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Christmas Hampers Noarlunga Family
The Minister for Education and Children’s Services, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, launched UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide’s Christmas Hampers Appeal early in October and packed the first hamper for 2007. The Commonwealth Bank will receive cash donations for hampers at any branch from the end of November, while gifts for children and young people can be left under the Christmas tree at the following Target stores: Centrepoint Adelaide, Unley and Marion. Sporting goods are being actively sought for gifts this year, as they are ideal for teenagers, who can easily be forgotten when thinking about gifts for children.
Minister Jane Lomax Smith reading “The Night Before Christmas” to children at launch.

Relationship Centre
The new Noarlunga Family Relationship Centre was launched on the 17th August by the Attorney General, Philip Ruddock and the local member, Mr Kym Richardson.
The centre is a joint initiative between UCW Adelaide and Relationships Australia SA and funded by the Federal Government. It provides child focussed family dispute resolution services for families following separation and divorce, as well as offering resources and referrals to strengthen relationships. “We want to encourage healthy families rather than legal disputes,” says Centre Manager, Andrew Drummond. “This does not mean that all problems are solved, but mediation does give all parties a chance to consider all of the issues in a frank and open way.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

Attractive Christmas baubles are on sale to assist fundraising.
For your baubles or further information on making a donation please contact Pam Jones Ph: 8202 5177, pam.jones@ucwesleyadelaide.org.au or www.ucwesleyadelaide.org.au

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he Appeal is to raise funds that will provide Hampers for 1300 disadvantaged families and about 1500 gifts for children who would otherwise go without a Christmas present. UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide needs $60,000 for this Appeal before Christmas. The AMP Foundation, has pledged to match funds raised, dollar for dollar from the Appeal, up to $10,000. Other valuable assistance is coming from Portfolio Partners, ING Investment, Macquarie Bank Foundation, The Pickard Foundation, Bank SA Staff & Charitable Foundation, ETSA Utilities and Yellow Corporation.

The UnitingCare Wesley partners of Port Adelaide and Bowden both have new CEO’s.
CEO Sue Park with AMP Foundation representative Kym Just and angels Emilia and Gracie. UnitingCare Wesley Port Adelaide’s new CEO, Libby Craft, has been working in human services for over 25 years. She began her career as a social worker in the Emergency Housing Office, then worked for what was the Port Adelaide Central Mission and ran the Youth Accommodation Program. Julian Sawicki has been with UCW Bowden since July this year. Previously he was director of Corporate Services at Novita Children’s Services.
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Growing a Nation of Hope
Growing a Nation of Hope is the Uniting Church National Assembly’s Federal Election resource for 2007. Issues such as Work Justice and Indigenous Health are discussed. The material invites you to consider your vote through the vision and values of the gospel of hope. The material is non-partisan, and is a collaborative project grounded in the work of the National Assembly and the broader Uniting Church. It is available at assembly.uca.org.au

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The UnitingCare Wesley partners of Port Adelaide and Bowden both have new CEO’s CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
AN INTERVIEW WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH

LIBBY CRAFT CEO UCW Port Adelaide

JULIAN SAWICKI CEO UCW Bowden

New Face at UnitingCare Wesley Bowden

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ibby undertook an Internship program with both State and Federal parliament to see how the systems worked and eventually came back to UCW Port Adelaide as a senior project officer and has been there ever since.

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ulian is a Chartered Accountant but has spent the last 15 years of his working life with membership based organisations, primarily in the corporate services area.
UnitingCare Wesley Bowden is pleased to welcome Ian Brook to the Bowden team as the Quality and Risk Management Coordinator. Ian joined Bowden in June 2007 after twenty years as an Occupational Health Safety Welfare and Injury professional in a range of companies and industry sectors where he also developed Quality documentation systems. Ian has a passion for health and safety in the workplace as well as the development and implementation of Quality Continuous Improvement policies and procedures. He is proud of his long record of successful return to work strategies for injured workers and development of risk management procedures.

