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

 

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

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.