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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Spring 2019

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HEALTH EDUCATION AND

HEALTH EDUCATION AND PEER SUPPORT KIDS LEARNING ABOUT MS Children’s education workshops are coming up in the October school holidays, having been run by MSWA for the first time in April. The workshops are for families with children aged 6–12 years and a parent/significant family member living with MS. The aim of the workshops is to communicate science in engaging, fun ways to give young people a better understanding of issues faced by their parent/family member living with MS. The workshops run for 2.5 hours and have five interactive stations. One family takes part in the activity at each station and then rotates until they have taken part in all the activities. Topics covered include information about vitamin D, the impact of MS on vision, walking and bladder control, and treatments for MS. The workshops were developed in the UK by Digesting Science. Thanks Lou Hatter for taking part in the training in the UK and bringing the workshops to WA. What did parents say about taking part in the April workshops? / The girls found the activities enjoyable and learnt how MS affects the body – my girls are better informed about MS / My son understands more about me – why his mom is tired and why I need to walk with the stick / An easy way of understanding MS through a child’s eye – I thought all the activities were conducted very well and easy for the kids / Great day, well explained, hands on What did children say about taking part in the workshops? / [I learned] all the different ways MS affects people (11 year old) / This will help me understand when [my dad] needs a rest (10 year old) LOU HATTER MS NURSE SPECIALIST Children’s education workshops will run from 10.00am – 12.30pm in: / Bunbury - Tuesday 1 October / Beaumaris - Wednesday 2 October / Belmont - Thursday 3 October Interested in coming along? Book now as places are limited. Email sabena.lund@mswa.org.au or phone 0429 267 970. SABENA LUND COORDINATOR OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND PEER SUPPORT SAVE THE DATE: MEMBERS’ AND VOLUNTEERS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY 2019 Christmas is just around Save the date – more details to come! the corner, and we would Date: Thursday, 5 December 2019 - 9.30am – 1.30pm like to celebrate the season with you at MSWA’s Venue: Lifestreams Christian Church, corner Murray St and McNabb Loop, Como Members’ and Volunteers ' Lunch: Two-course meal, drinks, entertainment & a small gift Annual Christmas Party. (alcohol-free event) Cost: Free to Members, Volunteers & staff; for others 16

VOLUNTEERING VOLUNTEERING Hello to you all again! Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, and the birds and the bees are active. I trust you all survived the winter months and are enjoying the sunshine. I attended another successful Members’ camp held at Moore River in June. We had our largest group of Members ever for this camp! The logistics to make this happen is quite a challenge, especially with transport and setting everything up. We are so lucky to have volunteers and staff who work tirelessly to make this happen. We truly appreciate the time our volunteers give on the camps. If you or anyone you know would like to make a real difference to our Members’ camp experience, drop me an email volunteer.coordinator@mswa.org or call 9365 4843. Some Rockingham Outreach Members decided to stay at Treendale Gardens Respite House in Australind. This was their second foray away together and they had a fantastic time. If a group of Members would like to go away together and have different care needs, it may be worthwhile to attend one of our Respite Houses together, where there is onsite 24/7 care. Have a laugh together without the worries of making your meals and finding suitable, accessible accommodation. Having respite, or ‘short term accommodation’ as NDIS calls it, included in your plan may assist with the funding and planning of this type of activity. The Rockingham Members are now booked in for two getaways together next year – what a fantastic way to stay connected with your friends. Our Wilson-based card-making volunteers, mother and daughter team Lesley and Rebecca, have been very industrious and making beautiful cardboard creations. If you get a chance, pop into Wilson and check them out. They are for sale and all proceeds go back into the Wilson Outreach; they are truly amazing! I can’t believe Christmas is around the corner. We have already started planning for the Members' and Volunteers' Christmas Party to be held on Thursday 5 December. If a group of you would like to entertain with an act, please let me know. Keep your eyes peeled for the invitation. Did you know it is International Volunteers Day on 5 December every year? Look out for local events in your community, as the local councils also like to recognise their volunteers who either live and/or volunteer in the area. I run a monthly group and invite guest speakers. In August we had the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES). Here are some of the timely tips they provided for fire safety in the home. / In case of a fire, Keep Low and Go Go Go / Sleep with your bedroom door closed (this will prevent flow and oxygen) / April Fool’s Day is Replace Your Fire Alarm Battery Day / Make sure your heat bag is cooled down completely before reheating / Always ring 000 for any fire emergencies Our events team are always looking for volunteers throughout the year. This suits those volunteers who cannot commit weekly but would like to help when they can. If you have some time to give, telephone Community Events and Fundraising Coordinator Trish Watson on 6454 3116 or email trish.watson@mswa. org.au. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for the time they give. It is truly appreciated by management, staff, Members and Clients. Please contact me if you have any questions or know anyone who would like to volunteer. It is usually best to contact me via email volunteer.coordinator@mswa.org. au, as I’m usually only in the office Monday and Tuesday afternoons. It was lovely chatting again, and I wish you all well and hope to see you around. Take care and bye for now. DAWN BURKE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR 17

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