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Term 4 Activities

Our team members are continuing to work from home and all activities are online for now. This means that our Drawing Group, Tai Chi, and Playgroup are on hold for now.

However, we have lots of exciting free-of-charge or low cost online activities planned for Term 4!

Check out our Term 4 Program
Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga? We hear you ask. Laughter Yoga is a series of exercises involving breathing, laughter and other emotion expression sounds to promote relaxation and wellness. It enables people to laugh, even if they don’t feel like it. It’s an aerobic exercise program that results in happiness.
Join us for four free-of-charge online introductory sessions with Lisa:
Friday 15 October, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Friday 22 October, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Friday 29 October, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Friday 5 November, 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Ballarat Buddies for International Students
In partnership with the City of Ballarat, the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is looking to support isolated and vulnerable members in our community who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 800 International Students are at university in Ballarat and due to isolation, financial pressures and the stress of the ongoing pandemic crisis around the world, are at risk of poor mental health.

Join our pilot program in Term 4, where we will connect (remotely at first) each International Student with a Ballarat Buddy. 

Supporting Children's Speech Development at Home

Parents and carers of babies and children aged from 0 - 4 years old, don't miss out on the four remaining online information sessions of this very popular series. The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is excited to be offering sessions free-of-charge in partnership with local Speech Therapist, Meaghan Sullivan.
8.00 pm - 9.00 pm Wednesdays - ONLINE
Remaining sessions include:
20 October: Stimulating speech & language in the first years of life (ages 0 – 2)
27 October: Extending speech & language skills in the pre-school years
(ages 3 – 4)
3 November: Speech sound development – what to expect, when to be concerned, how to support your child
10 November: Social communication development and participation – preparing for the social world at kinder, school & beyond

Writing Community Newsletters
Local writer Melissa will lead you through this 8-week online course in which you will be introduced to the elements of putting together a community newsletter. Volunteers from across Ballarat who produce community news publications will also present each week, sharing their stories, tips and tricks with you.

When: 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm Wednesdays, starting 27 October
Where: Online via Zoom
Digital Devices: BYO or the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House can lend you a laptop/tablet to use at home for the class.
Cost: $25 for the whole course

This class will require a minimum of 5 participants to proceed.
Get Creative

Local artist, Bianca, will help you get creative with these 5-week Learn Local courses delivered online via Zoom.

Rag Rugs, Bags, Throws and more
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm, Tuesdays, starting 19 October
Free of charge, bookings required

Art Journaling
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm, Wednesdays, starting 20 October
$15.00 per participant per class, bookings required

Automatic Drawing for Personal Symbolism
Mondays, time to be confirmed based on interest from the group, starting 25 October
$15.00 per participant per class, bookings required.

These classes will require a minimum of 5 participants to proceed.
Free Digital Literacy Sessions
Join us for a series of FREE Digital Literacy Sessions, presented in partnership with Rachel, our nbn Local community ambassador.
10.30 am – 11.30 am, Wednesdays, from 27 October - 15 December 2021.

Please note that the sessions held before Friday 5 November will be delivered online via Zoom as the Neighbourhood House is operating remotely.

Navigating the Internet – Government websites and MyGov: 27 October
Preparation for Emergency and/or Power outages: 3 November

Find out about the additional sessions online.

Chatty Wednesdays
We are pleased to present a special welcome back to online Chatty Wednesdays during 'Get Online Week' on 20 October with a one-off 'Conversations with Lisa' session. Local volunteer, Lisa, will lead the chat with a series of 'conversation starters'.

When: 9.30 am - 10.30 am Wednesdays (during school term)
Where: Online until further notice
Who: All welcome. Book online for the Zoom link.
Cost: Free of charge

Contact Us
The Ballarat East Neighbourhood House team
is continuing to work from home.

We are available Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm.

You can contact us via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling us on 0422 612 052.
Thank you for reading our e-newsletter.

We hope to see you in person soon - stay tuned for updates!

Warm Regards,

Sarah, Fiona, Holly, Steph, Muskan and another Holly!
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Ballarat East Neighbourhood House
PO Box 1443
Bakery Hill, Vic 3354

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