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A monthly newsletter from the Luncheon Club & Positive Living Centre.

Welcome to the merry month of May, and for most of us that means MOVING MONTH too. Yes, at last we’re on the move to our shiny new home in Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. We look forward to welcoming you there, and are sure that you’ll enjoy the many services that will continue to be offered.

MAY 2011

NEWS IN BRIEF

During April, information sessions were held at the Luncheon Club and at the PLC, and the feedback from these has been very encouraging. Also during April, we held a ballot to vote on the best name for the café or cafeteria at our new location and whilst the unanimous winner was Café 414, unfortunately this name already exists and so we can’t use it.

Move slightly delayed The relocation was due to begin in early May. However, construction issues have pushed the move back a few weeks. Everybody Loves Raymond. Raymond from ACON Housing will be back each Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm at the PLC. Farewell Samantha! Samantha Fieldes is leaving to pursue a career path more in keeping with her studies. We thank Sam and wish her all the best for her future.

We’ve chosen instead to name it ‘The Wellbeing Café’. We hope you like the name and start using it. The lucky winner of the Janet’s Pies voucher is Jeff from the Luncheon Club. Thanks to everyone who participated, we had over 50 entries.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

A summary of some of the key results from our Client Satisfaction Survey are presented on page 5. Please take a minute to read through them to see how you have collectively rated our services. May is also the month in which we have National Volunteer Week. It’s a chance to thank each volunteer for the time and effort they put into making the services at the PLC and the Luncheon Club flow so much more smoothly. So from us to you - Thanks! See you at 414 Elizabeth Street! And as always, take good care of each other. Andrew Buchanan Manager, Positive Services and HIV Health Promotion

Planet Positive - Friday 13 May Our quarterly social night is back. Maybe it’s your lucky night! Candlelight Memorial - Sunday 15 May To coincide with International Candlelight Memorial Day (see inside) Women’s Wellness, Education and Support Day - Saturday 14 May ‘Staying Healthy and Well’

LUNCHEON CLUB WORKSHOPS

Monday 9 May Vaccinations discussion with nursing staff from the Sth East Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service Monday 23 May – Dental Health Workshop. Workshops on Oral Hygiene . Participants will receive a goodie bag to take away.

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

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NEWS

SOCIAL ACTIVITES

MOVE TO 414 ELIZABETH STREET SLIGHTLY DELAYED

BREAKFAST AT THE PLC

The relocation that was due to begin in early May has been slightly delayed due to construction issues. We apologise for any inconvenience to our clients and community members.

Regular items include smoothies, fresh fruit salad and yoghurt, fruit juices, cereals, tea and toast. Each week there are some specials on the menu too . . . like frittata, or pancakes, or toasties.

College Street

The relocation will now take place as follows: ACON: Late May 2011 Positive Living Centre: Early - Mid June 2011 The Luncheon Club: Early - Mid June 2011

Elizabeth Street

During Street this time ACON staff and volunteers will be working Liverpool hard to minimise disruption to our programsOand services, xford to our and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience Stree t clients and community members. Feedback can be provided via the ACON website at: www.acon.org.au/relocationfeedback

EVERYBODY LOVE’S RAYMOND Goulburn Street Raymond from ACON Housing will be back each Friday from 12pm to 2.30pm. The 27th of May is moving day for Commonwealth Street so Housing will not be here on that day.

FRIDAY LUNCH Each Friday the PLC puts on a three course meal for its members to enjoy. Like brunch on Tuesdays, this is an informal gathering of friends, old and new, who use this as an opportunity to catch up and share a meal. The menu items are healthy choices, prepared by the PLC chef from seasonal produce, and cater for various dietary needs including vegetarian. This is also a good time to learn about new workshops or events that may be of benefit to you. All PLC members are most welcome to come and share a meal and each other’s company.

LUNCHEON CLUB MEALS The Luncheon Club, each Monday and Wednesday from 10am until 3pm, is open to all people with HIV and their carers, located at 77 Kellick Street, Waterloo (9318 1197).

SAVE A FOREST Did you know you can read the Wellbeing Times on-line. EddyJust Avego to www.acon.org.au/hiv/plc/newsletter

A free lunch is served at 12.30pm offering a wide variety of nutritionally balanced food. The Luncheon Club also provides a Larder which is a free grocery item service for HIV + people who are on Centrelink benefits (proof of status and a pension card are necessary to participate in the Larder).

CENTRAL STATION

Every Tuesday morning, from 10am to 12pm, a late breakfast/brunch is served in the dining room at the PLC. You’ll find a delicious buffet of hot and cold selections to choose from, all healthy and nutritious.