Housing is Libby’s particular passion. She has worked and lobbied government for better services for homeless young people. Libby is building up a very strong management team of “fantastic people...dedicated, very passionate about their work. So we are never completely on our own. I have a family and so balance is essential. I have two teenage children and they demand my attention. I think every worker needs to have that balance.” Regardless of the outcome of the next election, Libby says she would be asking that the government of the day remembers social justice. “A good measure of society is how we treat those who are disadvantaged” she said. It would be great if we could change society and the way people think. In some ways our goal should be that we’re not needed. My bottom line is that ‘we can do it’ and we are responsive to community need. It’s a great job, it’s hard but I love it. It comes with many challenges and it comes with lots of rewards too. It’s a privilege to be in this role” said Libby.

Although Julian has found the corporate world interesting, it’s never been enough for him. “Working in an organisation that was just simply making profit was not something that particularly interested me or gave me the non remunerative benefits that I was seeking from work, so that was really the main driving force to look for something that was a bit more fulfilling, rather than just well paid” he said. He believes an organisation like Bowden cannot survive only on state or federal funding. “I think that the corporate world probably needs to understand that there is a role that they have; governments can’t do everything, religious organisations can’t do everything, and there is a social cost multiplier in not looking after these disadvantaged people and not trying to assimilate them into society” said Julian. “I also think it’s important that governments remember that people in lower socio-economic groups do need constant support. Without a stake in society, people then don’t care about the society, and if their children and grandchildren have the same feelings then you develop a sub strata which gradually grows and grows” said Julian. Julian looks forward to promoting UCW Bowden and also hopes to expand and develop its services.

100 Birthday Celebrations

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nitingCare Wesley Bowden’s Ashman Grove Resident Beth McDonald, celebrated her 100th birthday in April with staff, residents, friends and family – some of whom travelled from interstate for this special occasion. UCW Bowden presented Beth with a congratulatory certificate, and local MP, the Hon. Michael Atkinson, presented Beth with telegrams and certificates from the State Government. The highlights, of course, were the letters from the Queen and the Governor General. Beth is an energetic and fun loving resident and takes great pride in showing her certificates to visitors and staff, especially her certificate from the Queen.

The event was well attended by a wide range of representatives from local organisations and agencies. CEO Sue Park commended the Minister on the FRC initiative that recognises the challenges in this difficult area of family relationships and family law. The strength of collaboration and interagency relationships within the Southern region was also emphasised.

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hebarton Senior College students, in conjunction with the Australian Refugee Association, donated their time and energy to build a wonderful cubby house for the children at UnitingCare Wesley Bowden’s Torrensville Child & Family Centre.

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Torrensville Child and Family Centre A new play space for children

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The “Blue Army”, from the ‘Skills Centre’, made up of 14 members representing 12 different countries was part of a State Government funded Work Skill program focussing on building and construction. The Australian Refugee Association provided all the necessary work clothing and safety equipment. This group became known as the “The Blue Army” when they featured on ‘Postcards’ with Keith Conlon, dressed in their blue work clothes. The project demonstrated a high level of co-operation, communication and skill amongst the team members. The

UnitingCare Wesley Bowden is happy to welcome Deanne Clark as the new Manager Residential Care Services. Deanne has a long career in aged care having worked for Southern Cross Care in Broken Hill for nineteen years before joining the aged care services team at UnitingCare Wesley Bowden in 2004. Deanne sees her role to provide dedicated and professional resident focused care, utilising her Registered Nurse experience and knowledge. She also brings significant skills with the Residential Classification Scale (RCS), clinical documentation, accreditation standards and clinical practices to the aged care service. Recently appointed to the role of Manager Residential Care Services and having successfully guided the Churchill Court facility of UnitingCare Wesley Bowden through a recent accreditation inspection, Deanne will now be heavily involved in the aged care services team’s response to a number of Federal Government initiatives impacting on the future operation of aged care facilities. Athol Park Child and Family Centre manager and staff. In her spare time Deanne enjoys astronomy, gardening, fishing, her pets and of course her family.

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children and families were extremely grateful to receive the donation, which reflected the strong connection between the community of Thebarton Senior College and the Torrensville Child & Family Centre. We extend a warm and grateful thank you to the students for their commitment, time and generosity.

