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Welcome to Canterbury Earlwood Caring Community Centre

Canterbury Earlwood Caring Community Centre is a non-profit community service, located on the corner of Clarke and Lewins St in Earlwood. Also known as CECAL, we provide a range of groups, programs and activities for people of all ages, from children and families to adults and seniors (see below), and also regular community, social events, educational and outreach programs.

Thank you for your Kindness and Caring for our community in these difficult times.

What we’re doing:

The Canterbury Earlwood Caring Community Centre team are continuing to care and support the Earlwood Community

We have made adaptations to keep our service users safe following government guidelines re hygiene, cleaning social distancing.

As a service in the current environment we are doing risk assessments on a daily basis and thinking of how we support all in the Earlwood Community as well as the Service Users.

we are endeavouring to continue delivering groups and services but they may be a little different as we have previously experienced.

For more info on what we are doing see our memos at the centre or on our website.

We working and thinking outside the ’square’ and we would love your help too!

Care for our Frail, Elderly and Families:

Thank you for joining with us and helping to keep our frail and isolated seniors and our families safe an connected especially now – but maybe in different and new ways.

All generations can help:

This may be a time where all generations come together to work for the good of all. Help us think of ways to work together and support each other.

 If you want to Help:

We know you all have a wide variety of skills  and welcome your input- so please let us know any idea is  welcome  – we are in this together……

If you have any ideas or want to help please let us know via our website, Facebook and email: reception@cecal.org.au

Keep well and safe.

It’s OK to tell each other we are worried because together we can also tell each other that together we will be OK.

CECAL TEAM

web: www.cecal.org.au

www.facebook.com/cecalcommunity

We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners, past, present and emerging, of the land on which we live and work: the Gadigal and Bediagal people.

Quick tour of our Centre

As part of our Lockdown Lunch, we gave a quick tour of our community centre 😅🤓

https://www.facebook.com/100003191231724/posts/4177337272382606/?d=n

Canterbury Earlwood Caring Centre

Post Meeting Notice

Outcome of Cecal’s 46th Annual General Meeting

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Sydney Local Health District in collaboration with the Diversity Hub developed a series of multilingual videos to support current COVID-19 Stay at home order across Greater Sydney.

We seek your help to share these on your social media, and communicate this urgent message through your networks:
In addition, NSW Health has developed COVID-19 Stay at home order social media tiles in English and multiple languages. Please share on your publications, websites, newsletters and social media networks:
We are very thankful for your ongoing support and efforts during these trying times. Let’s all continue to take care of the health and wellbeing of our loved ones, and ourselves.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Diversity Programs and Strategy Hub, Sydney Local Health District for further information and support.

Canterbury Earlwood Caring Company Ltd

 
ACN 002 261 190 (Company)
 

Latest clinical advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine translated in 63 languages:

Recent vaccine announcement from the Australian Government, a statement has been released from the Australian Department of Health about the latest clinical advice on the AstraZeneca vaccine.

 

This statement has been published on the Australian Department of Health website in 63 languages. To ensure timely information is available to our communities, we encourage you to share this update within your networks.

2021. SLHD – Multilanguage Bowel Screening Videos

The Diversity Hub, SLHD has developed four short videos on bowel cancer screening in Greek and Italian with English subtitles.
• Videos in Greek: A longer version (approx. 2 minutes) and a short version (approx. 1m 20s) presented by Rev. Father Stavros Ivanos
• Videos in Italian: A longer version (approx. 1m 40s) and a short version (approx. 1m) presented by Mr Thomas Camporeale, General Manager – Co.As.It
• These videos have been professionally filmed by the SLHD Strategic Relations & Communication.
• The video scripts have been carefully reviewed and approved by Cancer Institute NSW.
You can watch and download the videos from the Dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/…/AADTeTawn0VsIXdTENN2MUNTa…
This link is publicly accessible by anyone who has it. The videos can be downloaded by clicking the download button in the top right hand corner.
Help promote bowel cancer screening to Greek and Italian community members by uploading the videos on your organisation’s website and showing the videos to your Greek and Italian clients.