Foveaux Street

Bourke Street

Devonshire Street Crown Street

Chalmers Street

Elizabeth Street

This service provides grocery items, and fresh fruit and vegetables on a fortnightly or monthly basis. The Luncheon Club also provides free health promotion workshops and referrals to other services in addition to a library service, a clothing exchange and plenty of volunteering opportunities.

Cleveland Street

To Oxford St/Taylor Square

Devonshire St

to Central Mort St

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Bourke St

Crown St

703 Bourke St

Ridge St Cleveland St to Moore Park

Surry Hills

Opening hours at the Positive Living Centre Monday Closed for drop in. Appointments only Tuesday 10.00 am to 4.00 p.m. (drop In) Wednesday 10.00 am to 4.00 p.m. (drop In) Thursday 10.00 am to 4.00 p.m. (drop In) Friday 10.00 am to 4.00 p.m. (drop In) Please Note: We are also open during the evenings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for therapy appointments and evening courses. If you have a therapy booking after 4.00pm, please ring the front doorbell, and a staff member will let you in. To confirm a therapy booking or if you want more information please telephone: 02 9699 8756 or e- mail: plc@acon.org.au

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197


IN REACH SERVICES ACON HOUSING

HEALTHY LIFE PLUS MAY UPDATE

Raymond, the ACON Housing Officer, is available every Friday at the PLC from 12pm-2.30pm to answer your questions and assist with housing issues. If you would like to talk to Raymond please see the receptionist to put your name on the list. This is a drop-in service and is run on a first come first served basis. Alternatively if you would like to make an appointment to see an ACON Housing representative, please call 9206 2093.

BGF A staff member from the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is available once a month at the PLC to answer any questions or issues around their service provision. This includes practical support, referrals and also financial counseling and advice. Please ask staff for the date they are here, or alternatively contact BGF at their offices.

HALC The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre (HALC) sends members of its staff to the PLC every 2nd Tuesday from 10am -12pm to answer your legal questions. This is conducted in a confidential space. Please check the calendar to see which dates they are here. Clients are seen at a first come first served basis so please see reception to place your name on the list.

VITAMIN SERVICE Why not call and make an appointment to see Jae to discuss some of our new and discounted products and how this service could possibly benefit you. We would encourage you to call before coming in to buy your vitamins as this service is dependant on sale staff availability.

Well we are into the second month into our course and we have had great seminars on Goal Setting, Body Image and detailed information from the nutritionists at Albion Street on Nutrition. We have found out about the proteins, carbs and amino acids that are necessary to help our body and immune system function effectively. We have learnt a lot about diet and sensible choices when it comes to food and shopping. The most recent seminars have been around core body strength and making sure we are ready for our work-outs and not getting hurt in the process. As we speak we are preparing for a presentation on healthy hearts and everything around the cardiovascular system: that should get the blood racing! If you are interested in more about the Healthy Life Plus program our new season starts in August and is filling fast. Contact any of the staff from MHP or , Women’s and Families and discuss with them the criteria and your interest.

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

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WOMEN AND FAMILIES May is going to be a big month for the Women and Families affected by HIV/AIDS project. As we mentioned last month, the Needs Analysis/Client Survey is up and running and we are hoping that as many of our clients as possible will participate in this. By now you will have received a link via email, or a letter from Sam regarding how you can go about having your say. If you have not received anything but would like to take part in the survey, please contact Jodie at the PLC on 96998756, and we can either email the link, or arrange a time that suits you to meet for a one on one appointment where we can run through the survey with you.

AFRICAN WOMEN’S GROUP The African Women’s Group is being held on Friday the 6th May. Jae Condon will be our guest speaker for the day talking about complimentary therapies and vitamin supplements and how these can be of benefit for people with HIV. For more information please contact Jodie at the PLC on 96998756.

WOMEN’S WELLNESS, EDUCATION AND SUPPORT DAY On Saturday May 14th, we are holding our next “Women’s Day” in conjunction with HHAS (Pozhet). We are excited to have the women from ACT AIDS Action Women’s group as our guests for the day, so please come along, bring the kids, meet new friends and have some fun.

FAREWELL SAMANTHA Regrettably, we are saying goodbye to Samantha Fieldes this month. Sam has been a key member of the W&F team for the last couple of years, and has done some wonderful things in her time here at ACON. We’d like to acknowledge her dedication and commitment to improving the lives of women and their families with HIV. Sam is leaving ACON to pursue a career path more in keeping with her studies. So we would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam ENORMOUSLY for the all the work she has done in her time here at ACON and wish her the very best in her endeavors for the future. GOODBYE and GOOD LUCK!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY I would like to wish all the mums out there a Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday May 8th, hope the sun shines and that there might even be a nice cup of tea in bed coming your way.

