Words from our Services
Chinese Christmas Lunch at Harmony House (Campbelltown)
Working in Mental health can at times be challenging, so those times when you get to experience how far members have come in their recovery journey and their appreciation of the help and support given to them by staff makes you realise the positive impact that you can have as a worker. On December 8th five Harmony House Members organised a surprise for Harmony House staff and Sandra McDonald from Beautiful Minds. They had transformed our dining area into an oriental themed room; Lorraine read to us a folktale on how the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac were determined. Each place setting was carefully set with menu card, a Chinese hat for us to wear, and our own personal Chinese Zodiac.
The effort and time that these members put into planning this event down to the very last detail was inspiring, down to hand making the hats, table settings, and Logo’s for their uniforms, the hanging of Chinese paper lanterns, the soft Chinese music in the background and the most incredible meal consisting of Steamed Dim Sims with Prawn Crackers, Sweet and Sour Pork, Fried Rice, Stir Fried Vegetables, Chicken and Almonds, finished off with Lemon Mint Tapioca with Lychees and Jackfruit.
Needless to say that we were all amazed and proud of their efforts not to mention needing to undo a belt buckle or two to accommodate the extra space needed from all the food that we ate. This lunch was put on as a thank you to staff, and in return we would like to thank the members of Harmony that participated in this great day for reminding us that we are appreciated and that what we do matters.
Sunflower House Garden (Wagga Wagga)
Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2014 in Dubbo
As part of Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2014, the Dubbo PHaMs team held a Coffee Club with an open invitation to the local community. Students from the local TAFE studying Community Services attended the event, and heard stories from participants discussing their mental illness, and also the various activities that they are involved in while being a participant in the Dubbo PHaMs program, such as the volunteer committee.
As the theme of this year SAW is “Carers of all ages”, Ros Ruskin Rowe from Carers NSW spoke about the importance of being a carer, as well as the importance of organisations such as the Schizophrenia Fellowship which value the impact that caring for someone with a mental illness has.
Dubbo PHaMs also contributed in making a community garden in honour of this year’s Schizophrenia Awareness Week. Participants were asked to bring in cuttings of plants that they could plant. Throughout the morning, staff and participants work tirelessly to transform a slab of dirt into a thriving garden.