Mordialloc Neighbourhood House is involved in many community initiatives.
Pouches for Bushfire Affected Animals
At the end of 2019 and early 2020 it felt like Australia was on fire and with so many injured animals, there was a call to assist.
Mordialloc Neighbourhood House called up anyone who could use scissors and/or a sewing machine to lend a hand.
Combined with donations of material we started making pouches for animals great and small.
Below is one of our dedicated members, June is still sewing to help animals in need.
This year our project group will be making drawstring bags of all different sizes.
These bags will be used to hold items for gifts for those in need. Such items may include pens, note books, colouring books, toys, toiletries, package foods.
Since reopening in September, we became a drop off point for food, clothes and other items to help community organisations such as Pantry 5000 in Aspendale and Mum Supporting Families in Need.
With a collection a week in the months of November and December, we were very happy to assist both these organisations help others within the community.
We will be continuing this commitment in 2021 with regular monthly drives. Whilst the time during the lead up to the Christmas holiday period is a definite pressure point for those in need, it is not the only time during the year that this need is felt.
We are keen to assist throughout the year and will be working within the community to sort how to best do this.
Mordialloc Neighbourhood House is ensuring we are playing a role in our community recycling.
We are a drop point for egg cartons which are passed onto Pantry 5000 for them to reuse.
We collect bottle caps for projects such as:
Buddy Benches for schools, parks, churches and community organisations
Small tables and stools for playgroups, kindergartens, pre-schools and other children’s groups
Bricks for community gardens;
Garden pots for nurseries
Environmental and household items.
We are looking at more recycling options in the future.
Read to me 123
Melinda Shelley, a volunteer in our local community, understands that babies and children need books to have a real chance in life.
Knowing that you first need to have books to be able to read to children, but that books are a luxury when you are struggling to put food on the table.
123Read2Me currently provides children in low socioeconomic communities with FREE quality children's books through recycled books or new ones purchased with cash donations. The total value of books donated to date exceeds $3,000,000.00 (replacement value). T
hey promote reading to children and support the work of over 50 organisations, most o operating in the Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Casey, Kingston and Bayside Local Government Areas of Victoria.
Mordialloc Neighbourhood House understand the importance of reading to children and children having access to books and became a supporter and drop point for this organisation in 2019.
R U OKAY
With so many people needing assistance during these difficult time and with Melbourne in lockdown we reached out to our members for an online RUOK day morning tea and game of Bingo.
It was a great event with a lot of laughs and great prizes to be won.
The opportunity was a greatway for us all to connect. As part of this event and to help those who could not get face masks,
Joanne our sewing tutor started sewing and by the September 12th (national RUOK Day) had made over 260 mask and raised $1300 for the foundation.
The Victorian Seniors Festival is an important Victorian Government initiative. The Festival celebrates older Victorians and the valuable contribution they make to our community.
Our Digital Literacy sessions are designed to support people 55+. These face to face workshops are run either one on one, or in small groups and are designed to give the learner the confidence and skills with their device. The sessions, will cover topics such as:
The absolute basics
Getting started online
Online skills (socialising online, Facebook, camera)
Connecting to others (video calling, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime and ZOOM)
All about data (what is data, choosing a data plan, managing data, home data vs mobile data)
Wi-Fi and mobile networks
All about apps
Important sites online: Telehealth, MyGov, Consumers Affairs.