Uniting Book Sale Fundraiser Friday 26th October

 

From Lewis Pascoe at Uniting Barwon:

Hello everyone,

The month end book sale will be held on Friday 26th October at the Uniting Barwon Grovedale site (272 Torquay Road, cnr Reserve and Torquay Roads) between 10.00am – 2.00pm.

Plenty of old and new stock to browse through and all books are only $1.00!

We look forward to seeing you there.

FREE Disability Awareness Training Thursday 9th November

 Encompass Community Services is holding a FREE Disability Awareness Training session ‘DON’T STARE, BE AWARE’ on Thursday 9th Nov, 10am-11am.

If you or anyone you know is interested to participate in the session, please let us know by Friday 2nd November.

The session aims to promote disability awareness; and create more inclusive, accessible and diverse work environments.

This project is an initiative of Encompass; funded by Give Where You Live.

Please feel free to contact Franchette “Fritzie” Punsalang on 5222 3377 for any questions.

Picnic by the bay Saturday 21st October – supporting Refugees in Geelong

The Combined Refugee Action Group will hold a Community Picnic on Sunday October 21.

Everyone is welcome, and particularly African Australian members of the Geelong community who have been impacted by recent negative media and political comment.

Let’s get together and enjoy one another’s company. We are all Australian.
Eastern Beach BBQ area from 12:00 noon.

Bring food to share, seats or picnic rugs to sit on, sports equipment for games, and musical instruments.

St. Luke’s Messy Church is another space of welcome for everyone.

Two Worlds Festival in Geelong this weekend

2 Worlds Festival Geelong – Celebrating Culture

2 Worlds Festival is a unique event celebrating indigenous and western music, art and culture by bringing together some of Australia’s best talent.

It will be held at the Fyansford Paper Mills in Geelong on Saturday 20th October.
This is a not for profit event, supporting the Märrma’ Rom Foundation that is based in Geelong and who run a leadership program empowering indigenous youth.

Website: http://www.2worldsfestival.org.au/
Please contact kieran@2worldsfestival.org.au if you have any questions     

BACKGROUND

The inspiration for the Two Worlds Festival comes from the Marrma’ Rom-Two Worlds Foundation. ‘Marrma’ Rom’ translates to ‘two worlds, two cultures or two belief systems’ in Yolngu Matha, the language of the people in Arnhem Land.

The Foundation was started in 2011 by Cam Begg and Melissa Patterson, in partnership with the communities of NE Arnhem Land. It is a leadership program to empower the next generation of young men and women from North East Arnhem Land. The vision of this Foundation is to enable them to walk confidently in ‘two worlds’. These young participants learn about the world in which we live, gaining valuable knowledge and skills that help them thrive in this ever-changing, technology driven society. They become independent and develop ‘life skills’ that enable them to live in both worlds. They will be the role models for their community in the future.

Since 2011 there have been 22 students come through the program, each individual staying for periods of time ranging from 3 months to 3 years. Yirrmal Marika, Yolngu musician, was one of the first participants starting in 2011, has been with MRF for 7+ years. He is still actively involved and one of the organisers of the festival. Yirrmal has developed into an amazingly accomplished musician for his age, performing traditional songs along with western inspired tunes sung with passion and emotion. Yirrmal has been working with mentors Neil Murray, Shane Howard, Archie Roach and Steve Teakle. He has performed at many of the biggest festivals in Australia and has won multiple awards and accolades. Yirrmal aims to set an example for Indigenous youth and to be a strong, positive role-model for the young generation.

For testimonials and more information on Marrma’ Rom Two Worlds Foundation go to www.mrf2worlds.org.au

For more information (and to hear the mesmerising sounds of Yirrmal), go to http://www.yirrmal.com/

Mental Health Month Special Event Sunday 7th October

On Sunday 7th of October, Tania Lewis, Lived Experience Educator for Barwon Health Mental Health Drugs and Alcohol Service, will give a presentation on Mental Health at 12 noon at St. Luke’s Uniting Church.

Biography – Tania Lewis

Tania was a policewoman, when, at age 23, she experienced a psychotic episode. She was subsequently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and continued in the force for 15 years, experiencing episodes of psychosis and mania during that time.

In 1997 Tania left the force and pursued her passion as a trainer and educator.

She currently works as a Lived Experience Educator for Barwon Health Mental Health Drugs and Alcohol Service. She is a Master Mental Health First Aid Instructor and also has her own training and speaking business.

Tania undertakes speaking engagements around topics including; an introduction to mental illness, managing mental illness and wellbeing, and how people with mental illness can be supported to remain in their workplace, a topic close to her heart.

Tania lives by the beach on the Bellarine Peninsula. Her dog, Mahla, is her much loved companion and a great source of wellness.

Tania’s presentation is preceded at 11:30 by a Great Outback BBQ fundraiser for Frontier Services, a Uniting Church Agency who provide essential support to remote communities experiencing hardship due to the ongoing drought.

Uniting Barwon needs your help

From Jan Douglas, Uniting Barwon:

Please VOTE now for our Uniting Barwon community projects in the State Government Pick My Project initiative.

The more votes we receive the more chance we have to receive vital funding for these community programs.

Pick My Project (website: pickmyproject.vic.gov.au) is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area.

We would appreciate your support for the 4 projects submitted by Uniting Barwon – you can only vote for 3

Grovedale Community Safety, Health and Emergency Relief Project

Supporting Grovedale community health by meeting emergency needs

$50,000 requested

Winchelsea and District Community Safety, Health and Emergency Relief Project

Supporting Winchelsea and District community health by meeting emergency needs

$22,500 requested

Barwon Education Expenses Project

Breaking the cycle of disadvantage by supporting children’s education

$50,000 requested

Barwon family budgeting and bill management project

Assisting families with household budgeting and bill management

$50,000 requested

 

Voting is quick and simple, and open until 5pm, Monday 17 September. You will need to go to the website and pick your favourite project ideas in your local community and help make them a reality.

Make sure you share who you’ve voted for with your family and friends.

Need help with voting? Contact Lewis on  4210 1113 at Uniting Barwon Grovedale or drop into your local Library or Neighbourhood House for assistance.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

Winter Warmers

Over each week of winter we are collecting non perishable foodstuffs for people in need. If you can, please drop off items at the church on Sunday morning.

Week 1 (5th August)Long life milk including soy. Porridge including sachets, cereal - not WeetBix
Week 2 (12th August)Spreads, coffee, oil (preferably olive)
Week 3 (19th August)Cans of vegetables & meat, pasta meals, jars of pasta sauce
Week 4 (26th August)Insulated bags, small cans tuna or chicken (ring pull), plastic utensils eg. bowls/plates/cutlery

All items are donated to Uniting Geelong (http://www.ucg.unitingcare.org.au/)