Community and Connection

Joyful Project submissions now open for Wollongong City Council

We’re inviting all people of the Illawarra to submit your happy photo snaps and share with us what brings you joy!

This Christmas we’re planning to fill the outdoor exhibition blocks in Crown Street Mall with as many photos of your happy faces as possible for The Joyful Project.

Selected photos will be on display over the 2021-2022 summer period.

Each photo needs to show joy. It could be close-ups of you and your family with smiling faces, or pulling funny faces, or you (or someone else)

doing something that brings joy, like jumping on the trampoline, a family celebration, or dancing in your kitchen!

Entries close midnight, Sunday 19 September 2021.

How to enter

Take a photo of what brings you joy! If you’re using a phone camera, make sure it’s set to the highest image quality. Your photo can be up to 20 MB file size.

Write a short message (up to 280 characters) that explains what brings you joy during tough times. Think about when you feel happiest, or how you can bring joy to others.

Try to follow the format: “(Activity) at (location) brings me great joy!”

Read the project Terms and Conditions

Use the button below, go to the online form. Fill in your details, upload your photo and your message of joy!

Enter The Joyful Project

https://wollongong.nsw.gov.au/explore/art-and-culture/the-joyful-project


Community

Nominations are now open!

The Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW & the ACT are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural NSW & the ACT.

Do you know an individual, group, business or organisation who deserves to be recognised? We would love for you to enter them into the Awards!

We are currently accepting nominations in the following categories:

  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award
  • Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Crown Land Manager Excellence Award
  • Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
  • TransGrid Leadership Award
  • Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award

Great prizes are up for grabs! Four of our category winners will receive $2,000 in prizesand a trophy, the other category winner will receive Television exposure on PRIME7 and a trophy.

Plus, we will send out a media release to each of the nominee’s local papers encouraging them to write a story, and every nominee will receive a certificate of achievement.

The Awards are free to enter – and completing a nomination online is easy! If you are ready to start your nomination please go to our online portal and select the category from the dropdown nomination award menu.

Want to recognise someone but don’t have the time? No problem, we are more than willing to help! Simply Refer Someone to us – it takes only 2 minutes to complete the form and our team does the rest! We’ll get in contact with them and have them complete the questions. It’s that easy!

To find out more about the Awards please see our website. 

Nominations close Wednesday 11th August 2021.


Neighbour Day and Relationships Australia.

This is a reminder to complete our annual survey.

Whether or not you could participate in Neighbour Day this year, we want to hear from you. Your responses will help us find out what effect Neighbour Day is having in the community. 

This is the 1st of two surveys (Time 1), and there are lots of prizes to be won. For instance, you could win one of five $100 Bunnings vouchers by completing this Time 1 survey.

Also, you could receive a $20 shopping gift e-voucher (if you are among the first 250 respondents of our Time 2 survey, 2-3 months later).

Finally, if you help us recruit your network of Neighbour Day hosts, organisers or attendees (from 2021) to complete this Time 1 survey, you will be awarded one of $10, $20 or $50 gift vouchers. Please see the survey for more details.

To access the survey, please click here: bit.ly/neighboursurvey

Thank you from the Neighbour Day Team at Relationships Australia


Come and join in our monthly Death Cafe in KIAMA!

Illawarra Shoalhaven Compassionate Communities are rolling out Death Cafes across the Local Health District and we would like to invite you to join in.
Our thanks go to the Uniting Church Kiama  for their support of our initiative and their donation of the use of the church hall for this event  🙂

Compassionate Communities are communities in which everyday people play a stronger role in the care and support of others as they age and at end of life. 

What is a Death Café? 
A Death Café is a space where you can enjoy open, relaxed and spontaneous conversation on topics such as Death and Dying. It is a friendly space where you can share stories and hear others share, as we ponder all things that relate to our end of life. There is no agenda or themes, just relaxed conversation that is determined by the group. 

Death is a part of life and talking about death won’t kill us! 

Tea /coffee and refreshments will be available. 

Come along on 27 June 2021 and bring your enthusiasm, a friend and a smile! 

Enquiries can all be sent through to carolyn@thegroundswellproject.com or phone on 0418 480 690.

Death Cafe – Kiama!

Please register on Eventbrite for the cafe so we can keep track of numbers. Here is the link for booking! 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/death-cafe-kiama-illawarra-shoalhaven-compassionate-communities-tickets-160527362663

Sunday 27 June 2021
2.00pm – 4.00pm 
Uniting Church – Kiama    
Manning Street, Kiama 

Click here to Register

Facebook Group

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.

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