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.
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.
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!
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!
A session to explain Australian Law was organized on 21 January 2021 focusing on the most common issues brought up by our SETS* clients.
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.
We hope to further provide our women with the knowledge that could help them in the future.
SETS*= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support
A talk on Centrelink payment was held on 28 January 2021 at MWASA for our CHSP* seniors.
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 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.
On the 17th of December 2020, our SETS* youth headed to Zone Bowling on Cross Road for some fun-filled bowling. The youth had a blast during this outing since it was a first-time experience for most of them. It was a good social sport as they interacted with one another between turns and supported their teammates throughout the friendly competitions.
The youth thoroughly enjoyed this outing and look forward to similar activities in the future.
*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support
On the 15th of December 2020, MWASA organised a session on ‘Understanding My Utility Bills’ for SETS* mothers. This session was conducted to assist our clients to develop a better understanding of their utility bills and their usage as well as learning ways to reduce these bills.
The session was presented by Sabina, an Energy Advisor from Uniting Communities. She covered topics on appliances that contribute to a higher bill, tariffs and charges and the concession rights they may be eligible to apply. Sabina also assisted them on how to read their bills and what to look for in understanding their bills. The clients were given a magnetic indoor thermometer and useful resources in their preferred language as takeaway souvenirs.
Overall, the clients found the session very informative as it helped them understand their bills and identify solutions to reduce them.
*SETS= Settlement Engagement and Transition Support
On the 10th of December 2020, the CHSP* seniors visited Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf for strawberry picking.
19 seniors along with Urika and the intern took the bus and headed to the farm. It was a very beautiful and sunny day, perfect for such an activity. The seniors were able to taste the freshly picked sweet and juicy strawberries and a few seniors purchased them for their loved ones.
The seniors then headed to Hahndorf where they had lunch at the Pioneer Memorial Gardens. Before leaving the beautiful old German town, the seniors had the opportunity to wonder around and admire the German-style architecture.
The seniors had a wonderful time during their outing. This was the final CHSP activity for 2020 and MWASA looks forward to conducting more activities for our CHSP seniors in 2021.
MWASA ended the year 2020 with a Staff Retreat on the 14th of December. We started off with a review of our progress for the year and plans for the coming year.
Following that, MWASA’s staff, tutors and volunteers headed off to the restaurant for a very hearty lunch. After lunch, we proceeded to play a game where we had to write an adjective of each letter that best describes a MWASA team member’s name. Everyone wrote such beautiful descriptions of the person they got.
The team members then shared a few pieces of poetry which were very deep and meaningful. It was a good bonding session. Everyone had such a wonderful enjoying each other’s company. MWASA appreciates all the hard work and effort of the staff, tutors and volunteers.
On The 8th of December, the Foundation Skills leaners were invited to the End of Year Party and Certificate Presentation Ceremony. This was held to acknowledge the leaners’ efforts in seeking knowledge and to celebrate their learning.
Learners were sat in 2 rooms to ensure proper social distancing as per the COVID-19 Safe rules. The learners then participated in a game of word swat. They then proceeded with the next activity of drawing a portrait of their friends.
Following that, Noor and Peta served the potluck food contributed by all the students as per the COVID-19 Safe rules.
After enjoying the wonderful array of cuisines, the leaners received their certificate and had an opportunity to thank their teachers.
MWASA celebrates the achievement of our learners and we hope to inspire and motivate our learners for the coming year.
In conjunction with this, MWASA CHSP is organizing a nutrition talk on the 22nd of October 2020. We will be sharing tips on how to create a healthy lifestyle by adopting a healthy diet and increasing physical activity. We will also be demonstrating a fun and simple way to prepare nutritious food.