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LEGAL AID: And Family Law staff will be available for appointments on Thursday, November 16, 9.30am -noon, at Anglicare, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt. To make an appointment call 8805 0900.
HEALTH SURVEY: Are you from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community in the Nepean Blue Mountains region? Researchers from Western Sydney University are conducting research and are interested in how being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background may affect taking part in preventative health opportunities, like cancer screening. They are looking for participants who are female and over 18 and not suffering from any other serious health conditions. For more information contact Dr Kate McBride on 4620 3436 or email email@example.com.
CANCER SUPPORT: Nepean/ Blue Mountains Prostate Cancer Support group will meet from 6.30pm on Monday, November 20 at St Stephen’s Anglican Church Hall, 254 High Street, Penrith. The meeting will feature presentations from Dr Alan Oloffs, senior staff specialist at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, and Greg Millan on bowel cancer screening. The group is open to males and their partners who are seeking information on this cancer, and who live in the Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith areas. Come along and experience the caring and benefits offered by a support group whose motto is You Are Not Alone. Details: www.prostatesupport.org.au or phone David Wilkinson,1300 133 878.
FRIENDSHIP FORCE: Is a worldwide non-profit organisation aimed at changing the way you see the world. The organisation arranges travel to other countries and includes homestays with people from those countries, promoting friendships. If you like travelling, meeting and entertaining people of many cultures then this could be the club for you. Details: email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.friendshipforce-aussie.org
SEWING SKILLS: This free TAFE NSW course will take you from the basics of dressmaking through to making items and re-modelling clothes. It runs on Thursdays until December 7, 9.30am-1pm, at Anglicare Mt Druitt, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt. Details and bookings: Hazel, 8805 0969.
EAT YOUR YARD: A free gardening course which will cover growing vegetables and herbs. It runs on Fridays, 12.30pm-2.30pm, until December 15 at Anglicare Mt Druitt, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt. Details and bookings: Hazel, 8805 0969.
CAFE SKILLS: Learn how to make non-alcoholic beverages, milkshakes, frappes, fresh juices and more in an eight-week TAFE NSW course which runs on Thursdays, 9.30am-1.30pm, until December 7 at Anglicare Mt Druitt, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt. Details and bookings: Hazel, 8805 0969.
ONE STOP SHOP: Members of the community can access a number of agencies under one roof at the Anglicare Mt Druitt One Stop Shop. Services available include welfare rights, Legal Aid, family services, Fair Trading and Centrelink. It’s free service and open the first Thursday of each month at 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt. Details and bookings: Hazel, 8805 0969.
SOMETHING NEW: The W.A.S.H House, Lot 5, Kelly Close, Mount Druitt has begun its new term program for women only. Groups include yoga, art, computers, sewing, folk art, belly dancing and Bollywood dancing, tai chi, stretch and tone, meditation, self defence and more. Details and bookings: 9677 1962.
DROP IN: Café de Warehouse at Anglicare, 91a Kurrajong Avenue, Mt Druitt invites you to enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee and food while making some new friends. The café is open 10am-noon each Friday during school terms. Free childcare is available for preschool children. Details: Hazel, 8805 0969.
JOIN SCOUTS: 1st Whalan Scout Group, 137 Belmore Avenue, Mount Druitt, has vacancies for cubs, scouts and venturers. Cubs are for boys and girls aged 7-10, Scouts are for those aged 11-15 and Venturers is for those aged 14-18. Cubs play games, learn codes and skills, help people and have adventures. Scouts are part of the biggest and most successful youth organisation in Australia – and the world – with thousands of boys and girls enjoying an almost unlimited range of activities. Venturers is a do-it-yourself mix of fun, adventure and personal challenge that will bring you together with other young people who feel the same way. You may find yourself exploring wilderness Australia or diving on coral reefs. Perhaps you’ll learn white water kayaking or ride your mountain bike on an expedition across real mountains. For more information about any of these groups contact Dee on 0402 232 705 or email email@example.com.
CHANCE TO SING: The Sunset Station Singers meet at St Marys RSL Club every Monday, 7.30pm-9.30pm. The group, which performs in nursing homes, hospitals and at local commemorative ceremonies, was started by Vietnam veterans and has grown to include wives, partners and friends. They welcome anyone who enjoys singing and there’s no pressure to read music or audition. Their motto is: “If you can talk, you can sing”. Details: Rick, 0425 223 113.
