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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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We're saying thank you!

Suzanna Barry - Saturday, November 18, 2017

 

This week, from Monday November 20, we're saying thank you to our community supporters with a Complimentary Cup Cake promotion. Monday - Saturday all customers of the Murray River Tea Rooms will receive a complimentary cup cake.

This is just a small token of our appreciation to the households of Echuca/Moama, Rochester, Tongala and beyond who support our Recyclability Program and the Murray River Tea Rooms. The weekly kerbside collection has enabled CLRS to establish these two social enterprises.  These not only provide great environmental benefits but most importantly create wonderful opportunities for people with disability to learn new skills and enjoy greater community inclusion through interaction with a wide range of community members.

Paige from Sweet Spot Cakery will be busy baking all week – so please call into the Murray River Tea Rooms at 10 Meninya Street Moama and say hello to the team. Your cup cake will be complimentary each day with any purchase of absolutely anything at all from the Tea Rooms. We know the cakes will be delicious so they will be limited to 1 per customer per day. You’re welcome to call in every day!

This promotion coincides with Community and Philanthropy Partnerships week – so a perfect time to celebrate the achievements of our community.

We’re also releasing a video that showcases the community support of the Tea Rooms – so keep a watch out on our social media pages on Tuesday November 21.

Thank you again for your valued support!

 


 

Volunteer Newsletter - November 2017

Suzanna Barry - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

 

Welcome to the November 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.

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If you would like to enquire about volunteering opportunities, I would love to hear from you.  We particularly need volunteers for the Op Shop at 4 Percy Street Echuca for Saturday mornings.  If you could assist once a month for a few hours, please let me know!

Give Happy, Live Happy!

Liz Rowsell

Volunteer Coordinator

lrowsell@clrs.org.au 03 5480 2388

 

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.

Read newsletter here

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

 

Volunteer Newsletter - July 2017

Suzanna Barry - Friday, July 14, 2017

 

We have developed a monthly Volunteer Newsletter to keep 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

 

 

 

 
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