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Wagga CoPMI Group update

compi group photo

(Group photo of the Wagga Wagga Children of parents with a mental illness Group)

The nine participants in the Wagga CoPMI Group decided to have their follow-up get togethers fortnightly.

On Thursday 13th May they met Bev Denley and Julie Payten at Carer Assist at 4pm. This was their first opportunity to learn about The Friends for Life and Friends for Youth Program that is the basis for the education component of the program.

The "Friends" program is based on the premise that from time to time as all face new or difficult challenges in our lives. Sometimes we find it hard to be as brave and confident as we might want to be. The program teaches strategies to help us cope when we feel worried or scared.

The children were enthusiastic about the workbooks and completed some introductory activities designed to help us know ourselves and each other better.

Then we headed off in the Sunflower House minibus to The Handstand Factory - a great loccal facility that teaches circus skills, trampolining and gymnastics. We had a fabulous session on the trampolines. The entire group joined in trying new moves and making some spectacular landings on the foam mats.

On the way back to Sunflower House we picked up pizza and the children and their parents quickly demoloshed every slice before heading off home at about 6.45pm.

The second get together on 27th May saw the group exploring the self exteem section of the Friends program. The older group enjoyed their "time to talk big" when they took it in turns to speak proudly of a recent achievement. The group really took to the idea of 'blowing their own trumpet' with much support laughter from the group.

Then it was off to The Oasis - Wagga's heated indoor pool facility for an hour of water fun. With our youngest participation (Sharnii) being only six years of age - (some would say six going on 35!!), it was great to see a couple of the older ones spending time in the shallow pool so that Sharnii had friends to plaly with as well.

The tucker was KFC and each group member did a great job of ordering exactly what they wanted...Again not a morsel was wasted. Bev leanred that when you can't finish your chips there will always be someonme willing to help you out!!

We are looking forward to our next get together on 10th June!!

Bev Denley
CoPMI Support Worker
Wagga Wagga

CoPMI Fun Day Forster

Young Carers from Taree and Wingham area’s came together recently at Camp Elim near Forster for a fun filled day of outdoor rock climbing and swinging from a giant swing. Ten children attended, all whom had a parent with a mental illness. The day was organized in partnership with Hunter New England Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team, Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and Carer Assist Taree. The kids enjoyed some fun activities, team work games, a tasty BBQ as well as meeting new people and having lots of laughs. The day finished with a game of cricket on the beach. The kids are keen to meet again next school holidays.

ameilia on tower           sarah lee swinging
 (Pictured Amelia almost at the top of the tower)                        (Pictured Sarah Lee swinging)