Latest News from Belconnen Community Service

Seeking a Career in Childcare?

April 13, 2017

The Belconnen Community Service (BCS) Childcare Pre Employment Program is seeking applicants for the 2017 intake. This program is a training and work experience program with a difference, with participants spending six months immersed in the world of early childhood education and care. Participants attend for 30 hours per week, undertaking a combination of theory, practical hands on learning and industry work experience.

Step up for Volunteering

On Saturday May 13, many of Canberra’s volunteer organisations will host stalls on the shores of Lake Ginninderra. Everyone’s invited to take a walk around the lake to show support for Canberra volunteers. On the way, walkers can find out more about ways to volunteer in our community. Step up for volunteering is an event organised by Belconnen community Service to celebrate National Volunteers Week

Five Creative Ways to Build Children’s Resilience

April 12, 2017

We all want our children to be resilient, to bounce back from adversity and learn from their mistakes. We want them to be bright, brave and adventurous, to set goals and achieve them. But when setbacks pile up, children can become so anxious that they’re scared to try in case they fail. The Belconnen Community Service Bungee Youth Resilience Program uses art to create a safe space where children can build courage and resilience. The skills they learn in Bungee classes help them to feel more confident in the rest of their lives.

A Nice Friendly Smile

Daphne has been a volunteer driver with BCS Community Transport since 1999. She doesn’t want to be paid for helping people; it’s her calling. She says, “If it wasn’t for us, people wouldn’t get out, and you get very stale if you just stay at home.”

Team BCS: Just Keep Walking

March 14, 2017

Members of the Team BCS employee fitness group have just completed the March For Fitness Sake challenge. The challenge encourages individuals and teams to move (walk, run, ride, or cycle) while raising money for children with disabilities. Team BCS chose to walk, with each team member walking 100km over 10 days. The team walked a cumulative 500km and raised over $700, beating their original goal of $500. All funds raised will support House with No Steps early intervention programs.

Putting the Pieces Together

March 12, 2017

There’s something extremely satisfying about seeing all the pieces of a puzzle come together. Suddenly, you see the bigger picture. Young people in both the BCS Bungee Youth Resilience program and the ACCESS Belconnen program have been enjoying this “ahha moment” while experimenting with collaborative art techniques.

Strong and Brave: BCS Superheroes

March 10, 2017

Thursday mornings are always an exciting time at the Belconnen Community Centre, as Batman high-fives the receptionists, Spidergirl sneaks past the café, and Elsa takes a twirl in the foyer. This regular flood of caped crusaders is a result of the BCS Superhero Dance class. The class is a movement and music program for children aged three to four. Risa, our super dance teacher, came up with the idea of theming the class around superheros as an engaging way to get children interested in dance.

Expert Tips from Early Childhood Educators

March 9, 2017

When parents return to work and children start Long Day Care, it can be a time of radical change and strong emotions for everyone. But it doesn’t need to be all about turmoil and confusion. The team of educators from BCS’ Early Childhood Centres are experts in their fields. They’ve put together this list of tips to help you and your family make the transition a smooth and happy one.

How OneLink Helps

March 1, 2017

OneLink is a free service that provides information and easy access to a range of support services across the ACT. OneLink provides information and referral to Youth and Family Support, legal services, mental health services and many more. OneLink can assist with housing options including emergency accommodation (subject to availability). OneLink also provides information about public housing, community housing, private rental and other options, and about what assistance might be available to help secure a tenancy. OneLink is part of the ACT Government’s Human Services Blueprint and is delivered in partnership with Woden Community Service.

Legend of Ben Hall Screening in Belco

February 21, 2017

The Legend of Ben Hall is a new Australian feature film about Australia’s most prolific Bushranger. It is screening at Belconnen Community Theatre, Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 10:30am and 6:30pm.

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