar 4 Title Getting theory back into practice Date Wed 24th November Time 4pm Location Building 29, UOW Wollongong Campus
These topics respond to feedback from you about your interest about our research and teaching.
SUBSIDY INFORMATION *Subsidies and fee free scholarships are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements. The training is subsidised by the NSW Government. If you would like more information on Smart and Skilled please refer to our website or phone the Community College on 02 4232 1050.
Reduce Reuse Recycle Kiama is pleased to announce that due to the amazing efforts of its Kiama Boomerang Bag project that it is able to offer micro-grants up to the amount of $1500 to other local Not For Profit community groups or registered charities.
We are looking to support sustainability projects that are focused on reducing waste in the Kiama Municipality by encouraging people to work together, to educate and change the behaviours of residents and visitors towards waste.
We will also consider projects that that will improve the health and wellbeing of the local Kiama communities.
Registrations are now open for ‘Dolly Doctor answers the Top Ten’ webinar.
Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 10.00am for 60 minutes
Associate Professor Melissa Kang, also known as Dolly Doctor will answer the top ten most Google searched questions on sexual health. Melissa’s career has been devoted to the health and health care of adolescents and young adults. She is an academic, a clinician, and an advocate. Melissa’s research has taken a population health approach, with major projects exploring access to health care, health system navigation, young people’s sexuality and sexual health (particularly sexually transmitted infections).
We are thrilled to host Melissa who will be Zooming in with us for this webinar.
In late 2020 Youth Educating Peers (YEP) launched an open online survey for young people aged 12-25. This was advertised via a sponsored add on Facebook, and via YEP’s other social media pages on Instagram and TikTok. Promotional emails were sent to the youth sector. YEP’s Youth Reference Group was supported to complete the survey and the YRG was encouraged to promote the survey. Key findings of the 2020 YEP Youth Survey here or https://theyepproject.org.au/blog/2020yepsurveyfindings/
Due to a likelihood of past trauma experiences, possible disrupted educational experiences and therefore less knowledge around sexual health and relationships, sexual Health needs should be considered through a trauma informed lens when
working with young people in the OOHC sector.
For these reasons, and to assist carers in increasing their knowledge around sexual health and their confidence in having these conversations with young people, a trauma informed training package was developed. The free online training module “Because you care: Fostering conversations about sexual and reproductive health” is now available at PlaySafe Pro.
Whilst targeted towards foster carers, the training is relevant to anyone interested in starting conversations around sexual and reproductive health, particularly with young people who may have had experiences of trauma.
The training takes approximately 90mins to complete and is made up of 3 modules which are self-paced and can be completed all together, or separately.
Topics covered include:
Sexually Transmissible Infections
Trauma informed care
At the completion of the 3 modules, participants receive a certificate of participation.
The Illawarra Interagency provides a forum for community organisations to build relationships, learn new skills and work collaboratively to improve outcomes for the Illawarra community. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting the well-being of people who live, work or play in the Illawarra Region.
Offer a mini-presentation for a new event or project
Offer an idea for a project/program to workshop in our Collaboration activity.
Feedback from past events: ‘You provided an environment conducive to deeper connections and genuine working relationships.’ ‘It was great to learn about different thinking styles and valuing unique perspectives to resolve problems’
Community Industry Group is excited to present Diversity Australia’s unconscious bias workshop.
This interactive workshop aims to build awareness of the value of diversity and inclusion from an organisational perspective and will explore ways to recognise and challenge unconscious biases that inhibit diversity progress.
The workshop includes a range of experiential activities to engage the hearts and minds of leaders. Leaders will learn about fundamental concepts of inclusion and exclusion, in-groups and out-groups, biases and stereotypes, in a positive and engaging way.
We are reaching out as we have an exciting opportunity to help the senior population in your community after what has been a very difficult 12 months. Active Seniors is launching a free 12 week health program to help seniors regain or improve their health, all from the safety and comfort of their home. We have partnered with NBN and The Ghan to offer participants an amazing prize.
12 WEEK HEALTH PROGRAM FOR SENIORS On Monday 19th April 2021, Senior’s health experts Dr. Taylor Harrison and Suzy Oglesby are launching the new free 12 Week Health Program for Seniors.
The free program will guide Seniors week by week in creating healthy habits through;
a weekly 30min online exercise class (no need for fancy equipment)
a free E-book with 12 chapters on health topics including balance, nutrition, sleep, strength and more
a weekly question and answer session with Seniors health experts Dr. Taylor Harrison and Suzy Oglesby
Weekly articles on the relevant health topics
weekly health challenges with prizes and giveaways to participants
A once in a lifetime prize!
To boost motivation, we have partnered with the Ghan and Indian Pacific and are offering the participant with the most inspiring health change over the 12 weeks a gold class cabin trip (single or twin share) on their choice of train. This includes accommodation, all meals and outings valued at up to AUD$8000, on a trip booked in 2022 (subject to availability).
We are very excited to start this program on the 19th of April 2021 and would appreciate your assistance in sharing the availability of the free program to older adults in your local community. For further information please see the flyer attached or visit the registration page at 12 week program sign up – Active Seniors.
Kiama Seniors Festival 2021
Friday, 16 April 2021 | 09:00 AM to Saturday, 24 April 2021 | 12:30 PM
The theme for the NSW Seniors Festival 2021 is ‘In our Nature’.
The largest seniors’ festival in the Southern Hemisphere has provided many ways for you to celebrate, with hundreds of free and heavily discounted events, workshops, and performances across the state.
The diverse range of experiences on offer will inspire you to be active, socialise, and share your skills and wisdom with your community.
The program is available from Council’s Administration Building, Kiama Leisure Centre, Kiama Library and Blue Haven.