Keeping your home comfortable

Created: Thursday, 10 September 2020

Keeping our homes comfortable all year round can be a challenge – managing cold winters and extreme heat in summer. As many of us know firsthand, lots of Maldon’s housing stock is old and the gorgeous heritage mining cottages we love are not great at keeping out draughts in the winter and quickly heat up in summertime.

But Maldon Neighbourhood Centre’s Climate Ready Maldon project is here to help with just that! Local volunteers will work with households to assess the thermal comfort of their homes and create an Action Plan with suggested improvements. Every participating household will receive a $50 voucher .

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Neighbourhood House Value Report

Created: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Neighbourhood Houses Victoria have developed their latest Community Value Report, based on data gathered through the 2019 Neighbourhood Houses Survey.

For $248,305 of income, it's calculated that Neighbourhood Houses provide $380,235 of value to the community, including the value of:

Improved quality of life through social connections: $164,260

Volunteer constributions: $134,129

Emergency relief provided: $481

Services provided: $23,160

Adult community education: $34,046

Early childhood education and care: $22,248

 
See the full report for yourself

Volunteer opportunities at MNC

Created: Thursday, 23 July 2020
Maldon has a strong volunteer culture and it has been amazing to see how many people have offered to help others during the pandemic lockdown. The Maldon Neighbourhood Centre (MNC) is grateful to the many people who work with us – cooking at the Mt Alexander Community Panty, driving the Community Bus, sewing Boomerang Bags and so much more. It is important that we all continue to spread kindness and support members of our community.

We have many opportunities to be involved at the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre:

Climate Ready Maldon
Seeking volunteers to work with local households to improve the thermal comfort of their homes. Full training is provided.

Maldon Connect
We're looking into loneliness, how people connect, what makes for a sense of belonging .... trying to build a picture of local community life. There's a project working group leading the project, locals getting involved by contributing their views and experiences, and opportunities to help with activities and ideas that bubble out of the research. If you like being part of creating something new (or adding strength to the good things already here in our community), please get in touch: info@maldonnc.org.au or 54752093.

Baringhup-Maldon Community Bus
The Community Bus has been spending a bit more time parked than before the coronavirus pandemic hit. Unfortunately, the close quarters on the bus prevent us from offering our usual Community Transport service and popular Bus Tours. However, our fantastic volunteers have had the bus on the road twice a week delivering frozen meals across the community to those impacted by the pandemic. New volunteers welcome.

Walking Group leaders
There is an opportunity to lead a new weekly walking group on Monday mornings, first aid training is provided. This is a partnership between Maldon Hospital, CHIRP Community Health and MNC.

Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown
Held on the second Sunday of every month, volunteers are needed to help set up and pack down market equipment. Only 1 or 2 hours each month!

Committee of Management
MNC aim to provide a platform for community members to become involved in decision-making and actively participating in community development and civic life. There will be vacancies on the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre Committee of Management at the next AGM.

Contact us on 5475 2093 or info@maldonnc.org.au if you want more information about any volunteer opportunities with the Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. And please sign up to our enews to be kept posted when new opportunities come up.

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Connect Maldon

Created: Friday, 24 July 2020
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"I've always assumed 'welcome' wherever I go" (Maldon resident). 

"You have to learn how to go out and meet people when you go to a new place ... you have to take yourself outside your comfort zone ... it's about getting out where there are other people around ... lockdown has really screwed me in that way! " (new Maldon local). 

The Connect Maldon project is gradually building a picture of local social and community life - how people connect, what it's like to be new here, what makes for a sense of belonging ...

If nothing else, COVID-19 has given us shared experience of isolation, separation from family and friends, and a significant drop in opportunities to shake hands or hug!

We'd still welcome your help to get the picture of exactly what the local experience is.

Simply by answering a few questions, you will contribute a great deal to our understanding of what's going on for people, and what we can build on or start up to make a difference. We're ready for action, but it'll be hit and miss without you!

So please click here and have a word with us. You have until 5pm Friday July 31.

Another way to help us get the picture (literally) is to come and have some fun in a portrait drawing workshop. Take a long hard look at yourself (and others) draw with abandon, and see what happens. Anyone can do it! .... full details here.

And please get in touch if you would like to talk directly, or get involved in some way: info@maldonnc.org.au or 54752093.


Project about loneliness and belonging in Maldon

Created: Friday, 05 June 2020

 “[Loneliness can be a] sense of being unmoored, unanchored, and not belonging …. A sense that you won’t be found by the world in the way you want to be found”*

We all need to feel a sense of connection and belonging, that we are cared for and supported. The figures suggest that, for many, this need isn’t being met **.

  • Nearly 30% of Australians rarely or never feel part of a group of friends
  • 1 in 4 (25.5%) do not feel they have a lot in common with the people around them
  • 1 in 5 (21.4%) rarely or never feel close to people, rarely or never feel they have someone to talk to (22.1%) and don’t feel they have people they can turn to (21.4%).
  • Nearly 1/4 (24.5%) say they can’t find companionship when they want it.

What the project is about

The purpose of this project is to explore what loneliness looks and feels like for people in the Tarrangower community? Why and how do we become isolated or socially disconnected? And what is it that we do (or could do) to change that?

The project will work alongside local people to:

- research the experience and impacts of social isolation

- identify (and gain understanding and inspiration from) how people have been able to ease loneliness and connect with others

- build on this to create something new.

Approach

The process will be one of listening to people’s experiences, their ways of managing, and the solutions they come up with. It’s research, with action built-in. So, community members will have an active part in exploring and defining loneliness as an issue locally, identifying things to build on and new things to try out, getting those things going and seeing if they work.

Timeframe

The project will take place from March to September 2020.

Who is involved so far

A group of 8 community members have formed to guide the project, sharing their own experiences and ideas, shaping how the research will unfold, and putting some energy behind coming up with some 'solutions' to try.

The group has met once and will continue to meet throughout the project.

Getting involved

We would love your help on a number of fronts:

- Tell us about your experience of loneliness, and what has worked for you to keep it at bay.
- Call to book an interview 
- Answer the survey questions when they come out
- Put your hand up to join the advisory group if that's somethingyou'd like to do
- Step up to be part of any of the ideas or activities that come out of the project

Contact on info@maldonnc.org.au or 54752093

* Julia Bainbridge, How loneliness tells you where to go, The Lonely Hour podcast #33 with David Whyte, August 1 2019

** Australian Psychological Society and Swinburn University of Technology (2018) Australian Loneliness Report: A survey exploring the loneliness levels of Australians and the impact on their health and well-being. https://psychweek.org.au/2018-archive/loneliness-study/

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