What’s On: Window into Wellness
In 2022, we have launched a series of workshops, events and activities aimed at supporting the community’s wellness, wellbeing and connection-to-nature journeys. Residents of the Molonglo Valley and Denman prospect residents enjoyed a calming Nature Weaving workshop, Guided Wellbeing Nature Walks, and a Basket Weaving Workshop in early 2022, and we now have the following events coming up:
Join Clare Incher, owner of Meditate and Create Art Workshops, for a set of seven specifically designed Watercolour Art Workshops to promote wellness, bringing creativity and nature together. There will be 1 session each month (June-December 2022) – you can attend just one, all, or as many as you like!
All community events and activities are heavily subsidised (or offered for free) by our Community Development team, to support community connection and participation.
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for information on such events, or get in touch to find out what’s happening!
What’s On: A Love for Reading
The Community Development team is bringing aboard two exciting free initiatives that promote a love for reading: The Book Exchange and the Resource Library at the Denman Village Community Centre.
The Community Development program has established a Book Exchange in the Denman Community Centre. It is located in reception and is available during the opening hours of the centre.
The exchange has a variety of books available, please remember this is an exchange so to take a book you must leave a book. The exchange is available to community members of all ages so please make sure any books you place in the exchange are appropriate.
If you would like to donate any books to the exchange please email the Community Development program at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Development program have established a Resource Library at the Denman Community Centre, which is available for Communities at Work staff, volunteers, sector workers and community members. These books are available for loan, all you need to do is contact the CD program on email@example.com to inform them of the book you wish to borrow. The staff will then contact you to organise a suitable day and time to pick up the book, so please make sure in your email that you include a contact number. The books are loaned for the period of 4 weeks only, after which they will need to be returned. If you require the book for a longer period please contact the team to discuss extension options.
The resource library has a range of titles available for loan and is a great way for you to access books that you may not normally consider or have access to.
Titles Available for Resource Library:
- The Transition Companion: Making your community more resilient in uncertain times
- A Pocketful of Leadership in the ACT
- A Pocketful of Leadership in First Nations Australia Communities
- FISH! Omnibus: A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
- Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community
- Organizations, Governments, Business, and People
- Humane Rights
- Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way
- The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
- Community: The Structure of Belonging
- Community Development in an Uncertain World: Vision, Analysis & Practice
- The Art of Belonging: It’s not where you live, it’s how you live
- Building Community: Twelve Principles for a Healthy Future
- The University & Urban Revival: Out of the Ivory Tower and Into the Streets
- Rekindling Democracy – 2 copies available
- Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook
- Community Gardens: A Celebration of the People, Recipes and Plants
- Retrosuburbia – The Downshifters Guide to a Resilient Future – 2 copies available
- Pests, Diseases, Ailmwnts and Allies of Australian Plants
- Growing Good Food
- Grounded -How connection with nature can improve our mental and physical wellbeing
- Milkwood – Real skills for down to earth living
- Costa’s World – Gardening for the soil, the soul and the suburbs
- Sustainable Food
- Hope is a Verb
- The Little Prince
- Grow Easy – Organic crops for pots & small spaces
- Grow, Harvest, Cook
- People & Permaculture (Revised Edition)
- Start Where You Are
- How to teach Nature Journaling
- Tiny Victory Gardens
- The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food
- Nature Tonic
- 365 Days of Art in Nature
- The Bee Friendly Garden
- The Kindness Revolution
- The Well Gardened Mind
Other Community Initiatives
Communities at Work’s Community Development has launched several community initiatives in the past. Some of them will be returning soon!
Infusion – Mobile Cafe
Communities at Work Community Development team launched Infusion – Mobile Morning Tea in 2021. This project enabled the team to discover community needs, empower residents and connect with them. It offers a safe, welcoming space – a mobile van that facilitates community engagement and connection.
Community Morning Teas
We host community morning teas where everyone is welcome to have a cuppa and something to eat, offering people the opportunity to connect with their community. This is part of our Social Inclusion activities.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Playgroups and Community Action Group
As part of our project with Denman Prospect, we are currently supporting a Community Action Group and a Playgroup that meets regularly. Our support helps residents of the Denman community discuss and develop positive outcomes in their community as it flourishes and grows.
If you are a resident of Denman Prospect, and would like more information, please contact the team on email@example.com.