F R E E L E G A L SE R V I C E
The Street Law van will be visiting Hampton Park Community Hub on Wednesday 19th May.
Get legal support and enjoy a cuppa
I D A H O B I T 2 0 2 1
The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
is observed on May 17
and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness
of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
Join us for a cuppa and rainbow cake at
Hampton Park Community House
16-20 Stuart Ave, Hampton Park from 10am.
C H I L D R E N
"The Children are always ours, every one of them.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
James Baldwin American novelist, playwright, essayist, poet, and activist.
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
M O T H E R S D A Y A C T I V I T I E S
Last week we were creating gifts and cards for mother’s day.
Children were engaged in Creativity and Imagination,
Jewellery making, creating with hamma beads gifts for their mom’s.
They made beautiful cards to express their love to their moms.
We also talked with children value of motherhood and
how mothers often sacrifice their own happiness to that of their children.
H A P P Y E I D!
Eid al-Fitr for the year 2021 is celebrated/ observed
on sundown of Wednesday, May 12th ending at sundown on Thursday, May 13th.
Eid al-Fitr is on the first day of the month of Shawwal (Islamic Calendar)
and marks the end of Ramadan (month long fasting)
and the beginning of a feast that breaks the fast.
O P E N H O U S E
We were thrilled to welcome Gary Maas MP who came to HPCH to visit our Safe Seats Safe Kids Program with Melinda Project worker for Neighbourhood House Victoria.
K E E P I N G K I D S S A F E
Thanks to Gowrie Victoria Trainer, Deane,
for presenting the Child Safe Standards and Reportable conduct to HPCH staff and volunteers.
We are all responsible for the protection of children in our community.
If you have any concerns about their well-being or safety, please report these to the relevant authorities.
For support contact Family Services Manager and Child Safety Officer, Edith on 9799 0708.
In the case of an emergency call 000
N E I G B O U R H O O D
H O U S E W E E K
This week we celebrate with other Neighbourhood Houses around the nation,
our local community's support and care for each other.
We launch the week by celebrating and acknowledging Chloe,
a Community Services student
(who just completed her 200 hours with the HPCH Community House services team.)
Our community is better for having you spend time with us.
H A P P Y M O T H E R S D A Y
Wishing all Mum's a very happy day, you mean so much to us.
The HPCH Well-being team put together these lovely Mothers day gift backs for staff. Thank you!
C H I L D R E N S E R V I C E S
H E A L T H Y W O R K P L A C E
Our Healthy Workplaces Achievements Program identifies staff areas of priority.
We are currently working on
Health Eating, Physical Activity and Mental Health
across our workplace.
M E N S S H E D
Community collaboration in action
Our friends from the Hampton Park Men’s Shed,
Peter and Damion where on hand to replace our new Sun Smart sign.
T H A N K Y O U !
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
P R O F I L E
Jen Schutze has been working in Family Services since 2014
and has a wealth of experience and education in offering Social Work supports to our families
and educate parents on child safety, well-being, and abuse prevention.
She is a qualified Counsellor, Career Development and Positive Psychology Practitioner
with over 10 years’ experience in private practice.
Jen’s 10 years’ experience of working as Education Support to Autism Spectrum Disorder students
gives her a unique insight into the condition and its effect on individuals and families.
Jen enjoys working with others and assisting them to make positive changes to their lives.
V O L U N T E E R S
M O T H E R E A R T H D A Y
At Hampton Park Community House, our local First Nation’s community
tell the popular story of a birthing tree, said to be the large gum tree out the front of the House.
The tree is a significant symbol of the deep history of this place
which has welcomed children and families for millennia.
As custodians of this House and our Children’s Services, we continue this long legacy.
Like the tree that provides our House with shelter and place to come together,
we as a community protect and nurture our children and each other now and for generations to come.
To find out more about our Philosophy visit Childcare
T O D A Y
is World Creativity and Innovation Day!
