PROTECTING children from dangers online should start when they turn four, Centacare Regional Coordinator for Child Care Services Michelle Densmore has said.
Mrs Densmore said with increasing numbers of young children using the internet, child care services needed to create more awareness about how to better protect children online. She encouraged Centacare’s 11 kindergartens and 11 long day-care centres to include cyber safety training in their centres.
Centacare Beaudesert recently created a fun workshop project for their male dementia clients – after having a number of old window frames donated.
The clients, who are part of Centacare’s ‘Share The Care’ program, were shown how to sand down, use the paint scraper and then paint the window frames to remake into picture frames and a notice board.
Centacare’s Manager in Beaudesert, Kylie Parnaby said the experience for the clients was very positive. “Doing this project enabled the men to get outside and into the workshop. It allows them space to talk about what they are doing and to share stories. They laughed a lot and bailed up all who passed by to look at their work and discussed it with them!” laughed Kylie.
Disability clients at Centacare’s Learning & Leisure Services on the Sunshine Coast have created a successful social enterprise venture.
Clients have been busy planting succulents into upcycled kitchenware. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality.
Several second-hand stores, landscaping businesses and gardening enthusiasts donated the goods needed for clients to create each unique pieces.
The healing power of rhythm is being used for clients as part of Centacare’s Day to Day Living Program in Hervey Bay.
Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based therapeutic program that uses music to engage participants, teach social skills, and build self-esteem.
DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts.
This winter, thirty-six clients and staff from Centacare’s Anam Cara mental health service, ventured out to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for an overnight camp.
Keen campers enjoyed the fresh air and wagon rides, showed off horse riding skills and learnt how to milk cows, crack a whip and even throw a boomerang! Everyone was kept well fed with plenty of fresh homemade scones, billy tea and damper that camp goers cooked themselves over the fire.
In Australia, on average, one woman is killed by her partner or former partner as a result of domestic and family violence every week. But more shocking is the statistic that since the start of this year that figure has doubled, with two women killed every week as a result of domestic and family violence.
Stand Up, Step Out is an exciting new program that was launched at the end of May this year by Footprints. Footprints is a well-known not-for-profit provider of community based services in Brisbane, recognised for quality service and individualised care.
Clients and staff at Centacare’s Hervey Bay office were treated to a fun cooking demonstration when Channel Seven’s My Kitchen Rules (MKR) 2013 winners, Dan and Steph paid a visit!
Centacare Amelia House recently had reason for a large party, one of their clients, Sinclair ‘Cam’ Laurence celebrated her 100th Birthday! Anyone who has met Cam will know she is responsible for creating a reaction of joy and smiles when she enters a room.
Centacare is proud to announce that it will be running its Dementia Friendly Conference again on Thursday 21 September 2017.