News & events

Here is where you will find all the latest BCWS news and details about coming events. We also post news and events updates on our social media accounts.

Online Resume Tips and Road Safety Workshop

Online Resume Tips and Road Safety Workshop

Metro Assist is running another Online Resume Tips and Road Safety Workshop, for jobseekers from refugee and people seeking asylum backgrounds, on Thursday 28th October from 10am-1.30pm, together with Dress For Work and Canterbury-Bankstown Council.

The Road Safety Workshop is for those who want to get their driver’s licence, after they attend, they can get 5 driving lessons.

Registration is essential at skillmeproject@metroassist.org.au OR phone 0423 081 951.

Free career advice session with Cisco

Free career advice session with Cisco

Free career advice session for overseas-trained IT professionals!

Bookings are essential, please contact skillmeproject@metroassist.org.au or phone 0423 081 951 by Monday 18th October.

National Health Month Support Groups

National Health Month Support Groups

Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) runs free, non – judgmental peer to peer mental health support groups.

Support Group is a place where you have the opportunity to listen, share, express feelings, talk about struggles and learn strategies for dealing with day to day life. Support groups supplement the help you may already be receiving.

Four groups will run next week including:

Gender Identity Support Group
Mood Disorders Support Group
Anxiety Support Group
Personality Support Group

Find out more and register at https://www.mhfa.org.au/Servicesmenu.aspx?Id=178…

Circle of Security Parenting Workshop

Circle of Security Parenting Workshop

Our Babies, Our Toddlers, Our Children Our Future – Improving Family Experiences
 
Take the guesswork out of parenting by effectively recognising your child’s triggers and how you can respond with confidence to gain greater connection and more co-operation. An internationally recognised, relationship-based, early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children. Sydney lockdowns changed the home’s routines, resources, and relationships that impacted many families – whether new parents or parents with toddlers and preschool children. In the absence of social networks, family support, childcare, school and changes to work arrangements, families needed connection more than ever. The Circle of Security model provides a ‘map’ for parents and caregivers on how to navigate parenting while juggling other demands in life. Based on fifty years of research, this evidence-based program demonstrates that children with secure attachments have more confidence, compassion, resilience and endurance.

  • Increased confidence in your parenting
  • You will respond more and react less
  • How to manage and minimise meltdowns
  • Recognise and resolve your parenting triggers
  • How to gain more co-operation, more often
  • Discover the seven-most powerful words that will change how you respond, engage and connect with your child
  • You will receive guidance and support to help you implement the theory into practice

This course will be held over 5 sessions.  
Dates: Tuesdays 5th October to 2nd November 2021
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Register online: https://circleofsecurity.eventbrite.com.au
Cost: $6.90 per family

FREE Virtual 4-week wellbeing workout

FREE Virtual 4-week wellbeing workout

FREE Virtual 4-week Wellbeing Workout
 
Are you struggling to get motivated to exercise? Over 4 weeks, learn practical tips and tricks on how to get motivated to start and sustain an exercise routine, what to do when the going gets tough and how to overcome barriers. Each 2-hour, psychologist-designed session combines education and exercise and is offered FREE thanks to Burwood Council.
Saturdays – 9, 16, 23 & 30 October
Adult Program (18 – 65 years): 8am to 10am
Youth Program (16 – 18 years): 10.15am to 12.15pm

  • The program includes unlimited access to Mood Active’s virtual casual classes like yoga and body circuit classes
  • Track your progress with pre & post-program wellbeing surveys
  • Each Zoom session will feature a Mandarin-speaking interpreter
  • Burwood Council residents get early access!

Reserve your spot now: Contact 0412 190 842 or email info@moodactive.org.au

FREE 2-HOUR WORKSHOPS BY THE STORY FACTORY!

FREE 2-HOUR WORKSHOPS BY THE STORY FACTORY!

BCWS is pleased to offer two FREE workshops, delivered online by the Story Factory!

