Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Speak Your Mind

Not normal is the new normal. Issues around mental health affect us all. Write a story about your own experience or someone you care about.

With one in five Australians experiencing mental health issues each year, it's vital that personal stories of survival and resilience are told.  ABC Open want to share these stories, get talking and show that we’re all in this together.
Tell what it was like when you were in the middle of a mental health challenge. How did you cope? Who and what helped you through? Was help easy or hard to get? How do you deal with the stigma? How are you now? And how do you maintain a mentally healthy life?

ABC Open also want to hear from the families, carers and loved ones of those affected. How did you get through? Who did you talk to?

We all have a story.  I know because my family has just been through this.  
I know every person has a story because I am stopped on the street every day and told about someone else's experience.
I am also ignored by many who find it too hard to cope with and don't know what to say.
We have been overwhelmed with kindness by a few and forgotten by those who still believe one should just "get on with it" and find it all to shameful.
Thank god for the ones around us who "get it"... 
and we are still here through all the trauma and heartbreak.... 
still here...
 so that makes us magnificent.
As we tell our children "We are titanium"and that's our song.

What's yours?

2014 Temora Art Prize

Garden Party – Supporting Youth Off the Streets, Saturday 20 September, Clonelly

Eugowra branch of CWA have organised a Garden party on Saturday 20th September 2014, from 10.30am to support Youth Off the Streets. 

It will be held in Lorraine Carty’s garden on her property, Clonelly, 241 Reedy Creek Road, Murga, which is19 km from Cudal and 24 km from Eugowra on the Escort Way and just 2.4 km up Reedy Creek Road (look for the signs). 
Father Chris Riley AM, Founder and CEO of “Youth Off The Streets” is a special guest speaker and will have signed copies of his books for sale. 

Cost is $20.00 per person which includes morning tea and lunch. 
There will be musical entertainment, stalls, vintage cars and bikes, as well as a fashion parade by Somerset Lane of Eugowra. 
RSVP by 13 September to Lorraine 02 6859 5261, Wendy 02 6859 5221, or Jenny 02 6859 2605 

Eat Cake and Have it Too: An Inspirational Workshop for Women

Career & Life Matters is pleased to announce Eat Cake: An Inspiring 
Workshop for Women is coming to Orange on Saturday 9th August 2014.

Okay job, nice life but feeling stuck and dissatisfied?  At a cross roads 
in your life - seeking a career or life transition? Tired of always 
waiting for 'some day' to begin living your life to the full? Are you 
ready for something more?

Go on, you are a busy woman and you deserve some time out to explore what 
you are truly capable of. You will love the venue for this workshop. Relax 
in the beautiful old world at Heritage House. Of course there will be time 
to share amazing food and enjoy the gorgeous garden.

Would you like to create balance and flow in all areas of your life -work, 
career, relationships, health, home and finances?

Imagine spending an entire day reconnecting with yourself. Explore what 
you really want and discover what will make your life full, fun and 
fulfilling. Then learn skills and strategies to take action to achieving 
your true potential and really live life on your terms.

Check out to register. You can also 
Seats are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.
Why not share this with a friend.
 Orange is a lovely spot for a girls 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Looking for men who knit - and men who want to learn!

Men, young and old, are encouraged to take part in the making of a knitted art installation of small knitted samplers on the theme of war and peace which will be sewn together to form a large wall hanging and displayed at The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery in April, 2015 as part of the Anzac Centenary. 

War & Peace The Men's Knitting Project
This 'men only' knitting project commemorates the soldiers who served in World War 1 and it also assists returned veterans who have been wounded, physically or psychologically, in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Men who register for the project are asked to make a direct small discretionary donation to 'Soldier On'.

Studies have shown that knitting both concentrates and relaxes the mind, releasing serotonin and endorphins, thus creating a meditative state of mind. It was used widely as ‘occupational therapy’ for servicemen after the First and Second World Wars.

This project seeks to engage men in a therapeutic and creative knitting project whether they are high school boys who would like to learn to knit or young and older men dealing with various life issues of loneliness, depression, stress, isolation or chronic pain – or men who just want to develop their creativity. 

Men can read much more about the project and the benefits of therapeutic knitting by going to the website where they can also register, print out the knitting instructions and watch short videos on learning how to knit. Knitting is an easy to learn skill and one that was developed by men centuries ago when they were Master Knitters.

More information can be obtained by contacting Kaye Healey, Coordinator at or mobile 0408 67 55 36. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Investing in Women Funding Program - Closes 30 June 2014

Women NSW is offering an exciting new funding opportunity for projects that lead to economic empowerment of women through training and employment in non-traditional trades.

Non-traditional trades are those with 25% or less participation of women. 
Up to $25,000 is available for partnership projects through a submission process.