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December 2017 Newsletter

Suzanna Barry - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our December newsletter is hot off the press.  I hope you enjoy reading our latest news! 

As you will see on the front of our newsletter Martyn Lawrence was the guest speaker at our recent Annual General Meeting. Martyn's engaging presentation was very informative and was very much enjoyed by all in attendance. Martyn enjoys opportunities to practice his public speaking skills - so please keep him in mind.

Our "cruisers' have now returned from a wonderful holiday in the sun!  Watch our facebook page for some photos in the near future!

We have limited tickets (7 in fact) left for our upcoming cruise on the Pride of the Murray.  Guests will be entertained by local talented musician Benny Walker.  Get in quick to enjoy an afternoon of great company and music on Saturday December 9, 2017.  Tickets can be purchased here.

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Our six month milestone - Murray River Tea Rooms

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

It’s been six months since the Murray River Tea Rooms social enterprise opened its doors, so a perfect time for reflection.

To date the initiative has been a wonderful success with every indication this will continue. Like any start-up there's been many hours required and I've witnessed significant discretionary effort, high engagement and widespread enthusiasm from staff and volunteers.

So what have been some of the outcomes?

Last week I was meeting with a Board member at the Tea Rooms and one of the client volunteers came and sat next to us. Although she doesn’t speak a lot, she made her request to join the conversation known. She was very comfortable to be present with us while she had her cuppa. You would describe this young lady as quiet and reserved and to witness this increase in confidence was fantastic. Her achievements are highlighted in Community Living & Respite Services recent Annual Report and when I congratulated her on that, I got the thumbs up!

Last month another one of the client volunteers launched, at the Tea Rooms, a novel she has written the assistance of Siri. This was a private function hosted by her family and it was such a joyful occasion. Bella Claire, (a pen name), is keen to encourage others, that despite the challenges of complex medical needs and disability, it's important to reach for the stars. Bella's book sales are going well and I’m guessing she is already planning a sequel.

Bella is thoroughly enjoying her involvement with the Tea Rooms and has also developed greater self confidence. I was thrilled to see her teaching one of our older community volunteers how to operate the EFTPOS machine.

The support of sponsors has been heart warming and has ranged from local home based businesses to large corporate organisations donating supplies. Receiving this start up support is very important. Our staff employment costs (training and supporting our clients), are a large expense so any savings through the donation of products and supplies makes a real difference. However it is the community ownership that results from this support that is making the Murray River Tea Rooms a talking point. The Tea Rooms have become a community initiative - with so many people seeing the social impact and wanting it to succeed. We are very grateful that all sectors of the community are assisting where they can.

My favourite story is the recent contact from a new restaurant in Moama - Sen on Madison. Business owners, Trieu, Julie and their team, offered to donate Vietnamese cuisine on a regular basis. This is fantastic as we currently have a limited lunch time menu. Chicken rice paper rolls provide a nice alternative to a ham and cheese toastie, particularly with summer approaching.

Julie explained that the Sen on Madison team were keen to help as they are beneficiaries of the Vietnamese Social enterprise, KOTO. Coming from a background of disadvantage Julie and Trieu explained it is now their turn to give back.

The first six months have flown by. The team at the Tea Rooms are about to experience the Echuca Moama tourist season, which will be another learning curve. I look forward to providing another update soon.

Suzanna Barry

CEO

Pictured L:R Mikayla Armstron, Trieu Le (Sen on Madison) & CLRS Board member Andrew Cowin

 

November 2017 Celebrations

Suzanna Barry - Saturday, October 28, 2017

We had a fantastic October, with the completion of the Opening Doors Project, winning the GMCU Allianz Campaspe Business Awards and our AGM. November is set to be just as busy with a few key events:

National Recycling Week: Nov 13 – 19

We are celebrating with week- long specials at the Murray River Tea Rooms and our Number 4 Op Shop. To launch the week on Monday November 13, we have a 50% off sale at both shops, on all Op Shop items. Daily specials will be announced on social media each evening. CLRS collects around 1 tonne of product locally each week through the Recyclability Kerbside Collection. This is diverting items from landfill and promoting re-use and recycling. Now that’s an achievement to celebrate!

Community & Philanthropy Partnerships Week (#CPPWeek): Nov 20 – 26

We’re celebrating the wonderful partnerships that sustain the Murray River Tea Rooms, by rewarding all our Tea Rooms customers with a Complimentary Cup Cake week. Call in any or every day this week and receive a free Cup Cake with your purchase. We are also launching a video that highlights what can be achieved when community works together. A big thank you to everyone who donates to the Recyclability Kerbside Collection, to our volunteers, customers, staff and corporate sponsors. Your support is providing life changing opportunities for people with disability in our community. Please call in and enjoy a complimentary cup cake!

Johnno’s Run End of Year BBQ – Monday Nov 27, 5.30 pm – 7 pm at the entrance to Scenic Drive Echuca.

Come along for a walk, run or for a BBQ dinner to celebrate all that has been achieved this year. Celebrate the friendships, the fitness, the accomplishments and the personal satisfaction of helping to build the Opening Doors Project. Gold coin donation – please RSVP to events@clrs.org.au for catering purposes. Thank-you to the Echuca Lions who will be cooking the BBQ.

If you didn’t participate in Johnno’s Run this year, but are interested in finding out more, please come along. Everyone is welcome.

