International Women’s Day – Inspirational Women

We are so lucky to have some absolute superstars involved with CCK, who volunteer their time to make the local community a better place to live. Here are just a few of the women who have achieved some amazing things in 2019. BONNIE MADSEN Was a finalist for City of Kwinana volunteer of the year 2019 Ran 12 successful kids in nature events Presented at the 2019 Telethon Child Health Symposium on our Community Mother Program Chair of the Community Mothers Program management committee KIRSTI ARMSTRONG Finalist in the City of Cockburn inspirational volunteer award Presented at the 2019 Telethon Child Health Symposium on our Community Mothers Program Deputy Chair of the Community Mothers Program management committee Volunteered her time to assist Connecting Community for Kids at many events LYNNETTE COOMER Had a story published in ‘that was my home’ book and spoke at the launch party. 2019 Winner of Moorditj Koort Heath Award. Along with the other women on the Celebrate Culture team (Debora Garaig, Huda Afzaal, Jane Li, Jeny Lo, Keth Duot, Nicole Andres) were a finalist in the City of Kwinana Citizen of the Year Awards 2019 Won the ‘NAIDOC Health Award’ at the Moorditj Koort Ball HUEY TEOH  Instrumental part of CCK, making valuable connections and links in … Read More

Aboriginal Themed Long Table Lunch

Connecting Community for Kids, in partnership with the City of Cockburn, held an Aboriginal themed long table lunch on Tuesday 13 August. Our long table lunches provide an opportunity for community members, and their children, to come together and build connections across the Cockburn community whilst learning about different cultures and cultural practices. Everyone who attends is asked to bring a dish to share that has special meaning to them or their culture. As a continuation from NAIDOC week we focused on the Aboriginal culture at our August lunch and are partnering with the ‘My Time Our Time’ cultural group and the City of Cockburn. The event opened with a Welcome to Country by the grandson of one of the My Time attendees. This was followed by a spectacular didgeridoo performance by cultural leader Timmy Kelly, as well as cultural singing from community members. Attendees then feasted on bush tucker including kangaroo stew, kangaroo brawn, and damper with quandong jam. After lunch kids had a go at dot painting wooden boomerangs and making their very own damper. “With the aim of promoting diversity, community spirit and harmony, anyone is the community was welcome to attend.” said Jane Miller, Partnership Director … Read More

Kids in Nature

Kids in Nature – free monthly event  ‘Kids in Nature’ is a free event held each month at different parks and nature reserves across the City of Kwinana. The events are designed to spark children’s imaginations, connect them with nature, give them knowledge about the local environment and sustainability as well as encourage mums to meet new people in the local community. Kids in Nature has been running since March 2019 and commences with a bush walk through various tracks surrounded by majestic gum trees, abundant bird life, wetlands and native flora. This is followed by a hands-on activity focused around sustainability and a picnic lunch. Past events have included worm farms, building wands out of natural materials and natural naughts and crosses. “These monthly events encourage local mums to bring the kids along to one of Kwinana’s wonderful outdoor spaces, and submerge themselves in activities that will inspire a love of nature and biodiversity. Children are encouraged to explore colours, patterns and textures in nature and look at creative ways to utilise them in play-based activities. ” said Jane Miller Partnership Director at Connecting Community for Kids. “They also provide a platform for local mums to meet new people … Read More

April in the Community

It’s been a busy month at Connecting Community for Kids with lots of community engagement, conversations, events and recruitment/training of our next round of Community Mothers. Build with Dad – 7 April A sell-out event run in collaboration with our dads strengthening dads action team, the fathering project and Perth junior brick builders. Any father figure was welcome to attend for a fun afternoon of LEGO construction with their children. Mums n Bubs nature hike – 10 April A sell-out event that had mums and babies hiking through the natural beauty of Manning Park and the Davilak uplands. During the trek a guide provided information on the natural beauty of Manning Park. The trek was followed by a morning tea, allowing mums the chance to chat and enjoy each other’s company. This event was run in partnership with the City of Cockburn. Global Picnic – 12 April Funded by the City of Cockburn, and held at Hammond Park Primary School, the Global Picnic was a celebration of the rich diversity of cultures within the school. A range of activities took place from our celebrate culture team members including the Cockburn Chinese community group dancers, the Clontarf aboriginal dancers and the … Read More

Neighbourhoods Connected ‘Dinner on The Strand’

To celebrate Harmony Week and Neighbour Day our Celebrate Culture team worked in partnership with Creating Communities to host a dinner on The Strand to connect the Wellard and surrounding community on 22 March.

International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019, Connecting Community for Kids hosted a morning tea and ‘on the couch’ panel at Darius Wells Resource Centre

In the community – 2019 so far!

Connecting Community 4 Kids has been busy in the community so far this year! As well as our Sudanese Cooking Classes and Yellow Brick Road event we have attended community events Froggy’s Fun with Fathers and Chinese New Year celebrations.