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V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 1 TACH Book-keeper, Pam Bridgen, Wins National Award December 2010 support and advice has been invaluable in guiding me to manage our budgets and providing highly rigorous reports to the volunteer Board of Management. However Pam doesn‘t stop at book keeping— she provides financial advice and Pam Bridgen is still keeping a keen eye on the guidance to the volunteer management committees books, and everything else at TACH, at 73! we work with around Tasmania AND she is also the (self-appointed) chief tea maker, cleaner and bottle The Tasmanian Association of Community Houses washer, as well as recently rolling up her sleeves to is proud to announce that on Monday 19 th October help paint our new office space. Not bad for a 73 2010 at a gala award night in year old.‖ Sydney, our Pam won the Book Keeper Award at the We value Pam highly and inaugural MYOB Finance, are really proud for her Administration and Back that she not only was Office (FABO) Awards for shortlisted from over 300 Australia‘s non-profit applications, but that she organisations. The award won! The judges were recognises the efforts of unanimous in her thousands of book keepers selection apparently. employed in the back office of non-profit organisations Pam‘s daughter who across Australia. accompanied her to the dinner burst into tears at We are so excited for Pam. the awards night, seeing TACH is the Peak Body her Mum‘s years of public organisation supporting the service acknowledged in 34 Neighbourhood and this way. Community Centres working in some of Tasmanian‘s most Pam, being Pam, disadvantaged and isolated immediately rang us to communities. Pam has been say that ―We (as in our Finance/Administration TACH) won‖. She would officer since 2002. never put herself on a pedestal but we are glad Pam honed her skills working that at least this once, at Taroona High School for she received such 25 years as the Bursar, which accolades. means that the current Premier and a certain Princess have passed in front of her office over the TACH is just one member of the non-profit sector years. Be careful not to ask her what they were like that comprises over 600 000 organisations as students – she might just tell you! contributing $43 billion to Australia‘s GDP and eight per cent of its employment. John Hooper, Executive Officer of TACH, says of Pam, ―Pam is a first rate book–keeper and her Well done, Pam!! PAGE 2 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 TACH Business Tasmanian Association of It has been, as usual, a very busy time for TACH staff and Board Community Houses over the last six months with some big changes and great devel- Inc opments. PO Box 169 TACH Board: You will find inside some brief introductions from MOONAH TAS 7009 the new TACH Board elected to serve our Members over the next year. It is of course a big change in terms of the President role, Phone:(03) 6228 6515 with Ann Harrison, tireless advocate and faithful servant to Neigh- Fax: (03) 6228 6585 bourhood Houses and TACH over many years, making the deci- sion to step off the Board this year. I know Houses and particular- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ly the TACH staff want me to thank Ann for all the unseen support, Website: http://www.tach.asn.au meeting, lobbying and other work that she has performed on all ABN: 95 897 499 497 our behalf. Ann, we all wish you well with the new challenges that lie ahead! T a s m a n i a n TACH Board Retreat: The new Board met with TACH staff for Association of our annual retreat, to induct new Board members, review and set Community Houses is our strategic plan for the year ahead and to conduct the last Board a proud partner of the meeting for the year. This year we used a satisfaction survey, Tasmania Together Progress Board. sent out to Houses, to gain insight into how they felt TACH was meeting their needs as Houses, and to particularly explore what our Members saw as priorities for TACH as their peak body. The Tasmanian Association feedback pleasingly, was very strong about the support and role of Community Houses TACH has provided, but also did provide some good suggestions gratefully acknowledges moving forward which we have incorporated into our strategic the support of the Tasmanian Government plan. Thanks to all 20 Houses that participated in the survey and through the Department if there is any other feedback you would like to provide please contact your regional rep, the TACH office or myself. Consolidate and maintain was a key message the Board gave Executive Officer to TACH staff (coined by Kate our VP). It had been a year of ex- John Hooper pansion and new work, but we were conscious of stretching TACH staff and all of us too thin, particularly over the last nine months. Finance Officer Moving office, Governance Project, new website, a $1.5 million ten Pam Bridgen year TCF literacy fund, Get Healthy Project, Eating with Friends, Development Officer TACH Conference, Neighbourhood House Week TV Advertise- Kim Lethbridge ment to name just a few of the big pieces of work that have started or continued over the last period. Development and Project Asst. Leah Brightman Focus on our Mission: We identified that we must ensure that funding opportunities did not drive our agenda (a common issue Get Healthy Project for Houses we know). We identified key pieces of work to support Ron Sutton Houses, based on the survey, that we wanted to continue, develop and move forward, and that any funding sought would be to assist Eating with Friends Coordinator Karen Austen those. This way TACH staff have a much clearer work focus for the year ahead, and these clear agreed priorities were welcomed TACH Governance by the staff. These included, amongst other priorities: Project Officer further developing the website as a mechanism for Houses Malcolm McDonald to access and share policies and procedures, and other tools such as induction packages; Newsletter Layout Monissa Whiteley pursue workforce development and general training opportu- nities tailored for House staff, committees and volunteers, V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 3 TACH Business and to start by mapping the training needs of and staff commented that while being good fun & a Houses across the State; great chance to network with other Houses, they promote a collective event and celebration took away a lot of learning and information from this (such as a breakfast), and other joint promotion conference. Please see the article on page 16 for strategies in