December was a very busy time here at the House with many activities across a broad range of age groups. Our early morning swim sessions and Gentle Water exercises continued, with the warmer weather being much appreciated by the attendees.
As well as Santa’s mailbox being available for children to drop their very important letters in to Father Christmas, parents were able to have photos taken and printed of their children with Santa at the Band Rotunda. A huge thank-you goes to all the volunteers who help make these events special for Charlton’s young people.
We were very pleased to host a free Gingerbread House making afternoon for around 20 excited children thanks to Buloke Shires CASI Fund. There was plenty of icing, lollies and fun games enjoyed by those attending, and some delicious gingerbread projects taken home for the families.
A fantastic night was had by all who attended the Charlton Neighbourhood Houses Dive In Movie ‘Space Jam 2’at the Charlton Pool. With support from the Rex Theatre, GrainCorp, and again, Buloke Shire’s CASI funding, the feedback we received was terrific, and will hopefully lead to similar events.
Our ‘Tech Tuesday’ support sessions will be returning in February for the cost of $15 per half hour. Bookings are essential by phoning 0473 759 456. We are also looking at hosting more formal computer and device upskilling sessions during the year.
As part of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign that ran across the Buloke Shire a special free ‘Sip and Paint’ event was held at the Cricket Club Hotel. A large group of ladies enjoyed each others company while creating some wonderful artworks.
We were once again pleased to be happy assisting with the towns Australia Day celebration by compiling ‘welcome packs’ for newcomers to Charlton over the past 12 months. If you are new to town and were unable to make it along, drop in to the Neighbourhood House to collect yours when convenient.
Charlton’s Second Tuesday Book Club has a couple of very exciting get-togethers planned for their upcoming meetings in August and September.
The August 10th meeting will have a special guest from Castlemaine, Libby Angel, author of ‘ The Trapeze Act’ coming along to talk to the Book Club attendees from 1:30 pm until 3 pm. Join us for lunch at 12 pm at the East in Charlton, or you can come at 1:30 to hear from Libby.
We’ll be celebrating our birthday on September 14th with a fantastic Birthday Celebration, and a special guest speaker, to be announced soon! Join us for lunch at 12pm at the East in Charlton, followed by book chats and our guest speaker at 1:30pm.
Both these exciting events have been made possible by the Victorian Government's Community Activation and Social Isolation initiative and Buloke Shire Council. To RSVP please contact Cheryl Kemp on 0417 601 856, and keep an eye on the Charlton Neighbourhood House for more updates.
School holiday activities kicked off last Friday with the Charlton Neighbourhood House hosting a session of pencil case decorating in the foyer of the Rex Theatre. Hosted by Jo Phillips, 9 primary age children did some fantastic work with the free blank pencil cases and bags provided, and all walked away with a terrific personal creation. It was also a great catch-up time for the adults as well who could enjoy a cuppa during the fun session.
Next Friday, July 9, from 10:00am the good times continue back at the Rex, with decorated greeting cards. Again, ideal for primary age children, registrations are being taken now by calling the Charlton Neighbourhood House on 0473 759 456. This is another free activity for Charlton’s children.
Greetings from the Charlton Neighbourhood House and welcome to our July update. Despite the small hiccup with our closure due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Neighbourhood House has been very busy with activities and assisting our community.
We have been proud to support the Monday morning FLO initiative at the Rex Theatre with a variety of community representatives coming along to inform or answer enquires about their group. A new initiative this term was the Charlton Youth Space being held Thursday afternoons after school at the Charlton Club. In a supervised environment the kids have been able to catch up with friends, enjoy some snacks and drinks and play games. Thanks to funding from the Victorian Depart. Of Health, this project will continue to operate in the future. Still meeting regularly are Tai Chi classes with Jo Russell and The 2nd Tuesday Book Club. Enquire at the Charlton Neighbourhood House if you would like further information.
With the second half of the year ahead, we are very excited about the courses and activities planned. Apart from those mentioned above, our Table for 12 will continue monthly with a great variety of food selections. With funding provided by Buloke Shire we will be arranging several ‘Explore’ daylong bus trips to a number of interesting destinations, and we will also be hosting many classes through our ‘Connecting Creativity’ planned activities. Watch for details closer to dates.
Men’s Health Week was celebrated in a big way this year by the Charlton Neighbourhood House with ‘A Pleasant Sunday Morning’ at Rotary Park. With funding provided through Buloke Shire and the Victorian Governments CASI funding, a free BBQ, refreshments, free community transport and entertainment by Big Bad John was provided. Thanks must go to the many groups and individuals who supported the day, including the volunteers who helped set up and pack away, the Rotary Club for assisting with the BBQ, the North Central Car Club for bringing along some of their magnificent vehicles, Dave and Lyn Edyvean for blood pressure checks and very popular neck and shoulder massages, Andrew from the Charlton Community Garden, and Jo Phillips and Deb Finlay assisting with the drinks.
The Charlton Forum Community Car continues to be very popular taking people to appointments from Swan Hill to Melbourne, and everywhere in-between. Please give as much notice as possible if you require the service to ensure availability of the vehicle and a volunteer driver. As always, we are extremely grateful to all the drivers who donate their time to provide this valuable service.
Would you like to become a Community Car Driver and help others in our town? Call 0473759456 or drop in for more information. All training provided.
Charlton Neighbourhood House is Celebrating Youth Week 2021
We are excited to announce that the Charlton Neighbourhood House will be celebrating Youth Week starting on the 26th of June until the 2nd of July. Youth Week is a state-wide celebration of the talents, achievements and contributions of young people aged 12 to 25, and we are proud to be celebrating the many ways that young people in Charlton can contribute to, and are valued by, the community.
Charlton Neighbourhood House are the proud recipients of a Victorian Government Youth Week Grant, to help fund a community initiative to mark the annual week. The funding grant will implement the ‘Charlton Means…’ Youth Art Project. A team of young volunteers, led by Tessa Fitzpatrick, a Charlton Neighbourhood House Committee Member will be going around Charlton with posters and prompts written on then, and encouraging fellow young people to write down what ‘Charlton Means’ to them on a poster. These messages will then be photographed and shared throughout the community via our Facebook page, and in the form of a photobook that can be viewed throughout the community.
You can also drop into the Neighbourhood House at any point during the week to be involved, and young people will also be able to contribute to the project, after Youth Week, at the Youth Space we are running on every Thursday afternoon during the school term, from 3pm till 5:30pm.
We are also running a social media campaign for the youth who grew up in Charlton but have moved away from the community to enable them to submit photographs of what Charlton Means to them, and of the places within the community that are important to them. These images will also be combined with the messages captured during Youth Week and form a part of the ‘Charlton Means…’ Youth Art book.
To get involved with either of these projects, contact us at the Charlton Neighbourhood House by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org, through our website, Facebook page or pop in and say hello.