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My Favourite Holidays by Georgia Green

“I have had great experiences on my favourite holidays.

Sometimes I go down to Melbourne with my family to see my sister.

We go shopping when we catch up and I stay at my sister’s house for the weekend.

I also get to stay with my Interchange host family in Traralgon on some weekends.

I get to go out for lunches and we also go for drives together.

I went to Lakes Entrance for a holiday with my Mum and Dad.

We go for a walk on the beach. We also went to the Greek restaurant on one of the nights.

We also got to play mini golf.

I have also been on a holiday to Adelaide with my family for my cousin’s birthday.

We went to her party. We also went to Glenelg by tram. We walked to the beach and looked at the shops there.

We had a great time.”

By Georgia Green

Georgia has been working on this piece of writing through our Self Advocacy program with her support worker, Sarah. Let Georgia know if you enjoyed it!

Moe Life Skills reveals COVID Safe Plan

We have been busy bees working in the background planning and trialing new things. We wanted to ensure when we returned to service – however it may look – that it would be safe for everyone involved and delivered to the standard our community has come to expect.

We are pleased to report Phase 1 of our COVID Safe Plan has been completed and that Phase 2 is now well under way. We look forward to bringing you more updates as we return to a new look service.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to our participants, families and staff for your continued support and patience as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

If you have any feedback or would like to discuss how we can assist you achieve your goals – the Life Skills way – contact us today on (03) 5127 7999 or email office@moelifeskills.vic.edu.au

‘Stories from Home’ – Week 8

The Dulcie Stone ‘Stories from Home’ writing project is a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria. During the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences through writing by submitting their responses to weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘Who and What You Love’

Week 8’s theme is ‘Who and What You Love’

Who and what I love (1) by Chris Bodley.

I love watching my DVD’s. The ones I love the best are “The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo”, “Romeo and Juliet” and David Attenborough’s documentaries.

I love reading books. My favourite book is “Geronimo Stilton”.

I love listening to music on You Tube. Some of my favourites are, “It’s In The Water Or The Blood” and “ King of the Road”.
I have a lot more things that I love doing.

Who and What I Love (2) by Chris Bodley

I love some sea creatures. The ones I like best are the Stone Fish, and I also like the Blue Ringed Octopus and the Box Jellyfish. I also like the Tiger Shark.

I love turtles. My favourite ones are the Loggerhead and the Hawksbill.

I love going to Australia Zoo to see the reptiles, such as snakes and the crocodiles.

Who and What I Love by Georgia Green

I love my family.

My Boyfriend Justin.

He’s handsome, he is caring and we share ideas.

And my interchange family.

They go for St Kilda like me.

I also love my cousins Sarah and Kerrie.

I love my dog Billy.

I take Billy for walks.

I love working at St Vinnie’s

And the Salvation Army Op Shops.

I Like doing Zoom meetings.

And I Like to meet different people in the Zoom Meetings.

Read more stories from other entries here: https://www.valid.org.au/stories-from-home-week-8/


‘Stories from Home’ – Week 7

Week 7 – ‘Your Community’

‘Your Community’ was the topic for week 7 of Dulcie Stone’s ‘Stories from Home’ project. Check out entries from Moe Life Skills participants and their peers, and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

My Community by Chris Bodley

In my community is my family and my friends, and I also have Moe Life Skills.

I enjoy going to Moe Life Skills because they help me with my learning and any problems I may have.

I like talking to my friends at Moe Life Skills.

I get a lot of help from my family.  I also like talking to my sisters.

My Community by Georgia Green

Every Friday night

But not since Corona, at the Moe RSL,

There is community

Being connected

Listening, talking

And making new friends

In Moe I feel safe and I like to walk

If anything happens, I just walk past the station and Moe Life Skills

I feel safe walking that way

And I know people keep an eye out for me

Since Corona there is a new way of community

On Zoom with my friends from Interchange

Talking, listening

Trivia nights and dancing to our favourite songs

I have started to volunteer again in my community

Soon there will be Breakfast Club

Sorting and serving out breakfasts

Where I make them stickers

And where they always talk to me

Read more stories from other entries here: https://www.valid.org.au/stories-from-home-week-7/

Stories from Home – Week 6

Person with their eyes closed surrounded by photo memories
Week 6 – ‘Your Memories’

The Dulcie Stone ‘Stories from Home’ writing project is a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria. During the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences through writing by submitting their responses to weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘Your Memories’

Memories by Georgia Green

None of my Nanas and Pops are alive anymore
But I remember them

Seeing my Nan at her house
My Nan played bowls
My Pop used to have Weet Bix
My Pop played golf
He went for Sydney

My Dad’s Mum used to make YoYo’s
Really tasty and crunchy

My pop, he went into hospital
My Nana’s plaque is in the hospital

And I remember too
Going to Melbourne to stay at my sisters
Seeing Muriel’s Wedding and Shrek
And sitting in the second row from the front
Catching up with my cousins in Adelaide
Dressed up as Where’s Wally at her birthday

Check out stories from other participants here:
https://www.valid.org.au/stories-from-home-week-6/

Stories from Home – Week 5

Group of friends in a huddle
‘Your Support’ is the topic for week 5

The Dulcie Stone ‘Stories from Home’ writing project is a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria. During the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences through writing by submitting their responses to weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘Your Support’

My Supports by Chris Bodley

My supports at Moe Life Skills are the staff members.  They all help me with my work and any problems I may have.
Mum and Dad also help me with my problems and my work.
I can also talk to my sisters about any problems that I may have.

