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Belconnen Community Service (BCS) acknowledges Australia's First Peoples as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where we live, learn, and work. We appreciate their continued care for country and community. Belconnen Community Service Street address: 26 Chandler Street, Belconnen ACT PO Box 679, Belconnen ACT 2616 Phone: 6264 0200 Email: bcs@bcsact.com.au Website: bcsact.com.au facebook.com/BCSACT twitter.com/BCSACT instagram.com/belconnen_community_service

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INTRODUCTION

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Walkie Talkies

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Not So Rotten Tomatoes

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Virtually here, there and everywhere

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I can do 'IT' myself

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I've got a plan

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Timeless Stories

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Taste of Art

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Sydney 'Emerald City' Retreat

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Coastal Calm Retreat

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Get Involved



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INTRODUCTION Belconnen Community Services’ (BCS) vision is an inclusive connected community. We do this by offering flexible services that encourage and support people to participate in their community and enhance their wellbeing. BCS has developed the INVOLVE Project for 2020 with a range of programs that offer innovative ways to build social connections within the community for seniors. There are a couple of conditions to be eligible to participate and BCS will help make this happen. Seniors keen to participate need to be registered with ‘My Aged Care’ and not receive package care or nursing home care. INVOLVE is built on the success of ongoing BCS initiatives and the Silver Threads and Golden Needles project in 2015. The activities will offer opportunities to socialise through shared interests and learning opportunities to develop wellbeing in a range of ways. The INVOLVE project participants will be encouraged throughout the different programs to develop relationships and build skills along the way that can assist with ongoing social wellbeing after the project ends in June 2020. INVOLVE programs have a wellbeing, creative and social focus and include building skills and knowledge around health & fitness, movie reviewing, IT skills, intergenerational storytelling, the creative arts, and opportunities to travel both through multi-day retreats and using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology. When it comes to our INVOLVE project, there is something for everyone. 4

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INVOLVE includes eight main activities:

• Walkie Talkies • Not So Rotten Tomatoes – Movie Review Group • Virtually here, there and everywhere • I can do ‘IT’ myself • I’ve got a plan – Wellbeing Mini Clinic & Lecture Series • Timeless Stories - Intergenerational Story Sharing • Taste of Art • Retreats

– Sydney 'Emerald City' Retreat – Coastal Calm Retreat



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WA L K I E TA L K I E S This program is designed to be a fun way to keep active, stay connected and build skills using technology. In this nine-week program, participants will be provided with a fitness tracker and assistance to set up data collection using an app. Each week the participants will walk in a different Canberra location. Creative activities will be introduced to keep everyone motivated. Activities will include treasure hunts, destination discussions, photo opportunities, as well as celebrations for reaching targets and adding up how far everyone has walked throughout the nine weeks. Individual and group activities will be set up each week to encourage extra social walking opportunities throughout the week and discussion is encouraged both online and on-the-path.

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NOT SO R O T T This program provides regular opportunities for early lunchtime movies, followed by a dinner two weeks later to review the movie and socialise. Participants will become ‘members’ of a group of movie lovers and will be involved in movie selection followed by dinner to discuss and review. Participants will be encouraged to write movie reviews (individually or as a group) that will be shared online via the INVOLVE website/social media platforms. Review writing and social media skill building support will be provided. The program also includes outings to a live theatre show in the Canberra Region. Transport provided if needed.  

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VIRTUALLY HERE, THERE AND

EVERYWHERE

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We are very excited about this program where participants will have the opportunity to visit places around the country and the world through an engaging virtual reality experience! Over 10 weeks, participants will get the opportunity to experience different journeys that could include “life in Italy”, “flying over the Grand Canyon”, “seeing icebergs in Antarctica” and more – all from the comfort of our virtual reality space. This 10-week program will have activities and discussions related to these unique travel experiences. A wonderful way to see the world without the worries of airport taxes, missing luggage and bad airline food. Our Virtually here, there and everywhere experiences will take place over several venues in Canberra. You can come to one or two or sign up for all 10.



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Are you reluctant to ask family, friends or even strangers when you have a question or a problem with your phone or tablet? Do you often think “What is social media?”, “Am I missing something interesting?” or “How do I get started?” Let us help you build your IT skills through several fun six-week programs which are designed to create your own supportive IT community while building confidence and skills using different technologies. There will be separate Apple and Android programs tailored to your specific IT needs so as not to confuse anyone with details you don’t need to know. Once you have mastered your devices then use your new skills to learn more about social media and how you can make it work for you. In a small supportive group setting you will have your individual questions answered alongside learning about new areas in the always changing world of IT. You can bring your own device and/or use the BCS devices.

