Diversitat Aged Support Newsletter • Issue 8 | August 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 were delighted to start seeing you all comeback to the centre.

Not everyone at once sorry – safety first.

And this proved to be a good decision, as no sooner did we open than Lockdown 5.0 hit us all.

As always our main concern is your safety, and so you would have received a letter in late July with new return dates.

Just as lock down 5.0 eased, we have now entered lockdown 6.0!

We are mindful to always put your safety first. I know it is frustrating, it is for us also.

Thank you for your lovely compliments about our work to date.

We try very hard to please you all.

All the staff have worked tirelessly to keep us all together—the delivered meals, activities or special surprises for you.

They are amazing people.

The Artwork at the front of the building – “Together”- is a real reminder for us all to keep you in our thoughts always.

And it is so beautiful – just like all of you!

Keep smiling – we are nearly there… your smiles are so sweet to see again.



Diversity Theatre Project by Anastasiia Mate-Kole

We were thrilled to welcome Diversity Theatre Project (DTP) back to the Spanish Club on the 21st of June!

The workshops are now running face to face in the COVID-19 safe manner every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The group has reformed quickly back in the new working environment, and with some new faces joining the group.

Morning tea and lunch is freshly made by Reign our talented HLC Cook at the Spanish Club with upgrades having been made to the kitchen recently with funds from the Global Cook Up grant.

Diversity Theatre Project welcomed new participants warmly including incredibly talented pianist Joss Russell, who is now in charge of the musical component. During the workshops DTP participants create art, dance, have singing classes and recreate scenes from life stories and  famous plays such as “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” which was written by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1948. What a magical experience it is which also provides us with health and wellbeing benefits!

The Hope Garden by Glenn Evans

An important activity that took place in the Hope Garden recently was the celebration and acknowledgement of NAIDOC week.

This year’s theme was Healing Country and Diversitat chose to acknowledge this important date by undertaking a project to renew the existing Wathaurong native plant garden. This garden was previously established in partnership with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative. The renewal involved planting around 20 native species of plants which will provide important habitat for local wildlife and play a role in educating our community who visit the garden.

As we head into the final winter month there is a thrill in the air, especially after another lockdown has ended. Although it might not feel like it with the rain and cold weather we have been having, the scent of wattle is telling us that spring is just around the corner and there’s plenty to do in the garden.

August is also a great opportunity to plant some wonderful vegetables and flowering plants.

Try these vegetables: spinach, broad beans, potatoes, peas, onions, parsley, cabbage, broccoli, rocket, silver beat, kale, cauliflower, lettuce, leek, Asian greens, radish, beetroot, parsnip, strawberries, and rhubarb. There are also some great edible weeds about at the moment that go nicely in soups (stinging nettle) or a salad (chickweed).

Try these flowering plants: Cannas, dahlias, liliums, hippeastrum, gladioli, alstroemeria, snapdragons, verbena, and lupins. Just make sure to provide protection from frosts.

If you have any garden related questions or just looking to some fresh air, exercise, and conversation, then pop into The Hope Garden whenever you feel the urge or need. It’s a great space to have a wander in, sit and relax, be present, engage your senses and bring some mindfulness to your day. You can also tune in to Aged Support’s regular radio show, The Club on the Pulse Radio 94.7 for some gardening tips and tricks.

Day Programs Resume at The Healthy Living Centre by Ivana Vlahovic

Our groups have been making a staggered return to the Healthy Living Centre.

The Geelong Active Diverse Seniors (GADS), Diversity Theatre Project clients (ethnic, refugee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTI communities) as well as Ku Loo Arts Friday (Karen and Karenni refugee men and women) have returned over the past month after more than a year of closure due to COVID-19. The GADS clients enjoyed getting together again, socialising, playing games, having meals together, all in a COVID safe environment. Many clients who participated in the art project ‘Together’ during the shut-down, loved seeing the end result of the beautiful collage in the foyer of the Healthy Living Centre.

There was also the opportunity to view the location of the Time Capsule in the lawn area. Many clients participated in this project, sharing their thoughts, feelings and frustrations during Victoria’s first and second lockdowns. The time capsule will be  dug up and opened in 5 years time, and we can look back on what a year 2020 was and how resilient you all are.

Then Victoria entered into Lockdown 5 in the middle of July and programs were ceased again. Just as we were thankful restrictions had eased, we are now in lockdown 6. We will all be reunited again soon. We all thank you for your patience and the kindness and care you have shown to us all when we have contacted you during our Welfare Check calls. It has touched each of us very deeply.

