Neighbourhood House Week is a great opportunity to share what we have been doing at Healesville Living and Learning Centre recently.
We started April with a very special visit from Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Kim Wandin. She blessed us with a Smoking Ceremony that was very special and appreciated. This cleared the space for us to move forward with our work in acknowledging our First Nations people. This was an important thing for us to do before we placed our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on the building.
We also acknowledged our LGBTQIA+ community with a progressive flag, and three flags were celebrated by the many folk who came to enjoy “This Includes You”, our celebration of inclusion and diversity.
As was seen at our inclusion event we have enjoyed many new and returning faces who are benefiting from the rejuvenated HLLC every day.
Our relationships with other community groups, such as Healesville Connect, Healesville Women4Women, Pathways for Carers and U3A brings greater connection, relevance and vitality to the Centre.
With many people rediscovering their love of board games during lockdowns, we are starting a Thursday Games group. Come and join our two volunteers in a couple of hours of fun, from 1-3pm.
Moving forward we hope to extend the Arts and Minds Mental Health Peer Support group, continue our work in the LGBTQIA+ space, offer more classes and celebrate days of significance with the people of Healesville. If you have a special day you think we should be celebrating let us know.