Community Northern Beaches Volunteer, Kym Fowler visited some of the local businesses who support us to present our new window stickers that show our appreciation for their contribution and help promote our much needed services within the community:
On 4 June the annual Employment Expo ” Be Employed and Upskilled” was held at TAFE Northern Beaches campus, organised by Northern Beaches TAFE and Community Northern Beachesâ€™ Multicultural Service. Around 20 stalls were offered and approximately 400 people attended. The workshops were full and it was a really great day, extremely informative and great connections were made between employers and prospective employees.
Community Northern Beaches was represented by Maria-Elena Chidzey a member of the organising committee who opened the Expo with an inspirational speech. People in the audience congratulated her and one said she had tears in her eyes listening to Maria talk about the importance of work in peopleâ€™s lives, not just in the economic sense, but as a way to establish friendships, to develop confidence and feel that you are contributing to society. Maria also said that one of the good things about the employment Expos was the opportunity to educate the employers on the benefits of employing migrants and local people.
One of the observation Maria made was that most employment programs for migrants are directed at educating the migrants and hardly any or none are dedicated to educating the employers and encourage them to give migrants an opportunity to demonstrate what they are capable off, to overcome the barriers of “speaking with an accent”, not having “local contacts or Networks” . For employers to understand that those “barriers” are not necessarily an impediment to been able to do a job.
The Community Northern Beachesâ€™ stall as manned by two of our volunteers, Katrina and Saskia, who provided information regarding the services and the Volunteer programmes offered by Community Northern Beaches which is, in many cases, complementary and a precursor to finding employment.
Geoff Thomas and his team didn’t hesitate when approached by Kym from Community Northern Beaches recently for a contribution. They generously donated 10 x 1 hour dental treatments to assist our homeless and domestic violence clients who may be in urgent need of treatment on their teeth. We are incredibly grateful for this invaluable support so close to our hub, as many clients do not have the means to travel a distance for this kind of treatment, let alone the means to pay for it.
Geoff Thomas Dental have already helped two of our clients with urgent and painful dental issues; many thanks to Dr Stephen Neeson for treating them. They were both very happy and relieved afterward their visits.
Maria Chidzey, Manager Multicultural Services has recently returned from India where she was extremely privileged to meet with His Holiness The Dalai Llama in a private audience. She also met with the Tibetan Government in Exile to discuss ways to improve the documentation process so that entry of Tibetans into Australia will be smoother. We are very proud of the work Maria, Dhondup and the team at Community Beaches do with the local community of people who arrived into Australia seeking asylum.
Based in the CBD and the Northern Beaches, the team at Karim + Nicol offer the highest quality representation in all types of criminal cases. They also provide comprehensive advice and representation in a range of quasi-criminal matters. Karim + Nicol have kindly partnered with Community Northern Beaches, offering in-kind support to clients in need of expert advice. We are so thankful to Carrie and Nadia!
Community Northern Beaches will be the Community Charity featured on the Return and Earn machines in the following locations for the period 27th May to 25th August 2019. Check out the video above for how this works!
The machines will issue a tax-deductible receipt for all donations of 20+ bottles or cans. Our last 3-month stint on the machines in early 2019 earned CNB $613! Check out the locations below:
– Coles, Koorala St, Manly Vale (middle of carpark)
– Woolworths, Roseberry St, Balgowlah (south-western corner of underground carpark)
– Time and Tide Hotel, Campbell Ave, Dee Why (north-western corner of carpark)
– Westfield Warringah Mall, Brookvale (behind Aldi)
– Northern Beaches Indoor Sports Centre, Namona St, Warriewood (eastern side of Centre)
– Belrose Super Centre, off Forest Way, Belrose (parking level P2, section V)
Thank you for your support.
We dropped in to say hello to Condell Financial in Manly this week, a financial planning business who generously donated $1000 towards support for our clients over the Christmas period. We really appreciate people such as Sean and Andrew Condell, who see that help is needed locally where we live and work.
Daniel Petersen, Homeless Services Manager said it’s great to see local businesses getting involved and helping us raise awareness of what we do at Community Northern Beaches. Our specialist volunteer Kym Fowler is on the lookout for other businesses across the northern beaches who share the same values. Would your business like to make a contribution? If so please contact email@example.com and if you need some financial planning or tax advice, get in touch with Sean or Andrew at condellfinancial.com
Thank you to Balgowlah Automotive for your generosity! Owners Richard and Tony Smith are well known supporters of the local community and have donated $1000 to Community Northern Beaches which will help us provide ongoing support for our clients for car related items such as petrol vouchers or other basic automotive needs. They have also agreed to assist selected clients experiencing homelessness and domestic violence with car related issues.