MENS HEALTH PROMOTION UPDATE NEXUS UPDATE Nexus, our monthly support group for newly diagnosed men, will be held on Monday 23rd May 7pm - 9pm at the Positive Living Centre. Come meet other newly diagnosed men in a confidential and supportive space and talk with others and share your experiences.

PLANET POSITIVE - 13 MAY Planet Positive, our quarterly social night for HIV positive people and their friends, has been brought forward to Friday 13th May to coincide with the Candlelight Memorial being held on Sunday 15th May. Come along to Level One, The Midnight Shift with free enetry, complimentary drinks and nibbles through the night and enjoy the tunes from DJ Paul Angel. When: Friday 13th May 6pm - 10pm Where: Level One, The Midnight Shift, 85-91 Oxford St More Info: ACON’s Men’s HIV Health Promotion Team 02 9699 8756 or email hivlining@acon.org.au

GENESIS Our next Genesis workshop for newly diagnosed men is due to be held on June 3 - 5. Places fill fast and we are now conducting intake interviews for the workshop. If you or you know of someone who has been recently diagnosed this workshop could be of great benefit. Genesis is a practice and educational workshop designed to help participants make sense of a range of issues that may be confronting them.

Recently diagnosed HIV positive? GENESIS may help you

Jodie Nas Jones Women and Families Affected by HIV project officer 02 96998756 family@acon.org.au 4

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197


CLIENT SATISFACTION SURVEY 2010 KEY RESULTS

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

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TREATMENTS WINTER FLU’S, BLUES & WHAT YOU CAN DO’S The Swine Flu changes its name In recent years the ‘Swine Flu’ attracted a great deal of attention and has caused some concern for people with HIV. There are many different strains of the flu virus and the correct name for the strain previously called Swine Flu is the ‘H1N1’ virus. Also, recent research has shown that the Swine Flu is no more dangerous for people with HIV, unless their immune systems are greatly compromised.

If you do get the flu

Flu season 2011 Health Authorities are predicting a higher number of cases of the H1N1 flu strain (‘Swine Flu’) during this year’s Australian flu season. In response the government is making the newly developed multiple flu vaccination free to all people at risk of potential health concerns, including people living with HIV. It is important to have the vaccine as soon as you can to prevent you from getting the flu.

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As well as considering getting vaccinated against the flu there are a number of other things you can do to avoid the flu, and strategies to help if you do get the flu.

VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Now is the time to get your flu vaccination This year’s flu vaccination gives protection against three strains of flu virus including H1N1. The vaccine also gives coverage for two other ‘regular’ strains of the flu that are prominent each season. The vaccination is free and available to people with a range of health issues including people with HIV. Doctors and Health Authorities are recommending that people living with HIV consider vaccination in plenty of time for the flu season as it can take several weeks for the vaccination to become effective. Even if you have already received the single H1N1 vaccination you can still have this vaccination. Having this vaccine will ‘boost’ your immunity to the H1N1 virus as well as give you protection against the ‘regular’ flu. Although safe and effective, the vaccination is not suitable for everyone with HIV so people should ask their HIV doctor or other health care professional about whether or not having the flu injection is right for them.

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Other useful tips As well as vaccination, there are other strategies that can help you avoid the flu, including: • Keeping warm by staying out of the cold and wearing appropriate clothing including scarves and hats – a lower body temperature means lower immune defenses – especially around the head, face and neck • Avoiding contact with people who have the flu • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth – touching your face can transfer the flu virus from your hands to your mouth • Thoroughly and regularly cleaning shared surfaces like work benches, phones, computer keyboards, door handles, lift buttons and stair rails etc • Washing your hands often using soap and hot water or sanitising lotions, especially before eating and after coming into contact with other people or shared surfaces • Using clean or disposable eating and drinking utensils

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Contact your doctor as soon as you have symptoms to ask if you need to take an anti-flu medication. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze Dispose of tissues promptly into a rubbish bin Wash your hands regularly Stay at home from work and other activities to prevent transmission to others Drink plenty of warm fluids like soups and tea Take paracetamol (Panadol) or a similar product to help with fever and aches, unless you have hepatitis, or another health issue of the liver. Ibuprofen and similar medications are not recommended for long term use for people with HIV, unless otherwise recommended by your HIV doctor Rest and keep warm.

