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
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.
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!
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.
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.
This round, the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia paired up with another local business – AfghanStar 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.
The seniors shared their heartfelt experiences of their time in isolation on postcards. The postcards encouraged them to express their thoughts and feelings on how isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted their lives.
Heartfelt gratitude and appreciation were conveyed by some of the seniors for the packed meals and emotional support given by MWASA during this time. Some seniors also shared their struggles of being isolated from their friends and family members, while others reflected on the importance of looking after their own health and well-being.
On the 10th and 11th of June, the seniors were provided with delicious meals from Sofra Kebab House. Sister Urika, her intern Jessica, and volunteer Sister Filzah delivered the charcoal chicken with rice and salad to the seniors.
Word search activity puzzles and an information pamphlet on ‘Keep Warm this Winter’ by SA Healthwere also provided to the seniors to help them stay warm and engaged this winter.
Several focus groups were conducted with schools, which aims to promote harmony in SA by raising awareness and understanding of Islam and Muslims living in SA.
These interactive sessions, held in March, were well-received by St Mary’s College and Salisbury High School, with students asking questions that seek to clarify misinterpretations of Islam and understand a Muslim’s way of life.
Students were able to practice safe distancing while engaging in the focus groups.
The first home meals delivery for seniors was distributed on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2020.
The seniors were given Chicken Biryani with salad, raita and a complimentary dessert from Angaara Indian Restaurant, along with senior-friendly flyers with the latest information on COVID-19 and Ramadan.
The visit by Sister Urika and her volunteers was much appreciated by the seniors as they missed attending MWASA activities and the physical presence made them happy especially during this isolated period.
The seniors had their first experience playing golf on 12 March 2020 at West Beach Mini Golf.
Each of them was given a club and a ball and required to complete 18 stations throughout the course. Although it was a simple action – swinging the club lightly to putt a golf ball into a hole – they were perspiring and had a good workout. The activity helps to improve their balance, strength and hand-eye coordination.
Overall, the seniors had a ‘hole’ lot of fun competing with their friends in a spectacular setting.