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).
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.
The Charlton Neighbourhood has recently celebrated it’s second birthday serving the community. Looking back over the past 24 months and the numerous courses, activities, grant funding, Community Car trips and social connection delivered pays great tribute to the committee, staff and volunteers involved. Recently concluded courses included a Responsible Service of Alcohol, First Aid & CPR Refresher Course and Barista training. The Charlton Neighbourhood House is also excited to be delivering another Certificate Course on March 30 for Hygienic Food Safety and Handling (SITXFSA001).
Amongst other news is the employment of a new Administration Assistant and Finance Officer, plus the return to 5 days a week opening; hours of operation between 10:00am and 4:00pm. This increases access for our community for car bookings, printing, general enquiries, internet access and much more.
An exciting initiative currently underway is our Community Transport Survey. Charlton is asking our residents across all ages their opinions on possible future transport options in the town and across the shire and region. Maybe it’s dedicated bike or walking tracks; maybe a daily bus or taxi service; access to sports training and weekend games; better pathways for wheelchairs and walking aids; lots of options to consider. Anyone who hasn’t filled in a survey are invited to drop in and complete one, or a survey can be sent to you by phoning 0473759456. It is hoped that the results may lead to funding of one or more suggestions that are put forward.
More Community Transport Options for Charlton?
The Charlton Neighbourhood House has received funding from the Victorian Department of Transport to develop a new integrated community transport model for Charlton and district.
This project will look at current community transport options in Charlton, as well as opportunities to grow these in the future to meet the needs of local community members of all ages.
According to Charlton Neighbourhood House President, Kaylene Cossar, the Charlton Community Car provides an invaluable service to elderly members of the local community supporting them to attend out-of-town specialist medical appointments.
“We know we could be doing more to meet not only the needs of our elderly residents, but residents of all ages who, for many reasons, do not have access to transport of their own,” she said.
“Working with us on this project are Julie Slater and Ellen White who both have a strong knowledge of the community transport sector, as well as backgrounds in community development,” said Ms Cossar.
“They will be undertaking a broad community consultation process over the next few weeks to capture the needs and wants of the Charlton community when it comes to future community transport options,” she said.
The theme of the consultations will be “imagine” and Charlton residents are being asked to imagine the following:
There is also a survey that residents are being asked to complete which is available in hard copy through the Neighbourhood House or online at …
For more information about the Community Transport project contact the Charlton Neighbourhood House on 0473 759 456.
The gentle water exercises recommenced following the Christmas break to the most beautiful weather. This weekly class helps improve heart health and cardiovascular strength. The water pressure acts as your friend in the pool and helps circulate the blood more efficiently. Classes operate November to March.
We couldn't have the much anticipated Santa Photos be impacted by COVID-19, so we took them outside this year and found the best possible location and trick photography to give the illusion of closeness whilst actually keeping all families a very safe distance from Santa.
With the support of Buloke Shire, this week saw the start of a three week trial of Pool Toddler Time at the Charlton Pool. After approaches by the Charlton Playgroup, the Charlton Neighbourhood House coordinated with the Shire and families a suitable day and time for the sessions, with Thursdays 2PM to 3PM being deemed the most convenient. Judging by the children and parents support of the program, it is hoped to carry on after the Christmas break. Thanks again to Buloke Shire for providing the Lifeguard and assistance with the COVID safe requirements. To register your interest for the next two sessions call into the Charlton Neighbourhood House or phone 0473759456.
Charlton skies were recently filled with colourful kites as children up to primary school age were given free kites to celebrate Children’s Week. The Charlton Neighbourhood House was successful in securing a grant through the Victorian Governments Department of Education, which went the majority of the way to cover the costs. Initially it was planned to have a family kite flying day similar to the successful event held last year, but with COVID-19 guidelines still needing to be observed, that was not possible. Instead kites were distributed to the Charlton P-12 College, St Josephs Primary School, Charlton Pre-school and the Charlton Playgroup. Just as much fun was had by children decorating their kites as flying them, and if lack of wind was an issue, some imaginative children used household fans.
It is hoped to again see the return of the huge decorative kites that were flown last year in Charlton, and for families to bring their kites out anytime the winds allow it.
Sunday morning in Charlton was a hive of activity. There were whistles blowing, people in high vis clothing pounding the streets on foot, bikes, and skateboards, all armed with cameras. The Charlton Neighbourhood House had a team of photographers helping the project ‘Out Standing In…’ become an outstanding success.
The team of over 30 photographers, responsible for one street each set off to snap a few pictures of not just the residents, but their pets, projects, and activities they have enjoyed during coronavirus. The laughter and story telling that could be heard as neighbours who had not seen each other for weeks reconnected, was delightful. It was not just the town, but the surrounding districts have been captured too and EWHS worked with CNH to take pictures of the patients also.
The CNH committees’ concept was to simply capture a moment in the history of Charlton, to share with loved ones that are geographically separated. “While COVID-19 is invisible to the eye, a very visible component has been the wearing of masks and physical distancing in our community, said CNH President Kaylene Cossar. “We wanted to be able to capture residents smiling faces, so we needed to keep them on their own properties to adhere to the restrictions.”
Kaylene added “We want to use these images as a way of keeping people connected, there will be multiple end products and many possibilities are being explored, a film, photo cards, calendar and book, but for now we are sharing them on social media for friends and family to enjoy”. These have been well received as past resident Jenny Southwell said “ Being unable to get back to visit, these photos have given me a huge smile every time I see them, particularly when mum and dad popped up! What a wonderful idea. Congratulations on a superb project for Charlton. Charlton will always be home despite living far away.”
Congratulating the Neighbourhood House resident Robin McRae said, “What a great community exercise & something that only happens in a great community! Some amongst us have taken a massive financial & life hit and you pray they pull through ok. For us, the passing of a lifelong friend we could not say goodbye to. Through it all I know we say "no we are ok" where in fact we are not because the same as all of us distancing & masks take away two of the most important factors of connection and feeling a part of the fabric of community. Then this idea comes along proving we are all part of a great community. The best!”
R U OK Day is an annual day dedicated to remind people to ask friends, family or peers the question ‘R U OK because connecting with those around you regularly and meaningfully is one thing everyone can do to make a difference for someone else who may be struggling. This year the Charlton Neighbourhood House, in partnership with East Wimmera Health, Buloke Shire and Northern District Health, held a community soup kitchen, to provide an opportunity to have people connect. Many people took advantage of the beautiful sunny day to linger and chat whilst enjoying the delicious soup kindly donated by Charlton Golf Ladies and Timeless Treasures & Tearoom