Community Diabetes Education Program held at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Centre for our elderly group delivering interesting and useful sessions for people with diabetes

 

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Our Early Easter Seniors Monday Lunch !!

Great Job Zabette

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Our Early Easter Seniors Monday Lunch !!

Great Job Zabette

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Lucio our driver at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association helping out with meal deliveries. Another demonstration of the strength in having locally based community groups. We may be small, but together there is nothing we cannot do.

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Playgroup today – putting our new barbecue and kitchen together for fun times in home corner . Now we have everything AND the kitchen.

 

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Computer Classes

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Tai Chi Classes

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Woman of the Year Award

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2021


“This award is a lovely surprise and really a recognition of the work of the whole team here at CECAL. Our staff and volunteers, like other community services, worked even harder than ever last year to adapt our work to ensure we continued to support vulnerable residents in our community, including the elderly, people with disability, children and their families. We provided information in English and other local languages to residents. Also visited people who were home alone, delivered food and essential items and ‘cheer up packs’, took them for walks, did exercises and activities to help lift spirits including playing music and games, we made many thousands of phone calls and conference calls. We also started some online and digital services including and provided training on devices, ran a number of online community events and also worked with other services to help deliver meals and food to people who were most in need or the most isolated. My thanks to the whole team at CECAL for their kindness and dedication and to Sophie Cotsis for her support of the community, CECAL and other services and for this generous nomination.”

  • Jacquie Cheetham

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NSW Women of the Year Awards 2021

Great to be at the NSW Women of the Year Awards 2021.

Please to have nominated Jacquie Cheetham, Manager of Canterbury Earlwood Caring Community Centre, for her dedication and hard work in our community.

During the pandemic, Jacquie and the CECAL were exceptional with their service to vulnerable residents in our community, including the elderly, people with disability, youth, those needing mental health support and those from multicultural backgrounds.

-Sophie Cotsis

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A list of resources about COVID-19 in other languages. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.

Special Programs:

Please contact us to register and for more details


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45th Annual General Meeting Invitation/Announcement

Cecal extends an invitation to you

to attend this meeting

 

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Canterbury Neighbourhood Awards 2020

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More readings from Kathleen Gleeson (Child and Family Services) at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association – enjoy all three clips:
Indigo dreaming – meditations for children – by Amy Hamilton- Circus Trap

The Very Brave Bear – by Nick Bland The very cranky bear is back, and this time he’s facing Boris Buffalo in a battle of BRAVERY!

The Very Brave Bear part 2
https://youtu.be/y56jdBADcvg

COMMUNITY VISITORS SCHEME

Are you stuck at home? Call us and we will organise a friendly phone call or home visit …

At present many of our most vulnerable elderly members of the community whether they reside in an Aged Care Facility or their own homes are experiencing significant isolation and loneliness due to the impact of lock down during COVID19.

The video below highlights the importance and benefits of regular social interaction provided by the Community Visitors Scheme for those unable to connect with family and friends. At present CECAL can provide virtual Social support and once this pandemic is over social support can then transition to regular fortnightly face to face visits.

Should you or someone you know benefit from such support please give us a call on 9559 4013 and leave a message for the program Coordinator. Alternatively you can send an email to cvs.groupworker@cecal.org.au and we can arrange for a volunteer to connect with you. All our volunteers undergo police check screening and training.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for this program we would love to hear from you.

https://www.facebook.com/abclifeau/videos/263481228113941/

STAY SAFE, THANK YOU

Last week CECAL offered a  live Cooking class by Petra Fakri. Yummy Lebanese dishes were cooked. 9 people joined the interactive cooking classes which everyone enjoyed. Participants cooked their dinner from their own kitchen while  Petra cooked dinner at CECAL’s kitchen – a fun and enjoyable community activity during this  time of isolation !

CECAL will offer more Cooking classes soon. If you are interested please contact us on  9559-4013 or reception@cecal.org.au.

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NDSS Diabetes Factsheets:

https://www.ndss.com.au/about-diabetes/information-in-your-language/

This website includes a range of free factsheets, including a number in Greek.

