CHSP Torrens River Popeye Cruise

The 1st of October was the International Day of Older Persons. In conjunction with the event, MWASA organised a scenic cruise along the Torrens River on the Popeye for CHSP* seniors.

 

Proper social distancing and precautionary measures were adhered to throughout the activity. The seniors were assisted by the friendly guide and advised to sanitize prior to taking their seats on the boat. The cruise trip lasted for approximately 45 minutes. The seniors had a wonderful and joyful time cruising down the river while enjoying each other’s company.

 

After the cruise trip, the seniors enjoyed a leisure walk along the Torrens River up to the gazebo at the Elder Park. They had light snacks while basking in the sun.

 

They also did some stretching to improve their flexibility and ease the movement of their joints. The seniors felt really good after the light exercise, resulting in a positive mindset and relaxed body.

 

 

The seniors thoroughly enjoyed the activity and had a wonderful time with great company on that beautiful day!

 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Sandwich Art and Recipes of Life for Youth

Following the discussion with the SETS* mothers who expressed concern over their teen’s screen time, Natale Rudland Wood from the Dulwich Centre conducted a session with the youths on 7th of October 2020 to discuss healthier activities to replace screen time when they are at home.  

Though it was a small group, the youth were very forthcoming with great ideas and requested to be involved in collating and presenting the Recipe of Life materials.

Subsequently, the youth participated in a Sandwich Art making activity, where they cut out their sandwiches into interesting shapes. They was also a demonstration on making healthy and delicious smoothies.

 

*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

Social Saturday with Manal Younus

On 19th September 2020, MWASA organised a Social Saturday with Manal Younus for the SETS* youth as an introduction to the leadership program.

As an experienced facilitator, Manal inspired the youth to develop their ideas for leadership-building experience and the youths were excited to work on projects that they were passionate about. The youth thoroughly enjoyed the discussion with Manal.


*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

Recipes of Life for Mums

MWASA organised the ‘Recipes of Life’ session for SETS* mothers at two different venues and dates to facilitate mothers with young children.

Natale Rudland Wood from the Dulwich Centre facilitated both sessions with the same theme on ‘Screen Time’. The mothers felt very comfortable sharing their personal experiences and opinion throughout the session. They found the session to be very helpful and useful where they learnt new strategies to build stronger relationships with their children. We also had Sister Dania assisting in interpreting the session. Overall, the session brought a fresh perspective on parenting.

 

*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support

Introductory Course to Citizenship Test Preparation

The 6-sessions of the Introductory Course to Citizenship Test Preparation were completed on the 24th of September 2020. It was conducted virtually on Zoom by Sister Peta Abdalla. Topics covered included understanding of Australia and its people, the Australian government and laws, symbols and colonial history.

Discussion and dialogue were practiced throughout the lessons and the students did a lot of revision and practice questions.

Sister Peta did a wonderful job at engaging with the students during the sessions. She presented the course in a simplified manner, which allowed the students to fully comprehend the course content. She was assisted by Sr Dania who did an excellent job at translating.

Overall, the course received positive feedback. The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and found them very useful.

 

Eid Al-Adha Lunch

During the period of home isolation, the seniors were unable to socialise with family and friends. They were unable to participate in the usual activities and events that keep them active and engaged. Thankfully, the South Australian Government did a fantastic job at slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Since the number of active cases have drastically reduced, the restrictions have eased.

 

Following this ease of restrictions in South Australia, the seniors were encouraged to resume social activities to maintain social connections, since it improves their health and wellbeing. The MWASA resumed the Social Support Group (SSG) activities by organizing a lunch gathering for CHSP seniors on the 6th of August 2020 at Sofra Kebab House.

 

We have implemented proper sanitising and social distancing procedures to ensure that wellbeing of the attendees is protected. We celebrated Eid al-Adha during this event and it was an opportunity for the seniors to reunite and catch up with their peers. During the event we reminded the seniors of the importance of maintaining physical distancing and following good hygiene practices. Urika demonstrated the proper techniques for hand washing and sanitizing. Following that, they competed in a fun maze puzzle.

 

 

The seniors then enjoyed a wonderful lunch which included a chicken and lamb shish kebab plate served with rice, bread and fresh salad. After a very filling lunch, the seniors played an entertaining game of BINGO led by Jessica. 

 

 

Finally, the seniors were each served with a nice slice of cake with Istanbul tea. The seniors had a fantastic time enjoying each other’s company and a nice time reconnecting with their peers. Thank you Sofra Kebab House for having us!


CHSP Lawn Bowling

MWASA is committed to helping  better the lives of seniors and encourage a more independent lifesyle through organizing activities that promote an active lifestyle.

 

On 3 September 2020, we organized a lawn bowling activity at Glenelg Bowling Club in which 17 seniors participated. The weather was sunny and pleasantly warm despite the light drizzle in the morning. The seniors were welcomed by two members of the bowling club. They briefed the seniors on the rules of the game.

 

 

Some of the seniors were excited as it was their first time while others had experienced playing it before. This low-impact sport activity was thoroughly enjoyed by the seniors, especially the men. They had the pleasure of enjoying time outdoor with their peers, which not only improved their fitness but also their mental well-being. The seniors played over an hour and a half before stopping for lunch. The club provided free flow of coffee and tea. 

 

Overall, they all had a very wonderful time being outdoors and spending time with their peers.

 

 

CHSP Meal Delivery by Momz Kitchen

Momz Kitchen catered appetising home style food (stir-fried chicken with rice) for the CHSP seniors on the 22nd and 23rd of July. The meals are part of the ongoing CHSP meal distribution program to support the seniors in accessing meals during the pandemic period. The meals were delivered by Sister Urika and her intern, Jessica as well as a volunteer, Brother Qayyum.

Information about the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and what it means for the seniors, as well as testing locations, were made available to them.  

As restrictions begin to ease from 20th July, MWASA will be resuming Social Support Group activities by inviting CHSP seniors for a social lunch at Sofra Kebab House in conjunction with Eid ul-Adha celebration after months of isolation.

CHSP Meal Delivery by Afghan Star

This round, the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia paired up with another local business – Afghan Star Charcoal Kebab House – to provide CHSP seniors with a tasty packed meal. The meal, which was delivered by Sister Urika and her volunteer Sister Nadia on 8 and 9 July 2020, included delicious grilled chicken skewers / falafel with salad and sauce wrapped in tandoori bread.

‘Tips and Ideas for Older Australians to improve flexibility, balance and strength’ by the Department of Health and a jigsaw puzzle activity were also included to engage and entertain the seniors in their free time.