CHSP Seniors play with Watercolours!

Who knew our seniors were such talented artists? 
 
We held a fantastic art therapy session on June 3rd for our CHSP seniors, guided by art therapist, Victoria Lowery.
The seniors were evidently excited for their first art activity and worked hard to present “the Colours of their Heart”. They were keen to learn about watercolour and stenciling techniques that they would later use in their own works. The activity created a relaxed atmosphere that allowed the seniors to fully engage in their work. It was one of the few times where our seniors weren’t merrily chatting!
It was a wonderful opportunity for them to practice their creative side by expressing themselves through various colours, patterns and shapes; and the results were stunning! We expected no less from our seniors!
While the session was aimed to reduce stress and practice psychological wellbeing, it was most importantly an activity designed for our seniors to enjoy themselves. It was rewarding for us and the seniors to see the result of their work at the end.
 
We are looking forward to seeing what other creative surprises seniors have to show!

Usrah Eid Morning Tea

We had a fantastic morning tea gathering in celebration of Eid with our Usrah study group on May 17th. After the weekly Tajweed classes, our members had came together to prepare a shared morning feast filled with amazing foods!

Usrah member during their weekly Tajweed classes
 
Our wonderful members had taken the liberty to meticulously prepare tea that it started to look more like feast fit for a king. We expected no less from our Usrah ladies!
 

Foods prepared by Usrah members

Foods prepared by Usrah members

It was definitely a great way to celebrate the beginning of Eid; with celebration, laughter and, of course, the abundance of food.

Usrah members enjoying the spread
 
Big thank you to our Usrah members for making this morning as amazing as it was!
 
Join us every Monday from 10am at the MWASA building for our Tajweed classes; the program is entirely run by our lovely sisters who are more than welcome to help you recite the Qur’an with confidence.

CHSP Fig Harvesting Day Out

It was a big day out in the Adelaide Hills for our CHSP seniors! On March 18th, we brought our seniors to spend the gorgeous Thursday morning at the Glen Ewin Estate for fig harvesting and afternoon tea.
 
 
The extraordinary weather along with the great atmosphere allowed for a great day of activity for our seniors. The time they spent picking figs of their choice was filled with chatter and ease.
 

Seniors fig harvesting

Despite the uneven terrain, many seniors were determined to spend as much of their time as possible under the sun and enjoying the thrill of harvesting their own figs. Unfortunately, because of this, the seniors found themselves too worn out to proceed to the Nauryz Celebration at the University of Adelaide, so chose to spend more time at the Estate and basking in the sun and eat their fruits. 
 
Seniors chatting with tea and figs
 
MWASA is keen to hold a similar event in the near future so that more of our seniors can experience the other gems of Adelaide while having a good time.
 

SETS Youth Indoor Soccer Tournament

What a kick-off!

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.

SETS Youth in a match.

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.

Pre-game team meeting.

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!

SETS Youth enjoying post-tournament pizza.
The winning team poses with their prizes.

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!

CHSP BBQ Get Together

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

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

Seniors taking a stroll.

 

While waiting for the food to cook, the seniors chatted away with their peers while appreciating the beautiful weather and scenery. Many even assisted to help with the cooking process!

Seniors enjoying the view.
Seniors helping out with the BBQ.
Seniors helping out with the BBQ.

Once the food was cooked, the seniors enjoyed the delicious spread of food with their peers while basking in the beautiful outdoors.

Seniors sitting down and enjoying the meal.

It can definitely be said that this outing was a very therapeutic and relaxing experience for the seniors and they are keen for future outings!

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program

CHSP Centrelink Talk

A talk on Centrelink payment was held on 28 January 2021 at MWASA for our CHSP* seniors.

CHSP Seniors at the Centrelink Talk in MWASA.

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 Kaplan giving our seniors a talk.

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.

Seniors attentively listening to the talk.

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program

CHSP Strawberry Picking in Hahndorf

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.

*CHSP= Commonwealth Home Support Program

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!

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

 

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

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!