Thursday, 15 August 2019

FRIDAY NIGHT YOUTH OUTINGS


Our combined Youth Outings have been incredibly popular amongst our young people throughout 2019. Once a term on a Friday we have been bringing all of our Youth Spaces together for a joint night out. Our Term 2 outing was a trip into the city to see the annual Vivid Light Festival. All 21 young people  had a wonderful time in the city and it was great to see them mixing and mingling with young people from our other Youth Spaces.  We had a lots of fun and are super excited to commence planning for our remaining outings for the year.  





For more information on our youth services  please contact Monique on 9834 2708.


Thursday, 8 August 2019

NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS STORYTIME—NORTH ST MARYS


The sun was shining and children listened attentively to this year’s book “Alpacas with Maracas” written by Matt Cosgrove. Alpaca puppets were painted and maracas were made and used to shake and dance with. Music, dancing and instruments were being played to make this year special. Morning tea was prepared by our ING corporate volunteers who came and joined us. Thank you Ross from United Way and our regular Playvan bus who makes each Playvan week so much fun. Playvan meet every Wednesday during school terms. For more information please contact Kim on 9673 3908.




Thursday, 1 August 2019

Outreach Help Event


Community Junction Inc. partnered with Prosper Project Australia in assisting 25+ families 
experiencing financial hardship on Tuesday 25th June 2019. Families from Werrington and surrounds attended Arthur Neave Memorial Hall and collected food packs, toiletry packs, nappies, birthday gifts for children and other essentials. Free resources to help families with financial hardship, to budget and manage their finances was also available. The event was a great success and another will be run in the near future.






 For more information on the great work Prosper Project Australia do visit their Facebook page facebook.com/ProsperProjectAustralia or email mail@ prosperprojectaustralia.org


YOUTH WEEK 2019


This year our Youth Team and young people attended various Youth Week Events around Penrith, including our very own Skate Clair Event at St Clair Skate Park. Skate Clair provided young people an opportunity to celebrate youth culture and engage in a day that  recognises young people and their voice within the community.  Skate Clair is renowned for their annual skateboard, scooter, bike and street skating competition, where young people compete and additional young people judge the contest on the day. Skate Clair also included live musical performances conducted by local young people, free food and interactive activities and free stalls held by local Youth Services for young people to engage with.




Thursday, 25 July 2019

LIVING WELL GROUP - COLYTON


The group has had a fun filled first half of 2019. So far we have been lucky enough to get some legal tips from Legal aid and Western Sydney Community Legal Centre, find out about outings that are offered to seniors from Great Community Transport, hear about elder’s safety from Nepean Local Area Police and had fun with our Australian Trivia day. Plus we have had outings to Community Junction’s Seniors week event, St Marys Harmony Day event, Bunnings Minchinbury for a gardening workshop, morning tea at Tench Reserve and later this term we will be joining the St Marys Historical Society to learn about all things Penrith / St Marys.  






The group meet at Colyton Neighbourhood Centre everyThursday during school terms.  For more information please contact Nicole on 9188 9065.


Thursday, 18 July 2019

EASTER SHOW OUTING


On Tuesday 23rd April, the Youth Team took 20 young people to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. We spent all day at the show and had so much fun together. Young people enjoyed going on rides, playing games, winning prizes, eating ice-cream, chips on a stick and lots more. We stayed until the very end for the show and fire-works which was an awesome sight. All the young  people had a  great  day and were very well behaved. We can’t wait to go again next year for even more fun.




Monday, 15 July 2019

YARNING SPACE - INDIGENOUS TEAM


The launch of the recreated ‘Yarning Space’ at North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre saw community members and children join us to see how fabulous the space now looks. Children and adults used their creativity to paint a rock, to make this space a community space, a place belonging to the community at North St Marys. 





During the project we have had children visit the space  from North St Marys Community Preschool, St Marys North Public School, Gulyangarri and families from Community Junction groups, groups at North St Marys Neighbourhood Centre and Penrith City Council Mobile Playvan. It’s exciting to have so many people involved in the project, all whom have contributed to a place of belonging.


