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Family Fun Challenge

To celebrate Families Week (15th – 21st May) we are encouraging family members to have fun with each other, get outside but also make the most of being indoors with our Family Fun Challenge

The family who completes the most family fun activities from the list below and adds at least three of their own will receive a Gift Basket full of goodies to enjoy!

Families will be required to photograph each activity they complete and email them to Sylvia Munson (sylviam@intereach.com.au) by the end of May to be considered for the prize.

The  theme this year is ‘Stronger Families, Stronger Communities’

Family Fun Challenge activities:

  • Hold a family talent quest, rehearse, plan, invite
  • Have a family games day/night or play a card game – UNO, Snap etc…
  • Learn a new game from the internet
  • Choose a theme for dinner and dress up (or just dress up for a bit of fun!)
  • Let the kids cook dinner
  • Do some baking together and take some to a neighbour or friend
  • Go for a picnic and explore nature while you’re there
  • Have a treasure hunt in the back yard
  • Try to take a pet portrait – trying to get a picture of the cat or dog could take hours!
  • Make an indoor obstacle course
  • Pretend that you are a spy and write secret messages
  • Make music with whatever instruments you have; grab a tambourine and shake it along to your favourite song
  • Make old socks into puppets and put on a show
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Make your own playdough
  • Play hide and seek in the day and in the dark with a torch
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Visit the library for the morning and find books on a new subject
  • Have a room tidying contest to see who can tidy their room the fastest
  • Make your own soup can bowling set or plastic bottle bowling set
  • Keep balloons in the air from one end of the house to the other, tapping gently
  • Play ‘I-Spy’
  • Play ‘Duck Duck Goose’
  • Act out your children’s favourite books
  • Have a catch in a local park or the backyard
  • Make marshmallow structures
  • Make string telephones with strings and cans and take the fun outside
  • Build an indoor tent or fort with couches and some bed sheets
  • Build card towers with old birthday/Christmas cards
  • Indoor scavenger hunt
  • Use masking tape to create roadways on the floor and create neighbourhoods
  • Make homemade greeting cards
  • Do some artwork outside on easels
  • Research a new country’s cuisine and try it out
  • Make your own bread
  • Have a movie marathon
  • Make a family movie
  • Have a dance party
  • Play dress ups and act out scenes in the new outfits
  • Find some trees to climb
  • Have a back yard toy car wash & then wash the real car together
  • Have a bonfire/firepit and toast marshmallows & sing-along
  • Play French cricket
  • Clean out your toys and donate to charity
  • Clean out your cupboard and donate to charity
  • Have a vegie planting/gardening day
  • Go on a photo scavenger hunt – get a pic for every letter of the alphabet, inside one day, outside the next.
  • Play ‘Follow the Leader’, taking it in turns
  • Gather the family to enjoy a story podcast
  • Write some letters to out of town relatives or friends
  • Make a marshmallow catapult and see who can catch the most in their mouth
  • Pull out the building blocks and Lego and create a mini city
  • Bake simple salt-dough ornaments and then paint them, use whatever cookie cutter shapes you have available
  • Challenge each other to a game of charades
  • Get all dressed up and host your own fancy tea party (be sure to invite the dolls and stuffed animals)
  • Use hallways for classic games like ‘Red Light, Green Light’ and ‘Leap Frog’
  • Have an indoor ‘camp out’ with sleeping bags, a tent, and board games
  • Plan a three course dinner and all family members get involved to prepare a course
  • Take it in turns doing each other’s hobbies
  • Go on a bug hunt with jars and a magnifying glass – draw what you find
  • Paint some rocks and drop them in public gardens for people to find
  • Go for a park trek to a few different parks, after making a map and planning the stops
  • Get wet, dirty and messy with your kids in the backyard and make mud pies
  • Go to the park and collect autumn leaves, roll in them, stick them on paper, decorate the window with them
  • Take the children to the museum
  • Do a town walk and talk about all the old buildings/read the plaques.
  • Take a ball to the footy oval and have a kick
  • Go lie on a blanket under a cloudy sky and find all the shapes.
  • Write a family story together or create a family tree
  • Have a sunset picnic
  • Have a reading marathon – create a list of 20 books and get them all read!
  • Get up early, pack breakfast, and have a sunrise breakfast
  • Go to a public place, ‘people watch’, and make up imaginary stories about people
  • Play freeze tag or dance freeze
  • Have a crazy science day – one experiment for each family member
  • Learn magic tricks
  • Create a family book, with information and pictures about each family member
  • Make up trivia questions about each other
  • Play in the rain
  • Take turns saying and learning tongue twisters or poems
  • Learn and tell each other jokes
  • Learn to juggle
  • Build paper airplanes and have a flying contest
  • Go bird watching
  • Visit the fire station
  • Learn a new language – free lessons online
  • Star gazing on blankets at night – get the constellation app
  • Look through old photo albums or create a new one
  • Exercise together
  • Makeover their rooms, clean out, rearrange
  • Style days – spas, nails, hairdos
  • Favourite memory days – share memories and turn them into a scrapbook
  • Play school, shop or office together
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Family Day Care Week celebrations in Deni and Echuca

