ICH & Brisbane Southwest Support: Sexual Violence Prevention in Inala

Sexual violence takes many forms including sexual harassment, verbal abuse, leering, threats, exposure, touching, incest, rape, mutilation and ritual abuse. Any sort of unwanted sexual behaviour that is imposed on someone is a form of sexual violence. Sexual violence is about the use of power or force to intimidate or control others.
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Funded by the Department of Communities, Brisbane Southwest Support is a strategic partnership of specialist sexual assault services to provide innovative outreach support and sexual violence prevention to meet the needs of diverse communities. The services include:

  • Brisbane Rape and Incest Survivors Support Centre (BRISSC) – 07 3391 0004 (For Women)
  • Zig Zag – 07 3843 1823 (For Young Women 12-25 Years)
  • Immigrant Women’s Support Service (IWSS) – 07 3846 3490 (For Women from Migrant or Refugee Backgrounds)
  • Murrigunyah – 07 3290 4254 (For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Families)

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Today, Inala Community House is excited to announce that our Community Support Program will be joining forces with Brisbane Southwest Support for greater sexual violence prevention in Inala.

Our aim is to offer confidential support and counselling for women who have experienced any form of sexual abuse or violence. We also work with advocacy, information and referrals.

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If you or know someone who needs help, please come to our Sexual Violence Prevention Program at Inala Community House. You can contact Haley via phone (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail Haley.Kiata@ich.org.au.

For emergency, you can contact Sexual Assault Helpline (1800 010 12).

ICH Seniors Week Celebration

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Happy Seniors Week!

Seniors Week is a key opportunity for Queenslanders of all ages to gather and celebrate the valuable contributions of older people. In 2016, Seniors Week will be celebrated from 13-21 August, with this year’s theme as ‘it’s on for young and old’.

Seniors Week aims to:

  • improve community attitudes towards older people and ageing
  • facilitate community participation and activity by older people, including those from Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • enhance community connections and inter-generational relationships

At Inala Community House, we held our own Seniors Week celebration on 17th August (Wednesday) at ‘Our Place’ Hall (Cnr. Japonica & Robinia Streets, Inala). The celebration went from 11am-2pm and was well-attended by various members of our community, mainly our current members of Healthy Ageing Programs: Skylarkers and Acacia Ridge.

The biggest thank you to Council on the Ageing (COTA) as our main event contributor. COTA is the peak national organisation representing the rights, needs and interests of older Australians.

Also a special thank you to PCYC Inala for providing a bus to transport our senior guests for this event. We would also like to acknowledge our wonderful senior volunteer Bert Van Wyk as the bus driver. Bert is a successful example of staying active and contributing to our community even after retirement.

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Our 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Program: Acacia Ridge participants enjoying themselves at the photobooth.

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Say Hello to our ‘Thursday Crafters’!

If you would like to get creative, make crafts and good friends, come join our Craft Group every Thursday 9am-12pm at 20 Skylark Street, Inala.

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More of our Healthy Ageing Program members buying raffle tickets in hope to win fantastic prizes.

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Uncle Albert is a local Elder who launched the event with a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony.

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Councillor for Forest Lake Ward – Charles Strunk who gave a welcome speech highlighting our Queensland Government’s appreciation for the senior members in the society:

Thank you to all our senior members for the valuable knowledge and contributions towards our society over the years. We need your help to share your life experiences and wisdom that shape our histories to be passed across the generations. Also congratulations to Inala Community House for the recent renovation of your building, and for all the hard work that your organisation does in this area.

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Next, we invited Managing Director of Inala Community House – Ross Paul for an official speech:

This year, Inala Community House is celebrating our 50th anniversary and the 38th anniversary of our Musical Morning Tea event. We would like to thank each of our senior members, especially those who have grown with Inala Community House over the years. Today is your day and enjoy yourselves.

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The joyful crowd at the event.

