Bendigo team Karen Buddhist Dhamma Dhutta Foundation A has won the 2016 Bendigo Community Health Services Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament.
KBDDF A defeated another Bendigo team in Freedom by 8 goals to 3 in the grand final.
More than 100 people turned out for the event which attracted nine teams this year.
Western District Employment Access business development officer Ivan Crisp presented the Fustal Cup to the winning team, the runner’s up trophy and individual player of the tournament awards.
BCHS has already started planning the 2017 Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament. If you would like more information on playing or supporting the event, call Zahir or Nay Chee from the Settlement Services team on 03 5448 1600.
Bendigo Community Health Services will host the third annual Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament in Bendigo on Saturday (September 17).
Futsal is a modified version of traditional soccer and embraced around the world.
The popularity of the sport with Karen and Afghan communities in Bendigo motivated BCHS to start an annual Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament in 2014.
BCHS Settlement Services manager Martine Street said the tournament had become known for great participation and fierce competition.
“Traditionally, 10 teams compete and approximately 100 participants. Lots of women and children come and cheer on competitors,” Martine said.
Martine said BCHS was delighted to welcome a new sponsor for the tournament this year.
“We are delighted Western District Employment Access (WDEA) is supporting the tournament, providing information on their services and generally joining in,” she said.
Martine said organising events such as the Futsal tournament was an important part of the Settlement Services work at BCHS.
“Participation in organised activities, social connection and physical activity are priority areas for the work done by our staff – it’s great to see that effort rewarded with events such as this and our annual Multicultural Soccer Tournament.”
WDEA business development officer Ivan Crisp said the organisation had a strong belief in supporting the local community.
“The Bendigo Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament provided a great opportunity for us to back an event that brings people together in a fun and inspiring way,” he said.
“Many of the people participating have come from some very difficult backgrounds and by supporting the tournament it is our hope that we can bring some happiness and fun to everyone involved.
“Everyone should come along and pick a team to support … you never know how much fun you can have and the friends you could make.
“I look forward to the day and being a part of such a special event is inspiring and humbling.”
The Multicultural Youth Futsal Tournament will run from 10am to 3.30pm at the Flora Hill Indoor Sports Stadium in Ellis Street with spectators welcome.
The tournament is supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship under the Refugee Action Program.
To inquire about playing in the 2017 tournament call Nay Chee Aung or Zahir Azimi from the BCHS Settlement Services team on 5448 1600.
PAULA May is Bendigo Community Health Services’ longest-serving employee, devoting the past 37 years to helping local at-risk families reach their full potential.
At the age of 74, the family support worker has contemplated retirement in the past and once even started going through the early stages of the process.
“But I came out the other end and thought, no, I have still got something to offer. I love my job, I love the workers and our team and I feel good about staying at work.”
Paula grew up in a single-parent family and, through her own experiences, understands many of the daily challenges faced by the mums, dads and children she comes in contact with.
Having worked as a factory sewing machinist in her early life – including at Hanro Knitting Mills in the very building that houses BCHS’s central office today – she believes she was destined to work in the family services field.
“I am sure that most of the lessons I have had to learn in life have led me to this,” says the mother of four, grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of one.
“It feels like this is what I was meant to do.”
Paula joined BCHS on June 15, 1979. She had returned to her home town of Bendigo after a stint in Melbourne and was working part-time in a grocery store when she saw a newspaper ad for a family support worker and felt compelled to apply.
She didn’t get the job. But soon after she received a phone call to say a second position had opened up if she was still interested, and she has been supporting local families ever since.
Bendigo Community Health Services has spent 18 months studying dementia through a new Community Connections project.
The project engaged people with dementia, partners, families and carers to learn how the disease impacts on lives and community.
“We developed strong, trusting relationships with a number of our community members. The community opened their homes to us, showed us their photo albums of memories and even introduced us to their family,” a BCHS Community Connections project team member said.
BCHS staff will present the dementia project findings during a free public information session at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre at 121 View Street in Bendigo from 10am on September 29.
NOTE: Please note venue change from Capital Theatre to La Trobe Visual Arts Centre. All other details remain the same.
The session will include a presentation on what BCHS has learned from the study, videos from heartfelt interviews with families, information on how organisations can become dementia friendly and free help brochures.
BCHS staff will also showcase a dementia staff training system built through the learnings of the Community Connections project and experiences of people with dementia and their carers.
Alzheimer’s Australia will also deliver a presentation during the session.
When: Thursday, September 29.
Where: La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo.
Time: 10am to 11.30am.
RSVP: Please click hereto register by close of business on Monday, September 26.
We put women’s health in the picture with a fun day of information, prizes, health assessments and photographs at Lansell Square on Wednesday.
The event was in support of Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week and raised awareness about important issues such as regular check ups, blood pressure and diabetes.
The day was attended by women of all ages.
Importantly, our staff carried out more than 50 health checks on the day, referring four people to their GP for high blood pressure and 15 to our Life! Program after a risk assessment for Type 2 diabetes.
Huge thanks to nursing students from La Trobe University, Victoria University and Monash University who helped with the event as part of their placement with BCHS.
Oh, we even had the pleasure of meeting Moose from Seeing Eye Dog Australia.
Our staff have a strong commitment to caring for women in Bendigo.
Our Women’s Health Clinic, medical practices and wide range of support programs are committed to allowing you to live life well!
The Women’s Health Clinic is staffed by a female general practitioner and nurses and has a focus on:
common issues with periods
early pregnancy care and referral to maternity hospitals
unplanned pregnancy counselling and support
sexually transmissible infection risk assessment, testing and treatment
cervical cancer screening – pap tests
breast health and breast checks
bowel cancer screening
emotional and physical issues of menopause; assessment and testing and support
managing life as an older woman
women’s health education sessions
The clinic caters for all ages and you do not need a referral.
Bendigo Community Health Services is home to more than 50 services and 250 staff. Take a journey through our organisation to learn more about our services and programs by meeting some of our wonderful staff through our blog Discovering BCHS…
EVEN after a decade as a counsellor, Nicole Trench is still humbled by the privilege of having clients confide in her, sharing their most personal thoughts, feelings and stories.
“The intimacy of trusting and sharing and bearing witness to someone’s journey can be so amazing,” says the softly spoken confidante from Bendigo Community Health Services’ alcohol and other drugs team.
“Sometimes it can be as simple as something clicking with a client that causes a shift – a shift in thinking, a shift in behaviour, or a shift in their own belief system.
“And to witness that is quite powerful.”
Nicole works three days a week at BCHS in Eaglehawk, managing a case load of about 24 clients all trying to overcome issues related to substance abuse.
And while drugs or alcohol may be at the centre of their problems, they are often just one of many intertwining factors in the complex web of their lives.