family week 2016

Stronger Families : Stronger Communities

National Families Week, Australia’s annual celebration of the importance of families starts Sunday 15th May and is timed to coincide with the UN International Day of Families.  The focus for 2016 is stronger families, stronger communities. This theme highlights the important role that families play as the central building block of our community, and that community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing. National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community.  This is an opportunity to celebrate the meaning of family and […]

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volunteering is selfish

VolUnteering is SELFish

In the 1990s, I hit a turning point in my life and began to search for meaning. I wanted more than a corporate title. I needed a greater reward than money. My friend had just returned from Africa and when he spoke of the poverty and need, I felt this was something I had to contribute to. I left my career and enrolled as a volunteer. I was appointed Project Manager for the Surgical Eye Expedition (SEE) in Zimbabwe. Twenty young people from the UK made up my team and together we visited local villages, assisting nurses who performed eye […]

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Mums Supporting Mums

Mother’s Day offers us the opportunity to recognise, thank and show our appreciation and affection to our mums, mothers-in-law, grandmothers and other females who have had a positive impact on our life. Every woman loves being spoiled with gifts, surprises, hugs and the pleasure of celebrating with family and friends (and a day away from all the cooking and cleaning hopefully!) However, for many women Mother’s Day can be painful because it highlights what is missing. It can cause some mums who are struggling to compare themselves and their life to that of others, who seem to have everything under […]

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