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I feel privileged to be able to celebrate the achievements of our wonderful seniors within the community. I would like to acknowledge your wisdom and contributions that you have made in the past and continue to make on a daily basis.

-our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata in her speech.

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Thank you to Ana Roberts – a representative from Australian Hearing (https://www.hearing.com.au/) which is the nation’s leading hearing specialist and largest provider of Government funded hearing services.

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Also thank you to the representatives of Amcal Chemist Inala for their information stall.

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The main event highlight was a dazzling and lively performance by an Elvis impersonator – Pete Memphis.

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Thank you to our wonderful participants (Michelle the carer from Inala Elders, and Aunty Bathalia) who spontaneously performed onstage with Pete Memphis.senior2

A free and delicious roast lunch was prepared for all guests.

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Congratulations to Elaine who won the biggest raffle prize – an autographed album specially presented by Pete Memphis. Elaine is also one of our most active senior members and used to teach computer lessons as a volunteer with us.

Overall, our one-day Seniors Week celebration was a great success thoroughly enjoyed by many. Thank you again to our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata and team for hosting the celebration!

Join our 50 & Better Healthy Ageing Programs with a great variety of low-cost activities for residents over 50! Call (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail haley.kiata@ich.org.au today!

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 Western Districts Out of Home Care is a foster and kinship care service. We aim to recruit, train and assess foster carers in providing an ideal home environment. We also provide ongoing training and support for foster carers in meeting the ever changing needs of children and young people under their care.

On 9th August 2016 (Tuesday), our Western Districts Out of Home Care team was excited to meet the public at this year’s Ekka or The Royal Queensland Show.

Biggest thank you to Foster Care Queensland with whom we shared the information stall. Our main goal was to ignite public interest in becoming a foster carer, as well as promoting our other Inala Community House services (www.ich.org.au).

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We even had our own photo booth that allowed visitors to snap photos for great fun and memories!

From 9am-7pm, our friendly team greeted the busy Ekka crowds and handed out free goodie bags, information kits and merchandises. We appreciate all of your kind support and interest in becoming foster carers with us!

On the day, we encountered many potential foster carers ranging from young couples, families and even one single mom with a teenage daughter. Foster carers can be single women or men, cohabiting, married or same-sex couples, with or without children, young or old.

We also seek foster carers from different ethnic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds to meet the wide range of needs of our children requiring care.

Finally, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements of our foster carers within our local community. Don’t forget to visit the Foster Care Queensland information stall which is open every day at the Ekka. Please use and follow our hashtags #IFosterCare #FosterCare on social media too.

For any information or queries about becoming a foster or kinship carer, please contact us via phone (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail intake@ich.org.au today.

Come Meet ICH at Ekka!

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It is that time of the year again, and Inala Community House is excited to meet the public at this year’s Ekka! Ekka, or The Royal Queensland Show, is Queensland’s largest event that attracts more than 400,000 people through its gates every year.

Along with Foster Care Queensland, our Western Districts Out of Home Care team (http://www.ich.org.au/service-areas/family-services/out-of-home-care/) will hold an exclusive one-day information stall:

Come Meet Us at Ekka!

 DATE: 9 August 2016 (Tuesday)

TIME: 9am-7pm

VENUE: “Gourmet Plaza”, Lower/Ground Level of Royal International Convention Centre (600 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane City QLD 4006)

Western Districts Out of Home Care is a foster and kinship care service. We aim to recruit, train and assess foster carers in providing an ideal home environment. We also provide ongoing training and support for foster carers in meeting the ever changing needs of children and young people under their care.

Our main purpose is to ignite public interest in becoming a foster carer, as well as promoting other Inala Community House service

At Ekka, we will be handing out heaps of free goodie bags, information kits and merchandises. Please come by any time to say “Hi!” and show us your much valued support! Bring along your family and friends too.

For more info, please contact us via phone (07) 3372 1711 or e-mail intake@ich.org.au.