Thursday, 11 July 2019

REFUGEE WEEK


Penrith Multicultural Interagency celebrated Refugee week, with over 150 community members at St Marys Area Community Development Centre on Wednesday 19th June 2019. Community members shared multicultural food whilst watching performances and local inspirational guest speakers sharing their world stories. Community Junction Inc was grateful to be a part of this amazing event and look forward to supporting next year. For more information on the great work Penrith Multicultural Interagency do, please contact Laura Sardo at Nepean Multicultural Access on 9833 2416.



Wednesday, 15 May 2019

‘ROOBY ROO’ OUT AND ABOUT


Rooby Roo has been out and about this term visiting her friends and sharing her love for reading and rhyming. One of her favourite places to visit is St Clair Library. Each term Rooby hops into the library to join Storytime.  This term, Storytime will be held on Thursday 30th May 2019 from 10:30am.


Why not come along and meet Rooby and her friends and join in by singing and rhyming  and show Rooby how much you love to read too.


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

KOORI CRAFT / CHAT GROUP


This group is made up of local residents from North St Marys and surrounding areas.  Participants come from many different cultural backgrounds, which led to our group designing and making a welcome sign.  We used hand prints and painted circular designs, which in Aboriginal culture represents meeting place. Everyone had a choice of colours and what they wanted on the sign, including a word or two about what they get out of attending the group.  Their words were then placed around the board for all to see. The finished piece is colourful and eye catching. For more information about the group please contact Maureen on 9673 3908.








Thursday, 18 April 2019

ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM


This term we have launched our first Links to Learning Aboriginal Leadership Program for the year with Year 7 students from Chifley College Dunheved Campus. The program gives the girls opportunities to strengthen their personal skills and leadership qualities by positively connecting them to their peers, services,  community and Aboriginal culture. So far in the program we have had a focus on building relationships and aspects of leadership through team building challenges and learning about different ways of communication such as symbols and art. We are really looking forward to seeing the girls continue to grow and develop into tomorrow’s leaders.




Monday, 15 April 2019

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT


Together with various community organisations, Community Junction assisted in planning this years International Woman’s Day event, which was held at St Marys Memorial Hall on 6th March.  Corina Norman, an Inspirational speaker spoke about the importance of family and community togetherness creating a balanced society for the better of us all.  This year there was a focus on showcasing our local female youth.  St Marys Senior High graduate Mae Limbaco was invited to speak about her experience as a female from Australian / Filipino heritage and how important the message #Balance for better is for all young women, regardless of age, nationality, background or heritage. Slam poet Nieshanka Nanthakrishnakumar delivered some dynamic self-written poetry articulating the struggle for balance and the judgement often experienced by women. NCNS produced artworks depicting inspirational Aboriginal Women in History and our very own Erskine Park Girls Space performed a strong and hard hitting self-defence demonstration.  It was great to see the energy and passion of all these young women at this years event.




GIRLS SPACE INVOLVEMENT
This years International Women’s Day was an incredible opportunity for our Erskine Park Girls Space Self-Defence group to perform on stage and showcase the skills they had learnt during 2018 with the support from Ann Stirton from Akyu Martial Arts. We had 10 young women perform from both Erskine Park and St Clair High Schools.  All the girls had an awesome day together, have built strong friendships with each other and their confidence shined through the day.






Thursday, 11 April 2019

MIND BODY & SOUL SENIORS WEEK EVENT


We celebrated our National Seniors Week Event on Thursday 21st February with great attendance. This has been the first time we have celebrated a Seniors Week Event in St Clair in 10 years.  Seniors had a great day
learning more about local services that are there to support them, engaged in a range of workshops and leave the event with a goodie bag. Community Junction Inc would like to thank all the services who supported our event, by  holding workshops, mini demonstrations and information stalls on the day.