Hug your child, kiss them and tell them you love them.
Hug your child, kiss them and tell them you love them.
Today, talk with your child about what they are hearing and seeing.
Today, ask your child to tell you a story.
This week, be a detective. Find something your child is good at that you haven’t noticed before and tell them. #LovedandSafe
Look out tomorrow – 1 November – for our first fun family activity posted as part of our 30 Days of Loved and Safe.
Each day for 30 days, Hugs and Cuddles, our Loved and Safe message bears will post a fun activity for families to share together.
Families can post photos of them enjoying the activities, or with Hugs and Cuddles to #LovedandSafe.
And keep an eye for or Hugs and Cuddles popping up around Central Goldfields Shire.
There was lots of support at the 30 Days of Loved and Safe campaign launch at the Goldfields Family Centre yesterday. Launched during Children’s week, by Mark Davies, Interim Administrator for Central Goldfields Shire, and Sue Bray from Best Start at MDHS, the campaign runs for 30 days from 1 November – 30 November, and each day for 30 days – Hugs and Cuddles, the Loved and Safe message bears, will send out a fun idea for families to enjoy with their children.
Loved and Safe messages will be promoted through social media posts on Go Goldfields’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram #LovedandSafe and website, on daily broadcasts on Goldfields FM, and through the networks of local schools and Early Years organisations. The Maryborough Advertiser will also be promoting the campaign.
Families can upload photos of them sharing a Loved and Safe activity with their children with #LovedandSafe to Instagram, and are encouraged to look out for Hugs and Cuddles who will be popping up about the Shire throughout the campaign.
The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) find that children and young people that are loved and safe are more confident, have a stronger sense of self-identity and have higher self-esteem. They also are more likely to form secure relationships with family and friends and are more resilient.
The 30 Days of Loved and Safe campaign is a collaboration of many of the partner organisations that make up the Go Goldfields Children’s and Families Action Group. A working group representing Maryborough Education Centre, Salvation Army, Maryborough and District Health Service (MDHS) – in particular Best Start – along with backbone support from Go Goldfields, have designed and developed the pilot campaign.
Story Seats – the exciting new community arts and literacy project – launches Thursday 12 October at 1pm in the forecourt of the Maryborough Resource Centre.
All community members are welcome to attend the launch and enjoy some fun Story Seat activities.
The Story Seat project invites local community groups to choose an Australian poem, lyric or short story and working with community artists and the Maryborough library, go on to explore and create stories about our community – its characters, places, history and future stories.
These stories will then be developed as original community art works to decorate 12 sculpted Story Seats. Each seat is created in the shape of an open book and once completed will be permanently positioned at various locations throughout the municipality to form a tourist trail. The trail will be interactive and linked by QR codes to additional online stories, media and information.
Community groups interested being a part of the Story Seats project can contact the Adrian W. Masterman-Smith, Go Goldfields Arts Project Officer, on 0433 111 068.
Our Central Goldfields Child Aware Local Initiative (CALI) group has won a NAPCAN – National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect – Play Your Part Award. The award recognises organisations and individuals who are working to create safer, healthier and happier environments for children.
The award was presented by the Governor General at Government House in Canberra on 31 August for the group’s Build Your Village Here initiative. Build Your Village Here encourages local families to connect with their community and make the most of local family-friendly activities and spaces. The CALI group researched, developed and launched the yourvillage.yacs.org.au website to link families to a variety of activities and social networks and improve access to information and resources.
The Build Your Village Here website is widely used within the community linking the service sector, community and non-government agencies together.
During National Student Volunteer Week in Central Goldfields, a number of local community organisations and non-profit groups requiring volunteers showcased the wide range of volunteer roles available to young people within their organisations at the inaugural Central Goldfields Youth Volunteer Expo 2017.
Volunteering has been shown to enhance employability, providing work experience opportunities and a range of work and life skills. Volunteers also can make new friends and connect to community and professional networks, while developing and exploring their values and passions.
Expo presenters included Edlyn Foods, Central Goldfields Shire, Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre, local member Louise Staley and a youth representative from MEC.
Organisations also attending included SES, CFA, St Johns, Landcare, Maryborough District Health Service, Goldfields FM, Riding for Disabled, Maryborough Football Netball Club, AFL Central Victoria Umpires Association, Carisbrook Lions Club and representatives from Central Goldfields Shire – Tourism, Visitor Information Centre, Art Gallery and Energy Breakthrough.
School and universities highlighted the career pathways and further education opportunities possible with volunteering positions. In the lead up to the event Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre also presented at MEC and Highview, with VCAL students from GELC and Federation University also attending the Expo.
The event was a great success with over 200 young people attending and follow up session occurring within individual organisations.
Come celebrate youth achievement in Central Goldfields Shire!
Events kick off on Tuesday 18 July from 7:30pm for 8pm start at the Maryborough Highland Society.
To reserve your seat contact Audrey Bartlett, Youth Advisory Council Co-Ordinator on 5461 0615 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Award categories include:
SPORTS: Team, Individual;
ARTS: Visual Arts, Performing Arts;
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Community Initiative, Community Safety, Leadership, Volunteer; BUSINESS: Individual Employee, Individual Business Initiative, and Group Business Initiative;
ACADEMIC: Individual, Group;
SUPPORTING YOUTH: Youth Worker, Welfare Worker, Teacher, Coach, and Individual Person Who Has Helped a Young Person in Central Goldfields Shire.