Diabetes NSW Website also has a number of articles, a new feature on our website to translate these articles into Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Italian and Vietnamese.

 diabetesnsw.com.au

In particular there are a number of articles relating to Covid-19 and diabetes management:

Tips to stay well during Covid-19 https://diabetesnsw.com.au/about-us/blog/tips-to-stay-well-during-covid-19/

Covid-19 and the NDSS https://diabetesnsw.com.au/helpful-resources/news/covid-19-and-the-ndss/

Man with t1 describes his Covid-19 experience https://diabetesnsw.com.au/about-us/blog/man-with-t1-describes-his-covid-19-experience/

Does Diabetes put you at risk of Covid-19 https://diabetesnsw.com.au/about-us/blog/does-diabetes-put-you-at-risk-of-covid-19/

Coronavirus planning for people with diabetes https://diabetesnsw.com.au/helpful-resources/news/coronavirus-planning-for-people-with-diabetes/

Managing stress during the Covid-19 outbreak https://diabetesnsw.com.au/about-us/blog/managing-stress-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

Coronavirus – What you need to know https://diabetesnsw.com.au/helpful-resources/news/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/

Advice for type 1 diabetes and Covid-19 https://diabetesnsw.com.au/about-us/blog/advice-on-type-1-diabetes-and-covid-19/

There are a number of videos available on our YouTube channel. Unfortunately most of these are in English at the moment: https://www.youtube.com/user/ausdiabetescouncil although we do have gestational diabetes videos in Arabic, Nepali, Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin, Cantonese and Urdu.

Arabic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo79fUMhARM

Nepali: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH57LoNabAA

Urdu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDnHwVNvK_U

Bengali: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1BfZE_IzM

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K3c9nS8s20

COVID-19 testing – Inner West Community (English-Greek) video by Nickolas Skordas

Please cut and paste the above link to watch on your search engine

COVID-19 Inner West testing – messages translated in different languages. Look to the right of your screen, for your preferred language:

 https://vimeo.com/409125991

Please cut and paste the above link to watch on your search engine

Zabette one of our HACC team workers at Cecal sharing a Loving Mother’s Day message from the heart to all the mothers  out there … Happy Mother’s Day from everyone here at Cecal xo

https://youtu.be/_fd7vVC70lY

This week’s Reading by Kathleen Gleeson:

There is a monster under my bed who farts

https://youtu.be/jKletjOr4sE

and …

If you’re happy and you know it !

https://youtu.be/R_GpqnXATKo

enjoy everyone …

Join us online or listen in by phone to hear fascinating stories from the Cooks River’s past and present with special guest storytellers Wiradjuri woman and academic Jennifer Newman and historian Professor Ian Tyrrell. BYO Cooks River stories to share!

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Three ways to join:

  1. Book ahead online for an email reminder: riverstories.eventbrite.com.au 
  2. Join directly via this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84659133079on Thursday 7 May at 12pm.
  3. Or listen in by phone: Dial (02) 8015 6011 and enter the webinar ID: 846 5913 3079 followed by the hash # key

The Cooks River Alliance and the Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association are pleased to able to bring you this rescheduled Wurridjal Festival event online.

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Three ways to join:

  1. Book ahead online for an email reminder: riverstories.eventbrite.com.au 
  2. Join directly via this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84659133079on Thursday 7 May at 12pm.
  3. Or listen in by phone: Dial (02) 8015 6011 and enter the webinar ID: 846 5913 3079 followed by the hash # key

The Cooks River Alliance and the Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association are pleased to able to bring you this rescheduled Wurridjal Festival event online.