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ate in 2004, the Athol Park Child and Family Centre (part of UnitingCare Wesley Bowden’s Child Care Services) was fortunate to be selected by the Clipsal Staff Charitable Fund to receive funding under the banner of Clipsal Australia Pty Ltd. The Athol Park centre received funds over a three year period for use to fund redevelopment works. This valuable and productive funding is now coming to an end and it is appropriate to say “THANK YOU” to the devoted and compassionate staff of Clipsal Australia. Their extremely generous donations over three years have helped the centre to improve and broaden the programs provided to the children, as well as improve the environment for the families at the centre. These families come from a number of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including; Indigenous Australians, Vietnamese, Chinese, African, Indian and Sri Lankan.

The funds provided by Clipsal have been spent on many projects, including painting the internal structure, new curtains and blinds, additional storage and paving a large outdoor play area. The centre has also been able to buy a refrigerator, television, video recorder, new beds, chairs, tables, linen, lighting, fans and a Puratap system to provide filtered water for the staff and children. Most gratifying for UCW’s staff was the personal involvement of the Clipsal Fundraising Committee who gave up a
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precious Saturday to paint a pergola purchased with their funding. During ‘Luli’ week this year (Clipsal’s major fundraising week), nearly $10,000 was raised, which will be put towards landscaping the outdoor environment. The generosity of the Clipsal Staff Charitable Fund has helped to revitalise the Athol Park centre, which is an important part of the community.

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Celebrating 50 Years of NAIDOC

Looking Forward, Looking Blak

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arious organizations attended a meeting to mark the 50th Anniversary of NAIDOC (originally National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance

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Committee) week with the theme: 50 years: Looking Forward, Looking Blak. The 50th anniversary for NAIDOC was a time for reflection on how Indigenous Australians have made significant contributions to shaping the nation. Celebrations were also held to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. A key message of the celebrations was that it is up to all of us, Indigenous Australians, governments and the wider community, to improve life opportunities for Aboriginal people and Torres Straight Islanders with respect and compassion.

NAIDOC Breakfast at Port Augusta
NAIDOC week was held from July 7th to July 14th and is a celebration of Indigenous people of their survival, culture and achievements. To demonstrate ongoing support and committment to Indigenous Australians, UCW Port Augusta joined in various events, including the breakfast held at Pikawiya Health Service. Virginia Collins, Program Manager of UCW Port Augusta, and Barry Rossiter, Reconnect worker, got in early to enjoy bacon, eggs and toast. Virginia is pictured below with James and Joe from Pikawiya.

Pictured above are (from left to right): Yolande Morris (Centrelink), “Aunty Elsie Jackson”, Virginia Collins (front: Program Manager UnitingCare Wesley, Port Augusta), Fiona Stanley (Peace and Harmony Officer), Jan Oliver (Program Manager UnitingCare Wesley Port Augusta) and Marilyn Carn-Chalmers (Aboriginal Resource Centre) who attended to listen to various stories told by Indigenous people of their plight and survival .

St Andrews Redevelopment

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he Staff of UCWPP are eagerly watching the construction of the new purpose built men’s shelter, St Andrews. This two storey building is being erected on the same site as the old shelter in Florence Street, Port Pirie. Demolition commenced earlier this year in March

and steady progress has been made, with the proposed handover due before Christmas 2007. The redevelopment will create short term accommodation for ten homeless men in individual rooms with shared facilities until their housing options are assessed.

Artworks tell the story of problem gambling issues
“Picture This: a look at issues related to problem gambling through the eyes of the Artist” is a collection of art works that speak of the pain and reality of the issue. The exhibition is confronting and aims to challenge its audience. Jan Pana, a local graphic artist, facilitated the project and her knowledge of and ability to engage local artists has contributed to the high standard of the exhibition. There were a number of Aboriginal artists who participated. Their 4 expression of problem gambling issues within their community is poignant and powerful. The art works are touring the region and from March 2008 will be part of the Country Arts SA touring program.

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The Children’s Contact Service

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Court opening in Port Augusta
families to deal cooperatively with separation and breakdown in a way that gives focus to the child’s needs. In August, the Attorney General, Philip Ruddock, visited the centre where staff outlined the service and shared stories of how the service had already been successful. UCW is also establishing an outreach service in Whyalla and it is expected that both services will be used extensively to offer practical support for families in the region.