Richard and Tony are pictured here with Kym Fowler. Kym is one of our valued specialist volunteers whose role is to build relationships and support from local businesses. If you have a local business and would like to know more about ways you can help those in need, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Northern Beaches needs your help to provide vital support this Christmas
As you prepare for Christmas, take a moment to think about those less fortunate. Not everyone will be enjoying opening presents or sitting at a table laden with delicious food.
For the people we support, Christmas can be a time of extreme hardship. We see families without enough food, elderly suffering isolation and many without safe or secure shelter.
Please help us provide vital support this Christmas.
Last Christmas, Jenny* spent Christmas on the streets. With no family, no job and an addiction to alcohol, Jenny had nowhere to go – the bus shelter provided a break from the weather and lighting which offered some small perception of safety.
Last September, Jenny visited Community Northern Beaches where she was supported by Nonnie, the Domestic Violence and Welfare Worker and Daniel, the Homeless Outreach Worker. They organised emergency accommodation, clean clothes, food and connected Jenny to more supports. After four terrifying years of domestic abuse, Jenny had escaped and needed intense counselling to help her recover from the trauma that she experienced.
This Christmas Jenny will have a warm place to stay and food to eat. As Jenny gradually puts her life back together,Community Northern Beaches will be there each step of the way.
Without the services provided by the dedicated team at Community Northern Beaches, who knows where Jenny and others like her would be?
Community Northern Beaches is a unique community-based charity offering a range of free or low-cost services to the most marginalised and disadvantaged members of the community. It is a vibrant, well established community hub with a deserved reputation for offering targeted early intervention and face-to-face outreach services and community building. Find out moreâ€¦
*name changed for privacy reasons
Kay Neville is one of the first volunteers to sign up and be matched with a student under the Community Northern Beaches English Conversation Programme. She has considerable experience teaching English whilst living in other areas of Australia.
Kay is thoroughly enjoying the experience and finds it very rewarding because not only is her studentâ€™s English improving but she herself is learning so much about Tibetan culture which she finds fascinating. Not to mention the delicious treats that Tsering very kindly brings when they meet up.
Tsering arrived in Australia in 2014 and has lived in the Northern Beaches area for 4 years with her 2 teenage children, firstly in Beacon Hill and now in Brookvale. Her son has recently finished university where he studied engineering. She loves meeting up with Kay every week and they have developed a lasting friendship.
Phyl Jelinek, Volunteer ESL Programme Co-ordinator met with Kay Neville and Tibetan student Tsering for a chat;
What made you want to volunteer as an ESL teacher and how long have you been in the programme?
Kay: â€œI have taught English in other places that Iâ€™ve lived around Australia, so when I moved to the Northern Beaches in Sydney I was quickly drawn to the idea of volunteering for the English conversation programme being offered by Community Northern Beaches. I went to an information morning and was immediately matched with Tsering. Weâ€™ve been meeting regularly for more than 6 months nowâ€
How did you find out about the CNB ESL Programme?
Kay: â€œI saw a notice about the information morning on the notice board at the Community Northern Beaches offices in Manly.â€
How were you matched with your student?
Kay: â€œDhondhup helped with the process. I think we were matched because we lived fairly close to each otherâ€.
Where do you meet and how often?
Kay: â€œTsering and I meet one day a week either in a library or a coffee shop depending on what we decide to do. We have been to the markets together in Manly which was fun and sometimes we use the computers in the library to look things up. We also sometimes discuss the English she is studying at TAFE. We arrange to meet for an hour but the sessions often last longer depending on what we are doing.â€
Are you enjoying your meetings with Kay?
Tsering: â€œI enjoy it very much. Kay is a very good teacher and she also helps me when I need help completing forms and understanding government documents. Kay has also taught me how to use my phone to text messages so we use text messaging to arrange our meetings now. Itâ€™s very good.â€
Do you enjoy studying at TAFE?
Tsering: â€œYes, I study English at TAFE 3 days a week. Kay sometimes helps me understand these lessons as well. I have also recently passed the exam that allows me to get a cleaning job so I can start looking for work now. Please let everyone know that I am available to clean houses. I would do a good job.â€
Do you enjoy other interests?
Tsering: â€œYes, I love dancing in the Tibetan style. A group of us, four women and four men, meet every week to practice Tibetan folk dancing. I like it very much.â€
Do you have any feedback on the programme that might be helpful?
Tsering: â€œNo, I think it is working very well but I know there are others in my community who would like to learn English so more volunteers would be goodâ€.
Kay: â€œNot really, although to encourage more volunteers I think it should be emphasised that you donâ€™t need to be a qualified English teacher to join this programme. Informal English conversation is the key and teaching vocabulary needed on a day to day basis to get by, communicate effectively and thereby improve quality of life here in Australia.â€