Information On This Page:
How to contact us?
Do I have to book or call ahead if I want to come along?
What happens at a session?
What kind of sessions do you have?
Where we are located and Childcare arrangements?
You can contact us through firstname.lastname@example.org, by leaving a comment in the box below.
Do I have To Book Or Call Ahead If I Want To Come Along?
No, just come along whenever there’s a session on. You don’t need to join up straight away, and you’re welcome to come along and see if the group suits you.
What Happens At A Session
To see what sessions are coming up, check the current Program.
We start arriving at our Wednesday sessions at 9.30am (settling children into childcare, setting up, signing in and paying session fees, making a cup of coffee, having a chat), aiming for a 10.00am start.
Sessions are free. You’re welcome to come along and see if you’re interested without becoming a member straight away. Membership costs $5 for a year.
We finish at 12.15pm (or a little earlier on art days) to allow time for cleaning the meeting room. Children should be collected from childcare by 12:30pm.
We all share the job of cleaning the room, vacuuming, stacking the chairs and washing and drying cups.
If you are not sure what you can do to help, please ask!
What Kind Of Sessions Do You Have?
For a list of upcoming sessions, check “What’s On”
Every year we have a number of sessions dedicated to the Backyard Project, and a large number of other sessions with visiting speakers and activities. The group plans out the future sessions together. Some of the past sessions we’ve had include:
- About dementia
- Flamenco dance
- Palliative care
- Running a small business from home
- Tribal/indigenous dance
- Food choices: what the label tells us
- Lino cuts
- Ethical investment
- Cooking with wholefoods
- Singing workshop
- Bollywood dancing
- Making sock monsters
- Origami books
We are based at the Downer Community Centre at Frencham Place Downer. There is parking outside the halls. We are on the right side of the courtyard. The first room is the childcare room and the second room is where we hold our sessions. You can phone Dinora our president on 0405623569 if you need any further help with any of these topics.
We have fun and quality childcare available where children can be looked after. You are welcome to have your baby or child with you throughout the meeting. You are also welcome to leave your baby or child(ren) in the childcare area. Our experienced childcare workers are available each session at a subsidized cost. The cost is currently a gold coin donation per family per session for members.
The childcare space is next door to our meeting room, and the children are kept busy with a range of activities. Play dough, painting and the sand pit are especially popular! The childcare team does a fantastic job looking after all those busy kids.
We ask parents of children who attend regularly, and who have been immunized, to bring a copy of their child’s immunization history for the records.
Please bring the following things for your child if you are planning to leave him or her in childcare:
- A piece of fruit or healthy snack for morning tea. NO NUTS PLEASE!!
- A sun hat for outside play. Broad brimmed or legionnaire hats are preferred instead of baseball caps and hats.
- Please ensure that your child has sunscreen on before leaving them in childcare.
- A labelled bag containing a complete change of clothes (in case of accidents or if we decide to do water play and messy play activities), nappies and wipes, a plastic bag for dirty nappies (including disposables) and a comforting toy if needed.