By Mikayla van Loon
It’s July which means a change in activities and programs at Japara Neighbourhood House in Kilsyth is upon us.
Term three will have a range of sessions on offer, from creative activities to skills training, gardening and social groups.
Japara board chairperson and acting executive officer Mark Doubleday there is something for everyone to get involved in.
“The program is the most diverse we have produced,” he said.
A monthly book club will be returning for avid readers, a calming immersement into yoga for beginners to intermediates will run all term, try a hand at watercolour painting with two sessions both in August or craft and chat with friends once a month.
“Since the pandemic Japara has experienced a big fall in groups and individuals ‘joining in’, which is understandable given the experience of the last two years,” Mr Doubleday said.
“We are looking to encourage participation in a safe environment and re-establish ourselves as a valuable part of people reconnecting.”
Some special events have been organised by the team this term too.
Running for the entire term from 16 July to 28 September, a ‘Gardening for Sustainability’ course has been introduced for those with an interest in horticulture and gardening, to learn the basics of composting, beekeeping and wicking beds among other topics.
Trying their best to help people return to work or find work, Japara has established a seven session long ‘Industry Taster Course’ where people can identify their personal aspirations and goals, and explore employment, study options and pathways.
Sessions focused on digital literacy and technology based explorations are also on offer this term.
Children haven’t been left out either, with sleep sessions, baby massages and robotic STEM all being added to the program, alongside the Monday, Wednesday and Friday childcare service.
And don’t forget the furry friends, with a fortnightly social dog walking group called ‘Happy Tails’.
To find the full program, go to japarahouse.com.au or visit in person at 54-58 Durham Road Kilsyth. To contact Japara call 9728 3587 or email email@example.com