CHSP Fig Harvesting Day Out

It was a big day out in the Adelaide Hills for our CHSP seniors! On March 18th, we brought our seniors to spend the gorgeous Thursday morning at the Glen Ewin Estate for fig harvesting and afternoon tea.
 
 
The extraordinary weather along with the great atmosphere allowed for a great day of activity for our seniors. The time they spent picking figs of their choice was filled with chatter and ease.
 

Seniors fig harvesting

Despite the uneven terrain, many seniors were determined to spend as much of their time as possible under the sun and enjoying the thrill of harvesting their own figs. Unfortunately, because of this, the seniors found themselves too worn out to proceed to the Nauryz Celebration at the University of Adelaide, so chose to spend more time at the Estate and basking in the sun and eat their fruits. 
 
Seniors chatting with tea and figs
 
MWASA is keen to hold a similar event in the near future so that more of our seniors can experience the other gems of Adelaide while having a good time.
 

SETS Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament

What a kick-off!

Our SETS Youth enjoyed the Saturday morning of April 10th participating in an energizing indoor soccer tournament; the perfect gathering before the start of the month of Ramadan.

SETS Youth in a match.

Despite some not having played the sport before, the support from the other more experienced girls was definitely an encouragement. It gave our SETS Youth the opportunity to interact with others in their community as well as participate in something new. To see the collective team effort put into the games was amazing.

Pre-game team meeting.

The post-game treat of pizza was definitely a good note to end the day for everyone, especially for the winning team that brought home a bag of prizes from their successful game!

SETS Youth enjoying post-tournament pizza.
The winning team poses with their prizes.

During the down-time, many suggested other possible social sport they would like to participate in; it is safe to say that MWASA will definitely be holding another social sport event for our SETS Youth in the near future!

Unity in Diversity – Mosque Tour and Islamic culture experience

As part of the Unity in Diversity program, 60 students from St. Francis school had an opportunity to visit and tour Marion Mosque on 4 March 2021.

They also held conversations on Islam and Muslims, particularly on topics such as fasting and the difficulty associated with it, racism and the difference between cultural and religious practices.’

CHSP Talk- Protect Your Heart

MWASA organized a talk on heart in view of our CHSP* seniors’ overall health. Christine HYgonnet from the Heart Foundation SA presented on how to take care of their heart on 25 February 2021. 

Christine began the session by empahsizing the importance of understanding our heart before engaging in physical activities. She also shared warning signs of heart attack and what to do if you or someone is having one. 

Christine encouraged our seniors to take care of their heart by  following living a healthy lifestyle through following a healthy diet and joining free community based walking groups. 

The seniors received many giveaways from the Heart Foundation, including brochures, quick and easy recipes, a heart-shaped keyring and a pen. 

Interpreter for Uyghur speakers was present to facilate understanding of the topic. 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home and Support Program

CHSP Film Screening “Kabullywood” and a Short Documentary “Bakery”

Our CHSP* seniors were treated to a free film screening “Kabullywood” and a short documentary “Bakery” at the Mercury Cinema on 18th February 2021. The film is part of a free series of 6-week screenings organized by the recently launched South Asian Seniors’ Film Club. Their aim is to build friendships and social connections for older South Australians, showcasing films from South Asia. 

It was a day full of fun and entertainment as our seniors were treated to free lunch of Afghan Borani Banjan served with fresh Afgan bread, muffins and warm saffron tea. 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home and Support Program

CHSP BBQ Get Together

On the 14th of January 2021, MWASA organized a BBQ get-together with our CHSP* seniors in Thorndon Park. It was a perfect outing to start off the new year.

The seniors began the activity by strolling down the reservoir. This was a great opportunity for them to increase physical activity and therefore, improve their health and wellbeing.

Seniors taking a stroll.

 

While waiting for the food to cook, the seniors chatted away with their peers while appreciating the beautiful weather and scenery. Many even assisted to help with the cooking process!

Seniors enjoying the view.
Seniors helping out with the BBQ.
Seniors helping out with the BBQ.

Once the food was cooked, the seniors enjoyed the delicious spread of food with their peers while basking in the beautiful outdoors.

Seniors sitting down and enjoying the meal.

It can definitely be said that this outing was a very therapeutic and relaxing experience for the seniors and they are keen for future outings!

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program

Australian Law for You

A session to explain Australian Law was organized on 21 January 2021 focusing on the most common issues brought up by our SETS* clients.

Clients listening to the talk.

Melanie and Ella from Legal Services Commission went through the rights of both the tenants and landlords, fines, what to do if you are involved in a car accident, marriage and divorce. They also provided all attendees with phone numbers to the legal services commission helpline and the translating and interpreting services available to them. In addition, all attendees were given a booklet with all the important information in their own language.

The session was informative and delivered using clear and simple terms. It helped them to correct some of their misinformation regarding Australian law. The attendees found the session to be very useful as they gained new information and it helped correct the misinformation they had on Australian law. We also had interpreters for both Arabic and Dari speakers were present.

Clients listening to the talk.

We hope to further provide our women with the knowledge that could help them in the future. 

SETS*= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

CHSP Centrelink Talk

A talk on Centrelink payment was held on 28 January 2021 at MWASA for our CHSP* seniors.

CHSP Seniors at the Centrelink Talk in MWASA.

Tanya Kaplan from Services Australia began the session by sharing the general information on the types of payments available and its eligibility criteria as well as teaching the seniors how to navigate Centrelink for help.

Tanya Kaplan giving our seniors a talk.

Tanya also touched on the topic which was close to their heart, i.e. on age pension payment, providing information as to how much they received based on the Assets Test and factors that could affect payment such as leaving the country for a period of time.

An interpreter for Uyghur speakers was present to facilitate understanding of the topic.

The seniors were very attentive and engaged during the talk and enquired many questions. The seniors find informational talks like these to be very beneficial and hope to attend more in the future.

Seniors attentively listening to the talk.

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program