To learn more about becoming a foster or kinship carer: http://www.qld.gov.au/community/caring-child/foster-kinship-care-become-a-carer/

ICH Community Cup

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Inala Community House is excited to introduce our latest community fundraising sports event – ICH Community Cup! All proceeds will go into funding our new program Project Mentor to help youth at risk.

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DATES: 29th & 30th October 2016 (Saturday & Sunday)

TIME: Approximately 8am-5pm

VENUE: C.J. Greenfield Park, Richlands Queensland

REGISTRATION FEE: Only $200 per team of 6-10 people

TO REGISTER: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-community-cup-tickets-26716992243

ICH Community Cup is a two full-day weekend event open to all ages and backgrounds. We encourage individuals, families and communities to create your own teams and come have fun with us! If you don’t have a team, simply register as an individual player and we will find a team for you!

The main highlight is playing Tri-Ball – which is basically the same as standard volleyball, but with three volleyball nets and three teams playing on the same court, with one ball. Put your motor skills and coordination to test! It doesn’t matter whether you are a volleyball expert or have never played before, we are sure that ICH Community Cup will be a memorable experience for you.

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THREE-WAY VOLLEYBALL: Three times the challenge, three times the fun!

There will be other side activities, food and games to keep you fully occupied throughout these two days. Attractive prizes are also up grab for grabs.

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So what are you waiting for? Come join us, play some volleyball and support a good cause! We look forward to raise enough funds to kick-start Project Mentor – a volunteer mentoring program to make positive impact for youth at risk within our community.

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At the same time, we welcome any business sponsorship, ambassadors, endorsements and donations. ICH Community Cup presents a great opportunity for your organisation to gain exposure while making a real difference within our community. We thank you for your support in advance.

Together let’s have a ball of a time!

For any questions or feedback about ICH Community Cup, please contact us:

ICH Community Cup Event Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-community-cup-tickets-26716992243

ICH Community Cup Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICHCommunityCup

Phone Number: (07) 3372 1711

E-mail: communitycup@ich.org.au

FREE Thursday English Classes

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We offer FREE English classes every Thursday 10am-12pm at Inala Community House (38 Sittella St.).

We welcome everyone from all backgrounds to come learn how to speak, listen and write better English! Volunteers are welcome too!

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Meet Musnarti Dickinson, aged 72, from Indonesia. She is one of our wonderful volunteers at Inala Community House with many years of teaching experiences.

Q: Hi Musnarti, how long have you been in Brisbane?

A: I came here from Indonesia in 1982, and have been living in Brisbane for 34 years now. I initially secured a PhD scholarship in Griffith University, and then taught Indonesian at the same university for many following years. Recently, I  also took the initiative to study website designing at TAFE in order to keep up with technological advancements.

Q: How did you find your volunteering passion?

A: I started volunteering by teaching English in the Vietnamese Catholic Church and Acacia Ridge Community Centre. Now I spend at least 3 days a week volunteering at different places.

Q: How did you start volunteering at Inala Community House?

A: I was introduced by the Mercy Romero Centre (www.romero.mercycs.org.au). I love teaching English classes at Inala Community House, with the challenge of managing a classroom of students with varied educational backgrounds.

Q: What is the best part about teaching?

A: I truly enjoy being a teacher. You get a great sense of achievement to watch as your students progress, from learning ABCs to being able to read and write fluently.

Q: What is the biggest challenge in teaching?

A: Often, the biggest challenge is to create and maintain interest in learning. This is especially tricky for refugees because the future is uncertain. As a result, many would have little or no motivation, and would rather engage in other more “fun” social activities that don’t involve active learning.

My saddest memory was teaching a group of Burmese refugees. They were all around 40-50 years old without any education. It just breaks your heart seeing them not being able to read or write. I had to teach them from kindergarten level. In Australia, people struggle to find jobs despite having formal degrees with great English skills – what more them?

Q: What do you think of Inala?

