Big garage sale
On Saturday 10 October 8am-12pm at Good Shepherd Community Church, behind the Chisholm shops on corner of Hambidge Cres and Proctor Street, you’ll find on sale a large variety of goods. These include bric-a-brac, kitchen items, glassware, books, linen, jewellery, clothing, chairs, outdoor items and pot plants, including succulents.
GIVIT donation of the week: Bike mechanics
GIVIT has been working with our community to re-home pre-loved bikes for those who need them most. GIVIT is looking for some handy bike enthusiasts to help repair and maintain bicycles for community organisations across the region. GIVIT will donate tools and materials to support with this volunteer service. The bikes will then make their way to recipients ranging from refugee families, youth overcoming mental health issues and addiction, community bike lending programs and those experiencing financial hardship. Anyone with bike repair skills and knowledge who is willing to volunteer a few hours would be greatly appreciated. To donate, visit givit.org.au/donate-items, search by category “Service” to view requests located in your area. After you pledge your help, you will be contacted by the relevant organisation.
Adamas Nexus meetings
Adamas Nexus is a bi-monthly self-help support group for women who have survived domestic violence and abuse and are looking for ongoing support through the rest of their lives. This is a non-facilitated group; there is no advice, counselling or guidance provided during the meetings. The program provides connections and support needed to help women regain their inner power and worthiness to go forward in life and thrive. This group is complementary to any support services that may already be in place for abuse survivors. Potential attendees are first screened to ensure that they are ready to attend the meetings, otherwise they are referred to crisis support services. Meetings are currently online on the first Monday of each month in a central location. There is no cost to attend. Details at www.adamasnexus.com under the ‘meetings’ tab.
Free seminar hosted by Community Services #1
Professor Barbara Pamphilon from Centre for Sustainable Communities, University of Canberra, will present a free seminar: ‘Strengths Based Practice: Why it works in good times and bad’. Drawing on over 40 years of experience in community development, Barbara will explore strengths-based practice and its contribution to sustainable communities. With experience ranging from Canberra to Papua New Guinea, this session will enable participants to learn from Barbara and includes an opportunity to network over refreshments. On Thursday 15 October 9.30-11am at Griffith Neighbourhood Hall. Due to restrictions, you must register to attend; email [email protected]
Spring plant stall
Calvary Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Spring Plant Stall at Belconnen Markets on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 October 9am-4pm. A wide variety of plants will be available for sale including indoor, outdoor, succulents, herbs and more. All funds raised will be used to purchase equipment for the care and comfort of Calvary Public Hospital patients.
Relay for Life Team, the Bold Bandannas, will hold a Charity Stall at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October 8am-5pm. There will be: homemade jams, pickles, chutney, lemon butter, sugar reduced preserves; a range of handsewn items, including children’s dress-up clothes, hand knitted dolls’ clothes, crocheted hand towels, and knitted and lace coathangers; plants and worm juice; bespoke patchwork bags; and quality trash ‘n’ treasure (no set prices – make an offer). More info: Jan on 6231 0761.
Women Return to Work Program
SPARK, in partnership with ACT Government Office for Women, Uniting Care Kippax and The Community Studio (Canberra), will deliver a range of workshops to assist women who wish to re-enter the paid workforce. Three workshops are offered: Southside – Friday 16, 23 and 30 October; Northside – Tuesday 10, 17 and 24 November. Targeting women living across Canberra, these workshops will include: creating professional resumes and cover letters; applying for jobs; online and government job applications; job interview preparation; exploring your career options; maintaining personal presentation and dressing for the workplace; specialised workshops and guest speakers targeting – time management, stress management, goal setting, yoga and movement; up to two hours of individualised career development coaching from The Community Studio (Canberra); ongoing one-on-one support from SPARK mentors. Eligibility criteria apply. To find out more information or book a place, please contact Ashleigh at Ginninderry on 1800 316 900 or email [email protected]
Free feet health seminar
Health Care Consumers’ Association of the ACT will host a free health seminar on ‘Looking after my feet’ presented by Ricky Lee, podiatrist from The Walking Clinic, via zoom on Thursday 22 October 7-8.30pm. Instructions on using zoom will be provided. Find out: why your feet are so important to health; what happens as we get older; ways to reduce pain; tips to help your feet stay well and you to remain upright. RSVP to [email protected] by Wednesday 21 October so the links can be sent to you. More info: email [email protected] or call 6230 7800.
Vintage Reds is a vibrant, activist organisation of retired unionists, founded in Canberra, that meets monthly to discuss matters of concern to working people in general. Guest speakers provide stimulating, wide-ranging and informative talks, followed by a convivial lunch in the dining room. New members welcome. The next meeting is 20 October 11am (and every third Tuesday of the month) at Tradies Dickson. More info: Janette 0408 433 192.