Neighbourhood House Week; more information. pursue funding to enable the collection and TACH Budget Submission: I hope that all who better documentation of the community devel- read the newsletter take the opportunity to review the opment work of Neighbourhood Houses, and TACH submission to Treasury for the State Budget outcomes for communities; for 2011/12. With input from Regional Meetings and complete the governance project and seek re- information from individual Houses we believe that sources to provide training of management we have developed a strong evidence base for more committees in an ongoing way; sustainable resources for Neighbourhood Houses. prepare a State Budget Submission to seek The analysis of individual House budgets across the fairer resourcing levels for Neighbourhood state clearly demonstrates that without increased Houses, and advocate for it; resources Houses will have to reduce hours and op- eration in the next financial year. This is a terrible provide effective information to our Members outcome for communities and one we as TACH will on social policy changes, and gather infor- advocate for the government to avoid. Go to mation from Members to inform advocacy. www.tach.asn.au/Library/ TACHBudgetSubmission2011-12FINAL.pdf to down- Even in providing this sample of our priorities the load a copy. TACH Board are actioning another priority to com- municate more effectively about the work of TACH. I look forward to chairing a great Board and staff We identified that many Management Committee team over the coming year and look forward to meet- members and volunteers of Neighbourhood Houses ing more of you across the State in the coming are not often familiar with the work of TACH on their months. behalf or of the benefit that work can provide their Cheers communities. The TACH Board and staff are hoping Simon Paul that in 2011 we can strengthen the relationship be- President tween TACH and the management committees and volunteers within Neighbourhood Houses. If any Management Committee Members wish to receive the TACH E- News please contact the TACH office with your email de- tails. This is one simple way you can be more informed of the work hap- pening at a state-wide level. TACH Conference: Congratulations to the TACH staff, particularly Kim, Leah and the four host Neighbourhood Houses in West Moonah, Derwent Valley, Bucaan and Goodwood, on a great conference held at Tattersalls Park in September. I know that mem- bers of my management committee The TACH Board and EO at the TACH Retreat in November PAGE 4 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 Meet the TACH Board North West Region behind….LOL I just love all this reporting!! Aside from that, the interaction and involvement with Kate Beer—Devonport members of the community; seeing their personal Community House—TACH growth; and the growing profile of House‘s State- Vice President wide, are contributing factors to my job satisfaction. My f irst contact with Neighbourhood Houses was Joanne Ring—Devonport in Victoria 22 years ago when Community House my daughter was born and I Hi all, my name is Joanne used our local house for art/ Ring. I am happily married craft activities. I moved back and live in the beautiful little to Devonport 20 years ago country town of Latrobe on and utilised DCH‘s school the N.W. Coast of Tassie. I holiday program for my daughter as well as doing have 3 children, all grown some work experience at the House for my Diploma and living independent lives, in Community Services. I joined the Management no grandchildren yet. Committee in 2005, then secured the job as Coordinator when it became vacant in 2006. I feel I I have been involved with the Devonport have found my niche, as I still really love my job Community House for about 20 years as a four years later and the diversity it offers. participant, volunteer and Board member. I work in I joined the TACH Board two years ago as I‘ve the community services industry and am passionate always been interested in having a say and about people and our communities. I am honoured particularly to promote Community Houses (and the to be making a contribution to the TACH Board. North West Coast)! I asked for the position of Vice President this year as so that I could feel confident to step up eventually if needed, and am more than Northern Region happy to be guided by Simon‘s leadership. Rod Crass—Tresca Community Centre Rachael Morr is — I‘ve been involved at Tresca Ulverstone Community Community Centre in Exeter House—TACH Secretary for many years and have 6ft tall; blonde; blue eyes; been a TACH Board Member gsoh (great sense of humour) since 2007, previously – oh not a dating profile – serving in the role of Vice sorry. I‘d better start again President and Public Officer. then. I have a passion for the Community and enjoy giving Not blonde, or 6 foot tall; but I my time. have been the Coordinator at Ulverstone Community House for nearly 3 years and love the job. I had not long started when I was Vicki Knight —Dorset approached to join the TACH Board by an outgoing Community House NW Rep and Ann Harrison. So essentially, I was I was born in Scottsdale (a thrown in at the deep end – but very grateful for the few years ago) and the eldest experience. I have been on the TACH Board for 2.5 of seven children. You could years, and enjoy having an input; developing a say we had our own greater understanding of other House needs/ community on the farm where issues/successes; learning opportunities – e.g. how I was raised. My husband Ken to invest lots of money wisely; and the support and is a wonderful support to me, friendships of other Coordinators and TACH staff. our three daughters, one son in-law and an absolutely I have a background in Community Development beautiful 5 month old grandson. and Youth Work, and have worked at Kentish and Devonport Council‘s; and was excited to leave the I have been the coordinator at the Dorset bureaucracy and red tape within Local Government Community House for ten years and love my job and my community. It is exciting to be part of the V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 5 Meet the TACH Board TACH Board and to see the continued growth of Working for the state-wide ―big picture‖ gives me a community houses in Tasmania and to be part of a better perspective to work in my own community. team that aims to ensure accountability for the organisation as a whole. Simon Paul —Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Eleanor Taylor—St Helens Centre—TACH President Neighbourhood House I am married with 2 children I was born in