We are pleased to announce another local business has offered financial support to CNB. Local real estate agent Clarke & Humel have donated $1500 towards our Homelessness services. When approached by our volunteer Kym Fowler, Cherie Humel was impressed by the array of services CNB provide to those in need in our community. Co-founder and principal of Clarke & Humel, Cherie recognised that not everyone in the community is in a position to buy or rent a home and wanted to help in some way. This generous contribution helps us continue to provide homeless outreach services such as material aid, welfare, counselling, a drop-in cafe, advocacy and more.
SETS Program Vacation Maths Clinic 201/20
Tutorials for Years 5,6 and 7
The Community Northern Beachesâ€™ Multicultural Service organised a Maths Clinic (tutorials) during the Summer school holidays 2019/20, for Tibetan students in grades 5, 6 and 7. The duration of the programme was two hours, two days per week, beginning in December 2019 and finishing on the 28th of January 2020.
The main objective of the maths tutorial was to upgrade studentâ€™s maths skills and to improve their studies as well as a productive use of their holiday. We were lucky to have three Tibetan university students who volunteered to tutor the children. The program was very successful with 20 children attending all the sessions.
The children were presented at the end of the program with Attendance certificates and the teachers with an Appreciation Certificate.
A little party was organized after the last class to celebrate their achievement!!
‘Love Bites’ is an extremely successful school-based Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault prevention program. The program comes at no cost to schools or students. ‘Love Bitesâ€™ is based on best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Federal Government funded Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse and other leading academics in the area of violence against women.
Community Northern Beaches staff; Jan Schatz, Anona Le Page, Daniel Peterson and Tina Hicks, all facilitated the ‘Love Bites’ Respectful Relationship Program to the year 10 Cohort (150 students) at The Forest High School last month with 7 other facilitators from local service providers.
Young people have an important role to play in breaking cycles of violence. By challenging the sexist attitudes and behaviours of young people, and promoting respectful relationships, we can stop the violence before it starts.
‘Love Bites’ is facilitated throughout NSW by local service providers such as sexual assault workers, domestic violence workers, youth workers and police liaison officers.
‘Love Bites’ program consists of two interactive education workshops on Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault and Consent followed by creative workshops that consolidate the information from the morning. These workshops fit within the PDHPE curriculum in NSW.
Community Northern Beaches staff are looking forward to our next facilitation coming up at the end of this month at Killarney High.
The Forest Rugby Club Charity day was a terrific success both on and off the field. On the field, Forest’s results on the day, including the all important first grade, saw them win promotion to the Kentwell Cup for season 2020. A number of teams are competing in the upcoming finals series and Community Northern Beaches wishes them all the best. Go Forest!
Off the field a ‘mad’ auction of the specially designed Charity Day jersey saw over $20,000 raised! No doubt the euphoria of the Wallabies beating the All Blacks, coupled with ample celebratory liquid amber
contributed to the success of the bidding. In addition a further $4000 was raised from a raffle conducted at the ground, and a further $670 in sponsorship was contributed from player Carl Kilbourne, who dragged his body along the City to Surf route the following day.
A framed Forest Charity Day jersey now sits proudly at Community Northern Beachesâ€™ Centre in Manly. We would like to thank Forest Rugby for its continuing initiatives to support community organisations such as ours, which have raised well in excess of $100,000 over the last few years. As a community rugby club their efforts are truly inspiring.
It was smiles all round when our Executive Director John Kelly picked up a new car from Col Crawford Brookvale.
Thanks to a grant from FACS with a top up from the Refugee Initiative Northern Beaches we were able to purchase this new car to replace very old one for our volunteer driving instructors and students that are part of our immigrant driving programme.
