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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Autumn 2020

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ACCOMMODATION & OUTREACH

ACCOMMODATION & OUTREACH OUTREACH PROGRAM NICOLA RYAN SENIOR OUTREACH COORDINATOR Beginning Outreach for 2020 was particularly special as it was the first time I was able to arrange for all the Outreach Coordinators to meet at the MSWA facility in Wilson. This enabled us to have some additional training on our computer system. It was a great effort made by all to attend; in particular our country coordinators from Albany and Bunbury. In a couple of cases, the ladies were meeting each other for the first time. Putting a face to a name makes working together so much easier. Even though there are many kilometres between all of us, the fact remains that we are all doing the same role so having the support for each other is very important. Ideas were shared over the training time and encouragement passed on to those who are very new in the role. As a team, this group of coordinators will be making a difference for all our Members attending the different Outreaches. Exciting times ahead for us all and, when activities resume as normal, I for one am looking forward to our next get-together. ALBANY OUTREACH Caroline Clarke-Smith Albany Outreach Care Coordinator I hope you have all had a great break over Christmas and are ready for another busy year. We have good news on the facility to be built here in Albany. A builder has been chosen, so it will not be long before we see things start happening on the block. Some Members living nearby have been driving past, so I am sure we will get a running commentary of what is happening. For Members who have been down here for many years, it is all very exciting to see it actually start to be built. Suzanne and Melissa have been kept busy with Physio exercise groups, Hydro and one on one sessions with Members. Yoga will be back this year – another activity to keep your muscles stretched and your mind focused. Guest speakers will be back on our monthly plan, so keep an eye out for those. If you have a suggestion of anyone we can add to our list, please let us know. Our subjects are diverse, so get your ideas in. BUNBURY OUTREACH Suzi Barker Bunbury Resource Coordinator A warm welcome to everyone settling back into 2020. Sail Into Life has recently appointed a new Coordinator for their new programs, and we are all very much looking forward to getting back on the water. We’re hoping that by then the weather will be kind to us and not be too hot or choppy out on the water, so we can enjoy the fresh sea air. Since opening in the new year, we have enjoyed word quizzes and brain teasers, and celebrated Valentine’s Day with a very ‘chocolatey’ raffle on 12 February. All three raffle prizes were won by the men on the day and we all hoped that there were a few lucky ladies on 14 February (if the chocolates made it home!). Members and staff are really looking to activities resuming soon. We are planning to organise guest speakers and need some suggestions for interesting/relevant topics for group discussions. All suggestions are welcome as we all want this to be informative and enjoyable. We also hope to plan a picnic outing to a nice park or garden somewhere local, where we can all enjoy some relaxing scenery and good company. We will also recommence our monthly light lunch options for Members who wish to extend their Outreach mornings at the Hub. Late January, we had the opportunity of meeting up with the other MSWA Outreach Coordinators in Perth for some training. It was a great day and a wonderful opportunity to get together to brainstorm ideas on how we can improve our Outreach program even further. BEECHBORO OUTREACH Chrystal Ruthven Beechboro Outreach Coordinator Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Chrystal and I am the Outreach coordinator at the Beechboro Lodge. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of our Members and reconnecting with others that I was lucky enough to have already met previously as a Care Support Worker. When we returned to Outreach in January, we started with our very own ‘Bucket List for 2020’, where each Member could have their say in what they would like to do this year. 24

