Lo­cal ser­vices go in the spot­light at fam­ily fun day

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

MORE THAN 200 com­mu­nity mem­bers learned about lo­cal ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties while en­joy­ing the at­mos­phere at the Healthy Towns Ma­clean Fam­ily Fun Day on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 30.

The event was hosted by North Coast Pri­mary Health Net­work, Our Healthy Clarence, Ma­clean Com­mu­nity Health and the Ru­ral Ad­ver­sity Men­tal Health Pro­gram (RAMHP) in the re­cently land­scaped McLach­lan Park. A wide range of ser­vice providers and com­mu­nity groups at­tended, show­ing there is some­thing for ev­ery­one in Ma­clean.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers were able to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to any stage of the life jour­ney from birth to aged care.

Ma­clean TAFE shared the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with vir­tual re­al­ity gog­gles; Com­mu­nity Health staff pro­vided blood pres­sure checks and health in­for­ma­tion; and Ma­clean CWA had a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of good­ies to share as well as Caringa with their food stor­age bags made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als. RHAMP launched their Glove­box Guide to Men­tal Health and en­cour­aged the com­mu­nity to add to a gi­ant com­mu­nity can­vas.

Also in at­ten­dance were NCPHN My Health Record, NDIS, Solid Mob, New Hori­zons, OTCP, Cranes, The But­tery, So­cial Fu­tures, Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices (Cen­tre­link) and Clarence Care and Sup­port.

The com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pated in up­dat­ing the What’s On in Ma­clean Cal­en­dar, which will be turned into print and elec­tronic form for the com­mu­nity to keep and share.

The day was made more suc­cess­ful with Our Healthy Clarence and Headspace work­ing hard on the bar­be­cue to pro­vide lunch for ev­ery­one.

In a true show of Ma­clean spirit Alis­tair pro­vided the mood with a touch of Scot­tish Her­itage with bag­pipes over the lunch break.

This event evolved from com­mu­nity feed­back dur­ing our Healthy Towns con­sul­ta­tions and was an en­joy­able way to find out more about what ser­vices are avail­able in the com­mu­nity and where to go for help if needed. Event co­or­di­na­tor Carolyn Ardler said:

“It was great to see the com­mu­nity en­joy­ing the at­mos­phere. It was also fan­tas­tic to see ser­vice providers net­work­ing and shar­ing in­for­ma­tion to cre­ate strong links and re­fer­ral path­ways for the com­mu­nity.”

This was the last event for Men­tal Health Month and was a won­der­ful way to close the Men­tal Health Month Cal­en­dar.

Photo: North Coast Pri­mary Health Net­work

BIG CROWD: More than 200 peo­ple came to the Ma­clean Healthy Towns Fun Day Oc­to­ber 30.

BIG CROWD: A young boy gets his heart rate mea­sured.

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