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I'VE GOT A PLAN At BCS, we “love it when a plan comes together�. This program is designed to assist participants to design and embark on an individual wellbeing program. This program will assist in developing a personalised plan through discussions, assessments, talks and online tools designed to record and help motivate progress. Creating your individualised plan will start with you attending a Mini Clinic. Mini Clinic 1 - Starting with a one-on-one session, you will be able to share your current situation, undertake wellbeing assessments and discuss your goals. With the assistance of the BCS Team, using this information you will get support to create a 20-week/five month plan to meet your goals to improved wellbeing. Building knowledge about self-care, nutrition, mindfulness and social connection will help you determine what will work for you. 14

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During the five month period, alongside your self-monitoring of setting and reaching individual goals, you will be motivated by regular support from your online wellbeing tool, the BCS Team, other participants and monthly guest speaker information talks.

Mini Clinic 2 - at the end of the five months you will book into another one-on-one session. You will get to celebrate goals achieved along the way, discuss what worked and what didn’t work for you and decide on plans for maintaining your new approach to wellbeing and setting goals for the future.

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TIMELESS Do you like telling tales? Do you like writing stories? Do you see value in community connections? Would you like to be involved in an intergenerational community program where you get to share your stories and experiences with school students? Timeless Stories is designed to strengthen community connections between schools and older Australians through collaborative storytelling. Inspired by stories, senior participants will join with Primary, Secondary and College school students to learn from each other and develop a book of shared stories. This program builds on several decades of similar initiatives as well as the recent success highlighted in the media relating to aged care facilities welcoming early childhood and preschool communities which encourage intergenerational collaborations.

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Timeless Stories will be scheduled over 20 weeks across two school terms and will have four main stages: • Stage 1 - Senior participants gain coaching to build confidence in their writing, storytelling and speaking skills on the way to preparing a story about an aspect of their life that they would like to share with school students. • Stage 2 – Senior participants supported by the BCS team will meet with junior participants to present their stories, respond to questions and hear initial ideas about how students might respond to the stories shared. Through this initial story sharing, junior participants get the opportunity to hear firsthand experiences related to historical events, environmental change or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. • Stage 3 – The BCS Team will support teachers and junior participants to develop a variety of responses inspired by senior participant stories. • Stage 4 – The BCS Team will work with senior and junior participant storytellers and schools to collect the stories, design the layout and oversee the publication. BCS will also work with everyone involved to plan the launch of the Timeless Stories book as well as an exhibition for schools, families, friends, and the community.



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TA S T E O F A R T Taste of Art is a 10-week program that offers you the opportunity to explore a variety of creative techniques and art materials.

A fun and relaxing exploration of visual and textile arts, small-form sculpture and artist books. People of all skill levels are welcome, including those completely new to art-making.

Participants will use a wide range of art materials and learn techniques and tips from the artist facilitators.

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SYDNEY 'EMERALD CITY' R E T R E AT

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A three-day trip to Sydney full of arts and cultural activities, such as visits to Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and access to live shows. The trip will also be timed to coincide with the VIVID Festival where one evening will be spent enjoying the amazing lightworks and VIVID festival activities. Accommodation will be in shared twin rooms at a hotel in Darling Harbour, centrally located where participants will get free time to explore and shop in the City, Chinatown, Paddy’s Markets and Darling Harbour. Participants can go on ferry rides on Sydney Harbour, or visit attractions like the Chinese Friendship Gardens and the Maritime Museum. This will also be the last chance to visit the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Powerhouse Museum) which will start relocating to Parramatta from June 2020.

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C O A S TA L C A L M ART AND MINDFULNESS RETREAT

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Our coastal retreat is about taking time out from your daily life to relax, meet new people and try something new.

In this three-day, two-night retreat, you will be able to enjoy different arts and wellbeing activities and opportunities to share your creative talents through the visual arts, storytelling and music.

Wake up with yoga and gentle movement or take a walk in the sand!

We will also head out to see some local attractions, meet local artists and visit their studios.

The perfect opportunity to enjoy the sea breeze and build friendships along the way.

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Get INVOLVED

Phone: The INVOLVE team on 6264 0200

Email: involve@bcsact.com.au

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" T H E S E C R E T O F S TAY I N G YO U N G I S TO L I V E H O N E S T LY, E AT S L O W LY A N D L I E A B O U T Y O U R A G E ." - LUCILLE BALL

" L I F E W O U L D B E I N F I N I T E LY W E C O U L D O N LY B E B O R N OF EIGHTY AND APPROACH

HAPPIER IF AT T H E A G E G R A D UA L LY E I G H T E E N ."

- MARK T WAIN



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WHY IS WELLBEING IMPORTANT? Emotional wellbeing includes satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, mastery and feeling in control, having a purpose in life, and a sense of belonging and support. Social and emotional wellbeing are often grouped together: being socially and emotionally well means being able to make the most of your abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, and contribute to your community. Beyond Blue

Healthy ageing involves more than just promoting good physical health. Social and mental wellbeing are also important determinants for a high-quality life into older age. Older Australia at a Glance Report

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