Intereach will celebrate National Family Day Care Week, which runs from May 6 to 12 this year.

National FDC Week is about recognising and promoting the important role family day care educators and services play in the development and wellbeing of more than 155,000 children across Australia. Intereach Family Day Care will host a ‘bush play session’ in Echuca’s Banyule State Forest and a ‘nature play session’ in Deniliquin’s Island Sanctuary, both on Tuesday, May 7. Community members are invited to both events, which include a free morning tea. Intereach FDC nominated supervisor Bec Fitzpatrick said the nature-based play sessions will celebrate the many benefits of children playing freely outdoors. “Nature play helps children to be more active, resilient, creative and self-risk assess in their approach to play, thinking and problem solving, that’s why we wanted to hold both events outdoors in such beautiful, natural settings.”

Intereach partners with more than 50 educators to deliver high quality education and care in Deniliquin, Finley, Jerilderie, Berrigan, Tocumwal, Nanneella, Tennyson, Echuca, Moama, Rochester, Swan Hill and Kerang. Mrs Fitzpatrick said Intereach is a trusted organisation that offers personalised childcare from the educator’s home. FDC is available for babies and children under the age of 13.

“The best thing about our service is the small group care which focuses on forming quality relationships. Families choose the educator and care environment that best suits their needs.”

“We also offer extended and flexible childcare hours – care can be arranged on weekends, school holidays, overnight and before and after school.”

In the past 12 months, Intereach has again met the National Quality Standards for childcare services, in both Victoria and NSW. The organisation’s most recent National Standards assessment was in January 2019 for its Victorian service, while the NSW assessment was completed in June last year. “With significant changes to the National Quality Standards which came into effect in February 2018 this is a testament to the ongoing commitment to quality in all aspects of our services by educators and our staff,” Mrs Fitzpatrick said.

National Quality Standards set a national benchmark for the quality of education and care service and includes seven quality areas that are important to children: Educational Program and Practice; Health and Safety; Physical Environment; Staffing Arrangements; Relationships with Children; Collaborative Partnerships with Families and Communities; and Governance and Leadership.

Echuca FDC educator Sandra Sanderson said being an Intereach educator has given her some wonderful opportunities to share enjoyable learning experiences with the children and families.

“Family day care allows me flexibility to develop networks with the local community, and with parental permission we’re able to get out and about, learning from our diverse community which helps the children’s social awareness.”

Deniliquin-based FDC educator Lynda Grimison said she is grateful for her partnership with Intereach. “To have the supports provided by Intereach makes my job of creating a caring and nurturing environment for the children so much easier.”

Intereach will mark National FDC Week in Deni’s picturesque Island Sanctuary on May 7. Those attending are asked to meet at the Sanctuary’s side gates located near the mini rail on Memorial Park Drive at 10am.

Those attending the Echuca event are asked to meet at the Taras Hotel at 10am before travelling to the location.

For more information on FDC services or the morning tea, contact Mrs Fitzpatrick at Intereach on 1300 488 226.

 

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Wagga office closed from Monday

A reminder that our Wagga office at 20 Peter St will be closed for renovations from Monday, April 29.

At this stage it’s expected the office will be closed for four weeks, reopening Monday, May 27 (we will be providing updates on our Facebook page and website if there are changes to this timeline).

