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Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

62 White Cross Road

Winmalee

Phone: 02 4754 4050

Email: admin@winmaleeneighbourhoodcentre.com.au

Opening hours:

Monday to Thursday

8:30am – 4:00pm

Friday

8:30am – 1:30pm

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Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre is on Aboriginal land and acknowledges the Traditional Owners of that land, the Darug and Gundungurra peoples.

Courses/ Activities

Asperger's Support Group

Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre's Asperger's Support Group aims to provide a safe place where people can support one another, share ideas, obtain information from health professionals and each other, and learn coping skills in a non-judgemental atmosphere. Members are encouraged to discuss their problems and situations, but not to dwell on them. The goal of the group is to offer support, focus on finding solutions to problems, and finding coping mechanisms for coping with problems in a shared environment. At the moment we are looking at the best day to hold the group please ring the Centre to find out more or leave your name and number and we will get back to you when a day for the group has been confirmed. A light morning tea is provided . Ring 47544050 for more information.

The group does not take the place of medical and/or professional health care. We have a library of books that can be borrowed by members.

Low-cost Acupuncture - is it for me? Will it help?  

The short answer is yes. Acupuncture provides assistance in many different situations, and sometimes immediate relief is achieved without potential difficulty of medications and its common side effects. 

Maureen Sinclair (BHSc-Acup) is providing her expertise to assist women who would like to try acupuncture or for those who have found it helpful.

How much acupuncture helps, and whether it improves your condition, depends on your particular issue. Because acupuncture treatments usually result in a feeling of relaxation and well-being, at the very least you will feel better.

Appointments are on Mondays-ring the centre to book an appointment. Cost is from $20 if you are unemployed and $30 for employed. Please speak with the centre manager if you find you cannot afford the above costs.

Bosom Buddies - Supporting Women who have been diagnosed with Cancer-next meeting Monday 1st February 2021

Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre’s Bosom Buddies was initially set up to support women living with breast cancer but welcomes all women who have been diagnosed with cancer. The group consists of women who have experienced the uncertainty of breast cancer and was established 14 years ago. The group encourages confidential, and open forum in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

The group has now expanded and invites all women who have been diagnosed with cancer to join them.

Bosom Buddies provides a safe place for women affected by cancer to come together to support each other, develop friendships, share ideas and thoughts, obtain information, social outings and activities, and learn coping skills in a non-judgmental and caring environment.

If you’re feeling alone and want to share your experiences with others who have gone through a similar experience and want the opportunity to meet other Bosom Buddies members everyone is welcome. To find out more phone the Centre on 4754 4050 activities change monthly.

 Meeting times: First Monday of the month from 10:00am to 12:00pm (except for School Holidays).

For more information, call 4754405

Green Tara Yoga - Chair Yoga for Seniors - back with social distancing measures

 Whatever your age or flexibility level you can gain benefits of yoga without a mat. If you're a senior struggling with weight control, healing from an injury or facing a specific health condition this gentle class will help improve your health through yoga exercise and breathing. Yoga relaxes the mind and body, builds strength, improves flexibility and stimulates the immune system. With the support of a chair you can experience the overall benefits of yoga.

Thursdays at 1.45pm-2.30pm. $8 per class - phone Suzanne 0417 234 832 or 4754 2285       

Community Monthly Movies - back with social distancing measures

All community members are welcome to attend our free monthly movie. Movies are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 10.30am and are shown on the big screen! For more information, or for a movie program, ring the Centre. Morning tea provided.

Winmalee Wool Gatherers Knitting & Crochet Group - back with social distancing measures

This group is for beginners through to advanced knitters and crochets. Come and share your expertise with those wanting to learn, our facilitator Sandy welcomes all to come and bring their patterns. If you do not have wool or needles we can provide wool to beginners to practice with and we have knitting needles that can be borrowed.  Held on the 4th Wednesday of each month 10am - 12.30pm.

FREE-All welcome.

Women's Art Classes - Mosaics - back with social distancing measures

Due to demand the group meet weekly, every Tuesday 9:30 -12pm at a cost of $10 per class. To ensure the centre complies with social distancing the group is now broken into 2 groups which means the women can attend on a fortnightly basis. Materials are provided and we are currently exploring mosaics.  Glass and tiles are a wonderful medium to work with and come in wonderful textures and patterns. Several of the ladies are making mosaic planter pots and our next big project for the more experienced be bird baths.

For more information please call Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre on 02 4754 4050.

Dementia Carers Support group - back with social distancing measures

Carers are usually family members e.g. husbands, wives, partners, children, siblings or parents as well as friends, who provide support to people living with complex needs.

This activity is for the Carer ONLY of a Person Living with Dementia.

If you require respite for the person with Dementia, to enable you to attend, ask your service provider, if you have one, or the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre

1800 052 222 and they may be able to help you. 

