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BLOG – Building kidzspace: Tuddenhams have floors covered

Work on our new $2.6 million kidzspace centre at Kangaroo Flat is underway. In this new blog we meet the Bendigo builders and sub-contractors who will be using their expertise to make our dream a reality – investing in Bendigo’s future!

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WHEN children and families walk into the new Kidzspace centre in Kangaroo Flat, they will step straight onto the handiwork of Tuddenhams Flooring Centre.

The local business has been sub-contracted to supply floor coverings for the Bendigo Community Health Services facility that aims to build a brighter future for youngsters across the region.

Tuddenhams will lay about 550 square metres of carpet tiles and 160 lineal metres of vinyl – three different designs of each – throughout the Helm Street building, as well as vinyl planks and entrance mats.

“It’s quite a big project for us,” says administration officer Teresa Hammer.

“But this is a great project for Bendigo and for all the families in the area that will use the centre.”

Kidzspace is a multi-million-dollar building that will house BCHS children’s and family services programs, as well as a range of other community activities.

It is the first of its kind in regional Australia and will make vital services for families in need easily accessible, based on the premise that any child can reach their full potential if supported to do so.

The facility is due to be completed in November.

Tuddenhams Flooring Centre is owned by Peter Taylor and Christine Thorne and has operated from its Contempo Court site for the past seven years.

Did you miss our earlier Building kidzspace blogs?

To check them all out click here

 

Bendigo Community Health Services hosts refugee women’s group trip to Shepparton

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It was an afternoon of shopping, fun, learning and meeting new people for the Bendigo Community Health Services women’s group who enjoyed a day trip to Shepparton today.

The trip was hosted by the BCHS Settlement Services team.

The refugees and their children also met families who have recently settled in Shepparton during the day trip.

As these pictures show, the visit to SPC KidsTown definitely put smiles on the faces of everyone who attended.

BCHS hosts regular day trips to places of interest for refugee families making a new home in Bendigo.

To support the Settlement Services team or get more information on their work email bchs@bchs.com.au or call 5448 1600.

 

Earlier this month a group of refugees enjoyed a tour of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

To see pictures from the museum visit click here

The BCHS Settlement Services team also hosted a three-day Youth Camp at Axedale during the school holidays.

The camp allowed young refugees to learn more about the western way of life in a fun and friendly environment.

To check out pictures from the camp click here

Run For Dad gains major sponsor in Bendigo company Moira Mac’s – time to register your participation

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THANK YOU: Bendigo Community Health Services men’s health nurse practitioner Peter Strange, Athletics Bendigo member Keith MacDonald and Moira Mac’s financial controller Marc Smith finalise the Run For Dad sponsorship.

 

The need to continue raising awareness of men’s health issues has inspired Bendigo food company Moira Mac’s to sign up as major sponsor of the Run For Dad on September 4.

The family-owned business will contribute $2500 to the annual Father’s Day fun run at Bendigo Racecourse which raises awareness and money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Villawood Properties, Athletes Foot, Purtill’s Nursery and Bendigo Property Management will also sponsor the event.

The Run For Dad is organised by Athletics Bendigo and will form part of Bendigo Community Health Services’ inaugural Men’s Health Marathon this year.

The Men’s Health Marathon will see 11 days of activities from August 25 to get men out, active and thinking about their health.

TO REGISTER FOR THE RUN FOR DAD CLICK HERE

Moira Mac’s financial controller Marc Smith said supporting a healthy event such as the Run For Dad was important to the growing company.

“We employ 100 staff here and it’s probably a 50-50 split, male and female, so the health side of things is really important and something we want to support,” he said.

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BCHS stitches up new partnership between knitting group and Young Pregnant and Parenting Program

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Bendigo Community Health Services has stitched up an exciting new partnership between Bendigo craft group Needles and Threads and Young Pregnant and Parenting Program participants.

Needles and Threads members have started to teach the young mothers how to knit and crochet as a group activity.

Group member May Roberts was delighted with the positive response to the first session.

“We’ve found it really interesting dealing with the young mums and their interest in the knitting,” she said.

Needles and Threads was keen to get involved with the YPPP program as a community-based group helping another not-for-profit organisation.

YPPP member Jasmin Smith was the catalyst for the knitting activity.

“I’ve been knitting since I was 14 … learned from my nan,” she said.

“The jumper that my son’s wearing at the moment, I brought that in and then the girls wanted to learn how to do that so it escalated from there.

Jasmin said the Needles and Threads members were helping the mums learn different patterns and different techniques.

“They are really enjoying it,” she said.

If you have spare wool to donate to the knitting activity please drop into our sites at 171 Hargreaves Street in Bendigo, 13 Helms Street in Kangaroo Flat or 3 Seymoure Street in Eaglehawk. We will certainly put your donation to great use!

CHECK OUT A GREAT ABC FEATURE ON THE KNITTING ACTIVITY…

To check out a great feature on the knitting program and Young Pregnant and Parenting Program by ABC Central Victoria journalists Stephanie Corsetti and Larissa Romensky  click here

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Some of the wool donated by the general public for use during the Young Pregnant and Parenting Program knitting activities with Needles and Threads. Love the generosity. If you have any spare wool please drop it into our sites at 171 Hargreaves Street in Bendigo, 13 Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat or 3 Seymoure Street in Eaglehawk.

 

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Some of the teddies created by Needles and Threads members which were donated to the Young Pregnant and Parenting Program this week. Thanks all!

Blog – Discovering BCHS: Meet our very own Mr Fix It

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 Bendigo…

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NO job is too small for Bendigo Community Health Services handyman Alan Campbell.

The 72-year-old has been Mr Fixit at the organisation’s Elmore site for more than a decade, using the skills he honed as a registered part-time builder to repair and maintain the facility.

