CHSP BBQ Get Together

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

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

 

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While waiting for the food to cook, the seniors chatted away with their peers while appreciating the beautiful weather and scenery.

 

 

Once the food was cooked, the seniors enjoyed the delicious spread of food with their peers while basking in the beautiful outdoors. This outing was a very therapeutic and relaxing experience for the seniors and they are excited for future outings!

 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program

Highlights of July to December 2020

The year 2020 had its ups and downs, however here at Muslim Women’s Association of SA we strive to continue providing the best to our clients and members. 

Scroll down to see our highlights from July to December 2020, and reminisce the wonderful memories we had in 2020.

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, the seniors were advised to stay at home. As such, MWASA has provided our CHSP seniors with scrumptious meal packs that were delivered by our kind volunteers. 

 

 

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SETS Youth Bowling

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

SETS Understanding My Utility Bills

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

End of Year Staff Retreat

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.

 

We look forward to 2021!

Foundation Skills End of Year Party and Certificate Presentation Ceremony

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.

Congratulations to our learners!

Trip to the South Australian Aviation Museum

On the 5th of November, the CHSP* seniors were on cloud nine when they visited the South Australian Aviation Museum. They had an amazing experience touring the spectacular displays of aircraft and engines and learning the history of the aviation and aerospace industry in Australia.

Though guided tours were suspended, the seniors were still able to learn about the exhibits through the storyboards which provided historical information on the aircrafts and artifacts. The highlight was the opportunity for the seniors to climb inside and view the components that make up the historical aircraft. 

The seniors had a wonderful time learning and spending time with their friends during this trip.

*CHSP=Commonwealth Home Support Programme

COVID-19 update

Our primary concern remains the health, safety and well-being of our members, the community we represent, our staff and volunteers. In light of the recent public health advisory and advice from the Government of SA and SA Health, we have made the decision to suspend our social group activities and classes until further notice. We are still contactable during these times at:

Telephone: (08) 8212 0800

Email: admin@mwasa.org.au

Website: www.mwasa.org.au

Please click here for more updates on COVID-19.

We hope that you stay safe and practice social distancing and proper hygiene. 

Let’s Talk Nutrition

 

On the 22nd of October 2020, MWASA organised a Nutrition Talk for the CHSP* seniors. The talk was held in MWASA, with 27 seniors attending. The speaker, Sister Zuhrah Shafqat Ali spoke about the importance of eating well and staying physically active to improve general health and well-being.

 

She shared simple tips on how to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods daily. She explained the 5 food groups, and how to meet daily energy needs and lower the risk of developing chronic health conditions. The seniors were very engaged and participative during the talk. In fact, a number of them approached Sister Zuhrah after the talk to express their excitement in learning how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Following the talk, Sister Zuhrah demonstrated on how to prepare a simple and healthy Mediterranean Salad. She also prepared a delicious butternut squash and chicken soup served with bread rolls.

The seniors had a wonderful time during the demonstration session as they were able to observe how simple it is to include lots of colourful vegetables into their foods.

 

 

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Programme

 

NEW Info Board at MWASA

Communication is crucial in every context.

Here at MWASA, we continually try to communicate in the best way: with each other, with our members and with the community. This means trying new ways of communication and seeing if the new way is effective, clear and inclusive

Sharing information online is a great way to reach a lot of people with no paper waste. Some of our members, however, don’t have regular and reliable access to technology, or struggle with the cyber skills needed to navigate the online world, or find it easier to read in languages other than English.

As a complementary method of communication, we will be updating the new Info Board located in the foyer in the same way that we post online: flyers, photos, milestones and information regarding daily operations. It has already become a mingling and talking point for the ladies coming in for classes. Look for it next time you’re in the office. 

As a bonus, look for the spectacular aerial photo of Wilpena Pound, which is around 5 hours north of Adelaide in the Flinders Ranges. As a complete coincidence but as further evidence of the successful multicultural nature of our organisation, one of our members is from the Adnyamathanha tribe – the first nation people of the Flinders Ranges region. 

Also located in the foyer, surrounding the Info Board, is a wide variety of information from community service providers and from the Australian Government. Although most booklets are in English, there are some available in different languages. There is information available on parenting, health issues effecting women, local events and attractions and more – and it is all free to take. 

Please take note of our opening hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday, with the exception of this coming end of year period where we will be closing from Tuesday 24th December and re-opening on Monday 6th January 2020. If coming in to inquire about a specific program, please call our office beforehand on 08 8212 0800, just to make sure that the program coordinator will be free for you. Thankyou. 

 

Goolwa is the place to Go!

The Wallaroo Trip planned for Thursday 21st of November was changed to Goolwa, due to the catastrophic bushfire conditions on the Yorke Peninsula the day before. Though disappointed, the seniors understood the situation and were glad that the picnic trip was not cancelled.

Twenty-three seniors went on this trip.

Our first stop over was at Strathalbyn. The River Angas Walkway at this country town was beautiful in spring, with flowers blooming in the rose garden and ducks swimming in the river. The seniors enjoyed strolling along the walkway and visited the antique shops in High Street.

Next, we went to Hindmarsh Island, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest freshwater marina development. We crossed over to the island using the bridge that is connected from Goolwa. The driver took us to Sugars Beach where you can see the mouth of the Murray River – where the river
meets the sea. He gave a brief description about the Murray River which weaves its way through three states – NSW (Yarrawonga), Victoria and South Australia (Goolwa). What a great learning journey.

Subsequently, we arrived at Goolwa Wharf around 1pm. However, due to the unexpected cold and windy weather, the seniors decided to have their picnic lunch in the park instead. They had lunch under a big shelter overseeing the riverfront at Richard Ballard Park. The seniors enjoyed
eating their lunch in the company of their friends. Some even engaged in games and activities while others preferred to explore the town centre. The social interactions indeed had livened up their mood after not being able to go to Wallaroo.

We departed from Goolwa around 2:30pm. The bus driver took a different route back home and passed by Middleton and Port Elliot. It was indeed a scenic and spectacular drive as he took us near the seaside. The sea was beautiful, and we might have spotted two whales in the sea! It was the
highlight of the day.

 

EOY MWASA Team Lunch

Last week a number of the MWASA Team – including volunteers, staff members and management committee members – gathered to enjoy each others company and some yummy food. 
 
One distinct difference between being a part of a Not for Profit Team as opposed to private commercial enterprise is that not all team members regularly see each other. Some of the tutors only come in to teach their students and go again until next week. Some of the Management Committee work full time and contribute entirely from passion after hours. Some team members are university students and their contributions are especially appreciated during exam times. 
 
It takes special women to make up a dynamic team such as this. The conversation around the tables was fascinating, colourful, multicultural, at times very funny and other times a heavier reflection on academic or unpleasant things. Each woman is an overflowing vessel of life experience and knowledge.
Another of the collective virtues of our team members is the willingness to help women in the community, the very thing that brought us all together. 
 
Not least, we must sing the praises of Pondok Daun on Currie Street. Lunch was ordered and delivered with no fuss. Pondok Daun is an Indonesian restaurant which consistently produces the highest quality meals, from nourishing soups to hearty kway teow to crunchy wontons with the very zingy chilli sauce. 
 
The team looks forward to 2020, to matching every achievement of 2019 and far surpassing it inshaAllah. 
 
If you would like to volunteer with MWASA in 2020, or know someone who would, please go to our Volunteer Page and submit your details.