'Love Bites' Program

'Love Bites' is a Respectful Relationships program designed by NAPCAN (National Association for the prevention of child abuse and neglect) specifically for young people aged 15-17 years.  

The program began on the Mid North Coast of NSW in 2003 in response to concerns by teachers at a local high school that their young students appeared to be becoming involved in abusive and unhealthy relationships. Since then 'Love Bites' has reached many young people across Australia, and on the Central Coast and in South Sydney it is run in most high schools for Years 9 or 10 students. 

The program focuses on Relationships, Love and Control and has modules such as:

- Gender expectations and relationships

- Responding to jealous feelings

- Love and control

- Warning signs of a controlling/abusive relationship

- Supporting friends

- Seeking help

- Breaking up with respect

- Sexual Assault/Consent/Active By Standing

Some of our Community Northern Beaches staff members-Daniel, Anona and Jan attended the Love Bites facilitators training program recently and are now ready to take the program into high schools across the northern Beaches. Watch this space

 

 Daniel Peterson, Anona Le Page and Jan Schatz attended Love Bites training in preparation to facilitate the program for year 10 students in high schools on the Northern Beaches.

Daniel Peterson, Anona Le Page and Jan Schatz attended Love Bites training in preparation to facilitate the program for year 10 students in high schools on the Northern Beaches.

Mandy and Dolkar- Tibetan Refugee Mentoring Program

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Mandy Roberts and Dolkar Lhatso are two women from very different corners of the globe. Mandy was born in Sydney, Australia and Dolkar was born in a rural village in North-East Tibet. Today, both women live in Sydney’s northern beaches and have developed a very special bond through the Tibetan Refugee Mentoring program.

Running for 8 years, this program involves volunteers undertaking a 6 week TAFE course and extensive screening program before being matched with a Tibetan refugee who has recently arrived in Australia. Mandy Roberts, from Clontarf, undertook the course in 2015 after reading about it in the Manly Daily. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to arrive in a new country with no family or friends” she says, “I thought it sounded like something genuinely worthwhile and a way we could give back as a family.”

After 6 weeks Mandy was matched with Dolkar and her family- including her husband, Jimpa, and two young children, Rangdol and Saldon who had all recently arrived in Australia on Humanitarian visas.

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“In the beginning my main role was to help Dolkar find her feet in Australia and settle into her new life here,” says Mandy. “We can forget how simple tasks such as enrolling her children in school, paying electricity bills and reading food labels can be so hard for someone who speaks little or no English.”

After two years in the program, Dolkar and Mandy have become very close.  Their families share Christmas BBQ’s and Mandy’s family watched Saldon and Rangdol in their primary school Easter hat parade. 

 

 

“I also do things like help her sort through and read her mail, apply for jobs and take her and her children to appointments in the city. The children love spending time with my two daughters so we also spend time at Dee Why beach.”

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Whilst Dee Why’s Tibetan refugee community is an incredible source of community and culture for recently migrated families, the mentoring program offers another form of support and can help these individuals feel welcomed and integrated into society.

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“Dolkar makes incredible Tibetan food for us whenever we visit, her Mo Mo’s are delicious. They are a beautiful family, I learn just as much from Dolkar and her family as they do from us. “

 

 

Supported Playgroup- Haasan's 1st Birthday!

On the Northern Beaches we are lucky enough to be surrounded by so many different cultures of people, from all corners of the globe. Some have lived here their whole lives, and others have only recently arrived. At Community Northern Beaches we love welcoming new residents and focus on making their transition as easy as possible, like Haasan and his family who recently celebrated his 1st Birthday here in Australia.

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A program that assists with this, is our supported playgroup that takes place at Brookvale Community Centre every Thursday. One of our families recently celebrated their son Haasun’s 1st birthday, as well as a cultural blessing that Lyndsay, our family and child worker, was lucky enough to attend.

 

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One year-old Haasun has recently arrived to the Northern Beaches with his mother Priya, and Father Nanda from India. The supported playgroup has helped them meet new friends in the area, and offers guidance and care to help them settle in to the community.  

International Migrants' Day

It was International Migrants' Day on Monday and at Community Northern Beaches we would like to shout out to our valued Clients who have started their new life on the Northern Beaches. Many of these people have faced significant hardship and we hope we can help make their transition a little easier! 

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It was smiles all round at Community Northern Beaches' Brookvale Supported Playgroup this week as parents and children celebrated the festive season with cookie decorating, face painting, singing, story time and gorgeous gifts for every child to take home. Until Term 1 next year, we wish all our families a safe and happy holidays! Thank you to our staff & volunteers who make this group possible.

Thank you to StreetSmart Australia

Community Northern Beaches sends a big thank you to StreetSmart Australia for the grant they awarded our centre!

This donation makes a huge difference to our clients. We use these much needed funds to stock our drop-in cafe with food, coffee and tea and also for emergency financial assistance.

Many of our clients come to us for help when they are unable to buy food for the week, pay for medication or keep up-to-date with utility bills. Often just enough to get them by for the week or the opportunity for a cuppa and a chat will make a world of difference.