“A lot of my work is fixing things like door locks and changing fluorescent light tubes and other fiddly things around the place,” says Alan, who was a merino sheep farmer at Knowsley before moving to Elmore and building his own house there.

“Once a month, I also come into the Central and Holdsworth Road sites to run the two generators – they are battery-started and I run them for half an hour to charge the battery up and every three months the unleaded fuel goes stale so I have to change that as well.”

The generators allow BCHS staff to continue operating computers, refrigerators and other electrical equipment during power outages.

“They are there for emergencies,” says Alan. “Two or three years ago at Holdsworth Road, there was a breakdown fault in the underground power and they had to use the generators for several days.”

Alan joined BCHS in July 2005, after he was approached by managers at Elmore and asked if he was interested in the handyman role.

“It is a good organisation and helps a lot of people,” he says.

When he’s not tinkering with his tools, Alan enjoys a game of golf at the Elmore Golf Club, where he is vice-captain and volunteers to mow the fairways.

A father of two and grandfather of five youngsters aged between two and eight, he also enjoys hooking up his caravan and travelling far and wide.

In 2014, he spent four months driving 20,000km through Central Australia to Darwin, around and down the west coast, then back across the Nullarbor Plain.

“This year I am planning to go to inland outback Queensland, then across to the east and back down the coast for a couple of months.”

 Enjoy more of our Discovering BCHS blogs here

Bendigo surveyors make sure there are no Building Issues with kidzspace

Work on our new $2.6 million kidzspace centre at Kangaroo Flat is underway. In this new Buiilding kidzspace blog we meet the Bendigo builders and sub-contractors who will be using their expertise to make our dream a reality – investing in Bendigo’s future! Enjoy…

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WORK: Our kidzspace building at Kangaroo Flat is progressing nicely despite the rainy days.

 

BEFORE first sod of soil was even turned on the Bendigo Community Health Services kidzspace children’s health and wellbeing centre, a mountain of work had already been done.

With strict regulations governing each step of the process, it was up to surveying company Building Issues to ensure the initial design of the facility met the code requirements.

“We have the overall role as certifier,” says project building surveyor Daniel Spence.

“In the pre-permit phase, we acted as a consultant working through each design discipline to guide the design towards compliance with the relevant codes and controls, then as a private building surveyor we were able to issue the building permit to allow works to commence.”

But the firm’s involvement doesn’t end there.

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BLOG – Discovering BCHS: Educators love ‘light-bulb’ moments for people managing diabetes

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 Bendigo. Today in honour of National Diabetes Week we meet our team of diabetes educators…

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OUR TEAM: Diabetes educators Cara Jamieson, Jan Moore and Leanne Rankin.

 

THEY call it the “light bulb moment” – the point at which someone diagnosed with diabetes realises they can get their symptoms under control and largely self-manage their illness.

For those living with the chronic condition, these moments are life-changing; for the Bendigo Community Health Services diabetes education team, they make going to work worthwhile.

“I have one client, a young person with a lot of psycho-social issues, who needed to start on insulin because their diabetes was very poorly controlled,” explains Jan Moore, one of three credentialled diabetes educators who work at BCHS in Eaglehawk.

“It has been a big challenge and taken a long time, but I have seen that little light bulb go off and this person has now managed to achieve excellent control of their diabetes and they are now engaging in work and engaging with other people socially.

“I am most proud of moments like that, because of all the hard work that person has put in to get to where they are now.”

Jan’s colleagues – Leanne Rankin and Cara Jamieson – agree.

“All of us can think of at least one person like that who has made our job worthwhile, because we see their success as our success,” says Leanne.

The three women form a specialist team within BCHS that provides diabetes education and support five days a week in Eaglehawk, as well as outreach services at Strathfieldsaye, Elmore and the Bendigo and District Aboriginal Co-operative.

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BLOG – Building kidzspace: Bolands take care of ceilings and walls

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ABOUT 2500 square metres of plasterboard will be used inside the new kidzspace Bendigo facility being built in Kangaroo Flat to house a range of crucial children’s and family services and programs.

And the job of hanging it, along with installing insulation throughout the pioneering Bendigo Community Health Services building, rests with the team from Bolands Plaster Service.

Director Peter Boland said the company would use the 10mm plasterboard to create suspended ceilings and interior walls in the many different areas of the multi-disciplinary complex that is slowly taking shape in Helm Street.

Kidzspace will be the first centre of its kind in regional Australia, bringing clinical, counselling, education, social support and early intervention services for vulnerable families together under the one roof.

By working collaboratively with parents and children from the earliest point of referral, BCHS hopes to invoke generational change and improve their long-term health and wellbeing outcomes.

Bolands Plaster will help shape the individual rooms and spaces inside kidzspace Bendigo.

As well as ceilings, walls, waterproof plasterboard in wet areas, beading and cornices, the company is also responsible for putting insulation inside the ceiling space and exterior and interior wall cavities.

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Refugee families tour Islamic Museum of Australia

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Bendigo Community Health Services has hosted a tour of the Islamic Museum of Australia by refugee families making a new home in Bendigo.

“The rationale for the trip to the museum was to improve understanding of how Afghan people have been in Australia for decades,” BCHS Settlement Services manager Martine Street said.

“The Afghans and their camels were here from the mid 1800s transporting cargo and assisting with exploration.

“We want Afghan children to feel proud and even have a sense that their forefathers have been here and they are part of the history of this country.”

Participant Hyra said the museum visit was very informative.

“The staff were very friendly and we learned so much about the history of Muslims in Australia,” she said.

RELATED: Story and video – Young Bendigo refugees enjoy holiday education camp

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