Junction Connect December 2019

December 19, 2019

Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for 2020

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Long serving volunteer Len puts the star on our Parkside Christmas Tree.

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Channel 9 weather presenter Jessica Braithwaite delivering the weather forecast from our Hackham Community Centre.

On behalf of our clients and communities, thank you to everyone who donated to our 2019 Christmas Appeal.

We reached out to around 500 families and individuals with hampers, toys, groceries and gift vouchers. Many of these South Australians would have otherwise struggled to make ends meet over the holiday period.

In a first this year, some local businesses and supporters, joined our staff and volunteers to wrap presents at our Hackham Community Centre. We were joined by Nine News’ Jessica Braithwaite who presented the weather live from the Centre on Tuesday, December 10.

Around 50 clients and families joined the festivities on the evening which doubled as a sunset play session for the children.

DV Survivors Share Stories Through Lens

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Photo Voice group leader Blaze with program participant, Hayley.

A Junction program supporting domestic and family violence survivors to share their emotions and experiences through photography culminated in a powerful exhibition held yesterday.

The Photo Voice Project was run through our Hackham Community Centre, in partnership with Woodcroft Heights Children’s Centre. It provided women who have survived family and domestic violence to learn photography skills and share their stories and imagery, while encouraging the community to become active bystanders against violence and abuse – physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual.

The seven-week initiative was led by Blaze Pilgrim, who owns art and design business Digido Sudios.

“It’s about taking women through their experiences and working with them to demonstrate that,” Blaze, 25, said. “I try to support them to find a way to articulate their story.”

Blaze brings her own camera equipment to teach participants but also encourages them to use their phone cameras as much as possible. “There is a technical aspect but its’ really about capturing the emotion and the message they want to convey.

“I believe that all the experiences we have in life – good and bad – are valuable. Our lives aren’t defined by what we go through but how we choose to respond and that by sharing our stories, we empower and educate others.

“The group was gentle and open and the photography, curious.”

Project participant, “K”, said the first photographs she had taken were very meaningful if not, technically perfect.

“I took a few (photos) of my go-to bag – the bag I had packed ready to leave and also of my wedding ring,” she said.

The initiative was supported by Kmart Noarlunga, Rotary Club of Seaford and the Zonta Club of Noarlunga.

A New Era in Care

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A new era in care has begun at Junction with our organisation approved as a family based care provider.

Under an agreement with the Department for Child Protection, Junction is now managing Specific Child Only care under the Family Based care model for children who, for a range of reasons, cannot live with their birth families.

A Specific Child Only carer as a person approved to provide care in their own home, to a specific child or children with whom they have a connection and pre-existing relationship. Examples include a teacher, nurse, child care worker, Department for Child Protection staff, neighbour, or sporting club member.

CEO Maria Palumbo said managing family based care would enable Junction to build its support for carers and importantly, children under guardianship.

“It’s a really natural progression for us,” she said.

“Junction was the State’s first non-government provider of residential care and we have built on this strongly with our therapeutic support services including external psychological support which will also be integral to our family-based care.”

A Leap Back In Time

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Unearthing Inspiration

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Competition winner Nosratullah at home in his garden at Mitchell Park.

Gardens are as much about people as they are plants.

That was our greatest take-away from our 2019 Tenant Garden Competition which celebrated many of the colouring, intriuging and inspiring places and spaces in our neighoburhoods and communities across the State.

Around 45 nominations were received winners chosen across five categories: Best Rear Garden; Best Vegetable Patch; Most Creative Garden/Feature; Most Attractive Low Maintenance

Best Vegetable Patch winner Nosratullah, from Mitchell Park, is passionate about cooking and growing his own fruit and vegetables.

“I’m also encouraging others to try it too giving cuttings here and there,” Mr Alizadeh said.

“Gardening is easy if you don’t overthink it. Just enjoy it.”

Tools Down!

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Junction Maintenance Officer Linda (centre) with Grant (Eco Wise) and Nick (Easy Fix Maintenance).

One of Adelaide’s hottest November days on record provided the perfect excuse for many of our housing and maintenance contractors to put their tools down early – and allow us to thank them for their support in 2019.

CEO Maria Palumbo said our contractors were a key arm of our organisation.

“They work closely with our tenants and are at the service coal-face, so we place a lot of trust in them,” she said.

“From plumbing to gardening, cleaning and electrical, we have around 100 South Australian businesses on our books – many small businesses, sole traders and family owned – who step up for us.

“They often go above and beyond the call out to get the job done and to support our tenants, sometimes in challenging situations and circumstances.

“We don’t take for granted their commitment and the importance of our partnerships.”