It was an exciting week at Lakes Entrance Secondary College, who hosted their first ever health and wellbeing week this week. It was an opportunity for students learn about what services they can access to improve various areas of their mental health and wellbeing.
Jacqui wow’d the Crowd with her inspiring and tenacious attitude with a splash of humour. She talked about her experience as a triplet and how she grew up with enormous energy and the natural drive to always achieve. It was clear that her ‘never give up’ attitude was a key driver for all her success.
Tuesday the 8th of March many women celebrated International Women’s Day. The United Nations theme for 2022 was Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow. Around fifty CFA female volunteers and staff from all over East Gippsland came together to enjoy a night of celebration and reflection.
An exciting community garden and green space project is taking shape in the town of Maffra. This provides a fantastic opportunity for local residents to build community connections, while learning about, growing and enjoying healthy food.
Yarram has recently gained attention for something quite different, with an ongoing series of innovative public art and cultural activities, engaging local residents and visitors alike. Renowned artist Heesco was initially contacted to do a small series of murals throughout Yarram during 2020.
Yarram Neighborhood House (YNH) and Community Learning Centre has been a part of the Yarram community for many years, offering a diverse range of activities, supports and interests to people in the local area. When COVID-19 emerged as a global pandemic, there were huge changes to our lives.
The Bruthen Blues Festival is a popular music event on the annual music calendar. This year they celebrated the first festival back post covid. Connect Well supported the Walk Your Blues Away activity for the festival. Participants joined one of several guided walks and be entertained by some great musical acts, stationed along the way.
The National Recovery and Resilience agency in partnership with Rotary, have been supporting local Community events help to strengthen social bonds and improve well-being. This is important in places where distance and major events, such as natural disasters, cause significant hardship and distress.
In early 2021, Wurruk Community House’s Manager, Sarah Bardsley, approached the local TAFE Gippsland Horticultural Team, requesting their support with designing and developing a much-needed community garden, and was greeted with a resounding “Yes!”.
Now that restrictions have eased for the most part, it’s a great time to get active again. For smaller communities around Gippsland, that can mean popping down to a Men’s Shed and seeing what’s happening.
Small communities like Boisdale depend upon local associations and committees that quietly get on with things. Often this revolves around planning events, groups and activities that ensure people feel connected, engaged with the local community, and feel valued and supported throughout their lifetime.
A fantastic project has emerged in Heyfield that has been supporting senior residents over the past two years. Heyfield Senior Support Project staff are now busy planning social gatherings and Christmas hampers to round out the year’s activities and looking forward to their second Christmas celebration in a row.