Scotland, grew aged 3 and 5, have a giant up in a steel mining town in mortgage, a couple of England and my family brooding chooks and a keen migrated to Australia in the interest in seeing the lives of late 1960's. I am married, people in Tasmania have 3 daughters and 4 improved. I first started grandchildren and have lived working in Neighbourhood in Tasmania for 25 years. Houses in 2005 as assistant coordinator at Clarendon Vale employed by TACH I previously worked at Karinya Young Women's after finishing a post graduate degree in Community Service for almost 20 years and have been Development. It was a great start for me to be Coordinator of St Helens Neighbourhood House for guided by TACH staff and also allowed me to gain a only a year and a half. good working knowledge of TACH. At Clarendon Vale we helped the community take over management of the Neighbourhood Centre and Southern Region since our incorporation I have been the Leanne Doherty —Warrane coordinator. I first joined the TACH Board to be Mornington selfish and further the voice of our community but in Neighbourhood Centre so doing it highlighted to me we are all in the same I was a volunteer at Risdon boat. This is my third year on the Board and it has Vale Neighbourhood Centre really helped me to gain an excellent statewide for 11 years till 2005 when I perspective of the issues and needs of went to work at Warrane Neighbourhood Houses and enabled me to Mornington Neighbourhood advocate strongly, whenever I get the chance, the Centre. I‘ve been at great work and essential function we play in Warrane Mornington for 5 Tasmania and the need to better listen to the voice years now and since I‘ve of our communities and to better resource the been there, I‘ve completed Community Services achievement of their goals. Certificate 4. I thoroughly enjoy my work and the community I work with. I see being on the TACH Elisa Ryan —West Moonah Board as an extension of this. Community House This is my first year on the Suzi Edwards —Pittwater TACH Board and I am very Community Centre—TACH excited to be in a group that Treasurer lead such a great team. I Happily married to the hope to help achieve the gorgeous John, I have seven goals we set out as a sons and nine and a half Board, and also houses as a grandchildren. collective. I have been involved with I have been the Manager of the WMCH for 4 years Community Houses for now and am still learning and loving my job every almost 20 years, first at day. Burnie, as Family Support Worker, then as Coordinator of Pittwater for 9 I am a mum of Nellie(13) and Calvin(8) and as you years. This is my 4th (non consecutive) year on the all know love to have a good time a laugh a lot. TACH Board. I have learnt much and hopefully contributed as well. I am looking forward to being the South West representative and working with you all. PAGE 6 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 News from ANHCA Community House) and John Hooper attended the Face to Face meeting in Adelaide. We had a great two days hosted by Community Centres SA in their lovely building. In the two days we were able to: finalise the employment process for the new EO; arrange implementation of the National Survey; Brian Smith from LCSA facilitated a Results Based Accountability approach to help evaluate the past year and develop our action plan for the coming year (which was a great and simple process we might want TACH and the 34 Neighbourhood Houses and to consider in House strategic planning sessions!) Centres across Tasmania are part of a much wider and three of us were interviewed for a local ―community‖ of over 1000 Neighbourhood Houses community learning radio station. Thanks to Kate for across Australia. ANHCA (formerly known as her input and time. Oh we also found time for some National Link) has never had any funding to enable it serious networking….. (eating and beverages). to represent and promote Neighbourhood Houses effectively at the Federal Level or to better promote ANHCA Survey the work of Houses across Australia. Think about it – 1000 communities across Australia have All Houses will have received an email from TACH Neighbourhood Houses – 1000 groups of volunteers about the first National Neighbourhood House survey. and staff across Australia bringing local people ANHCA is aiming to collect data on the 1000 together to change and support their own community. Neighbourhood and Community Houses and Centres across Australia. Yet our voice is seldom heard around federal issues that directly impact on our communities – gaming We believe that past lobbying and advocacy machine legislation, Income Management legislation, campaigns at a local, State and Federal level have National Social Inclusion policy. been hamstrung by our lack of an accurate national picture of our sector. For example the recent DGR But all that is about to change……… campaign needed data to develop an economic case for the ―worth‖ of our sector to the economy but the ANHCA Executive Officer! information we had across the county was patchy. This data will be able to be also broken down at a More in frustration, the Boards of Neighbourhood state level and will greatly assist TACH in its House peaks across Australia have stumped up funds advocacy and promotion of Neighbourhood Houses in from their own reserves to fund for a minimum of six Tasmania. months a part time ANHCA Executive Officer. Excitingly Merial Clark, currently the Inner East So if each House or Centre can take the ten minutes Networker for Community Houses in Melbourne and we believe the survey will take to complete it will be formerly the Executive Officer of ANHLC (TACH sister fantastic. The more of you that complete it, the more body in Victoria) has accepted the role and will start in powerful the data. The survey is designed January. electronically using Survey Monkey and can be accessed at the following link: Merial will do great work promoting the work of Neighbourhood Houses and lobbying for us on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/anhca_survey_2010 national issues. Each House is asked to enter the House name with Face to Face Meeting in Adelaide their data, this allows us to verify the data, but all public reporting on the results will be de-identified. Generally ANHCA meets by teleconference every 6- 8 weeks with an annual face-to-face meeting. This Please contact TACH if you have any difficulties with year, Kate Beer (TACH VP from Devonport the survey. V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 7 Scottsdale Community Schools First Success Dorset Community House and the Scottsdale into