Friday, May 04, 2012

kallista community house, another successful year

It was wonderful to be able to preside over the annual elections at the Kallista Community House AGM.
Kallista Community House President, Fyona Mitaxa and
Lyster Ward Councillor, Samantha Dunn celebrate
another successful year for the house.
Due to the rolling terms of the committee, this year saw dedicated community member, Kathy Cann, re-elected to the committee. 

It's been another big year for the house with Sue Etherington commencing as the new House Coordinator. During the year the house played a key role in the development of a new Christmas Carols event, which showcased local performers (and was terrific!). They continue to provide space for the Healing Sounds Group and Book Club. 

In a new initiative, the house provides space for the very successful Ukelele group - Kalulu. Workshops covering Retirement Villages and Wills & Power of Attorney were also delivered 

During the year the house partnered with BCAP to provide lantern making workshops as part of the Belgrave Lantern Parade. The house also partners with Belgrave South Community House to offer local seniors access to the 'Cafe Club' bus trips through long term partners U3A and Interlink. 

The House offers Occasional Childcare, which fortunately is funded by DEEWR, so wasn't under threat from the withdrawal of Take a Break funding. 100 families use the service and the centre provided just under 3,000 hours care in the past year. The Playgroup sessions are also very popular, with all sessions fully booked. 

It's wonderful to see such energy and enthusiasm for community development, I congratulate Kallista Community House Committee of Management, their staff and dedicated volunteers.

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