This week’s reading from Kathleen:

“Never feed a queen a jellybean”

And …

“The very itchy bear”

https://youtu.be/q8eZua78SgQ

https://youtu.be/r6hEWAgZZf0

This week’s Facebook reading from Kathleen Gleeson (Child and Family Services) at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association :

Indigo Dreaming and Meditations for Children, heartlight.  Head-on-over our Facebook page and enjoy …

https://www.facebook.com/100003191231724/posts/2935460856570260/?d=n

Online Kids Art and

Online Kids Art and Craft Classes


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Check out CECAL’s very own

Kathleen Gleeson

(Child and Family Development Worker and Playgroup Coordinator)

Book Reading: 

“Indigo Dreaming – Meditations for Children – short meditations for children – Bubble Bath”

and …

 “Will You Fill My Bucket ? Daily Acts of Love Around the World”

Click on our YouTube links below:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucx42o6OC54&list=UU4Uv7Vc8nKMCXooZD32c9vA&index=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZHYYlpkOGQ&list=UU4Uv7Vc8nKMCXooZD32c9vA&index=2

CECAL (daily) staff meetings are being conducted mainly as video conference calls  ~ stay safe everyone 

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STAY SAFE

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FUNDRAISING BUSHFIRE EVENT

This Thursday the 5th of March Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association will be hosting a fundraiser event for the brushfire victims at the Earlwood Senior Citizens Centre at 362 Homer St, Earlwood NSW 2206
 
All funds raised will be donated to Eden Community Access Centre or Uralla Neighbourhood Centre.
 
There will be food, entertainment and raffle prizes.
 
Link to map: 
https://goo.gl/maps/LrWgyuUz56Dtdra27
 
All are welcome!
 
Spread the word, all are welcome!

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Fundraising for Bushfire Victims

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Special Cooks River activities in March

Celebrate the Wurridjal Festival and Harmony Day with special activities in March on the Cooks River.

March heralds the mullet season on the Cooks River. During early autumn, scores of mullet on the east coast of Australia begin migrating north, leaving their estuaries to spawn in the sea, with thousands entering the Cooks River on their journey.

Wurridjal is an Aboriginal word for mullet. Mullet season is one of the happiest times of the year for Aboriginal communities in and around Kamay (Botany Bay). It recalls a time of plenty and community gatherings and is looked upon fondly to this day. The Cooks River Wurridjal Festival provides a range of activities where the community can celebrate and enjoy the peace and beauty of the river and learn about Aboriginal culture and history along the Cooks River.

CECAL is joining in this year with 4 community activities, for more information and activities see http://cooksriver.org.au/events

 http://cooksriver.org.au/events/riverside-yoga-with-ariana/

http://cooksriver.org.au/events/river-stories-for-harmony-day/

http://cooksriver.org.au/events/tai-chi-with-johnny-by-the-cooks-river/

http://cooksriver.org.au/events/walk-and-talk-along-the-river/

Riverside Yoga with Ariana

Relax and enjoy a free yoga session outside by the beautiful Cooks River.

Date:               Wednesday 11th March 2020

Time:               830 – 930am

Venue:             Ewen Park

Free event.

BYO Yoga mat

In case of wet weather the yoga session will be held at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Community Centre Hall: 15 Clarke St Earlwood at the same time.

For more information or to book Call 99954013, or email reception@cecal.org.au

Riverside Tai Chi with Johnny

Date:               Tuesday 17th March 2020

Time:               830 – 930am

Location:         Meet at

For more information or to book Call 99954013, or email reception@cecal.org.au

River Stories for Harmony Day – POSTPONED to 7th MAY

See the Gen2Gen: Cooks River Stories videos and stories. Bring in a poem or share a story about your experience of the Cooks River, a river you love or from your hometown.

Venue: Canterbury Earlwood Caring Community Centre Hall: 15 Clarke St Earlwood

Date:   Friday 20th March

Time:   1030 to 1pm

Join us for morning tea and a light lunch

For more information or bookings for catering purposes call 99954013, or email reception@cecal.org.au

All ages welcome

Walk and Talk along the Cooks River  – POSTPONED 

Walk by Cooks River, enjoy and learn about the Indigenous Mosaic Artwork

Date:   Wednesday 25th March

Time:   10am – 11am

Venue: Meet at Gough Whitlam Park playground area

Free event.

