Diversitat Aged Support Newsletter • Issue 7 | June 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 Beloved Clients, Carers, Volunteers, Staff and Friends of Diversitat,

We hope you are staying well and safe.

We are making plans to bring you back to your programs here at the HLC!!

Not everyone can return to groups at once and we will invite your group back when we can.

We will call to let you know when that is for you.

We need to be careful and keep you and families safe.

Our merger with MACS is now happening and Joy Leggo is the new CEO of the company – Multicultural Community Services Geelong Inc.

You will all meet her in the near future.

We have missed you very much and look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

Stay safe and look after each other.

We look forward to seeing you soon.



Day Programs Resume at The HLC by Octavia Chabrier

The Diversitat Aged Support Team are delighted to inform our clients that we are preparing to “Welcome you all Back.”

Ensuring everyone’s wellbeing and safety is our number one concern, and we have a COVID Safe Plan to help us do this.

Our groups will be making a staggered return to the Healthy Living Centre, with the first groups recommencing from Monday June 7th, 2021.

Due to number restrictions and the vulnerability of so many of our clients we will not be able to have every group start at the same time. The Activity Worker who makes regular calls to you will be able to clarify these dates with you shortly.

As much as we would love things to be different, in order to comply with COVID safe practice it is imperative that we follow guidelines. Please be assured that staff will support and guide you through any new routines in order for you to return to your social support group and enjoy some of your old favorite activities and some new ones.

COVID Safe Practices at The Healthy Living Centre:

  • We are asking you not to hug or shake hands – use your elbow only to greet, and of course a big cheery smile!
  • Please use the hand sanitizer when entering and exiting buses and rooms.
  • All staff are required to wear face masks whilst working with clients.
  • Clients are not required to wear face masks but can do if they wish.
  • 1.5 meters distance is still required wherever possible.
  • All clients will be required to have their temperature checked prior to boarding the bus or on arrival to the Centre.
  • We ask that if you are not feeling well – that you please stay at home until you’re feeling better  and speak to your doctor.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Diversity Theatre Project by Anastasia Mate-Kole

Run away to the Theatre with us!

The Diversity Theatre Project sessions have been continuing and are in full swing for 2021.

We are now running two workshops per week:

Wednesdays at 1:00 pm and Fridays 12:00 pm.

The topics that we are exploring during workshops include “Australia”, “Animals”, “Food”, “Old Age” and much more. During these workshops participants share their life experiences, come up with lyrics, sing under the accompaniment of Lucy Jones and even come up with mini performances.

Participants wanted!

The Theatre Group is looking for older people from the LGBTI+ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to join our friendly group. We are looking for people who love to play and express themselves. We welcome you to explore your creativity and find new friends along the way!  For all enquiries, please contact us on 0456 810 623.

“The Club” Radio Program by Jasmin Findlay

Diversitat Aged Support Radio Program on 94.7 FM The Pulse titled ‘The Club’, is 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.  You can also listen via live stream from the website: https://947thepulse.com/

There have been many adjustments necessary over the past 18 months, and we at The Healthy Living Centre have found some amazing ways to stay connected to our dear clients in many ways.

If you haven’t been listening to our local radio program, then please connect in. We bring an hour of chats, laughter and information that is relevant to our older community, as well as their family and carers. The Club is a great way to hear familiar voices with Octavia, Jasmine & Glenn as our regular voices. You will also hear from Camille in the kitchen – and what’s on her menu for the week. You may hear from Robyn or Gordana about life at the Hub. We have had some amazing guest speakers on – including YOU the clients.

Last week we celebrated Mother’s Day, by having a chat with two of our clients and how they celebrated the day. We shared another client recipe –  a delicious cake recipe – and we listened to some song requests from clients. We celebrated Mother’s Day at The HLC with homemade donuts by our one and only Gordana.

We are all wishing you a happy return to the centre in due course. We thank you for being so resilient during this time and sharing telephone chats with us. All these connections have been an invaluable part of our wellbeing during this unusual and challenging time.

Now we are coming into the cooler months remember to do things that keep life as normal as possible.  Reach out to friends and family, start doing some of the things you may have had to stop doing during lockdowns, walk in your garden or with a friend.  Share a meal with your neighbour or friend. Chat with your GP if you have any worries or concerns about your health this time,. We all at The HLC look forward to sharing laughter, food and stories face to face with you again soon.

Meal Delivery Service by our chef, Camille Crozier

Thank you for your ongoing support this year as we paved a new path for ourselves in the kitchen. The increasing popularity of our Meal Delivery Program has meant that we have now had to introduce a third delivery day, as we are preparing upwards of 600 meals a week.

