Thursday, 31 January 2019

Bayside Quilters: Where creativity meets compassion

By Saihini Naidoo

Bayside quilters donate over 200 quilts per year to SECASA which have on them a label ‘a quilt from the heart made with love for you’.  For many of our clients they have never been given anything that has been made especially for them.  Bayside quilters are absolutely wonderful to do this for our clients.  Our manager, Carolyn Worth, goes to their AGM each year to talk about the quilts and what a difference they make to the lives of our clients.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Volunteers and supporters

By Jessica Wooley

SECASA volunteers support counsellors and administrative workers. In 2018 we had Molly, who was based at the Dandenong office, Darlene at Seaford, Shannen at East Bentleigh and Ilo who volunteered at various SECASA locations.

SECASA’s volunteers assist in several key tasks. There is always photocopying of materials and incorporating this with printed material into information packages for community development talks. There are collating materials and helping counsellors with talks at schools and information sessions. They also play a key role in running activities and events.

Volunteer coordinator, Sheryl would like to extend her thanks to the volunteers, who are “a vital part of SECASA achieving our goals in the community”.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Tuesday Social Group - Seaford MDC

By Jessica Wooley

The Tuesday social group has been running at Seaford for 18 months. They gather once a week at the Seaford MDC for two hours, playing games, watching movies, participating in arts and crafts and generally catching up.

One of Seaford’s counsellors, Natasha, started the initiative when one of her clients wanted a safe space to play scrabble with other people. This client had tried to go to community groups to play, but found the other people took it too seriously and community spaces often required users to pay.

There is a core group of four to six women each week, and Natasha describes them as “such a lovely group of women who all support each other”.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Reflexology: A beneficial practice for SECASA survivors

By Saihini Naidoo

Reflexology is an alternate medicine that involves massaging the hands and feet to promote wellness in other areas of the body. Modern reflexology is based on the principle that the foot has ‘reflex’ points which correspond to the various structures and organs throughout the body. The process is designed to be very relaxing and is often an effective way to alleviate stress.

Sam Langridge is a Reflexologist and has been practicing in the industry for 18 years. She has been operating a private clinic for the past 15 years and runs a reflexology program for SECASA survivors with the help of fellow Reflexologist Jenny Rigby.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

Art groups – creative minds and healing hearts

By Jessica Wooley

Providing a safe space for victims/survivors, artist Anne runs art groups at SECASA’s Seaford and East Bentleigh locations. The groups are held once a week for 12 weeks.

An atmosphere of creativity is provided, where participants are given the joy of learning artistic skills in a non-judgemental environment where they can use art as an avenue for self-expression.