On Tuesday last week our Social Support outing took us to beautiful Comboyne. This has become a very popular outing, so much so, we had to hire a third bus and we booked the Café out. We first stopped at Yippin Creek Picnic Area, where the miniature trains run once a month – we were not in luck this time even though some of our group would have loved to see the trains!
Our journey continued up to the Comboyne Plateau, the marvelous weather allowed us to admire the view as we climbed. The Udder Cow Café once again served up great home cooked meals and there was enough time after lunch to explore the store across the road before heading home. We have put this outing back on again for November and already we have a waiting list for it.
Earlier this year the Taree Community Connect Committee donated over $23,000 to “Make a Difference” (M.A.D.) in order to purchase an Orange Sky Laundry Van. The van is now a regular visitor to the Taree Uniting Church grounds where it is parked every Friday from 10am – 12pm providing people experiencing hardship in our local community a free washing service. The service is run by volunteers providing resources, referrals and someone to talk to.
For anyone interested in volunteering for this worthwhile service, contact Orange Sky Laundry directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07 3062 4811. Alternatively MSS’ Volunteer Recruitment Facilitator, Lisa Stevens, can be reached on 6551 1800 to refer volunteers to the local Orange Sky Laundry Team.
Another month of pleasurable days out and about in the local area. Great Lakes Winery is always a favourite, where wine and cheese tasting was had before we enjoyed a tantalizing BBQ for lunch.
A day spent at Billabong Koala Park was another treat, clients were entertained by “Shrek” the Crocodile, baby meerkats, kangaroos and koalas, and many other creatures.
Other venues we have visited over the last few weeks include Taree Races for the Krambach Cup; Movies at Laurieton; Bonny Hills Nursery; Day trip to Gloucester; Manning Point Bowling Club and Moorland Cottage. Our regular Café days have continued to be popular, whether it be for music, craft or a movie. Always guaranteed good company, fun times, and a laugh!
We are fortunate to be able to offer the “Stepping On” program for our clients, with the assistance of Hunter New England Health. 13 of our elderly ladies are attending this 10 week program, which will assist with balance, confidence and falls prevention.
The Annual General Meeting for Manning Support Services Inc. (MSS) was held on Thursday 12th October 2017 at Club Taree.
Our newly elected Board members are Michael Burgess (President), Paul Lewers (Vice President), Ian Dyball (Treasurer), Jillian Dunn, Ken Loftus, Judith Richardson, Mave Richardson, Will Paulson, Michelle Wilkes, Emma Pike and Denise Greenaway.
We thank Richard Johnson and Matthew Heathcote for their dedication and service as members on our Board of directors.
Dr David Gillespie MP and Ms Katheryn Smith, Deputy Mayor for Midcoast Council were present during the proceedings and contributed to the day with a speech and by presenting long service awards to the following recipients:
Peter Quinn – 20 years
Cathy Baker – 5 years
Kristy Byrnes – 5years
Michael Burgess – 10 years
Jillian Dunn – 5 years
Ian Dyball – Treasurer’s Certificate of Appreciation from the Not for Profit Finance Week
Nancy Standford – 15 years
Rosemary Probst – 15 years
Jenny Elcoate – 15 years
Lorraine Perrin – 10 years
Maire Barrett – 5 years
May Cullen – 5 years
Robert Curtis – 5 years
Helen Heathwood – 5 years
Peter Lindwall – 5 years
Helen McDonald – 5 years
Barbara Moore – 5 years
Students from Taree West Public School provided excellent drumming entertainment to showcase their skills acquired in the DRUMBEAT program with Family Workers Luke Anderson and Renae Taylor. Their performance was so well received that they were asked to do some extra drumming with a handful of enthusiastic members of the crowd!
Everyone enjoyed a wonderful day with delicious food, great entertainment, fantastic raffle prizes and trivia fun. A special thanks to George Hoad for his emceeing.
Manning Support Services Inc. (MSS) is proud to announce the successful tender for the No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) with Good Shepherd and Office of Fair Trading with funding for the program continuing to 30/6/2020. We are also proud to announce that employee Kashanna Dreyer has been awarded the Good Learning award at the national NILS conference for her commitment to using professional learning as a way to improve service delivery in the program. Kashanna has been working in the NILS program for just over a year and has improved upon an already very successful program.