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nitingCare Wesley has recently established the Children’s Contact Service in Port Augusta.

The service offers a neutral and safe venue for separated families to have changeovers and supervision. It enables the children to have the best possible relationship with both parents, despite the difficulties they may be experiencing with the family breakdown. The service supports the new reforms to the family law system which recognises the rights of the child and supports

Step UP to Success

National Foster Carers Week

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he Premier Mike Rann and AttorneyGeneral Michael Atkinson officially opened the new Port Augusta Court on 15th June, 2007.

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n partnership with UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide and the National Australia Bank, UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie began offering the Step UP Loan Program in Jan 2007.

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ational Foster Carer’s Week was held in September to celebrate and offer thanks to the many Foster Carers for their commitment and dedication to the children and young people in the community who are unable to live at home.

It also offers a whitegoods loan scheme and a Micro-Credit Scheme. The Step UP Loan has two major benefits to clients seeking assistance: access to a major mainstream banking institution and access to a loan of up to $3000, a more substantial amount than previously available. UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie is committed to assisting clients in their efforts to access mainstream financial services to better appreciate and understand the credit contracts and commitments they enter into. Step UP loans are available for amounts between $800 to $3000 for a maximum term of 3 years, with affordable fortnightly repayments, based on the client’s capacity to repay. Without the assistance of the Step UP Loan, one client would not have been in a position to buy a motorised scooter which has improved her quality of life in numerous and surprising ways.

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The court cost more than $12.5 million and was designed with extensive community consultation. It replaces the old court which served the community for 150 years! The Port Augusta court handled 3068 criminal matters last year and 176 civil cases. Mr. Atkinson was quoted as saying “The building reflects a diverse heritage, drawing from Aboriginal culture as well as more recent events that have shaped the region”. UnitingCare Wesley Port Pirie participated in the opening through their Victim Support Program.

Alternative Care Services were involved in organising two special celebrations to thank Foster Parents and Carer’s for opening their hearts and their homes to children in need of emergency, respite, short term and long term foster care. The celebrations were a good opportunity for carers and workers to network and socialise. Port Pirie and Yorke Peninsula carers were invited to a luncheon at the Boatshed in Wallaroo. Port Augusta carers celebrated with a country roast and a band at Spear Creek, jointly organised with Families SA and Aboriginal Family Support Services. The celebrations were a small token of appreciation for the important work of Foster Carers.

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Taperoo Community Centre has a ‘SEAVIEW’
“SEAVIEW” mosaic wall mural was unveiled at Taperoo Community Centre by UCWPA’s CEO Libby Craft on Wednesday 22/08/ 07. “SEAVIEW” was funded by the City of Port Adelaide and Enfield and council representatives Vesna Rosnich, Jeff Thomas and Brett Hill were on hand to see the finished artwork. Designed and led by commissioned local artist Cheryl Sherrah, the project involved 15 voluntary community members who ranged in age from 16 to 76. The mural has a Port Adelaide feel and features dolphins swimming in the sea alongside a sail boat. It is made of porcelain and glass tiles combined with mirror highlights. Scoria is utilized to great effect as the breakwater Reflections on Special Moments and there are a couple of cheeky With each tile so lovingly tended seagulls lingering to keep an eye on As it’s put into its place things. Community Centre Coordinator, Kathy Miller hosted an afternoon tea for Centre members and their families to celebrate the culmination of the 16 week project. Kathy enlisted the services of Steve Marinac and his Work for the Dole team who designed the garden area and then did the hard work of paving and building the garden beds using materials donated by local businesses. Kathy paid compliment to the band of volunteers who gave their time and effort so willingly in a poem reproduced opposite:
To create a beautiful picture That graces this special place

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Warm Hearts
at Port Adelaide
Generous donations to this year’s Winter Appeal allowed UCW Port Adelaide to give 115 new Quilts with Quilt Covers to many people. A WARM THANKYOU to everyone who responded to our 2007 Winter Appeal. Your assistance has warmed not just bodies, but hearts too.

The joy and sense of belonging When a group becomes a team The pride and sense of achievement That comes from fulfilling an artistic dream The confidence and self-esteem That grows as one’s skills become extended Are complemented greatly By the different people blended The friendships formed and laughter shared Rare qualities indeed Contribute to the sense of worth That being part of this project achieved.

