Community Plus+ Newsletter September 2020
How are you going?
Spring has sprung!
As we shake off the cooler weather we’re looking forward to spending a bit more time outside! We’ve got our WECH poetry group hanging out in the garden already and we’re thinking of ways to host other well-loved Community Plus+ activities in outdoor spaces. Stay tuned, you’ll be the first to know!
Keep your eyes on our socials too as we’ll be sharing events that are happening in the community digitally and in person. With updates in COVID restrictions happening weekly, we’ll let you know if and when things change with any of the activities or events that we share, at our neighbourhood centres and in the community. Don’t forget, you can still access our window/door support, assisting people with information and referrals, tenant’s advice, food relief, phone and Wi-Fi access, and printing/photocopier services from both West End Community House and Yeronga Community Centre.
From all of the team (and the doggos of Community Plus+),
Stay safe, stay connected.
Community Plus+ YOU = US!
Somewhere over the rainbow
It’s September! So of course, we’re celebrating Spring and getting outdoors in the fresh air! And there’s no place like home to get out and about… not Kansas – Yeronga (and the surrounding suburbs *ahem*)!
Join us in celebrating the season and getting some well-deserved fresh air! We’ve hidden crocheted rainbows around the community, all within 2.5km walking distance of Yeronga Community Centre. Like our favourite fluff ball Harvey, you might find one of our rainbows wrapped around a lamppost, hanging on a tree or hedge or stuck on a signpost!
When you find a rainbow, take a selfie and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #communityplusqld or send it in a private message on Facebook and we will share it with the community!
Oh and if you find and take pictures of *at least* 10 rainbows, we’ll give you a prize… your very own crochet rainbow!
And that’s not all… each person who finds 10 rainbows and sends us the photos will also be entered into a prize draw (after 5 October 2020) to win a $50 Coles voucher which has kindly been donated by Cllr Nicole Johnston!
Community Connections and Belonging
Well since Spring is all about new beginnings – we’re proud to share an exciting project that we’ll be hosting in partnership with The Annerley Baptist Church! The Community Connection and Belonging Project is a new, locally-based initiative aiming to link people with diverse life experiences together through social connection, and create a friendlier, more connected and empowered community in the neighbourhoods of Annerley, Moorooka, Rocklea and Yeronga.
The Community Connection and Belonging Project welcomes everyone in our wonderful community to connect in our safe space at the Annerley Baptist Church, and other public spaces across the community. There will be a range of opportunities for community members to come together and value each other through hospitality and friendship. Through the Community Connection and Belonging project, people can connect based on their interests, have a chat and get to know each other, and attend events such as cooking and sharing meals alongside one another.
This will be a true celebration of our wonderful community. That’s why we are looking for someone in the community who can support the Community, Connections and Belonging program in creating a logo! If you have experience in logo design and think you can come up with something great please email your interest and some samples to Nerida Leighton on email@example.com
The Community Connection and Belonging Project is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council.
(and shine) at West End Community House!
When we introduced the WECH pantry earlier this year, COVID lockdown was just kicking off in Queensland. Many of you made generous donations to support your community andmany of you took what you needed when you needed. We’re so happy to say that the pantry continues to be valuable to the community and we have no plans of taking it away, but in the next few weeks you might not notice it in front of West End Community House anymore.
To maximise your safety (and ensure we are keeping the required COVID safe distance apart) the pantry, and all referrals activity, and food packs and meals, will be available from the downstairs backyard area at West End Community House. This activity will now be known as R.I.S.E (Referrals, Information, Support and Engagement) and will take place Monday to Thursday from 9am to 11am.
We still need your support with pantry donations. You can come by 24/7 to drop something off in the pantry (located downstairs in the backyard). Every donation is very much valued.
- Join the Tenancy Skills Institute in their free 2 day training course; ‘Skills for Successful Tenancy’ and learn skills including communication skills, tenant rights and responsibilities, cleaning and maintaining a property and budgeting. Registration is essential, the course runs on the 1st and 2nd September from 10am.
- Connecting International Students Brisbane (CISB): Trivia Night! Are you an international student looking to flex those general knowledge muscles and have some fun with new friends? Zoom in the CISB Trivia Night using the code 249 157 5884 on the 3rd September from 6-7.30pm.
- Love seeing the beautiful artworks created by The Art Gang? Don’t miss out on the 2020 Art From the Margins: QLD Outsider Art Awards! Each one of the Gang is exhibiting their work. The digital exhibition runs from 11-20 September. Register online for free!
- Calling all Queensland renters! Don’t miss out on having your say on tenancy reforms that affect you, or following the most up to date news on Queensland’s Make Renting Fair Campaign.