A: I love Inala! It is a vibrant community and people are extremely friendly. Once I asked for directions and a helpful lady even offered to walk me to my destination!

Q: How do you spend your days?

A: I enjoy volunteering, cooking and walking.  My husband is 78 and he is active in choir-singing and dancing too. As we grow older, it is important to stay active physically and mentally.

Q: What are your interests in life?

Besides volunteering, I am a great advocate for saving the environment, renewable energy and refugee communities. I strongly believe in equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their backgrounds. For example, all the accounting lecturers whom I previously worked with at Griffith University were all Vietnamese refugees, but they are now capable to live normally just like any other Australian.

At Inala Community House, we offer migrant support through Community Settlement Service (CSS) to help our refugee clients becoming self-reliant and participating equally in Australian society in the long run.

We also offer a wide range of services and activities to support all members of our community. To find out how we can make your life better, contact (07) 3372 1711 or info@ich.org.au. You can also visit our website www.ich.org.au.

NEW ‘My Place’ Family Day Care Website Launch

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We are very excited to share with you that our new ‘My Place’ website is now launched!

Please visit www.MyPlaceFDC.org.au providing all the latest information and important resources for your every child care need.

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Click to Visit www.MyPlaceFDC.org.au!

With over 40 years of experience, ‘My Place’ Family Day Care is growing as an award-winning leading Family Day Care service for children of all ages in Queensland. Our new website will be a powerful new platform to communicate and serve our Educators and Families better.

Our new website is clean, colourful and user-friendly that you can easily access on a wide range of web browsers and portable devices (like your mobile phones and iPads). You will find four main sections Our Story”, “Our Team”, “About FDC”, “Contact Usto learn all about our services.

The most exciting function of our new website is the ability for you to “Enrol Your Child” or “Become an Educator (see top right). We always welcome new Families and Educators to join our ‘My Place’ family!

Don’t forget to visit our new website regularly for the latest news, updates and special promotions that can benefit our Educators and Families. We will continue to introduce new website features in future. Help us to share with your family and friends too!

Our ‘My Place’ Media and Marketing Team has worked hard to put together this website, and we always appreciate feedback on how to make it better for you! Contact us at FDCadmin@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711 today.

‘My Place’ NEW Website: www.MyPlaceFDC.org.au

‘My Place’ Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyPlaceFamilyDayCare

Inala Community House (Approved Provider) Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ICHAustralia

Happy 1st Birthday, ‘My Place’ Family Day Care!

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On 1st July 2016 (Friday), ‘My Place’ Family Day Care celebrated our first birthday party! We invited all our beloved Children, Educators and Families to celebrate this important milestone at our office (Cnr. Robinia and Japonica Streets, Inala).

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Established in 1975, we have over 40 years of experience running various family day care services but have merged to become ‘My Place’ Family Day Care today.

With our new centralised identity, we are able to combine strengths and deliver greater family day care service all around Queensland.

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Biggest thank you to all the Educators, Families and approximately 50 children who attended our ‘My Place’ Family Day Care 1st Birthday Party!

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves with various fun activities on that day.

This included making party hats, balloon-twisting, playing musical instruments ad well as games like “Pass the Parcel”. Children were also free to explore our toy collection, sandpit, and ride-on cars.

The highlight was of course the cake-cutting session. We look forward to another amazing year of greater growths and positive outcomes for ‘My Place’ Family Day Care in 2016/17!

Working Together for Better Housing in Inala

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On 24th June 2016 (Friday), Inala Community House attended a key Round Table session and a Community Consultation session both held by Queensland Government, with the aim to work together in building better housing and sustainable communities.

For the Round Table, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Mick de Brenni led the discussion surrounding this year’s theme Changing face of Inala – a journey through Inala’s housing past, present and future.

The following main issues were addressed that will shape the new Housing Strategy:

Issue 1: Sustainable Communities

Our goal is to build housing and communities that maximise people’s economic and social wellbeing and are sustainable for future generations.