There is growing evidence that certain supplements can alleviate symptoms and shorten the duration of the flu. Zinc and Vitamin C have been shown in studies to reduce the severity and duration of the flu. More recently Vitamin D has been shown to be a strong defence against the flu. You can ask your doctor for a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels. From your results your doctor can advise if you might benefit from taking Vitamin D supplements. There are some other products suggested to offer protection against the flu, or to help alleviate flu symptoms. Ask your doctor, naturopath or pharmacist what they would recommend. If you are taking HIV treatments or other medication it is important to check for possible interactions. If you have the flu and are concerned that your symptoms are more severe than they should be, for example you are very short of breath, or that your symptoms are lasting more than a few days, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. You doctor may want to test for other health issues or recommend a different treatment strategy.

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197


Women’s Wellness, Education and Support Day

“Staying Healthy and Well” Date: Saturday 14 May 2011

Place: Joseph Sargeant Community Centre, Erskineville Time: 11.30am – 3.30pm Lunch provided Women & Families Project (ACON) and HHAS (Pozhet) invite you to join us for a day of information, discussion and support for women with HIV. The day will include a panel discussion in the morning and a facilitated support group after lunch. The topics will focus on what women can do to stay healthy & well as they age. Women from the ACT AIDS Action Women’s Group will be our guests on the day

Please RSVP by 7 May for catering purposes, or if you require child care and/or if you require more information, by calling Susan at Pozhet on 1800812404 or Jodie at ACON on 96998756, or by emailing pozhet@pozhet.org.au or families@acon.org.au

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

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MAY 2011 – PLC Calendar 2

Mon

Tue

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10

17

23

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24

Acupuncture Angie 1.40pm-3.20pm Remedial Fiona 1pm -4pm Yoga @ ACON 6pm -7pm

24 PLC Breakfast 10am – 12noon HALC 10am – 12noon Healthy Life Plus 6.30pm – 9pm

Alan’s Exercise Class 5.30pm -6.30pm NEXUS 7pm -9pm

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Acupuncture Angie 1.40pm -3.20pm Remedial Fiona 1pm -4pm Yoga @ ACON 6pm -7pm

PLC Breakfast 10am – 12noon Healthy Life Plus 6.30pm – 9pm

Alan’s Exercise Class 5.30pm -6.30pm

Acupuncture Angie 1.40-3.20pm Remedial Fiona 1pm -4pm Yoga @ ACON 6pm -7pm

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Alan’s Exercise Class 5.30pm -6.30pm 8

11 PLC Breakfast 10am – 12noon HALC 10am – 12noon Healthy Life Plus 6.30pm – 9pm

Alan’s Exercise Class 5.30pm -6.30pm

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Acupuncture Angie 1.40pm -3.20pm Remedial Fiona 1pm -4pm Yoga @ ACON 6pm -7pm

PLC Breakfast 10am – 12noon Healthy Life Plus 6.30pm – 9pm

Alan’s Exercise Class 5.30pm -6.30pm

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Wed

PLC Breakfast 10am – 12noon Healthy Life Plus 6.30pm – 9pm Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197


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Thu

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13 Remedial Kane 10am – 3pm Bowen Ian 1pm -5pm Lomi Lomi Marc 6pm-7pm

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14/15 ACON Housing 12 noon to 2.30pm PLC LUNCH 12.30pm -2pm Planet Positive 6pm - 10.00pm

20 Remedial Kane 10am – 3pm Bowen Ian 1pm -5pm Lomi Lomi Marc 6pm-7pm

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Women’s Wellness Education And Support Day “Staying Healthy and Well” 11.30am - 3.30pm

21/22 ACON Housing 12 noon to 2pm PLC LUNCH 12.30pm -2pm

26 Remedial Kane 10am – 3pm Bowen Ian 1pm -5pm Lomi Lomi Marc 6pm-7pm

Sat/Sun 7/8

ACON Housing 12 noon to 2.30pm PLC LUNCH 12.30pm -2pm African Women’s Group 11am - 2.30pm

Remedial Kane 10am – 3pm Bowen Ian 1pm -5pm Lomi Lomi Marc 6pm-7pm

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Fri

27/28 ACON Housing 12 noon to 2pm PLC LUNCH 12.30pm -2pm

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

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Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197


THE LUNCHEON CLUB REGULAR PROGRAMS CONDOM PACKING GROUP

CLOTHING EXCHANGE

Shane and David run a table dedicated to making “safe packs” that are distributed throughout Sydney. Join the group to help us continue this important work on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Luncheon Club.

Our ever helpful volunteers Efrem and Jeff continue to re-vitalise this service. Efrem and Jeff are keen to get clients the seasonal clothing they need or want. They have also been receiving and organising the donations and there is plenty of new stock to be excited about.