Workshop #1: The Secret Life of Stuff. Ever wonder what happens in your home when the lights turn off? Investigate the Secret Life of Stuff, and bringing character and personality to your everyday surroundings. Discover writing techniques such as character development and voice, and text types such as lists, timetables, letters, postcards, and picture books.

Thursday 30th September
10am – 12pm
Via Zoom

Workshop #2: Storytelling through YouTube videos. Do you have a lot to say about certain topics? Learn everything you need about how to start your own YouTube channel and how to use it for storytelling!

Thursday 30th September
10am – 12pm
Via Zoom

To register for either of these workshops, please contact info@bcw.org.au or (02) 9744 1866 or 0467 673 918

Young people and gambling

Young people and gambling

Having a conversation with your child or teenager about gambling may not be easy but it’s an important conversation. You have a lot of influence, and you’re in the best position to encourage your young ones to think critically about gambling and to make informed decisions. Video games and online gaming with elements of gambling are very common. A NSW Youth Gambling Study 2020 found around 40% of young people play video games that have gambling components. The risks of progressing from online gaming to online gambling can apply to anybody. For more information and support that can help, you can visit the link below https://www.gambleaware.nsw.gov.au/…/talking-to-young…

We’re collecting pantry donations

We’re collecting pantry donations

Can you help? We are seeking donations of non-perishable food and essential living items. Items collected are distributed to families and individuals in the community who are in need of emergency assistance. Items we need include: rice, pasta, oasta sauce, UHT milk, breakfast food, tinned food, quick meals, toiletries, women’s products, nappies, baby food, school lunches, snacks and spreads. Thank you in advance for ensuring items are in date, new and for your generosity. Donations can be dropped off at the Community Centre.

Mini Garden project | Update

Mini Garden project | Update

Our Mini Community Garden project is off to a great start and we are so excited! Brenden from Community Greening Royal Botanical Gardens paid a visit to our garden site and now, thanks to his advice – and the input of volunteers and community members – we have a plan! Take a look, we can’t wait to get started. 

Yes it’s a mud map, and it can change but that’s the beauty of a community garden – it’s  reflective of the whole community.  

The next step is to install the first raised garden bed along with the wicking bed. This is scheduled for Wednesday 10th February. Please contact info@bcw.org.au if you would like to volunteer for this project or can share your knowledge. To ensure we can keep it COVID-safe, we can accommodate only a limited number of people so please register if you are interested.

Gardening can bring immense benefit to people from fitness to improving mental health. Starting this community garden has definitely increased our sense of community belonging and upped our gardening knowledge. If you want to learn about gardening or pick up some skills, this could be a great place to start.  

In the meantime, enjoy this read from the Royal Botanical Gardens: Seven elements of a sensory garden 

Thanks to Ecstra

Thanks to Ecstra

Ecstra’s Response and Recovery grant came at the right time and has bolstered our remote capabilities so we can continue to positively impact vulnerable communities during restrictions brought on by COVID-19.

Freebies for volunteers

Freebies for volunteers

We would like to acknowledge all the wonderful work that volunteers do. Our team has prepared some simple eLearning courses which can be completed in your own time and are designed to help you improve your skills and knowledge.

There are three courses to choose from. Simply follow the link and click the “PLAY” button on the course of your choice.

Let us know how you go!

  1. A Healthy You – Understanding Self
  2. Food Safety
  3. Diversity and Culture in Healthcare
Be Connected

Be Connected

If you need support to develop your digital skills and confidence, why not join our next Be Connected session on 15th February. Contact Imran on (02) 9744 1866 for more details. 

We'd love to hear from you

Please contact our team at any time:

Address: 2 Wyatt Avenue Burwood NSW 2134

Phone: (02) 9744 1866
Fax: (02) 9744 0886

Email: info@bcw.org.au

We acknowledge and pay respects to the First Nations People of Australia, the land in which we live and work. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal people and pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. 

Hours of operation

 

Neighbourhood Centre
Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Family Support Service
Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm

Meals on Wheels
Monday - Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 5:00pm 

Domestic Violence Service
Monday - Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm

The services provided by BCWS are proudly funded by: