1. Child Protection Week Event – Saturday 7th September “Protecting children is everyone’s business”

Come along to the Child Protection Week Family Fun Day on Saturday 7th September from 10am-3pm at the Mossman Showgrounds.

Join us for a day filled with fun with Laser Tag, Slip & Slide, Face painting, a Disco, jumping castles, mural painting, pop up playgroup, information stalls, a photo booth and more.  

Everything is FREE! Slushies, popcorn, sausage sizzle, drinks and more!

Adults, don’t worry- we also have a coffee van 😉

Bookings are essential for Laser Tag so you will need to put your name down with Robyn at the Youth Centre or get in touch through the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MossmanYouthCentre/

For any further information give Robyn a call on 4098 2836 (ext 5) or through their facebook page.

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Garden Crew rewarded for their hard work

We are so incredibly proud of our gardening team lead by Michael, who have transformed our gardens and were rewarded for their efforts by taking out the “Best Sustainable Garden” category in the recent “Let it Grow” Douglas Shire Garden competition. A visit from ABC Gardening Australia’s Host Costa Georgiadis was a highlight for all.

 Not only are the gardens looking fantastic, but they are providing beautiful fresh produce that is used in our Wednesday Community Lunch meals. Come along for a beautiful lunch each Wednesday at 12pm (make a donation if you are able) cooked by our team of valued volunteers and, if you wish, purchase some seedlings or produce from the garden.

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Launch of the Kuku Yalanji First Readers i-Book Project

 We were pleased to officially launch the final Kuku Yalanji readers ‘Jina-Tracks’ & ‘Wanjabu -Where’ at the Open Day with Mayor Julia Leu speaking to the guests about the importance of everyone learning language and the value of this project, funded by the Douglas Shire Council’s Community Support Programme.

The Kuku Yalanji First Readers i-Book Project retrieves, maintains, preserves and protects Indigenous language by ensuring young children have access to culturally appropriate material.  This programme  has also had an influence on families, schools and community ensuring Indigenous heritage is embedded into a childs learning is an important first step.

Special mention to Margaret Rocky, Clare Ogilvie, Fiona Creek, Alison Creek, Doreen Creek, Horace Rocky, Janine Paterson, Joan Fordham and the Kuku Yalanji Language Advisory Group for the language and illustrations.

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Official Opening of the Activity Hub

On the 8th August we held the official opening of our newest facility- The Activity Hub. We are thankful for local Kuku Yalanji Elder Lorna Shuan performing the Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony and to Mayor Julia Leu attending to officially open the facility and speak to the audience about the purpose of the Activity Hub.

The Activity Hub was built through a grant from the Department of Housing and Homelessness-Dignity First Initiative. The Activity Hub is a safe space for people to come make a cuppa, use the kitchen, do some washing, have a shower and access the support services available at the Community Centre. 

Guests enjoyed a variety of homemade refreshments for morning tea prepared by our team of Community Lunch volunteers, who went above and beyond with their efforts. Entertainment was provided by Grant Brendecke on his guitar and vocals, along with the beautiful group of local Belly Dancing Ladies.

A big thank you to all our volunteers, staff, service providers, clients and community members who helped make the morning such a success.

Seniors Bus Trip 2019

Seniors Bus Trip to Gallo Dairyland was a fabulous day out. We would like to acknowledge the funding from the Queensland Government and the support of COTA Queensland, for funding the bus. Also thank you to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge for their generous donation of prizes, Gallo Dairyland for making us feel very welcome and providing a wonderful lunch, to FNQ Bus Lines for driving us there and back safely, our Volunteer Judy for her support during the event, Mareeba Heritage Museum & Visitor Information Centre and big thanks of appreciation to the Mareeba Craft Centre for staying open longer so our participants could visit the Centre. Also thank you to all those people who participated in the event, we are so pleased that everyone enjoyed the day, your comments of appreciation and smiles throughout made our day! Thank you Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre for collabarating with us on this event.

National Volunteers Week Awards

Volunteers Australia and FNQ Volunteers hosted their annual National Volunteers Awards on Thursday 23 May 2019. Mossman Support Services nominated Kerry Secker and Janine Paterson for the awards and were both invited to attend the awards luncheon at Plantations on the Bungalow in Cairns. Pictured is Kerry Secker and Janine Paterson receiving their certificates.

Circus toys and tricks workshop

Mossman Support Services had a great day making hoola hoops and juggling balls from recycled materials. The event was aimed at children aged between 5yrs-12yrs and was designed to not only be a fun activity for kids but to also help educate them on fun ways to recycle. Hoola hoops were made from recycled irrigation pipe and the juggling balls were made from odd socks and rice. The day was in full attendence and each child was able to take home their new “circus toys” to play and use over the holidays as well as some information on the importance of recycling and fun things to create out of recycled materials. We would like to say a special thank you to Cairns Skating Centre for donating free passes to skating which we used on the day for our Hoola Hooping competition!

"Circus tricks and toys" school holiday workshop

School holidays are approaching and Mossman Support Services are running another school holiday workshop. This 2 hour workshop is aimed for children aged between 5-12yrs and we will be learning how to make circus toys out of recycled materials. Children will be making Hoola hoops and juggling balls and once completed, will be able to keep their finished products. The workshop is on Friday 12 April 2019 from 9:30am-11:30am at 20 Mill Street, Mossman. Cost is $3 donation which includes all materials. Bookings essential, limited spaces so be quick. For enquires phone : 07 4098 2005 or mark your interest on the link below https://www.facebook.com/events/640305696409190/

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Mossman Moppets Christmas Extravaganza

Mossman Moppets playgroup had a very festive Christmas event with Christmas Carols, face painting, Christmas craft, letters to Santa, morning tea and a visit from Santa himself. It was great to see some new faces and all the children had a great time. Playgroup will commence again in the New Year from Friday 4th January 2019 at 9:30am-11:30am. We welcome any new families to come along.