EDEN COMMUNITY GARDEN Keith and the wonderful volunteers meet every Thursday morning. Come and make some new friends, learn new gardening skills and hopefully get some sun. Eden garden is located in the grounds of the Uniting Church, 56A Raglan Street, Waterloo and is just a short walk from the Luncheon Club. LARDER @ THE LUNCHEON CLUB

Opening Times 11.00-12.00 and then 1.30pm-2.30pm Efrem and Jeff will be there to showcase the best that pre-loved can offer. WORKSHOPS

The Larder is a free grocery service for HIV + people who are on Centrelink benefits (proof of status and a pension card are necessary for membership). This service provides grocery items and fresh fruit and vegetables on a fortnightly or monthly basis.

9TH MAY Nursing staff from the Sth East Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service will discuss how vaccinations can effect people living with HIV and what type of vaccinations are recommended. 23RD MAY Dental Health Workshop – Louisa Lunn, Health Education Officer at the O’Brien Centre will be presenting workshops on Oral Hygiene.

10am - 3pm Mondays & Wednesdays The Gordon Ibbett Activity Centre 77 Kellick St Waterloo Nearest Bus 343 George Hotel Bus Stop Elizabeth St

CLOTHING EXCHANGE 10am - 3pm Monday and Wednesday

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FOOD DISTRIBUTION NETWORK Fresh fruit and veggies every Wednesday: 10am - 12noon larder clients, 12noon all other clients.

Cleveland Street 343 Bus to City

LUNCH HOURS 12.30pm Monday & Wednesday

Bourke Street (to Oxford St)

LARDER HOURS 11am - 3pm Mondays 10am - 2pm Wednesdays

Elizabeth Street

77 Kellick Street, Waterloo. For all enquiries please Call / Fax 9318 1197 The Luncheon Club is open to all people with HIV and their carers. We are located in Waterloo and open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am until 3pm. A free lunch is served at 12.30pm with a wide and varied nutritionally balanced menu. Incorporated into the Luncheon Club is the Larder, a free grocery service for HIV + people who are on Centrelink benefits (proof of status and a pension card are necessary for membership). This service provides grocery items and fresh fruit and vegetables on a fortnightly or monthly basis. The Luncheon Club also provides free health promotion workshops and referrals to other services.

Clients must be registered Larder clients to access the clothing exchange and are able to take 5 items per month.

McEvoy Street

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

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MAY 2011 – Luncheon Club Calendar 2

Mon

Lunch 12.30 Larder 10-2pm Max, BGF 12-2pm

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Wed

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Lunch 12.30pm Larder 10.00am – 2.00pm David’s Craft Group 10.00am – 12.30pm Max, BGF 12.00pm – 2.00pm Margaret, Tree of Hope, Client Support 12.00 pm – 2.00pm

11 Lunch 12.30 Larder 10-2pm Max, BGF 12-2pm Workshop with SESIAHS (Area Health Service) Vaccinations and how these can effect you. What to have.

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Lunch 12.30pm Larder 10.00am – 2.00pm David’s Craft Group 10.00am – 12.30pm Margaret, Tree of Hope, Client Support 12.00pm – 2.00pm Staff / Volunteer meeting 2.00pm – 3.00pm

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Lunch 12.30 Larder 10-2pm Max, BGF 12-2pm Workshop 11am Dental Health Workshop Louisa Lunn, Health Education Officer at the O’Brien Centre will be presenting workshops on Oral Hygiene.

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Eden Garden Behind the Uniting Church at 56 Raglan St Waterloo 9.30am

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Eden Garden Working Day 9.30am

19 Lunch 12.30pm Larder 10.00am – 2.00pm David’s Craft Group 10.00am – 12.30pm Margaret, Tree of Hope, Client Support 12.00pm – 2.00pm

Lunch 12.30 Larder 10-2pm Condom Packing group 10am - 12.30pm

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Thurs

25 Lunch 12.30pm Larder 10.00am – 2.00pm Margaret, Tree of Hope, Client Support 12.00pm – 2.00pm Staff / Volunteer meeting 2.00pm – 3.00pm Haircuts by Elizabeth 11.00am

Eden Garden Working Day 9.30am

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Eden Garden Working Day 9.30am

30 Lunch 12.30 Larder 10-2pm Condom Packing group 10am - 12.30pm Max, BGF 12-2pm 12

Positive Living Centre: (02) 9699 8756 or email: plc@acon.org.au • Luncheon Club: 9318 1197

Wellbeing Times - May 2011  

A monthly newsletter from the Luncheon Club & Positive Living Centre

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