ACCOMMODATION & OUTREACH We had a lot of suggestions, from entertainment and guest speakers, to outings at the Perth Zoo, local parks, plus art and craft ideas. When activities resume, there will be more than enough to keep us busy and out of trouble! We had a BBQ for Australia Day in true Aussie style, an Oscars mini sweep and, for Valentine’s Day, we cut out bookmarks and decorated love heart cookies that Brenda was lovely enough to bake fresh for us. We had some great designs. We have also been going back to our youth with our hand-print art. As many members as possible from our Eastside and Northside groups have contributed their hand-prints or name to put on our canvas. We now have a very colourful piece of art and it’s almost ready to be put on the wall for display. If you have any suggestions or come across any activities that you think our members will enjoy, please feel free to contact me. ROCKINGHAM OUTREACH Peta McCormack-Luckins Rockingham Outreach Coordinator Welcome back to all Members and staff for 2020. We started off January with our own Outreach open tennis match; the Members were very competitive and it was a fun day for all. The Members celebrated Australia Day with Aussie Quizzes, we had meat pies for lunch, and everyone had a great day. Outreach welcomes Carmen, our new Care Support Worker, who will be working on Tuesdays and Fridays. I had a chance to meet the other Outreach Coordinators; we had some training with Damien Hill, then all went out to lunch with Nicola Washington. It was lovely to meet the other Coordinators from the Outreach groups. We will keep you posted about our antics from Rockingham Outreach in the next Bulletin. Watch this space. WILSON OUTREACH Zuraini Hussain Wilson Outreach Coordinator We had a nice and easy start to the year at Wilson Outreach. As the weather got hotter, our Toshiba air conditioning was working really hard to keep our Members comfortable, while they enjoyed celebrating several themed events such as Chinese New Year, Australia Day and Valentine’s Day. Each event celebrated was followed by arts and crafts activities, quizzes, games and of course food! With support from our brilliant chef (Justine Webb) on each themed event, our Members had a chance to taste delicious Chinese cuisine for Chinese New Year, BBQ lunch and Vegemite scrolls for Australia Day and a special morning tea with chocolate fondue for Valentine’s Day. On the last week of January before school started, we had a few students from Rossmoyne Senior High School come to entertain our Members. They serenaded us with beautiful singing, a cello duo and violin. The Members really savoured the performance and hope that they can come again in the next school holidays. 2019 CANNING SHOW In 2019, we had a significant increase of participants from MSWA in the Canning Show compared to last year. We had 20 exhibitors and nearly 40 art pieces were entered including mosaics, macramé, drawing and painting, toys and dolls, rock painting and miscellaneous crafts (pictured) I would like to congratulate Greg Manook for his bright, colourful, pastel drawing that won first prize and earned a champion title in the Painting and Drawing category. Here are the MSWA winners: Category: Painting Oil or Acrylic Nick Papadimitriou 1st prize Antonio Villamagna 2nd prize Joan Bedford 3rd prize Category: Mixed Media Essie Clinton 1st prize Category: Miscellaneous Craft Sheilah Hayfield 2nd prize Rebecca Pitt 3rd prize Category: Mosaic Lyndee Aspey 3rd prize Category: Craft Challenges Lynn Hoonhout 1st prize Category: Macramé Susan Finlay Michelle Hall 2nd prize 3rd prize Category: Dressed Dolls Lynn Hoonhout 1st prize A big thank you to our lovely volunteer, Judy Badger, who has been sharing her valuable time with us every Thursday, helping to run our art/drawing sessions. Her knowledge and talents are really appreciated. I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to Lynn Hoonhout who was in charge of the paperwork and the safe transportation for our exhibits to the show and back to Wilson Outreach. Thank you, Lynn. Last but definitely not least, I would like to thank and congratulate all Outreach Members who participated in the Canning Show. I am extremely proud of all of you and hope for more exhibits this year. The compilation of the paintings and mosaics that were completed by our Members have been used to produce our first MSWA Calendar 2020. The demand was so great, that it has sold out quicker than anticipated. For those of you who missed out on our calendar last year, I have good news, as we will be producing 2021 calendars by the end of this year. Please watch out for this. The other event to look out for is our exhibition at Melville City Council, but the date is to be advised. To all MSWA Members out there, when it’s business-as-usual once again, please come and join our Outreach activities, explore your creativity and attempt new skills, working with whatever physical abilities you have, in a relaxed and accepting environment. 25

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