 


I look forward to catching up with you during November!

Kind regards

Suzanna Barry

CEO

 

October Newsletter 2017

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome to our October newsletter. We have an exciting month ahead.  Our AGM is planned for Thursday October 19, 2017 followed by the  Official Opening of the Opening Doors Project the next day. 

During October we are also preparing for Community Partnership & Philanthropy Week, and will be undertaking filming at the Murray River Tea Rooms during October, which will showcase the outstanding support of the local community. 

Our CLRS videos can all be found on our youtube channel.

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I hope you enjoy reading our latest news.

Suzanna Barry

CEO



Volunteer Newsletter - September 2017

Suzanna Barry - Friday, September 01, 2017

 

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly Volunteer Newsletter, which keeps volunteers informed of what’s happening at Community Living & Respite Services, upcoming events, points of interest, profiles of new and existing volunteers.

Please feel free to provide any feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement.

Read Newsletter Here

If you would like to enquire about volunteering opportunities, I would love to hear from you.

Give Happy, Live Happy!

Liz Rowsell

Volunteer Coordinator

lrowsell@clrs.org.au 03 5480 2388

 

August Newsletter 2017

Suzanna Barry - Thursday, August 03, 2017

We've plenty happening at Community Living & Respite Services.  I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter.

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Congratulations and thank you to the Johnno's Run Team who participated in Run Melbourne on July 31, 2017.  I'm delighted to announce that this has raised more than $70,000  for our Opening Doors Project.

Thanks to everyone who supported Johnno's Run, either as a participant, donor or sponsor.

In other news, I'm very happy to share that Gillian Noelker has joined the CLRS team as my Executive Assistant.  Gill is enjoying meeting CLRS clients, families, staff, volunteers and community sponsors.

Kind regards

Suzanna Barry

CEO



 

 

Volunteer Newsletter - August 2017

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Welcome to the 2nd edition of our monthly Volunteer Newsletter, which keeps volunteers informed of what’s happening at Community Living & Respite Services, upcoming events, points of interest, profiles of new and existing volunteers.

Please feel free to provide any feedback, comments and suggestions for improvement.

Read Newsletter Here

If you would like to enquire about volunteering opportunities, I would love to hear from you.

Give Happy, Live Happy!

Liz Rowsell

Volunteer Coordinator

lrowsell@clrs.org.au 03 5480 2388

 

Murray River Tea Rooms - Our first week

Suzanna Barry - Monday, May 15, 2017

 

Last week we opened the doors of Murray River Tea Rooms, following a busy and rewarding few months of planning, preparation and partnering with our community.

Combining a café in an Op Shop setting, this initiative is a result of a partnership with the households of Echuca Moama who donate items through a weekly kerbside collection program, combined with widespread support from the corporate sector. Volunteers also assist with a variety of aspects of the enterprise, from sorting and pricing items, building maintenance, shop displays and providing retail assistance. Some of our volunteers require support, others work or have previously worked in a variety of sectors, including trades and professional. Combined, our volunteers have a breadth of life experience enriching all involved.

The products from the kerbside collection are sold in the Tea Rooms (and in our Op Shop at 4 Percy Street Echuca), to cover rent and shop outgoings. The scones, cakes and slices are generously donated by local hospitality businesses, who share our vision of an inclusive community and believe in lifting others up. The revenue from the coffee and cake sales enable us to employ Barista staff who are imparting skills and experience to people with disability in a supportive environment. For some this is a dream come true. For some it is the first time they have been able to serve others. One young lady had been so excited to learn how to use an EFTPOS machine, and now is enthusiastically learning how to make lattes. Most just love the interaction with customers from all walks of life.

The Murray River Tea Rooms, Moama’s newest enterprise, promises to be a great addition to our community, building skills and confidence, reducing social isolation, and providing great coffee!

Thank you to all involved, and thanks to everyone who visited the Tea Rooms in our first week. We've been overwhelmed with the support and we look forward to welcoming you again soon!

 


Spirit of Sport and other news!

Suzanna Barry - Thursday, February 09, 2017

The February Newsletter is hot off the press.   Read it here.

We've got some other exciting news too.  Not only has our Opening Doors Ambassador Brady Threlfall been named a finalist for the Riverine Herald Spirit of Sport Award, but Community Living & Respite Services is also a finalist in this category for our involvement in local sport.  This is in recognition of the outstanding community involvement in Johnno's Run in 2016.  We are looking forward to the Sportstar of the Year Awards Dinner on February 27, 2017.

The following night is our 11th Annual Fundraising Dinner, to be held at the Moama Bowling Club. The Dinner is almost fully booked - with just a few tickets remaining.  Thank you to the wonderful sponsors and supporters within our community and beyond,whose generosity makes such a positive difference in our community.  

Celebrating Community Philanthropy & Partnerships Week

Suzanna Barry - Thursday, December 08, 2016

Our final newsletter for 2016 has been released.  It has been a busy and productive year, and once again Community Living & Respite Services Inc. has appreciated the support of our community.

This past year our Opening Doors Ambassadors have worked very hard to raise the awareness of CLRS and our Opening Doors Project.  We are delighted to share a video showcasing their passion and commitment, as part of the Community Philanthropy and Partnerships Week Celebration.

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Best wishes

Suzanna Barry

CEO


 
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