the curriculum. Primary School formed a partnership to apply for the National Australia Bank Schools First Seed Through the partnership, students will experience Funding grant of $25,000. It was wonderful to get hands-on learning experiences, from the initial the good news that the application was successful. planning, designing and construction of the food gardens to harvesting, cooking and eating the The funding seeks to improve the nutritional produce. The project will bring benefits to the knowledge of students and their families. The students, families and community by encouraging Australian Early Development Index showed one greater awareness of nutritional practices and the third of children in the area to be developmentally knowledge associated with sustainable food vulnerable or at risk in the physical health and practices. wellbeing domain. Dorset Community House will benefit from The school‘s own data from several different contributing actively to messages about good sources also confirmed the need for an integrated health and by seeing a reduction in the health program to increase students‘ nutritional problems they currently see in the community. understanding. Dorset Community House, which already has a community garden and expertise in Vicki Knight environmentally sustainable practices, will help the Dorset Community House school to establish, develop and reap the benefits from productive food gardens. Dorset Community House staff and volunteers will work alongside For more information about Schools First Funding teachers and parents to integrate garden activities please visit www.schoolsfirst.edu.au PAGE 8 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 Fast Forward Your Future Brighton The Jordan River Service Inc partnered with Max Employment to provide a project for the National Green Jobs Corp titled Fast Forward Your Future Brighton. This project is aimed at young people aged 17-24 years. These young people are giving back to their community and training at the same time. The team have completed their training in Conservation and Land Management, First Aid and White Card. knowledge learned but attitudinal changes and improved behaviour. We are pleased to be able to offer young people from the community a chance to gain skills and The Supervisor of the project is Chelsea Barnes, a knowledge to increase their employment terrific young woman from our community, has opportunities. Fast Forward Your Future Brighton developed a great rapport with the young people involves various activities and development at and understands their issues. She provides Bonorong Wildlife Park, community gardens at both support and encouragement at all levels and has the Bridgewater and Gagebrook Community established strong relationships with the group. Centres and foreshore weeding and planting of a section of the Jordan River. The NGJC is an Australian Government initiative targeted at 17-24 year old disadvantaged youth to Greg Irons, from Bonorong Park, spoke very highly provide them with work experience, training and about the wonderful achievements of the group. work skills in the emerging Green Employment Building animal enclosures, tree planting, weed market. eradication and animal rescues are all tasks that the group worked on during their time at Bonorong Katrina Thompson from MAX Employment said: and all participants spoke of not only the skills and "Max Employment was delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile project," She added that Max Employments mantra was "finding jobs and changing lives. Projects like the NGJC allow us to keep achieving this goal." The participants celebrated their graduation on Friday 15th October 2010 at the Gagebrook Community Centre. The participants were presented with their Conservation and Land Management certificates then enjoyed lunch at the Pontville Hotel. Helen Manser Jordan River Service V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 9 Clarence Plains Festival Clarence Plains Festival was held on the 9 th of October 2010. The day was overcast but we didn‘t let that put us off. This year the theme was 150 years of Clarence Plains, the day Clarence became a municipality in its own right. We asked people to dress in period costume and a few did, even me, spending a half an hour to make an apron and the next morning at 7.00 am made a bonnet to give the impression of a working class person. Our Coordinator, Simon had little trouble of finding a costume—he just used his bushranger costume from the conference in Burnie. There were stalls with loads of information for people. Clarendon Vale had a stall that promoted healthy eating and lifestyle. With loads of healthy recipes for people to take and fresh fruit for the kids and grownups, we talked about exercising - not many do much of that except walk to the shop, school or to visit friends. Even I got my exercise walking around taking photo‘s which my feet paid for later. The most popular was the Pinnacle of Terror and the BBQ (people were interested where to buy the veggie burgers), the market stalls and the fancy dress for the children, but I reckon everyone had a good time, with a 1000 people attending. It was a good day all round but I think all the workers and volunteers were glad to see the end of the day. Vonnie Bradford Clarendon Vale Neighbourhood Centre Rokeby Welcomes New Breakfast Club The Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre started their Breakfast Club in early October when it was made aware of the need for it in the community due to a large number of children going to school without having break- fast. When an enquiry was made to the school as for a reason why it their club stopped running, they explained to us that they did not have the Volunteers for it or the room to continue running due to an upgrade of the school buildings. When our Club was first started at the centre only two young children turned up for breakfast but now we have between 12 to15 children turn up for the Breakfast Club. Our ongoing support are from Lin Thorpe, Second Bite, and The Rotary Club in Howrah. We also have the dedication of two volunteers which are Kerry and Clare and of course what would a Breakfast Club be without the children. It is a fantastic program which is enjoyed by all and the satisfaction we get by suppling such a vital pro- gram is absolutely overwhelming, especially when a young child tells us she enjoys coming here and is able to pick and choose her breakfast from a wide variety of cereals and spreads. Anthony Stoyles Coordinator Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre PAGE 10 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 Eating With Friends Project It has been a represented were from Primrose Sands, West very busy few Winds, Clarence, West Moonah, Claremont, months here at Pittwater, Goodwood, Kingston, Hellenic & Dowsing the EWF Point. EWF Steering Committee and TACH office. representatives also attended. Two lunches The Deputy Premier, Lara Giddings, called in were held in during the lunch break at Parliament and enjoyed October for the dessert with the southern group. Lara has been a volunteers of strong supporter of the EWF Project over the EWF groups years, and it was much appreciated that she as a thank you allocated time to attend in a very busy for their time and commitment in hosting an EWF parliamentary week. group. The northern lunch was held at The Gorge Restaurant in Launceston on October 14th. It was In between the two lunches a letter was received a beautiful day, with 27 attending. The wonderful from the Premier, David Bartlett, thanking setting, food and company all resulted in a very volunteers for supporting EWF groups. A copy is successful lunch that all participants were thrilled to included here for all to read. be a part of. EWF groups represented were from Fingal, Beaconsfield & Westbury. Stella Rodriguez, EWF sponsored morning tea at the TACH a previous project officer for EWF, also attended, Conference in September in recognition of the as well as EWF Steering Committee and TACH partnership and commitment the TACH network representatives. has to the EWF Project. Strangely enough, another food - centred activity! I hope you all enjoyed The EWF 10th Anniversary Celebration booklet morning tea. EWF also facilitated a workshop on was finally completed and, after much to-ing and the benefits of social eating and the important fro-ing to the printers, was collected only the day role programs like EWF play in bringing people before the northern lunch. Too close a call for me! together, reducing isolation and forming Copies were handed out at the lunches, and posted friendships. out to EWF groups that weren‘t able to attend. If any group or individual would like more copies It‘s rolling around to the festive season again – I please let me know and I will send them out. I hope hope you all enjoy the lead-up to Christmas and groups are putting their EWF aprons to good use have a safe and happy new year. too. Cheers, Karen The southern lunch was held at the Taroona Bowls Eating With Friends Project Club with a BBQ smorgasbord catering for 50 Ph: 6228 1220 people. Again the sun was shining and the room www.tach.asn.au/projects/eatingwithfriends buzzed with conversation. EWF groups Fingal Valley EWF Volunteers at the Northern Anniversary Volunteers & guests enjoying the Southern lunch at the Gorge. Anniversary lunch at the Taroona Bowls Club. V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 11 Get Healthy Service There have been some great innovative ideas from Houses to encourage healthy living in their communities while promoting the additional support that the Get Healthy phone coaching service can provide to help people keep up their motivation. TACH has provided seed money to twenty four Houses since July to actively promote the Get Healthy Service. In case you missed it, each House was entitled to $500 to run promotional events, activities or programs. To receive the seed money the focus needed to be on one or both of two healthy living themes. These were Healthy Eating Being Active By providing activities or programs around these themes, what Houses offered was already connected closely to the aims of the Get Healthy Service so promotion of it to participants fitted in quite well. Houses got to choose what would best suit their local community and benefit their health. To keep up people‘s motivation and support their efforts to be healthy, the Get Healthy Service is a great way to build on what Houses are doing, so it is worthwhile making sure people know about it. For a summary of the promotional activities as well as other information and some useful resources, check out the TACH website at http://www.tach.asn.au/projects/get-healthy-information-and-coaching- service/ Early next year and through to June 2011, TACH will again be offering seed money for another round of promotion of the Get Healthy Service to adults by running health activities in your community. As an added incentive, TACH will be sending each House a comprehensive kit from the Community Kitchens program. The kit contains useful video training modules on nutrition, kitchen safety, budgeting and food safety as well as a recipe book of healthy, tasty and affordable meals, a booklet on how to budget and get the most value from food shopping and cooking, and a manual on how to set up community kitchens. PAGE 12 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 West Winds Community Gym The West Winds Community Gym was started in March 2007 and ran voluntarily through until February of 2008. During 2008/09, a fully qualified and insured instructor has provided strength and conditioning classes at a cost of $5 per participant. Most of the equipment was initially self funded and was bought through $2 donations given to use the gym during 2007. During the last financial year, approximately 3,000 visits have been recorded. EXCITING NEWS: 1. We have been successful with a Kingborough Council Community Grant, which will enable us to run another Optimal Health Lecture Series in the new year. 2. We ran stretch classes and health lectures with a running Kids' Gym which is extremely popular and professional from Hobart. also hold Kids' Running Training at the Gym and at 3. We won the Medibank Private Active Towns Woodbridge School. We have also had two Awards – Whole of Community Involvement combined events with CrossFit42s from Hobart. All Award for Tasmania. new participants are shown around voluntarily by a 4. We purchased new equipment from funds from qualified instructor before they can join classes. We West Winds and Kingborough Council and installed had two articles in the Kingborough Chronicle and in new pull up bars. the Get Moving Tasmania Newsletter. We have entered a team in the Point to Pinnacle – The biggest success story would be the inclusion of this will be the fourth year, had entrants in the two Move For Life Classes that are run, with over 20 Budget Fun Run, City to Casino and Mothers' day participants on a weekly basis. This caters for Fun Run. individuals who are interested in extending the functionality of their life. At present there are 8 classes running to cater for women, men