Monday, 7 May 2018
During Term 1 we kicked off our Brekkie Club program out of Erskine Park Community Centre. The program provides young people with healthy breakfast options with support from our local IGA at Ashcrofts and Penrith City Council.
We have been providing on average, 65 young people with breakfast every Thursday morning during school term.
Thursday, 3 May 2018
The Boys Shed program has kicked off well this term and is challenging some young men from local high schools in St Clair, Colyton, Erskine Park and Chifley College Dunheved Campus.
The program provides opportunities to learn through activities and meaningful discussion, and some topics like teamwork, trust, relationships, respect, leadership, etc. are covered. A group "peace" treaty is developed and they work and evaluate themselves on a model called "The Circle of Courage". This model has concepts of "Belonging" and being part of community, "Independence" and being responsible for themselves , "Mastery" and learning new skills, and "Generosity" and giving back to others.
A highlight has been an excursion to Treetops Adventure Park and the picture shows some boys being generous and cooking for the rest of the group from St Clair High.
Monday, 30 April 2018
With the help and guidance of staff from Mt Druitt TAFE this group of ladies experimented with new eye - shadow colours and practiced applying these colours. Each week a new skill was taught, from learning which foundation was best suited to their skin tone and how to use a hair straightener to create beautiful curls for a night out. Each of the participants gained great advice and tips on how to best care for their skin and enjoyed each of the sessions.
The Young at Heart Coffee, Craft and Chat group decorated pots to be used as table decorations at Penrith’s International Woman’s Day event, which was held on 7th March 2018. Bunnings North Penrith generously donated 25 pots and all of the craft material needed to decorate the pots, as well as a space to hold a craft workshop. Melody from Bunnings then provided the ladies with all of her expert advice, which helped create some lovely individualised art works.
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Children and families of Oxley Park and Colyton Colts community have been at work building their art skills over ten workshops on a Tuesday afternoon at Ridge Park Hall in preparation for a community mural they will be spraying and painting on the Colyton Colts canteen at CEC Blinkhorn Oval during April/May. This mural will be celebrated and unveiled to the community on Saturday 23rd June 2018 from 2:00pm – 5:00 pm at CEC Blinkhorn Oval. All community members are welcome to attend.
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Girls Space Erskine Park ran free self-defence classes during Term 1 and has been a huge success with the young women. Each week they have been learning new ways to keep themselves safe within the community and situations to be mindful about.
Friday, 20 April 2018
The Koori Vest for Rooby Roo, the mascot of Paint Penrith ReaD was nominated for an award at the annual Zest Awards in February. The Rooby Roo vest started at Community Junction with the idea from Frances who then worked in conjunction with Maureen. From there, working under the guidance for local Aboriginal Elders and with local Aboriginal children from St Marys North Primary School the project was conducted respectfully from beginning to end. The vest was designed from artwork by the local Aboriginal children. The project helped to strengthen partnerships with all involved and the Elders witnessed their wishes and directions respected, the children felt honoured and heard and the legacy of the vest showing respect to the traditional owners of the land. It was an honour to be present on the night and even more of a thrill to accept the award on behalf of Frances and Community Junction, when we became the recipients of the Zest Award for the 'Outstanding Project Working with Aboriginal Communities in Greater Western Sydney'.
Also a big congratulations to the residents of #NorthStMarysMatters and ‘Team Colyton’ resident groups for winning Penrith City Council Australia Day Award 2018 Penrith Community Group Award.