FOR WOMEN: Blacktown Women’s and Girls Health Centre, 6 Prince Street, Blacktown, has a range of groups and activities starting this month. On Mondays from 9.30am-10.30am there is a gentle low impact exercise group for $6 per session. On Wednesdays, 10am-11am, there’s gentle yoga and stress relief for beginners and all ages at a cost of $7.50 per session while the medium-advanced yoga classes from 11.30am-12.30pm are aimed at enhancing physical and mental wellbeing. Then on Thursdays, 10am-11am, there’s a weekly core exercise group. Beginners welcome. Cost is $5 per session. The Building Resilience Group will conflict resolution on December 5. Conducted by Relationships Australia these groups allow women to discuss and practice life-enhancing skills. Cost is $5 per session and bookings are essential on 9806 3299. On Tuesday, November 21, 10.30am-12.30pm there’s a free acupuncture health talk where women can learn more about pressure points and how acupuncture can benefit their health. For more details on any of these classes phone 9831 2070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCOUNT SHOPPING: Parramatta Community Care (PC Care) is the care arm of Parramatta Christian Church and operates by running a shop that provides groceries such as fresh fruit/vegetables, meat, bread, milk and pantry items at a low, affordable cost - some at no cost at all. The service is open at 18 Barney Street, North Parramatta, Thursdays from 6pm-8pm and Fridays, 10.30am-1pm. There is also a chemist on site providing heavily discounted prescriptions on Friday mornings (conditions apply). This service is available to Centrelink cardholders, Centrelink Newstart recipients, low income earners, asylum seekers/refugees, and students. Details: 9630 3892 or www.pcc.org.au/care.
PLAYERS WANTED: The Western Sydney Wheelchair Rugby League sevens competition started earlier this month and more players are being sought to take part. Each team is comprised of five new or development players and five experienced players. The competition venue is the Kingswood campus of Western Sydney University, and competition cost is $90. For more information contact Nathan on 0419 463 930.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Presented by the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia every Tuesday and Wednesday, 9am-noon, in the Train at St Marys RSL Club, corner Hall Street and Mamre Road, St Marys. Informal classes catering for beginners, more experienced and retired seniors wanting help with current software and using internet for research and emails. On Thursdays 9am-11am there will be a class on digital photo manipulation using Photoshop Elements 5. Bookings essential. For details call Keith on 9833 4700 Tuesday-Thursday or email email@example.com.
SINGLES GROUP: Are you over 35, single and ready to dance the night away? Join the Social Meetup Group every Friday night from 8pm at Penrith RSL Club. You can meet and dance with other single, separated, divorced and widowed fun-loving mature singles from the Nepean region. Event details at: http://www.meetup.com/Penrith-Singles-35-to-55-Social-Meetup/ or phone Anton on 0418 254 229.
BALLROOM DANCING: Every Monday at Kingswood Neighbourhood Centre, 19 Bringelly Road, Kingswood. Beginners 6pm-7.30pm, general 7.30pm-10pm. Details: Neil, 0458 528 001.
GENTLE EXERCISE: Classes are held every Wednesday during school terms, noon-1pm, at St Marys Community Centre Main Hall, Swanston Street, St Marys Corner. Cost is $6. Wear comfy clothes and joggers, bring water and a towel. Easy exercise catering for all fitness levels, ages and abilities. Details: St Marys Area Community Development Project Inc, phone 9673 2169.
HELP FOR VETERANS: Free, confidential help is available to veterans of all conflicts at the Veterans Welfare Centre, The Train, corner Mamre Road and Hall Street, St Marys. Drop in for coffee and a chat about your needs or concerns, 9am-1pm, Monday to Friday. Trained consultants can assist with the confusing DVA application forms. For more details phone the pension officer on 9833 4700 or go the website: www.vvaastmarys.com.au.
