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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

PAST PROJECTS

FEATURED EVENT: Kup Murri Celebration

25th March 2010

A short documentary on the Kup Murri Celebration held by the Men's Kitchen group. Featuring Robyn Delbridge, Phil Ahwang, Tracey Onus, Alan Brown Jnr, Lindsey Ellis, Alan Wickey & Kevin Ellis

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Kup Murri Celebration

On 25th March 2010 VAHS celebrated the conclusion of the Kooris in the Kitchen project, with a Community Kup Murri.

Kooris in the Kitchen has been a community project working with small groups of people sharing food and cooking skills, learning new recipes, and making friends. The groups have successfully helped participants to feel more confident in the kitchen, cook meals for their families, feel more connected to their community and pursue jobs in the cooking and hospitality industry.

The Kup Murri was a chance to celebrate the achievements of the groups and share their success with the community

Circus - at MAYSAR

During winter this year, the Community Programs team treated the Elders to circus! Professional circus trainers from Westside Circus are coming for a total of 6 weeks. So far we have learnt hula hoops, scarf and ball juggling, diabolo, and played heaps of fun games. The Elders have surprised us with how much they love the new activities and how willing they are to give everything a go! They've surprised themselves about how much they can do and how many physically challenging activities they can achieve. Circus has given new life to what is usually a dull winter period!

Make a Move (Northern Region)

In 2008 we were funded by DHS to conduct two Make a Move prevention and nutrition programs. Following the success of the 2008 Make a Move program, we are running the second program in the northern suburbs! The program is a partnership between VAHS and our AHPACC Partners, successfully engaging the community in the north, particularly from Hume, Darebin and Whittlesea municipalities. The program commenced at the end of July, meeting weekly on Thursday afternoons at the Mill Park YMCA, 6-8 Elders are coming to improve their strength, balance and coordination. Staff from VAHS includes Glynis, coordinating the program, Kaylene & Andrea on a weekly basis, Robyn and other staff are engaged to provided professional expertise throughout the program. Leanne Brooke, HALO and Cathy Austin and Minh (Physiotherapist) from Plenty Valley Community Health also participate on most weeks; and Ricky Kildea (Dianella AHPACC Officer) is also participating.

Through our partnership with AHPACC we utilize their hiace buses and have employed 3 casual drivers (6HRS) to transport clients.

Kooris In the Kitchen

We have started our new Men's Kitchen group, collaborating with the "Im a Koori Dad" program in Heidelberg, as well as other men in the community. The group meets at the Olympic Village Neighbourhood House in Heidelberg West, and has had 4 successful meetings. The Kitchen is facilitated by Uncle Phil. The men were also very proud to host a Family Fun Day last week, with National Indigenous Television (NITV) coming to hear the story of the men's group. There were about 40 people in attendance at the fun day, with a feast of Kup Murri (ground oven traditional from the Torres straight Islands) that Uncle Phil taught the men how to do. All the men were so proud to put on such a fantastic day for their families!