Community Group of the Year Award
05 Nov 2018
MSS’s Connected Families Team were nominated for Stephen Bromhead’s Community Group of the Year Award and were awarded the title at the ceremony last Saturday.
What a fantastic effort from the entire Families Team – they have supported over 500 clients, run a series of events, participated in a range of community days and begun trialling the Men’s Behaviour Change Program. Congratulations!
SAFE series workshop – 20 November 2018
01 Nov 2018
The SAFE book series
The NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) is holding a FREE workshop for organisations who provide services to children under 6 years. Sam, Andy, Fiona, and Eve are the stars of the SAFE series a set of four books containing protective behaviour messages aimed at children 2-6 years.
The books support the rights of children and promote them having a voice. Helping children identify the parts of their body that are private, understand their feelings and encourage them to think about five people who they trust to help them if they feel scared, sad or upset.
The OCG has also developed a guide to help workers in organisations deliver the series. In creating the guide we considered the advice of professionals in protective behaviours and experienced pre-school workers. Child care workers should familiarise themselves with the guide before using the books.
MSS Café, 78 Wynter Street, Taree NSW 2430
Participants who attend the training will receive a set of books and links to the animations, resources and eBooks.
On 20 November at 10am to 12pm
Click here to Register
This workshop is supported by MSS.
Annual General Meeting and Celebrations 2018
01 Nov 2018
MSS held their AGM and Celebrations at Club Taree on Thursday 18th October. The proceedings started with Welcome to Country delivered by Mave Richardson AM PSM, on behalf of Aunty Barbara Clark OAM, who unfortunately could not attend. Councillor Kathryn Bell spoke about the positive impact MSS services have on so many people in different walks of life across all parts of the council area she represents. The Annual Report was presented with key speakers President Michael Burgess, CEO Nikki Clancy, Treasurer Ian Dyball and Manager, Administration and Finance Steve Panos expanding on their written report.
Mave Richardson AM PSM then took the opportunity to share with the audience the history of her long tenure on the Board of Directors spanning back to the inception of MSS. Mave decided to step back from her role on the Board this year. The Board of Directors recognised Mave’s incredible contribution over three decades by making her a Patron of MSS and showing their appreciation with a beautiful bunch of flowers and a plaque.
Formal proceedings culminated with the current Board vacating their positions and the election of the new Board. We are pleased to announce the new Directors as follows:
- Michael Burgess – President
- Denise Greenaway – Vice President
- Ian Dyball – Treasurer
- Jillian Dunn, Paul Lewers, Ken Loftus, Judith Richardson, Emma Pike and Michelle Wilkes as Ordinary Directors.
- Nikki Clancy – Secretary (non-voting and appointed at the first official Board Meeting after the AGM).
After a delicious lunch, the audience was treated to some excellent entertainment by local comedy hit, Andy Saunders, whose humour and fantastic storytelling had everyone in stitches. What a great way to finish the day!
White Ribbon Initiative Update
02 Oct 2018
The White Ribbon Initiative is continuing its quest to create a new world record! MSS is proud to be a part in this worthwhile project.
For an update on the progress, click this link:
White Ribbon Initiative
06 Aug 2018
MSS is proud to be part of the local White Ribbon Initiative to raise awareness about domestic and family violence.
The initiative was launched in late July at Club Taree where the project details were announced to the public. MSS offered
to be a wool distribution and drop off point for the finished knitting products. Anyone wishing to participate in this worthwhile project is encouraged to drop in to 78 Wynter Street, Taree and collect a ball or two of wool. More detailed information is available in the links below.
Media Release White Ribbon
ProjectDetails about White Ribbon