From the week beginning Monday 10th May, delivery days will be as follows:

Tuesday Delivery

Leopold Charlemont East Geelong Clifton Springs Newcomb Marshall Whittington St Albans Park
Drysdale Torquay Portarlington Moolap Ocean Grove Swan Bay Jan Juc Barwon Heads

Wednesday Delivery

Geelong     Belmont        Highton Grovedale Newtown Wandana Heights

Thursday Delivery

Norlane Corio Rippleside Bell Post Hill        Bell Park Herne Hill      
Geelong West               Hamlyn Heights   Lara Manifold Heights    Lovely Banks     North Geelong

For any questions or orders please call Camille Crozier – 0428 312 970.

Italian National Day (Festa della Repubblica): Wednesday 2nd June

Official Name: Repubblica Italiana— Italian Republic

Capital City: Rome

Population: Over 60.5 million (2019)

Currency: Euro (previously Italian Lira)

Language: Italian, although French and German are spoken in the far north

Government: Democratic Republic

Religion: Mainly Christian

Borders with: France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia

National Day: June 2 (Festa della Repubblica)

Famous Car: Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat,

Manufacturers: Lamborghini, and Maserati

Flag: Three colors representing three virtues:

  • Hope (green),
  • Faith (white), and
  • Charity (red)

Famous Italians:

Julius Caesar – Politician

Marco Polo – Explorer

Christopher Columbus – Explorer

Galileo – Astronomer

Michelangelo – Painter

Leonardo da Vinci – Inventor/Painter

Antonio Vivaldi – Composer

Luciano Pavarotti – Opera singer

Giorgio Armani – Fashion Designer


Antipasti – Commonly served before a meal

Gelato – Italian style ice cream

Cannelloni – Cylindrical type of lasagna that is stuffed and baked

Minestrone – A thick Italian soup made with vegetables

Focaccia – Bread

Gnocchi – Pillowy potato dumplings

Mozzarella – Italian cheese made from buffalo’s milk

Tiramisu Coffee-flavoured Italian dessert

Multicultural NDIS Community Connectors by Jay Ajayakumar

The Diversitat Multicultural NDIS Community connectors team are performing well. The team mainly focus on assisting people from diverse community groups who might need additional support to access the NDIS because of social, cultural and economic barriers. As trusted community members, Community Connectors play a critical role in identifying and engaging with people with disability and their representatives.

Collaborating with Partners in the Community (PITC), Community Connectors are able to help participants who require additional assistance to access the NDIS and use their plan. The team will provide advocacy with potential participants as part of system engagement, work collaboratively with existing NDIA community engagement activities, and provide advice around systemic barriers to accessing the NDIS for CALD people with a disability. The roles consist of:

Barwon Region – full time coordinated by: Jayadev Ajayakumar “Jay” | 0428 069 541

Wyndham Region – part time coordinated by: Afrah Abd | 0428 687 784

Melton Region – part time coordinated: Mariane Elgamal | 0429 676 765

Puzzle Corner – Whom am I ? June Birthdays…

1: I was an American actress, singer, and dancer. In 1938 I made one of my most famous movies was playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Born 10th June 1922. Initials – JG

2: I was an American actress and singer famous for playing comedic blonde bombshells in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. I sang Happy Birthday for President John F. Kennedy on his 45th birthday. Born 1st June 1926. Initials – MM

3: I am an Australian actress. In 1990 I went to the U.S. to work on Days of Thunder where I married my co-star Tom Cruise. I won many an Oscar for “The Hours” playing Virginia Wolfe. I am most famous for my role in Moulin Rouge. My second husband is a famous Australian country singer; we have two daughters. Initials – NK

Answers can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Healthy Living Centre

25-41 Arunga Ave, Norlane 3214
Phone: (03) 5222 7275
(03) 5222 5814
[email protected]

About Diversitat Aged Support

Diversitat’s Aged Support Services promotes independence for older people from culturally diverse backgrounds by providing support and socialisation opportunities.

500-600 clients from 23 different countries use Aged Support’s services.

Diversitat’s Aged Support is the winner of the global award: Most Outstanding Multicultural Community Support Group in the World 2018 and winner: Best Aged Care Facility as judged by Australian Healthcare Week 2019.

Our Mission

Building on our proud heritage of migrant services, since 1978,  Diversitat aspires to provide an innovative and high-quality response to the changing needs of a culturally diverse community.

Supported by funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programs (CHSP).

Puzzle Corner Answers:

1: Judy Garland

2: Marilyn Monroe

3: Nicole Kidman

Funded by the Victorian Government

Supported by funding from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments under the Home and Community Care (HACC) and Commonwealth Home Support Programs (CHSP).