Maltese Prime Minister at Regency Green
This visit was of special significance for Val Farrugia, Site Supervisor, whose parents were born in the small Maltese village of Zejtun, and migrated to Australia. John Gauci, one of the five Maltese residents, was overjoyed to invite Prime Minister Gonzo to view his private room and share some of his memories. A newly constructed multi-purpose lounge / dining and function room was used for the first time for this very special occasion.
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Prime Minister and Mrs. Gonzo with UCW staff

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he Prime Minister of Malta, the Honourable Lawrence Gonzo was welcomed to Regency Green Multicultural Aged Care Facility in early August by cultural interpreter Amos Roach from the Adelaide Aboriginal community. Regency Green is a unique residential complex for older persons from many different backgrounds, including Aboriginal, Maltese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, and Cambodian cultures.

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he Anangu Lands Paper Tracker is making it easier for Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara people to monitor State and Federal commitments to their communities and to talk with governments as equal partners.

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Commissioner Tom Calma, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commissioner, was also quick to express his support for the Paper Tracker (the Commissioner is pictured, below, with Rev Peter McDonald and Paper Tracker staff worker, Jonathan Nicholls).

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UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide, through its Low Income Support Program, is able to offer clients the following No and Low Interest loans for essential household goods.

NILS® No Interest Loan Schemes
Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services (a Victorian community services agengy) started NILS® in the 1980’s for young women on low incomes. The scheme is now national for all ages and groups in the community. NILS® is the largest Microfinance scheme in Australia lending over $3m last year and is forecast to grow to $13m in the next 3 years. Loans are for people on low incomes Pensions, Benefit or Health Care Card holders. Loans are for basic household items and other essential needs.

Launched in July, the Paper Tracker project tracks the delivery of services, programs and infrastructure to South Australia’s remote Anangu communities. This includes Yalata, Umoona, Oak Valley and communities on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands). As well as helping Anangu stay informed, the Paper Tracker is an easy way for coworkers, supporters and friends of Anangu to keep in touch with what governments are saying and doing. Each month, via email, the Paper Tracker project sends out a free newsletter. It highlights specific government commitments and actions, provides updates on outstanding promises and spotlights Anangu achievements. Responses to the project have been overwhelmingly positive. Aboriginal leader and former Australian of the Year, Professor Lowitja O’Donoghue summed up the feelings of many when she said: This is absolutely magic! It is a brilliant idea that will make it much easier for South Australia’s remote Anangu communities to keep up-to-date with government decisions and policies. I am sure the Paper Tracker website will help all of us, wherever we live, to see promises fulfilled and, when necessary, prod governments about specific commitments to Anangu. I congratulate UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide for establishing this project and for its ongoing commitment to Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara peoples.

Step UP Loan
If you would like to know more about the project or receive the monthly newsletter send an email to info@papertracker.com.au or visit the website: www.papertracker.com.au

Developed by the National Australia Bank and Good Shepherd Youth and Family Service, in partnership with a number of community organisations, Step UP is a safe, low interest loan between $800 and up to $3,000 for personal, domestic or household purposes. The loans are for items such as fridges, washing machines, cars, computers furniture, medical expenses and house repairs. • Loan terms and repayments are set at what is affordable • Interest is charged at a fixed low rate. • The loans can be repaid over three years. • Loans can be held in joint names. • No fees apply. Loans are not for cash, bills or debt consolidation. A credit check is required. Terms and conditions apply and are available on application. Facility (SRF) in Morphettville, called Amber Lodge. This SRF houses 63 people with a diverse profile of age, gender, disability type and mental competency. Seven students from Year 11 at St Michael’s College volunteered their time and a great deal of effort over 4 days to create native and vegetable gardens and paint all the old benches in the outdoor area. Some residents of Amber Lodge worked alongside the students while others came to sit outside and watch their new areas develop. It’s clear to see the benefit of not only the beautified garden, but also the exchange and learning which occurred between everyone involved.

UCW staff listening to Anangu elders during a visit to Amata earlier this year.