Prior to you attending a group for the first time please call 0286248750 or 86248751 to advise of your attendance

 If you require respite for the person with Dementia, to enable you to attend, ask your service provider, if you have one, or the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre-1800 052 222 and they may be able to help you. 

Winter Warmers

With the support of Bev Milner 'Knit for Charities' the centre can provide warm items over winter for the community  who face financial stress. Last year we provided over 130 scarfs, 30 knee rugs, 40 children's items and 15 pairs of gloves

Winter Warmers - Outreach

We have now providing outreach where items can also be collected at Thrive Family and Community Services Katoomba or Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre. Ring the centre for more information.

Flex for Seniors - Free - back with social distancing measures

The group will be back on August 10th please ring the centre to ensure we have appropriate numbers booked in.

With a grant through Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians (ANOA) the Centre will be running a series of exercise classes for seniors in 2021. Karin Pearson will lead a gentle exercise class that can improve health, flexibility and balance. 

Classes are held on Mondays at 11.30am in the Winmalee Public School Hall (during school terms).

Our list of courses and activities held at Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre has been updated. Click the Courses/ Activities button on the top of this to view them.

 

Comics & Animation Class-on hold

Whack! Smack! What was that? By popular demand, the annual Comics & Animation Workshop is back! Learn the art of animation from a real freelance comic book artist. This is a free activity with light lunch provided. Workshops will be running again in 2020.

 

WNC Newsletter

The Autumn edition of the Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre Newsletter will be available soon in both print and digital. Please visit the Centre for a physical copy, or you can download the digital version HERE.

Soroptimist International

Thank you to Soroptimist International for providing funds to enable women experiencing domestic violence access to brokerage/counselling after the 2013 bush fires. Soroptimist International aims to be a global voice for women and their rights including:

  • Human rights for all
  • Global peace and international good will
  • Advancing women's potential
  • Integrity and democratic decision making
  • Volunteering, diversity and friendship

Many thanks for supporting the Centre

 

Mosaic Classes

The Mosaic Group has been put into 2 categories, experienced and beginners. The next workshop is January 19th and this is for the beginners group, the following Tuesday with be the experienced mosaicers.

Beginners start with a placemat and move on to pots, starting with a small pot and working their way up to large. Small tables are then mosaiced and eventually you will learn how to complete a bird bath. As the adhesive is very different to completing pots it does take time to learn working with Tile All (floor and wall adhesive)

 All the ladies have been hooked on mosaics. Click on the link HERE to see the Facebook page.

Community Garden 

Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre has a community garden at the back of the centre and we welcome experienced gardeners and new comers to the joys of planting to some along and join in.
The Springwood Sports Club recently donated time and resources to bring the garden back to life where we now have an abundant of beautiful vegetables growing.

New beds were built to allow expansion and fruit trees have been planted.

If you would like to join in and plant your own vegetables you are welcome. Call into the Centre and chat with us.

To find out more  phone: 4754 4050.

SecondBite

SecondBite redistributes surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia. Food is donated by farmers, wholesalers, markets, supermarkets, caterers and events. This high-quality surplus food is redistributed to community food programs that support people who are homeless, women and families in crisis, youth at risk, indigenous communities, asylum seekers and new arrivals. Fresh fruit, vegetables and bread are available at the Centre on 5 days a week.

FREE Graffiti Removal Kits

These kits are intended for the specific use of residential households to remove graffiti markers and spray can paints from smooth surfaces such as Colourbond fences and letter boxes. The kits have been made available through Blue Mountains City Council. Collect your free graffiti removal kit today at Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre.

Cooking on a Budget

The centre has produced its own cookbook for those who struggle on how to cook food when money is tight. Many time left overs are a wonderful 'second' day meal. By looking through the book you will get great ideas on not only cooking but storage, when an item is on special and you buy several how do you ensure it will be stored correctly? Come into the Centre and get a copy - we are all fresh food orientated so there is a wealth of knowledge here. Ring the centre to find out when the next workshop is.

 

 

 

 

Women's Financial Support Workshops

The centre has opened the new Women's Financial Support Workshops with social distancing in place.

The Bureau of Statistics reports that women have either lost their job or suffered a big decline in their income since the middle of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women looking for work now have no idea what their future may look like and that even when the economy recovers, they're going to have to hunt and compete for another job this makes the workshops vital to allow women the opportunity to increase their financial resilience.

The first pilot workshops have begun with a view to running them on Fridays. Each participant receives a workbook where they will be able to track their finances. The workshops are run over 2 weeks and they take into account all budget styles and saving.

Topics covered in the READ workshops are: 

  • Your Money View, Your Strengths,
  • Tips to Build on Your Strengths,
  • Your Money Style,
  • Tips for Your Money Style,  
  • The Way You Pay,
  • Tips for Your Payment Style and more.

Ring the centre to book your place: 47544050