Families struggling with ice, alcohol or other drugs issues can gain a helping hand through a one-day Stepping Forward program on Saturday supported by Bendigo Community Health Services.
FDS Victoria spokesman Michael Miller said the free program was designed to provide practical information skills and support for families.
“Family Drug Support is a caring, non-religious, non-judgemental organisation and has helped thousands of families by providing up-to-date information and by offering support and skills to cope better and survive this ordeal intact,” he said.
Girton Grammar principal Matthew Maruff learned plenty about his body during a special 10-week Men’s Health Challenge.
Matthew accepted a Bendigo Community Health Services invitation to take on the challenge to raise awareness of men’s health and promote the organisation’s Men’s Health Marathon from August 25 to September 4.
“I used to think that the body was simply a carrier pigeon for the brain but now I realise it is more complex than that,” Matthew said of his Men’s Health Challenge experience.
“When I received a call from Bendigo Community Health Services in June my first thought was that my professional work would not allow me the luxury of training at Shape Health and Fitness.
“I was reminded though of a friend’s comments made to me when I started in my current role, nearly seven years ago: “Matthew, you need to get hold of your diary, or it will get hold of you”.
“Whilst this is a constant challenge for me, I made a commitment to complete the 10-week challenge, not only for myself but to fly the flag for men’s health.
“What I started to find was that the carrier pigeon may have been becoming a bit lighter, but the most sense of well-being, stamina and alertness were improving. So no I know that the relationship between mind and body is much more in line with the Roman notion of a healthy mind in a healthy body.
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.