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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Summer 2018

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SOUTH WEST REGIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP BUNBURY CARERS’ LUNCH KELLIE HANSEN, MSWA COUNSELLOR Great conversation, connection, scrumptious food and plenty of laughs were abundant at our Carers Lunch held on 16 October 2018 at the Bunbury Hub. According to Carers WA, there are 320,000 Western Australians who provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who requires assistance due to disability, illness or frail age. Carers are essential in providing encouragement and comfort along with helping people to retain their independence and quality of life. Carers Week is a nationwide awareness week held annually in the third week of October and is a celebration of carers and the integral role they have in our community. A range of events were held throughout WA including morning teas, lunches, exhibitions, seminars and a conference. This year MSWA were fortunate enough to successfully obtain a grant for Bunbury through Carers WA to host our own event – a lunch at the Bunbury Hub. Our lovely atrium was transformed into a special place for guests to enjoy some music, conversation and relaxation, all while experiencing a delicious grazing table from local caterers Tapalicious. BUNBURY OUTREACH AT CHALBURY PARK LEONIE WELLINGTON, MSWA SENIOR COUNSELLOR On a glorious spring day, the Bunbury Outreach group was welcomed by Jeff and Karen Whittock to a shady spot beneath some of the many beautiful trees in the garden of their bed and breakfast in Harvey. Chalbury Park B&B has more than two hectares of gardens to enjoy. Our MSWA staff prepared and served morning tea while Brett and Carmel serenaded us with live music. The health and wellbeing benefits of being connected to others and spending time in nature cannot be underestimated. The music and laughter is such a good boost for the soul. Thanks to all who organised the outing and to those who attended, for making it a morning to remember. If you would like to experience some of this for yourself on your next trip to the South West, you can get all the details at Highlights of the lunch were the Thai curry/cauliflower soup and chocolate brownies! Guests were able to peruse some information on mindfulness, self-care, Carers WA, and also had the opportunity to participate in some origami and mindful colouring. At the end of the lunch, guests were given a goodie bag to take home filled with chocolate, stress balls, pens, a mindful colouring book and lots more. We had some very positive feedback from our guests that this was a lovely time to take a break from their caring role, to relax and connect with other carers who are in a similar situation. We would like to thank Carers WA and Lotterywest for their support of this event. GREAT SOUTHERN NEWS ROUNDUP CAROLINE CLARKE-SMITH, MSWA ALBANY OUTREACH NEWS It has been another busy period with lots to report. Our physiotherapy exercise classes have been great, with some regulars turning up every week to participate in a variety of different ones, like strength and balance. Well done to those who have attended but there is still room for more! Yoga will be back in 2019 with four six-week sessions planned, so keep a look out for those dates to be announced early next year. Hydrotherapy has been very popular with both Monday and Thursday classes well attended. They run between 8.00 am and 11.00 am at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre; for more information contact Suzanne or Judith at the office on 9841 6651. We have had some great guest speakers this year at the group, including a lawyer from the Albany Community Legal Centre who came along and gave a great talk on Wills, Power of Attorney and Advanced Medical Health Directives. This was a very interesting talk and they made some appointments for Members to have their Wills redone, or to get more information. Thanks to all those who came along and got something from it. We will be getting them back again next year. Another interesting one was a police officer who came to talk about drugs, scooter safety and to just generally answer our questions. This was great as we had a good turnout, and he was forewarned that he could be asked some curly questions. Thank you to the Members who were there, you didn’t let me down as you did ask some good questions. THE CANNING SHOW, WILSON OUTREACH ZURAINI HUSSAIN, MSWA SUPPORT WORKER Congratulations to all MSWA Members who participated in the Canning Show 2018 during November. Among us, we have discovered there are many skilful and talented people and I am so proud to work with them. Here are some of our prize winners: Joan Bedford Sheila Hayfield Trudi Fay – Champion in Painting & Drawing – 1st and 3rd prize – 1st prize for 3D Card – 1st prize for Mixed Media (paper bark landscape) David Mewburn – 2nd prize for Mosaic Heather Jordan – 2nd prize for Painting & Drawing It was also great to have a visit from CEO Marcus Stafford who gave us some great news about the future for MSWA, especially here in the Great Southern. Members and staff have some exciting changes that will be happening over the next one to two years, so we will keep you updated as we find out more. And the Great Southern will start rolling out to the NDIS from 1 July next year, so we look forward to the information sessions that MSWA will be putting on for us in early in 2019. In the meantime, from all the Members, volunteers and staff in the Great Southern we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. I would like to thank all of our lovely volunteers on Thursday; Robert, who is always there to support us in every way during our painting sessions and Lynn, who organised the entries on behalf of our Members. Last but not least, Giselle with her brilliant ideas for improvised ‘tools’ for our Members to use. Well done everybody. 34 | MSWA BULLETIN SUMMER 2018 MSWA BULLETIN SUMMER 2018 | 35