AFTER SCHOOL CARE AND HOLIDAY PROGRAMS
The impact of COVID-19 on our community has meant necessary changes to our work.
Our LiveWires after-school care program is on hold until further notice, and school holiday programs have been cancelled. We are working with local partner organisations to assess how we can provide ongoing support to children and families living in the Collingwood Public Housing Estate.
LiveWires provides after school care and holiday programs for primary aged children living in and around the Collingwood Public Housing Estate.
We offer this self-funded community development program to build a child’s resilience and enhance their learning and creativity. LiveWires provides healthy meals, creative and expressive outlets, recreational and sports activities, play-based approaches to numeracy and literacy, and leadership peer programs. We support the children by providing them with opportunities to regulate their emotions, feel safe and create avenues for improved trust.
OUR AFTER HOURS ARTS PROGRAM PROVED TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS, WITH EACH SESSION REVOLVING AROUND YOUNG WOMEN SKILL BUILDING, EXPLORING AND COLLABORATING WITH THEIR PEERS
HipHopHope DVD for LiveWires
Izzy Brown, a hip hop artist living in Collingwood, conducted a songwriting and music production project, HipHopHope, for LiveWires participants. Children learnt to imagine song themes, storylines, create melodies and beats to produce six songs. The ANZ Staff Foundation generously sponsored this project with each child receiving a DVD of their songs at our HipHopHope DVD Launch. Each child developed confidence and learnt important memory, literacy and creative skills.
The DVD is now available to order for $10 each, shipping $3.50 via Australia Post. To purchase single copies click on the Buy Now button below, the transaction will be completed via PayPal. For multiple copies call (03) 9470 2972.
All proceeds go to continuing the work of LiveWires.
Jaymee, aged 7, was one of 15 LiveWires participants who participated in the Vision Screening pilot project with Dresden Optics. The Vision Screening checked on the health of children’s eyes and assessed potential vision problems. The results showed that Jaymee would need a more comprehensive eye examination.
Jaymee’s parents agreed to have our staff take Jaymee to her local Dresden Optics store in Collingwood. When she stepped foot in the store she was amazed by the rainbow of colourful glasses on offer. After her test, it was clear she needed glasses so she explored the variety of different coloured glasses on offer and chose a cute pair of brown prescription glasses.
The family was thrilled and humbled by the news of Jaymee having access to new glasses so she could see more clearly. “This will help her learning! We cannot thank you enough,” said her mother. “She has refused to take them off ever since she received them.”
This is only the beginning of what we already know to be a successful partnership with Dresden Optics – giving families access to quality optics and eyewear that will enhance not only their vision and health, but also to support their education, independence and employment in the future.