and older adults as well as additional The gym has grown from humble beginnings in a classes when school groups come. We are now disused hall with no equipment, to it‘s current status. V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 13 West Winds Community Gym As seen we offer a wide range of classes and we gym and to the amazing ladies who look after our play an integral role in assisting the community to children twice a week. get active and stay healthy. Anna Smee The gym has welcomed people from all (Gym Coordinator and Instructor) backgrounds from teenagers to the older adults from young mums to professionals from diabetics to injury prone individuals from those with health issues to those wanting to meet others. But…most of all the gym is a vehicle whereby people can realise the possibilities of life and get the most out of each day whilst meeting up with friends. I would like to thank West Winds staff and committee who have helped out with reduced child care costs and hall hire which has been invaluable and most appreciated, Phil and Leighann Hirst for their help with an endless list of ―things to do‖, Carloyn Carius who helps with classes, everyone who helped maintain the Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre Supporting a Healthy Community Its been a year of hard work along with rewards for the Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre. As busy as it has been we have still had plenty of time to participate in community events and outing, including, Shave for a Cure, Clean Up Australia day, International Women's Day and The Tasmania Together Forum. The ZNC also took over the management of the Zeehan Gym and Squash centre, The gym was built about 30 years ago by Renison ( mine) for the community and has always been run by a community committee and on a trust basis, this being you pay your monthly or yearly fee and receive a key of your own. therefore you can come and go as you please, this might be 10 times a day, once a week...This worked very well for many years and I have been told the squash courts that are part of the gym had many a season of squash played on them. In the past few years with changes at the mines and new faces in town the community had trouble over seeing the running of the gym and it was then the council stepped in to assist with the maintenance, rates etc.. As the council have many community buildings and support various projects the gym slowly became forgotten as less members used it. It started to get run down and the trust system abused. (Continued on page 14) PAGE 14 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre Supporting a Healthy Community (Continued from page 13) Earlier this year those who were still on the gym committee approached the ZNC as they did not want to see the gym close but felt it was not something they could manage any longer. The ZNC and the council discussed the possibility of the ZNC taking of the management for a trial 12 month period and were able to come to an agreement that the gym would get new locks and keys, the council would assist with the maintaining of the building and the ZNC take over the general running including the money side of things and the distribution of keys. This was in August and since then a cleaner has been employed, Renison has offered support by providing employees with free gym memberships, we held an open day and the gym is once again a thriving venue in Zeehan. For memberships or additional information contact the ZNC on 64716108. Along with the gym, we have assisted with the opening of the Community Op shop and also supported sporting groups by providing insurance for the local spot hall. Kids Club now runs on a Wednesday afternoon, Playgroup Tuesdays and we also have a new partnership with HIPPY who run wonderful training sessions, group meetings and fun days for the children. We are currently working on a community/memorial garden and permanent play equipment for the centre, we have been successful in a few grants to make these projects possible. A make over also took place earlier in the year with a front entry and paint job for the centre really bringing us back to life. We have some new faces on the committee bringing in fresh ideas and motivation and said good bye to some long standing members also. Kim and myself are currently working on the community cookbook we are hoping to have out by Christmas one of our last projects for the year before we wind down. Merry Christmas from the ZNC. Melissa Crosbie—Coordinator Zeehan Neighbourhood Centre Federal Government Does U-Turn on Supporting Equal Pay After entering into an agreement with the Australian Services Union last year to support the Equal Pay Case for social and community services sector workers, the Gillard Government has gone weak on that support for equal pay. In the submission put to Fair Work Australia on November 18th, the Government has claimed that protecting the future budget surplus is more important than finally delivering pay equity to employees who work with the most marginalised in society. The Government has certainly not said that there isn't a pay equity problem, on the contrary, they agree that the problem is real and needs to be fixed. They just don't want to pay what is necessary to fix it. For more information, check out the links below, which will be updated regularly. The ASU is asking all our supporters to contact their federal politicians and make their concerns known. >> You can send an online postcard to Julia Gillard showing your support for the Equal Pay Case at http://www.payup.org.au/ - a renewed flurry of postcards will show them in Canberra that we don't agree with their submission! >> You can contact your local federal member of Parliament. You can find your federal electorate here: http://apps.aec.gov.au/esearch/ and then find your local member with contact details here: http:// www.aph.gov.au/house/members/mi-elctr.asp From the Australian Services Union Website—19th November 2010 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 15 Neighbourhood Watch—”more than just spying on the neighbours & locking things up!” fairs, Christmas parades, Clean-up Australia Day, adoption of a municipal park and the like. ... their meetings ... have wine and cheese tasting, quiz nights, outings to local police station, bush dances and ... ‘meet your local government candidates’ meetings.