The ability to drive and gain a license leads to employment opportunities and a more fulfilling life. A big thanks too to Manly Lions who support us by paying rego and insurance and Circle of Friends who pay petrol and repairs for the vehicle. #togetherwemakeadifference
Spotlight on Jan Schatz, Manager – Family, Child & Youth Service, Community Northern Beaches. Jan is an integral part of our team and this is an overview of the programmes she runs… Mondays: In conjunction with Raise Foundation, Jan mentors the Bump program supporting young mums and pregnant teens. Wednesdays: Raise Foundation In-school Mentoring at Cromer High School. Thursdays: Supported Playgroup at Brookvale Community Centre. Held weekly during school terms, this group is for families who need a little extra support with their children due to delayed learning or behavioural issues. Fridays: Community Yoga (weekly during school terms). Jan is also Area Co-ordinator for the Love Bites Program (Educating teens regarding respectful relationships and sex). Jan is responsible for sourcing, recruiting and training facilitators to run the program which will start again in
September at Forest High School, October at Killarney Heights High School and November at Mosman High School.
Jan also established initiatives such as the Mums & Daughters Self Protection Workshop to be held next on the 19th October. This is a free violence prevention and empowerment workshop for local mothers/carers and girls (aged 10-17 years)with Mel Thomas from the KYUP! Project. Jan is Wellbeing Facilitator for “Ready For Life, Ready For Success” with Relationships Australia for kids in Years 5, 6, 7 & 9 across different schools. These whole day programmes are run once per month and topics include identifying and managing emotions, friends, self-esteem, myths about relationships, and unhealthy vs healthy relationships. Jan also assists with general welfare, family support and crisis case management. Her targeted early intervention work is the cornerstone to our FACS funding so it is important to recognise how much she does.
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:
Today is Saskia Groen’s last regular Wednesday shift as a volunteer at Community Northern Beaches. We interviewed her about her role. Thank you for your huge contribution and for the mountains of kindness that you have shown to the guests of the Centre.
What is your role at Community Northern Beaches?
I am a volunteer on the reception desk. We are the meet and greet of the Centre. There are two of us in this role on any given shift and itâ€™s always enjoyable and worthwhile.
How would you describe a typical day for you whilst volunteering?
Our role is to keep the little â€˜drop-inâ€™ part of Community Northern Beaches running with warmth and generosity. Our visitors include all sorts of people in need. Some are looking for a friendly face and a cup of tea, others need food clothes or bedding, some need important information and others need the help of the amazing staff. Whatever the need, itâ€™s the job of the reception volunteers to make visitors, particularly those new to the Centre, feel welcome and safe. Sometimes our role is simply to give visitors a chance to sit and catch their breath.
What motivated you to get involved?
I have teenage sons. Six or so years ago I was driving along South Dowling Street in the city when I was approached at the traffic lights by a teenage boy asking for money. He was clearly sleeping rough and dealing with addition. I looked into this sweet, open, gentle boys eyes and saw my own kids. It was a pretty defining moment for me. I suddenly became so much more alert and conscious of the plight of homelessness, ever increasing numbers of Sydneyâ€™s rough sleepers, and the under resourcing of mental health services, rehab/detox, and social housing. I started as a volunteer for Missionbeat and soon became an employee. They are a city based homeless service so as a Seaforth resident I decided last year to support my own community as well and started as a volunteer with the amazing Community Northern Beaches.
Tell me about a particularly memorable moment during your time as a volunteer at the Centre?
Rough sleepers have usually been at the receiving end of judgment and disappointment so it often takes more than one visit for our visitors to trust enough to ask for assistance. So my most memorable moment is more like a sequence of moments – when I have been lucky enough to see an initially silent and withdrawn visitor finally turn to Daniel and share their situation and ask for help. Usually tears are involved.
What do you believe makes Community Northern Beaches special?
I think there is a genuine empathy and concern that both the staff and volunteers have for our visitors and for all people in need. I also think itâ€™s rather lovely that the wider community on the Northern Beaches support the organisation as much as they do. Community Northern Beaches is clearly dear to the heart of our wider community which is really pretty wonderful.
What would your advice be to someone looking to reach out for help but doesnâ€™t know where to start?
If you have a friend or relative you trust, share your concerns and needs with them. They may not know the answers but can walk alongside you as you start the next step. Then maybe get in contact with somewhere like Community Northern Beaches. Community centres are here to help you with the next step. And each step, no matter how small it may seem, is a movement in the right direction. Sometimes it may feel like youâ€™re going backwards but youâ€™re not. Our greatest concern is always for those that arenâ€™t able to reach out for assistance for whatever reason, so please use the resources that are there for you. We really do want to help.
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.