Diversitat Aged Support Newsletter • Issue 5 | February 2021

Diversitat is committed to ensuring its services are inclusive and accessible to all eligible individuals.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders past and present of the Indigenous Nations on whose lands we work.

Message from Robyn Martinez

General Manager, Diversitat Aged Support

Dear Clients, Carers, Volunteers, Staff and Friends of Diversitat,

I know it has been a difficult start to the year. At this stage there is no change to returning for social support groups here at the centre. We are very sorry. We are planning your return and will let you know when it is safe to come back.

Please consider having a COVID vaccination as soon as they are made available to you. Discuss this with your doctor. This is the best defence we have against the disease, along with social distancing etc.

We are going ahead with our Tomato and Chilli competition so please get your tomatoes and chillies ready for judging. This year you will not be able to attend the event in person. Instead we will be broadcasting live the competition on 94.7 FM and on Facebook. The competition is on Friday 26 February and begins at 11.30. Your activity worker will be able to pick up your entries during the week of 22-25 February.

We also have a new Aged Support Radio Program called “The Club”! You can listen to this every Monday from 3-4pm on 94.7FM.

See inside the newsletter and the delivered flyers for more details on all of the above exciting events.

Stay safe and look after each other.

We look forward to seeing you soon.



Diversity Theatre Project – Film documentary from Anastasia Mate-Kole

After the Christmas break, we were extremely excited to resume our Zoom drama workshops.

During these sessions, our directors Dave and Jane took the participants on a journey to the world of the renown Spanish artist, Salvador Dali, and a fascinating story of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.

The sessions are accompanied by authentic music by Lucy Jones, filled with a lot of drama activities, dances, songs and of course a lot of laughter!

Pako Festa New Format Saturday 27 February 2021

By Luisa LaFornara

Pako Festa will be a  broader event for 2021 across more locations in Geelong than just Pakington Street, but still with the traditional cultural food offerings, music and displays. The Pako Festa message of diversity, togetherness and inclusion is more important now than ever before.

The new format has been developed for the hugely popular event, which is changing after 38 years due to COVID-19. Despite the new format, the key elements that Geelong people love about Pako Festa’s celebration of diversity remain, including an offering of global food from 19 of Geelong’s diverse ethnic communities.

To ensure a COVIDSafe event, the event will run beyond Pakington Street, taking in a total of 13 sites across Geelong who will offer a mix of dine-in and takeaway food offerings and a program of entertainment.

All guests will be required to pre-book their Pako Festa experience online, choosing their preferred location and time across the day from 10:30am-4pm to ensure that social distancing limits can be maintained and to ensure that contact tracing can occur if required. Numbers will be limited for the various times at each site in accordance with the guidelines of health authorities.

Guests will be able to place takeaway food orders at as many sites as they wish, but due to COVID restrictions will be only able to dine-in at one location. Bookings will open on the Pako Festa website (pakofesta.com.au) from early February, and eventgoers are urged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Taking the place of a parade this year will be a more COVIDSafe offering of night projections on the Geelong West Town Hall at 153 Pakington Street, offering a rich audio-visual experience that features 30 diverse communities and an intimate insight into each culture.

To encourage social distancing, the projections will run from 8:30pm on 27 February, but will also continue to run each night over two weeks until 13 March to give as many people as possible the opportunity to experience this incredible display in a safe way.

Pako Festa will also showcase the work of professional and emerging local artists and local schools in the form of an ‘Elements of Culture Arts Trail’ along Pakington Street between Gordon Ave and Church Street.. The works will feature in shop windows from 27 February – 27 March, taking participants on a journey along the street to discover a diverse selection of artwork and local businesses.

Wellbeing with Monique van der Zee

I hope everyone is having a good start to their year in 2021. 2020 is over, but unfortunately COVID is still affecting a lot of our work, travel, and social plans at times. Because of this, it is still really important that we are keeping ourselves well and trying to keep stress levels at a manageable state.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, stopping for some deep breaths is always encouraged!  You may like to just take a few deep breaths, however a technique I like is called 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. The idea is to focus on our 5 senses. Starting with 5 things we can see around us, 4 things we can touch/feel, 3 things we can hear, 2 things we can smell, and 1 thing we can taste. If any of those options are not available, it can be helpful to think of a favourite smell/taste etc. and imagine and focus on that instead.

Another technique is called 5, 5, 5. You begin by exhaling very slowly through your nose or mouth for 5 seconds: 1-2-3-4-5. Wait for 5 seconds: 1-2-3-4-5. Repeat the process three more times (1-minute total). Notice how you feel.

Of course, there are self-care strategies that are helpful and simple to try out as well. Such as taking a bath, going for a walk, getting out in the garden, reading a book, making a cuppa, taking a nap. It’s good to keep it simple!

Valentine’s Day | 14 February | The Day of Love

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine is celebrated annually on February 14th.

It originated as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early  Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine and is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love.

In many regions of the world the celebration is of love and affection.

Different cultures have developed their own traditions for this festival. In some cultures Valentine’s Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples. Some traditions include leaving lollies and gifts for children and others include acts of appreciation between friends. Who or What do you Love and Appreciate?

“The Club” Radio Program written by Jas Findlay

Diversitat Aged Support has launched their very own Radio Program on 94.7 FM The Pulse titled ‘The Club’, as a culturally appropriate way to keep connected with Clients, Carers, family members, volunteers and friends, so they feel included in a unique social support model.

‘The Club’, is an affectionate term used by clients when talking about our social support groups (SSGs). The first program went to air on Tuesday 15th December as a Christmas Special; via an outside broadcast at the Healthy Living Centre in Norlane.

The program has been funded by the CHSP DOH and included purchase of radios for clients to borrow in their homes. Radio is a familiar and reliable option to many older people.

New staff member, Glenn – Hope Garden Coordinator, Glenn will also have has his own segment in which he will chat about all things garden related and sustainability, along with fresh seasonal produce and recipes to suit.

Another regular host of the program is Jasmin, who runs a number of programs and projects for Diversitat Aged Support including: Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), Social Support Groups and Café Style Support.

The Club’ has now been given a regular slot on The Pulse programming guide, going to air on 94.7FM each Monday from 3pm-4pm, starting Monday 8th February. The program will seek to be a collaborative effort between our Radio Project Team, Clients, Staff and Community Members.

Our clients and the community are encouraged to put forward ideas for the program – via their weekly phone welfare chat with Aged Support Workers or by phoning the Healthy Living Centre on 5222 7275. Some ideas are: request songs for friends or family members, send messages of hello’s, ask gardening related questions or share your own knowledge and tips, share a recipe on air, simply come on for a chat with the hosts, share a story, suggest a community member to interview about an initiative or an event coming up. All ideas are welcome.

For more information or involvement in The Club radio program, please phone the Healthy Living Centre on 5222 7275. Don’t forget to tune your radio to 94.7 FM at 3pm each Monday from the 8th February, or listen via live stream from the website: https://947thepulse.com/