Biripi Baby Show 2018
10 May 2018
The Connected Families Team attended the Biripi Baby Show last week. The theme for 2018 was “Because Of Her We Can”. MSS provided drumming and the little ones loved having a hit on the drums!
MSS also facilitated the painting of hands and feet of the babies – the little foot or hand prints were then added to a poem for Mum.
All new Biripi babies were recognised & received into the community and welcomed with an ochre paint ceremony by an Aboriginal community elder.
17 Apr 2018
National Volunteer Week 21st – 27th May 2018
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
From 21-27 May 2018, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time.
2018 Manning Valley Volunteer Expo
Manning Support Services Inc. (MSS) is excited to be partnering with Club Taree to present the 2018 Manning Valley Volunteer Expo on Monday 21st May 2018 at Club Taree from 2 pm through until 6 pm.
As community based organisations both MSS and Club Taree know first-hand the contribution that volunteers make to our community.
Held during National Volunteer Week, the expo aims to align organisations with potential volunteers while offering the same organisations the opportunity to showcase their achievements and services.
The expo will offer an opportunity for potential volunteers to talk with local organisations who rely on volunteers to make our community a better place to live.
We are seeking interested volunteer organisations to be exhibitors at the event.
For more information, please contact MSS on 6551 1800.
Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights
27 Nov 2017
What a fantastic time 36 of us enjoyed down at the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. We left Taree on Wednesday morning after a cuppa, then enjoyed a picnic lunch by the River at Karuah where we were able to stretch our legs. After lunch we travelled to Kurri Kurri, where the ladies had a fantastic time rummaging through the Millers Factory Outlet Shop, whilst the men paced the footpath outside! Off to Harrigans Hotel at Pokolbin to check in for our two night stay, a short rest and a well deserved cuppa. Then we climbed back into the buses to head to the Hunter Valley Gardens for our Christmas themed dinner, followed by a walk through glorious the Christmas lights display which literally took our breath away. A fantastic day, enjoyed by every single person.
Day 2 saw us be spoilt with a beautiful buffet breakfast, after which we headed back to the Hunter Valley Gardens to take in the daytime sights of the perfectly manicured and cared for gardens. A train ride ensured we saw pretty much all of the garden area, followed by a nice cuppa and a browse through the village shop. A must visit to the Fudge Factory at Pokolbin followed, where many sweets were purchased! Lunch was enjoyed at Cessnock Hotel, and the afternoon consisted of a visit to De Bortoli Vineyards , as well as the village shops back at the Hunter Valley Gardens. After a rest in the afternoon, we were all treated to a scrumptious BBQ dinner back at Harrigans.
Day 3 saw us dragging our feet a little bit more, after our initial two busy days. It didn’t stop us enjoying that delicious buffet breakfast again though, followed by packing up our goodies and checking out of our accommodation. A visit to McGuigans Winery & Cheese Shop was the first stop, and then a relaxing drive through the Hunter to see the new estates being developed. Our final destination was lunch at Peterson’s Champagne House, where clients were given a lovely glass of champagne, followed by a delicious meal after which our 4 buses poked their noses north and headed for the home straight.
A thoroughly enjoyable time away, a magical time together creating precious memories…
10 Nov 2017
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.
Orange Sky Laundry Launched in Taree
01 Nov 2017
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 email@example.com 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.