It takes a village….

My Wednesday nights over the last few months took a turn for the better when I was charged with facilitating CCNB’s Skilling Up! Program via Zoom. I never expected to be personally moved by meeting people online, who had a genuine interest in supporting others in what is a time of significant turmoil. The Skilling Up! Program is specifically designed …

The joy of knitting

Knitting has been a part of my life for a long time. I was taught to knit when I was about 10yrs old  by my mother and my aunt who were both very crafty ladies. My first project was a blanket made out of squares, which took me forever to finish. When I was in my late teens, the knitting …

A chance encounter with a Seniors newspaper publication

Many years ago, my parents were visiting our home for lunch. My eldest son was home from school feeling unwell, and I had run out of the basics for cold and flu management (chocolate). So I said “Mum, Dad, I just need to pop to the chemist to get some supplies”, to which my Dad eagerly replied, ‘I’ll come with …

Returning from maternity leave in a time of Covid

I had the day, May 3rd marked on my desk calendar as the day I was looking forward to wrapping up my work as a Care Coordinator at CCNB and embarking on a year off to be with my new baby girl. The year flew by and in the blink of an eye I was walking back in the office …

Overcoming Loneliness needs skills and experience

My 87 year old Aunty Myrta is an amazing cook. She’s an all-rounder cook but no one beats her paximathya (Greek biscuits). So when she phoned me last week and told me she made me a batch for Greek Easter- I thought BOOM! More iso-calorie food! We arrange a drive through, no contact pick up. My Aunt has been living …

Everyone wants to try knitting!

We (Luka and Alex) have had the privilege to be part of the CCNB Z-nitting Community Blanket Project. Because we have been isolating we are always looking for things to do and thought why not try knitting! We have been knitting for a few weeks and have made a little bit of progress. A few missed stitches and a few …

CCNB Volunteer – Emma

In times of crisis, the Australian spirit is never stronger. The global pandemic means that we need to distance ourselves, but it doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. Stay Well, Stay Connected is CCNB’s local response to connect with members of our community who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness . CCNB’s Volunteers have been leaping into …

Z-nitting – Wraps of Love

Our staff are really enjoying being involved with your Z-knitting group that has been meeting for the last four weeks and still going strong. Thankyou. It’s wonderful to be able to connect through knitting, have a chat and a giggle on a Thursday afternoon. I’m really enjoying the company of so many lovely ladies who are passionate about their creative …

Working from home is the new normal during COVID-19.

‘When Coronavirus changed the way we work …my heart sank….it sank because of the realisation that I would have to share the home office space with not just my other half, but also my adult son with a disability. As I left the work office for the last time I was overheard saying, “my husband will be lucky if I …

Anzac Day 2020

Anzac Day 2020 was a different ‘kettle of fish’ for many of us this year.  The last time official Anzac Day services were not held was in 1919 due to the Spanish Flu. When the community and locals suggested that we could commemorate differently and invoke the spirit of Anzac Day with a driveway remembrance this year, in a bid …

What are you doing this weekend?

CCNB want to help you Stay Well and Stay Connected and we have the solution for you from the comfort of your own home. Have you ever thought about doing a virtual tour somewhere you have never visited, or to visit a zoo on the other side of the world or maybe you fancy visiting some famous landmarks you have …

Is it still okay for the care worker to visit me?

From the CCNB Stay Well, Stay Connected Team People with disability, older people and their carers are wanting to know if it’s still okay for a care worker to visit their home. In some instances, there is little choice so here are some things you should know.  The World Health Organisation is still learning about this disease, so changes in …

School Holiday helpful links

We have all had to adapt somehow, maybe working from home or having the kids home doing online school work….but now with the school holidays what can the kids do at home to pass the time? Take a look at these useful links, there is something there hopefully for everyone. Virtual Tours Google Earth. All sorts of incredible learning here …

Laughter is the best medicine!

Living with hoarding disorder has it’s challenges. Sometimes challenges bring loads of funny stories that people who acquire like to share. Jane (name has been changed) is a local woman who has been living with hoarding disorder for many years. Aisha, CCNB’s specialist Hoarding Advisor connected with Jane to complete a Stay Well Stay Connected Plan – aimed at supporting …

Listen, nod and don’t be afraid to smile.

CCNB provides information, advice and guidance, to people who are often at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. Our new virtual model challenged our experienced practitioners who pre-empted that showing empathy over the telephone or through a screen is just not the same. Maybe so, but when I was speaking to Laura last week, it reminded me …

Who will you stay home for?

With everything going on with Coronavirus, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused, anxious or scared…and in isolation, some of us don’t know what to do with ourselves without our normal routines. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things. I know…I too have just finished 14 days quarantine in my own home, …

CCNB Essential Home Pack Delivery

Stay Well, Stay Connected is CCNB’s local response to the global pandemic. Mobilising the community to provide care to people who need it first has been our focus. We partnered with the Rydges Parramatta, got advice from a dietician and purchased items for a CCNB Essential Home Pack. Our volunteers were ready to go and we delivered our first Essential …

CCNB Update from our CEO

At this uncertain time, CCNB is determined to support you. We will always lead with kindness, compassion and our focus will be to deliver practical support, at the right time. CCNB has not closed its doors. In fact, we have ramped up our service delivery. Over the next few week your CCNB Care Coordinator will contact you to ensure your services …