All ages welcome, the walk is accessible by pram and wheelchair

For more information or to book call 99954013, or email reception@cecal.org.au

COOKING CLASSES

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Circle of Security Parenting Group

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Dementia Support Group

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CECAL Seniors Social Support Group

SUPPORTING YOU TO LIVE INDEPEDENTLY

The Seniors Social Support Group (formerly known as CECAL Centre Based Day Program) is funded by the Australian Department of Social Services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

CECAL aims at improving our client’s physical and emotional health. Every group member is unique to us and we endeavor to provide clients with the appropriate support to maximize their capacity for independence.  We promote positive mental health and general wellbeing through a variety of fun, diverse, affordable social groups and health programs. Our social groups enabling you to try new hobbies and make new friends.

As part of our commitment to support you to live independent in the community our wellbeing programs are flexible and respond to your needs. Clients attending the Social support groups, relax and share a cup of tea and a meal. Transport to the day program is provided to people with mobility issues. A small fee applies.

If CECAL cannot meet your needs, we can connect you with other government funded and private services that might be able to assist you.

Please visit www.cecal.org.au or  www.facebook.com/cecalcommunity

to stay inform about new activities, updates and cancellations of programs. Become a member of CECAL and you will receive our newsletter. If you have an email account, we will happily email it to you.

Increase your independence with regular exercise and social connections.

Wellbeing options:

  • Gentle Exercises
  • Strengthening, Stretching and Exercises
  • Social Support Group programs including outings
  • Adult Learning Centre (Wednesday program craft, social opportunities, English classes)
  • Men’s group
  • Tuesday Social outings and bus trips

Other services we offer to help you to be independent include:

  • Access to Cultural Events held at CECAL throughout the year.
  • Transport to the events if needed
  • Community Talks
  • Assistance to register through My Aged Care in your language
  • We are registered with TIS to assist you in your own language.

You must register through My Aged Care to attend CECAL wellness activities. Please ring 1800200422 for registration and phone screening. If you feel you need assistance through this process, please visit our office and a staff member will be happy to assist you. We speak Italian, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Indonesian and French. For more information on My Aged Care please visit www.myagedcare.gov.au.

SELF CARE VITAL IN TIMES OF GREAT LOSS

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Christmas – New Year Closure Notice

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Special programs & Outings November to December 2019:

For more information or to register call: 9559 4013

Tuesday 22nd Oct – 17 Dec:    After School Creative Activities Children 4pm – 5.30pm (8 weeks)

17 October – December:         Thursdays 10:30-12:30 Greek Stepping on Program: exercises, health and well-being program – for Greek speaking community  members

Tuesday 12th November:         Bus trip to Berrima and visit to Winery

Wednesday 13th November:   Learn about CECAL at our AGM, hear about the community consultations undertaken, enjoy lunch and entertainment 10.30–1pm

Tuesday 3rd December:           Bus trip to Breowra waters and End of Year Party

Regular Programs and groups for adults and seniors:

Please note: Some programs do not run during school holidays – please call us to check: 9559 4013

Weekly Social Groups and Classes:

  1. Seniors Social Groups and Outings (every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9am – 1pm)
  2. Computer classes                Monday to Wednesday 1030 – 1230
  3. English classes                      Wednesdays & Thursdays 10 – 12
  4. Craft & Discuss group        Wednesdays 10 -12
  5. Art group                                  Wednesdays 1pm-3pm
  6. Gentle Exercises                  Thursdays 9:30 – 10:30

Fortnightly / Monthly Social or Support Groups:

  1. Men’s group                                         2nd and last Monday of the month 10:30 -12:30
  2. Dementia Carers support group Last Friday of each month 10 – 12
  3. Carers support group Mondays 10 – 12 (last Monday of month)

Health and well being Programs for adults & seniors:

  1. Yoga with Ariana     Tuesdays 1230 -130
  2. Tai Chi                       Tuesdays and Thursdays 8am – 9am

Social Bus trips:             4 to 5 trips per year to locations outside Sydney

Seniors Home Visiting Program:  We can organise a friendly home visit for frail, disabled or socially isolated people

 

