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.
Felt Animal Making
As part of our school holiday programs, nine very keen participants were given the opportunity to make their very own felt animals under the instruction and watchful eye of Cheryl Kemp. A lot of fun was had as the children choose their design and colours of their creations, with everyone going home with a wonderful keepsake of the morning.
Once again Averyll facilitated a 6-week programs, one in Charlton, and ensured the sessions were suitable for all ages and abilities. Both 6-week programs completed Monday, March 22, 2021.
The Charlton program was held at the Charlton Senior Citizens’ Rooms. A big “thank you” to the Buloke Shire Council for the use of this wonderful venue, which are absolutely ideal for yoga sessions, and we hope this can continue.
Yoga is great exercise to assist with pain relief, increased flexibility in body movement, balance and other benefits that are important, especially as you get older. If you have restrictions with what you can do, you just go at your own pace with great instruction from Averyll. You have nothing to lose, but much to gain by feeling better and freeing up your stiff body joints.From February through until March we have been working with Mallee Sports Assembly we were able to offer gentle yoga classes with local yoga instructor Averyll Loft (Cert. Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Cert. IV fitness).
First Aid Course
The Charlton Neighbourhood House recently arranged for its residents 2 face to face training courses that had until recently been unable to occur. To satisfy the many enquiries that had been held over from last year when COVID-19 restrictions came into place, a First Aid and CPR refresher was attended by 14 students keen to undertake or renew their certificates in these important areas. Established instructor Dawn Ferrier took the students through the various areas connected with their requirements, and hands on training was completed using specialised CPR toddler and adult mannequins. The use and practice of using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was performed successfully by everyone and participants went away secure in the knowledge of being able to help someone who may need emergency medical assistance.
Later that week Greg Currie came to Charlton to deliver the Responsible Service of Alcohol training necccersary to work in licenced premises. A mix of new students and those whose certificate had lapsed learnt about the various levels of alcohol in drinks, legal requirements, checking of ID’s, record keeping and much more. With heavy fines involved for those serving alcohol without a certificate, this course proved valuable for those looking to assist at their local club or seeking employment.
Coming soon the House is hosting a Safe Food Handlers Course, 1080 Fox and Rabbit Baiting, Firearms Safety and much more. The March 20 Barista Course is now open for enrolments. While not a Certificate Course, students will get a Participation Certificate detailing the areas covered which may assist with employment. Even if you just love coffee this course is for you. The best part; cost is just $25.
The Charlton Neighbourhood House encourages residents to drop in or call 0473759456 to enquire about what is on offer, or to express some activity you would like to have run.