‖ Here are some specific ways Neighbourhood Watch groups in Tasmania are working to reduce social exclusion for our young people. Children at Shorewell Park in Burnie have been getting physical activities, sausages and hot drinks courtesy of City Mission and Senior Constable Ian Edwards. The initiative is now supported by Youth Justice, Burnie City Council and local schools. About 30 children attend weekly. Other community related activities include BBQ type meetings, bush dances with local To some people, Neighbourhood Watch is just primary school, participation in Clean up Australia about spying on our neighbours and locking things Day and Tidy Towns, community walks, and up. Christmas festivities. That‘s a major misunderstanding. Whilst At a more practical level, the Sorell Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Watch members like to keep an Watch group offers a bike education program at eye on what‘s happening in the neighbourhood, local primary school with a $1,000 grant from Sorell and they certainly subscribe to the ‗Lock it or Loose Council and Natone runs advanced first aid course it‘ philosophy; there‘s a whole lot more to for members. Neighbourhood Watch in Tasmania. I hope the examples I have just given show that For a start, we know that simply running around Neighbourhood Watch and Community Houses watching out for burglars and vandals in our have something in common. There are already community is just like putting a bandaid on a cut examples of the two working together, such as in finger. It won‘t stop the finger being cut in the first Ravenswood. place! Far better to treat the causes of anti-social behaviour before those affected turn to deviance. Why not invite your local Neighbourhood Watch group to co-operate with you in local community But many young people drift into trouble because activities? they feel isolated and rejected by society. Possible reasons for this feeling of rejection include bullying More information is available on our website at at school, poor social skills, unhappy home life, http://nhwtas.org.au unemployment and a lack of opportunities to become involved in the community through sports, Bob Holderness-Roddam etc. Executive Officer, Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania Contacts: email@example.com A recent copy of the Tasmanian Neighbourhood Phone: 6230 2174 (Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:00 am Watch journal stated ―... the best of the area – 4:00 pm committees are involved in programs that extend beyond crime prevention, and are to be seen Article provided by Bob Holderness-Roddam— promoting the values of neighbourliness and a Neighbourhood Watch Tasmania sense of community at family fun days, community PAGE 16 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 Successful Communities—TACH Conference 2010 performed a song about community, specially written for our Conference as a part of the South West Region of Neighbourhood House‘s Literacy Project. Their performance drew a standing ovation from a very appreciative crowd. We were very pleased to welcome Brian Smith from the Local Community Services Association (LCSA) in New South Wales and Gill MacFadyen from the Community and Neighbourhood Centres Association (CANH—South Australia) who spoke about the Neighbourhood House networks in their states and how they run, highlighting how we all differ, but also the similarities between our organisations. Brian and Gill also ran workshops showcasing LCSA‘s Results On Monday, 28th September 2010, TACH welcomed Based Accountability project and CANH‘s Workforce over 200 delegates over three days for our State Development project, respectively. Conference—Successful Communities—Striving and Thriving. The Tattersalls Park Function Centre at Elwick in Glenorchy, played host to staff, volunteers and committee members representing Neighbourhood Houses state-wide, along with representatives of other community and government organisations. After many months of organisation, day one dawned and along with some of Hobart‘s coldest and wettest weather this year, brought with it an airline hiccup that saw most of our interstate guests and speakers all stranded at mainland airports. For a few hearbeats, there was a very real prospect of needing Keith Godfrey from Jobs Australia returned this year to develop several workshops on the spot which to help us to understand the implications of changes would fill the afternoon gaps caused by our absent to the Industrial Award system, what‘s going to be speakers. However, the team from Volunteering required and how Houses can best prepare for the Tasmania and Julian Joscelyne and David Haynes changeover. from DHHS saved the day by graciously stepping in and moving their workshops to the Monday to fill the Along with a very successful Expo supported by fifty voids. community sector organisations, there were workshops on offer to support programs from Sheds A highlight of the Conference Opening, was the performance by the Choir of High Hopes, who V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 17 Successful Communities—TACH Conference 2010 to Child Care yoga blankets to alleviate frostbite, the participants and how to gathered in Goodwood‘s community garden to hear capture your about the partnerships they have developed and the community programme they run that provides families with the s t o r i e s skills to grow and cook their own food. through video. Eating With Our Conference Keynote Speaker, author and Brave F r i e n d s Foundation founder, Bernadette Black, spoke of her sponsored a journey as a teenage parent and the challenge of morning tea, completing her education and how Neighbourhood along with a workshop promoting social eating programmes. TACH Governance Project worker, Malcolm McDonald presented a series of workshops to support management committees in their role. This culminated in a thought provoking keynote address at Conference close around the tools Committee‘s need to provide sound management for their Centres. A very popular workshop this year was the Garden to Plate session held at Goodwood Community Centre. Freezing cold and wrapped in the Centre‘s (Continued on page 18) TACH Conference Mosaic During the Conference, delegates were invited to place some tiles in a special TACH mosaic art project. The mosaic table became a popular gathering point over the three days with many new friendships formed and projects discussed as a result. A huge thank you to very talented artist Kerry Howlett from Okines Community House for coordinating and completing the project. The finished mosaic is absolutely stunning and we are very proud to display such a beautiful artwork, which represents us all working together, in the TACH office. PAGE 18 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 TACH Conference 2010 (Continued