Programs for children and families:

  1. Play groups:
    1. Tuesdays 930-1130 (CECAL Hall in Earlwood, during school terms)
    2. Thursdays 9:30 – 11am (Canterbury Public School Hall, during school terms)                            
  1. Family Support        By appointment
  2. Parenting education / groups: Tuning into Kids Together Parenting Group – Monday evenings from March
  3. Family Yoga                Friday afternoons 4pm – 5pm\

Inter-generational programs:

  1. Family and Community Yoga: Friday afternoons 4 PM – 5 PM    (NB: No classes 26 Sept to 8 October. Classes resume: 10 Oct)
  2. Community Discovery Garden: Help develop our community herb, vegetable and play garden.

CECAL also provides Neighbourhood Centre services:

  • Drop in for information between 10 AM and 4 PM on weekdays – you can come in and collect information about many programs and services. We have information in a range of community languages, and many of our team are bilingual.
  • For a small donation, we provide Photocopy and Fax Services.
  • Emergency telephone calls: for free.
  • Public Toilets – open during office hours 10am-4pm. Local people with a disability can use after hours if they have a key provided by council.
  • Please call beforehand to make an appointment for the following services:
    • Assistance with filling out forms
    • Justice of the Peace Service (on Thursdays)
    • Contacting government agencies – on your behalf
    • Basic advocacy – on your behalf
  • Little free book swap / library in the driveway – help yourself to a book 🙂
  • We also have an active Volunteer program- please contact us if you would like to volunteer.

Please call for details, to register for programs or for more information at 9559 4013.

Please note: a number of our programs charge a small fee and some require registration / assessment.

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WELCOME

 

 

 
The Diversity Hub, SLHD has developed four short videos on bowel cancer screening in Greek and Italian with English subtitles.
 
• Videos in Greek: A longer version (approx. 2 minutes) and a short version (approx. 1m 20s) presented by Rev. Father Stavros Ivanos
• Videos in Italian: A longer version (approx. 1m 40s) and a short version (approx. 1m) presented by Mr Thomas Camporeale, General Manager – Co.As.It
• These videos have been professionally filmed by the SLHD Strategic Relations & Communication.
• The video scripts have been carefully reviewed and approved by Cancer Institute NSW.
 
You can watch and download the videos from the Dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/…/AADTeTawn0VsIXdTENN2MUNTa…
This link is publicly accessible by anyone who has it. The videos can be downloaded by clicking the download button in the top right hand corner.
 
Help promote bowel cancer screening to Greek and Italian community members by uploading the videos on your organisation’s website and showing the videos to your Greek and Italian clients.

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Community Diabetes Education Program held at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Centre for our elderly group delivering interesting and useful sessions for people with diabetes

 

post meeting notice

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Our Early Easter Seniors Monday Lunch !!

Great Job Zabette

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Lucio our driver at Canterbury Earlwood Caring Association helping out with meal deliveries. Another demonstration of the strength in having locally based community groups. We may be small, but together there is nothing we cannot do.

click on image to enlarge

 

Playgroup today – putting our new barbecue and kitchen together for fun times in home corner . Now we have everything AND the kitchen.

click on images to enlarge

Computer Classes

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Tai Chi Classes

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Woman of the Year Award

🥇

2021


“This award is a lovely surprise and really a recognition of the work of the whole team here at CECAL. Our staff and volunteers, like other community services, worked even harder than ever last year to adapt our work to ensure we continued to support vulnerable residents in our community, including the elderly, people with disability, children and their families. We provided information in English and other local languages to residents. Also visited people who were home alone, delivered food and essential items and ‘cheer up packs’, took them for walks, did exercises and activities to help lift spirits including playing music and games, we made many thousands of phone calls and conference calls. We also started some online and digital services including and provided training on devices, ran a number of online community events and also worked with other services to help deliver meals and food to people who were most in need or the most isolated. My thanks to the whole team at CECAL for their kindness and dedication and to Sophie Cotsis for her support of the community, CECAL and other services and for this generous nomination.”

  • Jacquie Cheetham

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