Indigenous Facts and Figures

  • Definition of indigenous of or relating to the earliest known inhabitants of a place that was colonized by a now-dominant group.
  • Of the 7 billion people on Earth, 370 million are indigenous people. They represent 5% of the world’s population and live in 70 different countries.
  • Australian indigenous people have one of the world’s oldest living cultures, having lived here for at least 50,000 years.
  • It is estimated that there are more than 100 uncontacted tribes around the world, mostly in the dense forests of South America, Central Africa, and New Guinea.
  • The Masai are nomadic herdsmen, living in Tanzania and Kenya. They live mainly from the meat and milk of cattle and goats; they do not cultivate crops.
  • The Karen people live in the mountains of Burma and Thailand. They are famous for the coil neck rings worn by the women for beauty purposes. The first coil is applied when girls are 5 years old. This custom is dwindling.
  • Bush tucker or bush food is any food native to Australia, used as sustenance by the original inhabitants, the Aboriginal Australians. Green Plum, a bush tucker common in the Northern Territory is the richest source of Vitamin C in the world (containing 3.150mg per 100g).
  • There are approximately 5,000 different indigenous tribes around the world.
  • Pharmaceutical companies try to harness the knowledge indigenous people have of medicinal plants and roots.
  • More than 400 indigenous groups live in the Amazon River basin, which is roughly 7% of the world’s surface but harbors more than 50% of Earth’s diversity.

The Club Radio Program by Jasmin Findlay

Diversitat Aged Support Radio Program titled ‘The Club’ is a social support group via radio for older members of our community. ‘The Club’ radio program is live to air each Monday from 3pm-4pm on 94.7 FM The Pulse.

You can also listen via live stream from the website: https://947thepulse.com/

Glenn, Emma, Jas and Mitch have been working hard to bring enjoyable and appropriate content to our listening clients, their carers, family members, volunteers, friends, networks, and community members alike.

Over the last couple of months unfortunately the regular program had to be put on hold a few times due to lockdown restrictions. However, outside of these times we have had jammed packed shows keeping our listeners connected and entertained with many beautiful requested songs, regular gardening segments with Glenn, and guest speakers join us to chat about celebratory days or awareness week initiatives.

We had the pleasure of chatting with theatre directors Jane Rafe and Dave Kelman to discuss the Diversity Theatre Project and introduce a new product of the group – original poetry recordings.

We also spoke with Kahlee Kendrick during Refugee Week; theme UNITY – The Way Forward.

We celebrated International Day of Yoga, with a seated Yoga session by our much-loved Yogi, Brett Smith. Along with World Wellbeing Week, where our presenters discussed the 5 main Ways to Wellbeing, which are: Connect, Get Active, Be Mindful, Keep Learning, Give to Others; and also played a song each which represented wellbeing to them.

More recently for National Diabetes Week, Olga Lutzko joined us for a chat from ‘Succeed in Diabetes’. We celebrated Bastille Day by having a chat with Sam who shared some beautiful memories of his home country and let us in on a family recipe also!

‘The Club’ by Diversitat Aged Support, will seek to be a collaborative effort between our Radio Project Team, clients, staff and community members; with clients and community encouraged to be involved in the program by submitting content ideas and music requests via their Diversitat activity worker, or by phoning the Healthy Living Centre on 5222 7275. You can also email [email protected]

The Club, keeping connected via the airwaves!

The Diversitat Multicultural NDIS Community Connectors 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

1: I was born in Stockholm to a Swedish father and a German mother. I began my career in Swedish and German films. My introduction to American films came in the English-language remake of Intermezzo (1939). I went on to star in Casablanca (1942), For Whom the Bells Tolls (1943), Gaslight (1944) and Joan of Arc (1948). My second husband was Roberto Rossellini. One of our twin daughters, Isabella Rossellini, also became a famous actress. Initials – IB

2: I was an American musician, composer and actor. I was among the most influential figures in jazz history. I began my career playing the trumpet in brass bands and riverboats in New Orleans. In 1924 I joined the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra in New York and the following year I made a cameo appearance as a vocalist and recorded Ain’t Misbehavin. In 1968 I recorded a song that became a number one hit in several countries: What a Wonderful World. I was married 5 times but never had any children. Initials – LA

3: I was an American competitive swimmer and actress. I won multiple national swimming records but unfortunately I was unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II. I caught the attention of a Metro-Goldwin-Mayer executive and was offered a contract. I became known as the Million Dollar Mermaid in Hollywood. I made a series of films known as “aqua musicals”. In 1949, I starred in Take Me Out To The Ball Game; a film that was well received and became a commercial success. The following year I made Neptune’s Daughter where I sang with Ricardo Montalban “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Initials – EW

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: Ingrid Bergman

2: Louis Armstrong

3: Esther Williams

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).