from page 17) Houses have supported that journey. Often we as Houses don‘t have the opportunity to see the difference that we can make in someone‘s life further down the track. Bernie‘s story of feeling acceptance as a young mother at a Neighbourhood House, illustrated how powerful the small action of providing a cup of tea and understanding can be in supporting change in someone‘s life. Our Conference also provided plenty of opportunities to let our hair down and have fun. Despite gale force winds which blew down our marquees and made conditions pretty Louise Sullivan singing a rousing rendition of uncomfortable for the Rotary Club of Howrah, who ―Happy Birthday Mr Minister for Sport and Rec‖, provided our BBQ meal, our Barn Dance at Bucaan Marilyn Monroe style. We do hear that the prized Community House and Chigwell Barn gave us the House Idol Perpetual Trophy now resides in the chance to work up a sweat with the help of David office of the Deputy Premier, Lara Giddings, in ―Odd Socks‖ Wanless and the Hobart Olde Time safekeeping for next year. String Band. The TACH Conference is not possible without the The Conference Dinner, A Night at the Races, support of the many individuals and organisations attracted a huge entry in the fashions on the field who provide their services as either guest speakers competition, the likes of which we‘re sure the Hobart or expo participants or those who provide Cup has never seen. From a ―Knight at the Races‖ sponsorship in various ways. Thank you to the to jockeys and fashionistas, there was even a visit Department of Premier and Cabinet, Social from the Queen and her corgis. Inclusion Unit, DHHS, Eating With Friends and NILS for their generous financial contributions. We would House Idol, in its third year, attracted a much also like to thank Aisin (Toyota) Sewing Machines, smaller field, however was still a lot of fun. Guild Insurance, Jobs Australia, WHK Denison, WIN Congratulations to everyone who participated. The Television. Westpac Bank Moonah Branch, Aurora winners this year were the stand up comedy duo of Disability Services, Rotary Club of Howrah, fudge Sharon Stewart and Sarah Lockley from the DHHS a‘fare for their support. South East Partnership Team, followed very closely by the Ravenswood Neighbourhood House with a The Conference this year was hosted by the South unique race calling event. Third place was won by West Region of Neighbourhood Houses, represented by Bucaan, Derwent Valley and West Moonah Community Houses and Goodwood Community Centre. The TACH Board and Staff are very grateful for all of their support, work and expertise. Thanks also to the TACH team, the Board and particularly Leah Brightman, TACH‘s amazing Project and Development Assistant, for all of the work they do to bring you Conference each year. North in 2011! Kim Lethbridge Development Officer V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 PAGE 19 Sponsored by: WIN Toyota Sewing Machines 2011 TACH Community Spirit Challenge South Australian 2009 Winner- Renmark Paringa Community Spirit Challenge Comments: ―This wall hanging tells a story and com- bines all the elements of what Renmark Paringa is about‖. ―The black background is very dramatic and grabs the eye.‖ ―Lots of texture, a great fun piece.‖ What is it about? Show your Community Spirit, submit your entry in the 2011 TACH Community Spirit Challenge winners announced during Neighborhood House Week in May 2011. Capturing the spirit of your community will account for 50% of the judging so you do not have to be a sewing expert. Think about all the groups that could contribute to your entry and make this a real community effort from your centre. Some of the groups that could be involve are friendship groups, playgroups, quilting or craft. What are the categories? There are 2 categories: OPEN — MOST CREATIVE What are the prizes? Aisin Australia has kindly donated: Wall hanging - OPEN - a Toyota Sewing Machine valued at $499.00 - MOST CREATIVE - a Toyota Sewing Machine valued at $499.00 Conditions of entry Open to TACH members. Must predominately be made using fabrics on a sewing machine. Must be own work and not submitted previously. TACH, Hobart office is to be advised in advance of the centre‘s intention of submitting an entry. Competition closes 30th April 2011, all entries to be submitted to TACH, Hobart Office by this date. PAGE 20 V O LU M E 1 0 , ISSU E 4 Dates to Remember Resources 2011—International Year for People of Australian Neighbourhood Houses and African Descent Centres Association Members 23—30 January Healthy Weight Week ANHLC—Association of Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres Victoria—www.anhlc.asn.au 4 February World Cancer Day 14 February Tuggeranong Link—Australian Capital National Condom Day Territory—www.tugglink.org.au 20 February Community Centres SA (formerly CANH) World Day of Social Justice South Australia—www.canh.asn.au 23 February Ovarian Cancer Australia‘s CCFSNAQ—Community Centres and Family Support Teal Ribbon Day Network Association Queensland—www.ccfsnaq.org 25 February National Sunnies for Sight Day LCSA—Local Community Services Association New South Wales— 1 March www.lcsa.org.au Business Clean Up Day Learning Centre Link—Western Australia— 1—31 March www.learningcentrelink.asn.au National Epilepsy Awareness Month 6 March Clean Up Australia Day Friends of TACH 8 March We are delighted to recognise the following individuals & International Women‘s Day organisations as Friends of TACH. For more dates please visit Senator Eric Abetz Mr Matthew Groom MP www.ourcommunity.com.au/calendar Hon Dick Adams MP Hon Bryan Green MHA Mr Scott Bacon MP Mrs Sandra Hodge Sen Carol Brown Mr Daniel Hulme TACH BOARD 2010-11 Senator David Bushby Senator Christine Milne President Simon Paul (S) Senator Richard Colbeck NILS Network of Tasmania Vice President Kate Beer (NW) Ms Julie Collins MP Hon Michelle O'Byrne MHA Public Officer Kate Beer (NW) Hon Ivan Dean MLC Ms Jacquie Petrusma MP Secretary Rachael Morris (NW) Treasurer Suzi Edwards (S) Michael Ferguson MP Phoenix Community House Hon Ruth Forrest MLC Hon Tania Rattray MLC Board Members Hon Mike Gaffney MLC Ms Libby Rayner Rod Crass (N) Hon Lara Giddings MHA Mr Jeremy Rockliff MP Vicki Knight (N) Eleanor Taylor (N) Dr Vanessa Goodwin MP The Hon Sue Smith MLC Joanne Ring (NW) Leanne Doherty (S) Friends receive a copy of our quarterly newsletter ATTACH and Elisa Ryan (S) information about our forthcoming events and activities. Contact TACH on 6244 1615 if you‘d like to become a Friend for $33 pa (GST inc).
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