SAVE THE BUSH: Conservation Volunteers Australia needs your help to protect the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland. Head to Plough and Harrow East in Western Sydney Parkland and learn about native flora and fauna, meet a great group of people and help the environment. Sessions are held every last Sunday of the month, 9.30am-2.30pm. Details: 4721 4625 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
TAI CHI AND ZEN STUDY: Free sessions in Tench Reserve, Tench Avenue, Penrith on Sundays at 9.30am-10am and 10am-10.30am. Enjoy the gentle exercise and explore Zen that brings peace, health to your mind, body and spirit. Details and bookings: Guan, SMS 0422 120 738 or email email@example.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The Benevolent Society in Penrith needs volunteers from the St Marys area to help their senior clients with social outings, doctor’s appointments and transport. If you are interested contact Lorraine Donato on 4720 1000.
TEACH SAILING: Sailability Penrith Lakes seeks more volunteers to help with their sailing programs. You don’t have to know how to sail as they will teach you. Or you can the safety boat or help out in the shed or on the pontoon. The program is designed to offer everyone the chance to experience sailing regardless of their age or ability. If you are interested in more information contact John on 0413 231 837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP AT HOSPITAL: Penrith Hospital Auxiliary needs new members to keep the organisation going and would like to hear from anyone who has a few hours to spare. Help raise funds for Nepean Hospital by baking cakes or making craft and manning the monthly stalls. Members meet on the third Tuesday of the month at St Stephen's Church Hall , 252 High Street, Penrith from 1.30pm. Details: Anne Furey, 4732 2090.
SUPPORT FOR PARENTS: Are you supporting a child with a disability or developmental delay? Do you find it hard to get time for yourself? Do other people find it hard to understand your situation? MyTime Penrith gives you a chance to meet other parents, share support information and give yourself a break. The play facilitator supports your child in a local play setting while you meet with other parents and carers. An obligation-free, weekly opportunity provided by SDN Children’s Services and Playgroups NSW. Details: Joanne, 4721 7557.
TUTORS SOUGHT: Community Junction Inc is a non-profit, community-based organisation which runs various groups and programs at North St Marys, St Clair, Colyton, Erskine Park, Werrington and surrounding areas at low cost, Their Learning Lounge program provides homework help to students from years 3-12 during school terms at no cost and seeks volunteer tutors to assist on Tuesdays during school terms from 3pm-6pm. Details: 9834 2708.
HELP AT HAND: Grow Groups are small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression, and loneliness and improve mental health. A group meets every Monday from 11am at the Community Health Centre, corner Burran and Kelly Close, Mt Druitt and every Thursday from 10am at the Community Health Centre, Soper Place, Penrith. Grow is anonymous, free and open to all. Bring a support person if you like. Details: 1800 558 268 or our www.grow.org.au.
WARATAH SLIMMERS: Support group for people who are trying to lose weight meets every Tuesday from 9am in Kelly's Brasserie at Panthers. It’s $8 to join then $2 a week. A friendly and supportive environment. Details: Christine, 0419 286 172.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Nepean Valley RSL Day Club is a club for all seniors which meets every Friday from 10am-2pm at the senior citizens centre in Station Street, Penrith. It provides mental and physical stimulation by means of gentle, fun exercise, quizzes and activities on a themed basis, guest speakers and the occasional outing. Since their move numbers have increased and more helpers are needed. The club is fun and everyone goes home with a smile on their face. Details: Jan Eaton, 4704 8506.
BABY RHYME TIME: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10.30am, at Our Library @ The Mount Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt. From 10.30am come and take part in an interactive, early literacy program developed for children aged 0-2. Talk, sing, rhyme, dance and read with your child over a story and make some new friends. Details: www.libraries.blacktown.nsw.gov.au or 8886 2000.
MULTICULTURAL STORYTIME: At Mount Druitt Hub, Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt. Every Wednesday morning during school terms from 10.30am a fun-filled hour will be held for preschoolers, their parents and carers. Each week a different country’s story will be told, songs from that country will be sung and craft related to that country will be made. Details: 8886 2000.
ENGLISH CLASSES: Friday mornings, 9.30am-noon, and Monday evenings, 6pm-8pm, at St Stephen’s Anglican Church, in small hall near car park. Entry via Fulton Street or 254 High Street, Penrith. All levels in small friendly helpful classes. Cost $2 donation. Details: 4721 2124 or www.penrithanglican.org.
SPIRITUAL CHURCH: Meets at Werrington Downs Neighbourhood Centre, Brookfield Avenue, Werrington Downs from 7.30pm every Friday. The service includes guest mediums, demonstrations and meditation. Free. Details: 4721 2211.