This year we held our annual Summer Lunch in January at Kooly to welcome the community back into our centre after our much needed Christmas & New Year break. 2020 was a crazy year for all of us so it was especially great to be able to start of the year with a small gathering with our community to catch up and reconnect with them.
Although it was a cold, rainy day, the children, young people and families got to participate in a range of activities. They loved the Aboriginal rock painting using earth tones, and telling a story through paint.
They decorated cookies using individual icing pens, peals and sprinkles.
They also created mason jar terrariums using succulents, soils, stones, sand and shells. This activity was a huge hit with all the children and adults! They really loved doing the succulent terrarium activity, saying that it was relaxing and they were really excited that they were able to take it home with them.
The children made different shapes and animals using their imagination and playdough.
Even with the cold, rainy weather we had a couple of children, along with NCNS Youth Worker, Joe, who dared to go on the Slip ‘N Slide and had a wet and wild time.
Not only did we all have a wonderful time participating in activities together, we also shared a delicious roast chicken for lunch, with potato and pasta salad which everyone enjoyed. They also loved being able to catch up with other people and/or families they haven’t seen for a while.
NCNS Aboriginal Community Worker, Jen commented, “My highlight of the day was seeing the families who have struggled during COVID isolation, able to come together, socialise and have fun in a safe environment, adhering to COVID regulations of course!”