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MCL eNews Summer 2020/21 edition

Merry Christmas to our My Community Life family!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

Mental health first aid training - FREE course for multicultural leaders

Learn how to identify and assist community members who are developing a mental illness or experiencing a mental health crisis with this free 2 day workshop for multicultural leaders.

This course will teach you how to:

  • Recognise early warning signs and symptoms in someone with a mental health problem
  • Provide initial support to people who are struggling
  • Increase your confidence in helping your community

For more information and to register visit Mental Health First Aid Training

Kingston Community Centre's Summer opening hours

Open now

Clarinda Community Centre
  • 10:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday except public holidays
Patterson Lakes Community Centre
  • Mondays 10:00am - 5:00pm (except 28/12)
  • Tuesdays 1:00pm - 5:00pm (except 26/1)
  • Wednesdays 2:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Thursdays 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Fridays 1:00pm - 5:00pm (except 25/12, 1/1)
From 4 January 2021

Westall Activity Hub
  • 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Friday except public holidays
From 11 January 2021

Chelsea Activity Hub
  • 9.30am - 2:30pm - Monday-Friday except public holidays 
Sundowner Avenue Neighbourhood House
  • 9.30am - 2:30pm - Monday-Friday except public holidays 
For a full list of opening hours for Kingston Libraries visit Kingston Libraries Opening Hours

Return to programming

As you start to plan for 2021 remember to include all your events and volunteer opportunities on My Community Life

Don't forget to update your community page to ensure your club contact details are correct.

We will resume promoting the My Community Life brand early in the New Year to drive more traffic back the site so it's important your information is up to date.

For help and support send us an email at mycommunitylife@kingston.vic.gov.au.

Staying safe in the heat this Summer

A heatwave is a period of unusual and uncomfortably hot weather that can affect anybody. Heatwaves can make existing medical conditions worse and cause a heat-related illness, which may be fatal. It can also affect community infrastructure such as the power supply, public transport and other services.

Coping with the heat

Look after yourself and keep in touch with sick or frail friends, neighbours and relatives.

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty (if your doctor normally limits your fluids, check how much to drink during hot weather).
  • Keep yourself cool by using wet towels, putting your feet in cool water and taking cool (not cold) showers. 
  • Spend as much time as possible in cool or air‑conditioned buildings (for example, shopping centres, libraries, cinemas or community centres).
  • Block out the sun at home during the day by closing curtains and blinds. Open the windows when there is a cool breeze.
  • Don’t leave children, adults or animals in parked vehicles.
  • Stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you must go out, stay in the shade and take plenty of water with you. Wear a hat and light-coloured, loose‑fitting clothing.
  • Eat smaller meals more often and cold meals such as salads. Make sure food that needs refrigeration is properly stored.
  • Avoid strenuous activity like sport, home improvements and gardening.
  • Watch or listen to news reports that provide more information during a heatwave.
Important contact information

For 24- hour health advice contact NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 60 60 24

Department of Health and Human Services - Heatwave

Resilient Kingston

The Interfaith Network and other community groups have contributed to a publication named Resilient Kingston which shares stories from our community which were collected during the pandemic.

Read about resilience being the strength to use during challenging times, writing through the pandemic, how art helps us express our experiences, connection during COVID-19 and much more!

You can download your copy of Resilient Kingston below.

Resilient Kingston - English
Resilient Kingston - Mandarin
Resilient Kingston - Greek
Resilient Kingston - Italian

COVID-19 Community Survey

Remember to keep filling out the COVID-19 community survey.  

The results will help Council provide targeted services, respond to changing community needs and make sure we are caring for our community.

Haven't signed up yet? Simply click here to take part. We will check in with you weekly for the first 2 months, after that we will check in with you every month. We thank you for your feedback, your responses will help us help the community. 

Click Here to Start Survey
Victorian Statement Government 
The City of Kingston acknowledges the funding contribution made by the State Government of Victoria for the development of the My Community Life website, supporting resources and the delivery of community training sessions.
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