National Hat Day Friday 9th October 2015

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On Friday Carramar Early Childhood Education & Care Centre celebrated National Hat Day. The children made hats with their teachers and played games. Great fun for a great cause!

National Hat Day is to raise funds for Australian Rotary Health, one of the largest not-for-profit funders of mental health research in Australia. Their Cool Kids program helps the 1 or 2 in 10 kids that feel anxiety so much that it interferes with their lives (australianrotaryhealth.org.au) – thank you for helping us to shine a light on mental illness.

We raised some much needed funds – every dollar counts! The children had a great time making their own hat and they also enjoyed showing their hats to their peers. The children played musical chairs and used ribbon wands to dance around with outside. It was fun day for all children and staff involved!

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Strong Minds at Value Your Mind Launch and Expo

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Yvonne and Azru from our Strong Minds team were very happy to take part in the Value Your Mind Launch and Expo at Holroyd City Council Headquarters to help celebrate Mental Health Week. Mental Health Week is an opportunity to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing, and equip people with the right information.

We are also celebrating the opening of our new Strong Minds office in Auburn where Yvonne and Azru are among the wonderful case workers. Our Strong Minds program works alongside your family to build the social and emotional skills needed to deal with life’s challenges. Getting support before challenges become too much to handle makes it easier to cope in the long term.

The Value Your Mind Launch was a brilliant opportunity to meet many people in our community, discuss how we can help and also chat with other service providers. There was a wonderful feeling of connection with our community and we hope that the children, young people and their families living with mental illness who make their way to our door will feel that sense of community too.

Open for Enrolment 2016!

Enrol for 2016 now!

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Providing children aged 1-5 years with a Quality Education and Care program

• Individualised Educational Programs
• All Meals on 4 week Rotating Menu
• Halal Meals Provided
• A Large Natural Outdoor Area
• Qualified and Experienced Educators
• CCB Approved

For Additional Information please call 9726 2335
Or visit us at 7 Karella Avenue, Carramar 2163

Woodville Alliance delivers projectABLE!!

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Woodville Alliance delivers projectABLE!!

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projectABLE’s half-day career workshops inspire students to apply their passions, skills and abilities to enrich their lives and the lives of others by pursuing a rewarding care career.

Woodville Alliance Disability Services recently had the pleasure of sharing details of their day to day lives with students from Holroyd and Beverly Hills High Schools.

Woodville Staff and service users deliver the fun workshops which involve hands on exercises to help build skills and knowledge.

Students have the opportunity to interact with staff from Woodville Alliance who work hands on in the disability sector, learning about their careers and working life. Students are encouraged to think about their own skills and how they might be applied to different career paths.

There is a huge variety of career options in the disability and community care sector; from support workers and nurses, to social workers, advocates, physiotherapists, marketing professionals, business managers and IT support staff.

As the photos illustrate – an interactive and educational experience was had by all!!

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Illuminate!

Its not everyday that you stumble into a Fruit Cocktail Bar to be greeted by angelic portraits of the most unlikely characters. Hanging from the wall were amazing pictures created in an artistic collaboration between some of the more colourful characters from Woodville Alliances’ community centre and renowned photographer Peter Solness. The intent was to challenge us to see beyond typical stereotypes we can make about people, to view them in a new light, even a heavenly light. The respect developed between the photo ‘subjects’ and artist was pretty special. So too the pride oozing out almost as much as the Fruit Cocktail glassed up by Villawood store owner Ahmad (you’re mad if you don’t suck up one of his carrot juices). Photos will remain on show at the Villawood Fruit Cocktail Bar for a couple more weeks. Check it out or go here for more info http://ice.org.au/project/illuminate/

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Brand and Website Launch

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A big thank you to those who attended our event to launch our new brand and website. We really enjoyed hearing from CEO Pam Batkin about the reasons behind the change – she explained that we undertook extensive discussion with our community and they overwhelmingly agreed that we needed a new fresh name and look to reflect how they felt about Woodville and our aim of working together with our community for a better future for everyone.

We also had a wonderful talk by Peter Solness on his Illuminate photography as well as interviews with two of his subjects from our community on their experience with our community centre as well as being subjects for this beautiful project. Peter also did much of the photography on our new site and is launching his own exhibition on Thursday 3 September.

We had wonderful coffees provided by our Coffee Cart crew and beautiful cupcakes with the new logo to have with them.

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Welcome to Woodville Alliance!

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Recently Woodville Alliance dropped the ‘community services’ from its name and replaced it with Alliance.

We like the word ‘Alliance’ because it emphasises our priority to work in partnership with all people, from all walks of life, especially members of our local communities in Western Sydney. Only by listening to each other and working towards solutions together can we make a better future.

We want to work with YOU, our local community, to make a better future for our kids, a better future for those of us who are homeless, a better future for those of us with disabilities, a better future for those of us with mental health worries, a better future for those of us who are discriminated against.

We are celebrating with a brand and website launch at our purpose built EARTH Centre on Wednesday 26 August 2015, we are very excited to share our new look with our community and will be uploading pictures of the event soon – watch this space!