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are Services for Older People, Neighbourhood Support Programs is involved in a new project with young people in the community; Project SPIN endeavours to foster a positive exchange and rewarding experience between younger and older members of our community, placing emphasis upon a mutual Skill Passion Interest or Need (hence SPIN).

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Multicultural Home Support Program turns 10

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This was the first ever “partnership” program that UCW entered into with six ethnic communities to provide this care. Over 30 ethnic communities were represented at the event which was a very colourful affair with many people in traditional national dress. The Minister for Ageing, Christopher Pyne, was a guest speaker along with CEO, Sue Park. Liz Chehade and the MamaJazz Trio entertained the guests and delicious food was supplied by BarZaar Café. There was much laughter and fun during the afternoon.

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he Multicultural Home Support Program celebrated its 10th year in July with a huge birthday celebration for over 200 people at the Goodwood Community Centre.

The MHS program supports older people from non-English speaking ethnic minority groups to encourage their independence, wellbeing and participation in the community.

Pictured left to right are Tanya Zaporoshenko, Natalia Popov and Natarsha Joukovski from the Russian community.

CMI Carbon Neutral
nitingCare Wesley Adelaide’s preferred motor vehicle supplier is CMI Toyota who offer a Carbon Neutral program in conjunction with Canopy Australia and Greening Australia SA. As part of this program, trees are planted to offset CO2 emissions from motor vehicles.

Christmas in July Consumer Display

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The Low Income Support Program took part in the Christmas in July Consumer display at Westfield Marion again this year. The display raised a whole range of financial issues which are impacting on the lives of many consumers: e.g. the pressures of Christmas, credit cards, contracts, scams, rising price of petrol and utilities and tele marketing. LISP Community worker, Sue Heathcote, said by having a public display she was able to refer a number of consumers to agencies for specific support, including Families S.A., Break Even Gambling Service, Consumer Affairs, Domestic Violence Support services and the Energy Ombudsman. Sue says “people are often unaware of services that exist to support them and this is where these displays at places like Westfield are so valuable.” Other agencies who participated in the day were Families SA, Consumer Affairs, Housing SA, City of Marion, the Marion Life Community Centre, Salvation Army and the local Exchange Trading System.

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Nick Rossi Local Hero
n 1917, when Aldersgate resident Nick was just 10 years of age, he was sent by his father to the river which bordered their property to fetch water. On this day the sky was clear and the weather calm.

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Near the river he watched two young children playing with marbles in the sand on the rail road tracks. Nick remembered his father calling out as he left, “look out for the Naples Express”! Engrossed in their marbles, the two toddlers were oblivious to the danger coming their way. To his horror, Nick realised the train was coming quickly and the small boys showed no sign of moving. “I felt the vibrations, so I ran and jumped across the tracks. I was bigger than them, so I grabbed one lad in each arm and threw them off the track.” Their grateful mother arrived to take the toddlers home; they had escaped through a door she thought was locked. The mother’s heartfelt gratitude was enough for Nick, but in 1963, he received the Cavaliere Bravery Award issued by the Italian government. Apparently, the mother had informed the authorities and they managed to find Nick living happily in Adelaide.

CMI Toyota is establishing the CMI Forest in the lower Murray-Darling Basin at PostHill near Kanmantoo in South Australia. Canopy Australia has estimated that 6 trees will need to be planted in the CMI Forest to offset each tonne of greenhouse gas emissions from our fleet vehicles.

Lee Sauerwald, Manager Finance and Fleet, and Robert Gubbins, Fleet & Government Account Manager, CMI City Toyota

A Gift to Parents
The Parent Action Group CD
Besides supporting newly identifying gay, lesbian and transgender people, Bfriend provides support to parents who have found out that their child is same sex attracted or transgender through its Parent Action Group (PAG). PAG volunteers can support other parents or family members through phone contact, one on one meetings or at the PAG meetings. PAG has produced a CD of interviews, made with Radio Adelaide during FEAST 2006, where members share some of their stories about finding out their child is same sex attracted. The CD is a wonderful gift to offer parents who are looking to support their children. It is available from Bfriend’s office in Pitt Street and costs $25.00.

Sue Heathcote, Low Income Support Program Worker.

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