D A N C E
It was International Dance Day on the 29th March 2021 so over the next week we invite you to join us in celebrating dance.
The best videos or story will be selected and show cased on International Dance Day.
"I absolutely adore Ballroom dancing!
It was central to my life as a teenager and I have recently been able to create the space and energy I needed to re-immerse!
It brings such joy and energy to me and those around me - it's contagious but in a good way!
I am both student and teacher - the teaching fills my community heart but being a student again is a whole other level of joy, challenge, happy hormones, sparkle and heels!
An executive coach once asked me 'what's changed from the teenage version of you' .... I couldn't answer.
Turns out - it was dance."
C H I N E S E L A N G U A G E D A Y
UN Chinese Language Day is observed annually on April 20.
The event was established by the UN Department of Public Information in 2010,
seeking "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity
as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.
Y O U R P L A C E T O D O B U S I N E S S
Hampton Park Community House Operations Manager, Rovel,
is a judge on the City of Casey Business Awards.
What a challenge to pick a winner!
Have you ever wanted to have your own creative business?
Join us for an entertaining and enlightening
Running your own Floristry business 8 week course.
Thursday evenings at Hampton Park Library.
To book a chat with our Floristry Small Business expert Sharon
or to find out about our Social Enterprise Project
call Rovel on : (03) 97990708
P A R T N E R S H I P S
Together with our partners, the Casey Connect & Learn Alliance, a collective of 14 Neighbourhood Houses and Learning Centres we provide easy access to connecting and learning in the City of Casey.
W H A T S G O O D H P ?
We are delighted to showcase the
Harmony Day immersive theatre project
All credit to Tasi Taa for the entire production.
Whatsgood hp, is an immersive piece
that explores the different moments and conversations between humans:
it gets us to think deeper about what elements are required for harmony
and what are some of the barriers stopping us from reaching harmony.
The story is told in an immersive fashion,
where the audience follows the different moments of one family,
who are clearly not biologically related.
The play asks the question, what is required to live as one human family?
The Tasi Taa team look forward to creating more refined work
that exhibits and builds the talents and capacities of young people in Hampton Park.
" We are so grateful and happy about the outcome…
Thank you for the support and generosity.
Mostly, we are thankful that you… listened to us, heard us, encouraged us and trusted us to put this on!”
May and Fionna -Tasi Taa Theatre Group
B I G C L E A N
Huge thanks to our friends at Easy Skip Hire....
from everyone at the HPCH Children’s Services team
for undertaking this big clean-up and keeping our
Childcare environment safe, neat and tidy.
Y O U R S A Y
We love to hear that we are doing our work well.
Well done Jen! Family Services Support Worker
A U T U M N F U N
Chemical Science Day Incursion
Vacation Care children experimenting with solids and liquids and learning all about Science.
If you’d like to join in the fun,
call 03 9799 0708
Y O U R P L A C E T O L E A R N
volunteer Learning Ambassador and the Program coordinator
for the Learning Ambassador Program at Hampton Park Community House.
Urooj is a strong advocate of learning in any shape or form
both informal and structured.
Her passion and commitment to support our adult learners is inspiring.
If you would like to be a part of the Learning Ambassadors Program
call us today
It’s World Parkinson’s Day today,
but I doubt many people know about it.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disease that affects thousands of people
in a multiple of ways.
It is not only an older person’s disease,
it can affect younger people as well -
I was diagnosed at only 47 yrs.
I have been fortunate that I’ve had a slow progression
and I am passionate about trying to raise the awareness of young onset PD.
I try not to let Parkinson’s take over but live my life to the best of my ability.
So on this world Parkinson’s day
I ask that you think of all those struggling with the disease
and hope that the on going research will eventually find a cause and cure.'-
Sheenagh Consumer Advocate Parkinsons Australia
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
This year, we want to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease
and all of the available resources
that have been developed to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
So Parkinson.org developed the #KnowMorePD quiz.
Think you know a lot about Parkinson’s?
Take the quiz to see how you do!