During this time we ask that you please call the Intereach phone number 1300 488 226 to make an appointment.
Staff will be available by appointment only, at a temporary office.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Reconciliation Action Plan launch postponed

POSTPONED: Due to unexpected circumstances, the official launch of our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2018 to 2020 has had to be postponed. The launch was to be held this Monday, April 29 from 11.30am at the Intereach Family Centre. A new date for the launch will be advised in the near future. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The launch of the plan is the culmination of 12 months’ work from our Executive and Community Engagement and Capacity Development teams, working in partnership with Reconciliation Australia. Reconciliation Australia was established in 2001 and is the lead body for reconciliation in the nation.

“We share Reconciliation Australia’s vision of national reconciliation, which is based on five critical dimensions: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance,” Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said.

For more information, contact Community Engagement and Capacity Development Project Officer Guy Hussey on 1300 488 226, 0418 649 190 or guyh@intereach.com.au. This is the organisation’s second Reconciliation Action Plan, following on from our 2015 to 2017 plan which aimed to develop staff capacity in working with Aboriginal communities throughout the local area. The 2018 to 2020 plan continues with strengthening staff development but also focuses on developing existing community strengths about reconciliation in partnership with Aboriginal communities.

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Swan Hill office move

Our Swan Hill office has moved from the Mallee Rising office on Campbell St to a temporary tenancy at the Swan Hill Medical Group building, which is located at 54-56 McCrae St.

During this time, we ask that community members please make an appointment to see a staff member, by calling our toll free number, 1300 488 266.

We expect our permanent Swan Hill office – located at 215 Campbell St – will be open to the public in late May (we’ll be providing updates on an opening date on our Facebook page and website).

Thank you for your patience during this time and we apologise for any inconvenience our change of office may have caused.

 

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Wagga Intereach office to close temporarily

Our Wagga office at 20 Peter St will be closed for renovations from Monday, April 29.

At this stage it’s expected the office will be closed for four weeks, reopening Monday, May 27 (we will be providing updates on our Facebook page and website if there are changes to this timeline).

During this time we ask that you please call the Intereach phone number 1300 488 226 to make an appointment.
Staff will be available by appointment only, at a temporary office.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Hub Happenings

Our Intereach Community Hubs in Corowa, Cootamundra, Deniliquin, Finley and Hay have plenty happening in the month of April. Click below for a full schedule of events.

 

 

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‘Have Your Say’ in Swan Hill and Narrandera

We want to know more about your community and how we can support you to get the help you need, when you need it. Some of our staff members will be in Swan Hill (April 3) and Narrandera (April 7) talking to community members this week. They’ll be asking people to complete our ‘Have Your Say’ survey to help identify what needs there are in your community. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. By completing the survey you can also enter the draw to win an iPad mini!

 

Swan Hill

Where: Outside of SportsPower, 200 Campbell St

When: Wednesday, April 3, 10am-2pm

 

Narrandera

Where: Narrandera Farmers’ Market – 8 Hartnett Rd

When: Sunday, April 7, 9am-noon

 

 

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‘Have Your Say’ in Jerilderie

We want to know more about the Jerilderie community. Intereach Ability Links staff will be outside Jerilderie IGA on Wednesday, April 3 to provide information and answer questions about the services they provide. The staff will also be asking community members to complete the ‘Have Your Say’ survey which takes about 10 minutes. Intereach Community Engagement & Capacity Development and Ability Links senior manager Mardi Chartres encourages all Jerilderie locals to take the time to find out more about the services available.
“Intereach works alongside families, children, older people, carers and people with a disability, so there is a strong chance that you or someone you know could use one of our services at some point in your life. It’s important you know what services and supports we offer. We have an office in Finley, Hay, Echuca, Deniliquin, Albury, Griffith, Wagga and Shepparton to name a few, which is a strong presence in the Riverina Murray and northern Victoria.”
Intereach Ability Links is about building connections in your local community. Ability ‘Linkers’ work with people living with a disability or major barrier, as well as their family members and carers, to enable them to make new connections and find out what services, resources and groups are available to assist them to reach their full potential.See the Intereach staff in Jerilderie between 10.30am and noon on April 3 outside of IGA supermarket. The ‘Have Your Say’ survey is designed to help identify what service gaps may exist within your community. For more information on Intereach and to find a digital version of the survey, visit www.intereach.com.au . You can also visit the Finley Intereach office at 134 Murray St (Newell Hwy) or call 1300 488 226.

You can complete the survey online here: www.intereach.com.au/have-your-say

 

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