Family is something we should all be able to depend as we grow older – for safety, care and good company. But for many Australians who experience elder abuse, this is not always the case.
From 1987 Thuy and Long had milk bar businesses in South Melbourne, Blackburn North, Richmond and finally the Milk Bar/General Store in Surrey Hills in December 1995. In October 2017 they farewelled the neighbourhood they’d loved and felt a part of for 22 years: the school children who dropped by on their way home from school for a bag of lollies or an ice-cream; nearby residents who’d regularly buy milk, the newspaper, a greeting card, or a forgotten grocery item for that night’s dinner.
The Historical Radio Society of Australia (HRSA) has 1200 members around Australia, with an estimated 30 000 radios in their collections. Members enjoy collecting and restoring radios from the 1920s through to the ’80s. Meetings are held monthly around Australia, including in Ashburton, where radios are discussed and sold and friendships made.
I love to travel and meet the locals. It’s even better when I stay in their home, meet the family and am taken to places only the locals know. I belong to a worldwide club called The Friendship Force. Let me give you a taste of some of my experiences.
Calisthenics is a sport involving a combination of activities including marching, club swinging, rod twirling, aerobic exercise routines, singing, dancing and ballet.
The Australina Childhood Foundation has an app called ‘The Big Tree’ to support children to have fun while they practise calming techniques and listen to stories that teach them problem solving strategies. It uses narratives, games and creative activities to help children learn how relationships can support them to meet challenges which can feel overwhelming on their own.
On 10 October at the Box Hill Town Hall, year 10, 11 and 12 Students from Box Hill Senior Secondary College partnered with Youth Employment Support Inc. (YES) to organise and present The YES Inc. Charity Event.
Named after her feisty grandmother, Irish-born Julia Mosley is a vibrant, charismatic woman with an unstoppable ‘can-do’ approach to life. In May 2009, to assist disadvantaged young people lacking education or training/skills to find employment, she and two friends, Trish Wade and Sue Hamilton, started Youth Education Support Inc. (YES ). Julia is its CEO.
n 1983 an independent unregistered organisation was formed to help Victoria’s Iranian community settle in their new homeland. Its vision is to create harmony between the Iranian and Australian communities, celebrate the Iranian tradition and culture, educate Iranians about local laws, the Australian way of life, financial issues, health and well-being and mindfulness. The AISOV also runs a library and a monthly magazine for its members, called “Golbong”.
Free or low-cost activities for students of all ages and across all interests help parents and carers keep children active, engaged and enjoying themselves during the lengthy break from school.