Issue 2: Housing Affordability

Our goal is to improve people’s access to housing in both the rental and home ownership markets.

Issue 3: Responsive Housing System

Our goal is to create a single, accessible and integrated homelessness and housing assistance system.

Our Managing Director Ross Paul was also invited to present a vital overview of Inala and the various housing challenges faced by our unique multicultural community.

“Affordable housing has always been at the centre to the development of Inala. We need to start thinking differently and look to more flexible housing for multigenerational and related family groups. Private owners need incentives to think differently in housing. I see Inala today as somewhere that is not without its challenges, but with the right support, can continue to be a community embraced by the people who live here ‘regardless of class, colour or creed’. Together we can continue to create a community for everyone to enjoy,” said Mr. Paul.

Many local organisations including Inala Community House were keen to participate in the Community Consultation session as well to exchange public views in improving housing issues for Inala.

“Every Queenslander has the right to have a place to call home. Our discussion identifies improvements to the homelessness and housing assistance system, while developing a sustainable strategy to ensure all generations can share the opportunities of secure housing. All of us have a role in contributing to better housing outcomes in Queensland,” said Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni.

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At Inala Community House, we are committed to offering practical housing assistance via our own Community Engagement programs too.

“Housing affects everyone. All of our community programs help resolving housing issues for clients in one way or another. For example, we offer specific client assistance in completing housing application forms, overcoming homelessness and securing appropriate accommodation in general,” said our Community Engagement Manager Haley Kiata.

Ms. Kiata also stressed the importance of helping our clients with respect and dignity during challenging periods of homelessness. Ultimately, Inala Community House aims to empower every person to make informed housing decisions that can lead to better health, education and quality of life.

For further information on how we can help you, e-mail (Haley.Kiata@ich.org.au) or call (07) 3372 1711 today.

‘My Place’ Educators’ 2016 Mini Conference

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On 11 June 2016 (Saturday), ‘My Place’ Family Day Care held our annual Educators’ Mini Conference. Thank you to all our dedicated Educators who attended and Coordinators who made it a great success.

The conference kicked off with the first guest speaker Caroline Fewster’s workshop called “Finding the Joy in the Ordinary”. Caroline is an early childhood academic, author and presenter. Caroline inspired Educators with new, interesting concepts to better engage children, ignite imagination, and build great childhood memories that will stay with them for life.

The morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea were all supplied by ‘My Place’. There were also some market stalls to browse and buy ‘My Place’ merchandises and other resources:

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The conference was also a wonderful time for Educators to engage in both professional and personal conversations, catch up with old friends and meet new faces within our Service.

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The Educators were then greeted by ‘My Place’ Media and Marketing Team. Our marketing staff Roz Fenson delivered a PowerPoint presentation about the overall vision of our marketing strategy. Educators also learned how they can further promote their individual businesses and ‘My Place’ as a whole. We also successfully launched the new ‘My Place’ Educator uniform shirts that were well-received by many Educators.

The afternoon proved to be just as entertaining when the second guest speaker – Dr. Alice Brown guided our Educators through a practical workshop “Floating on Clouds: Alleviating Stress and Supporting the Health and Wellbeing in Children and Educators”. Our Educators thoroughly enjoyed themselves through various relaxation activities and techniques taught by Dr. Alice.

We also hosted a special “Service Awards” ceremony to honour 17 long-serving Educators who achieved either 5, 10, 15 and 25 years of service. We greatly appreciate every Educator for your enduring dedication with ‘My Place’.

“The biggest success was seeing the Educators’ faces full or wonder and excitement, as well as hearing the future plans that they have learned from the Conference to be implemented into their daily programming. The Conference has also presented great networking opportunities for Educators to empower each other,” said ‘My Place’ Family Day Care Service Manager Sandra Herbert.

We look forward to planning our Mini Conference next year. If you have any question or feedback, kindly contact FDCadmin@ich.org.au or call (07) 3372 1711.