My Support by Georgia Green

I have support from my family
And Interchange in Gippsland
And Moe Life Skills Centre staff
And the Salvation Army Church
And Latrobe City Council
Support is about getting connected with people
It is being friendly kind and respectful…….To me
I made bracelets for my support worker’s children
They made loom bands for me
They are like little strings
They made me happy
They were nice to put on my bag

My Support by Andrew Prior

I have good support.
Moe life skills helps me. My support workers from there are Sarah, Abby, Ash and Majella.
Zoey, Paul and Anthony at Valid help me with Self Advocacy, so I can have my say.
My sister Julie and Geoff care and support me at home.
I’m lucky.

Check out stories from other participants here:
https://www.valid.org.au/stories-from-home-week-5/

Stories from Home – Week 4

Image of people looking into the distance
‘The Future’ is the topic for week 4

The Dulcie Stone ‘Stories from Home’ writing project is a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria. During the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences through writing by submitting their responses to weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘The Future’

The Future by Chris Bodley

When the Corona virus has finished, I am looking forward to going shopping at my favourite shops.
Such as Kmart, the lolly shop in Yarragon and JB hi fi.
I would also like to go to All Creatures Great and Small. It is a gift shop in Yarragon.
I am looking forward to having sleepovers at my aunties house.
We will also have a big KFC party.

The Future by Georgia Green

Find a job that pays
See more of my family, I want to go to Adelaide
See my friends again
Justin, Andrew, Cass, Chris, Fee, Rachael, Rodney and Thelma
Going back to Moe Life Skills
Doing all my other programs
Girls night out
Feeling freedom
I miss Moe PAG and not connecting up with people
Getting out into the community
Going swimming, getting active, losing weight
Doing breakfast club
Being kind and caring

Check out stories from other participants here: https://www.valid.org.au/stories-from-home-week-4/

Stories from Home – Week 3

Friends and neighbours socialising
‘Friends and Neighbours’ is the topic for week 3

The Dulcie Stone ‘Stories from Home’ writing project is a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria. During the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences through writing by submitting their responses to weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘Friends and Neighbours’

Friends and Neighbours by Andrew Prior

My friends are Georgia, Josh, Paul and Chris.
They are kind, happy and friendly people.
We go out together for lunch sometimes.
I live in Moe and my friend’s do too.
I love my friends and family.
I love my pet cat Chewbacca.
I feed her dry food in the afternoon.
Everyday.

Friends and Family by Chris Bodley

While we were in Corona virus lock down I started to miss my family and my friends.
I could not visit my sisters.
Now that things have eased a little, I am able to go and visit them.
I got a little bit bored to start with, but then I decided to watch my DVD’s and play my game Crash Bandicoot Warped.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Life Skills soon.

One on One with My Neighbour by Georgia Green

In April
A Neighbour up the road, her husband died
He was our gardener
The funeral might be online, I think
I helped her with her bins
I collected the mail
I made a card with stickers
Last week we all visited
It’s a nice house
I visited again
We did colouring in
Had a cuppa
And we talked
I am going to see her Thursday
Again

Check out stories from other participants here:
https://www.valid.org.au/stories-home-week-3/

Stories from Home – Week 2

People standing outside their balconies in self-isolation
‘Isolation’ is the topic for week 2

The Dulcie Stone ‘Stories from Home’ writing project is a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria. During the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences through writing by submitting their responses to weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘Isolation’

Isolation by Georgia Green

Thinking about Isolation
It’s about
What you cannot do
That you used to able to do
Like going to Moe Life Skills
And the Salvation Army
Volunteering at Breakfast Club
Going to Traralgon by bus
Catching up with friends at a Café
Things have changed
There is no Friendship Group
Not really being part of the Moe PAG
Even though we zoom
How you cannot see the people you used to see
My friends Cas and Justin
Cannot see my family
My sister
My Auntie in her nursing home
It has changed
It has changed where you can go

Check out stories from other participants here: https://www.valid.org.au/stories-home-week-2/

Stories from Home – Week 1

Panoramic view of people in their apartments
‘Home’ is this week’s topic

With the Victorian Government reinstating restrictions as of yesterday, we thought you might enjoy some light reading from our participants who recently submitted entries to Dulcie Stone’s ‘Stories from Home’ project.

As a collaboration between VALID and Writers Victoria during the 2020 coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, participants were invited to share their experiences on weekly topics. The submission(s) below are from Moe Life Skills participants. Happy reading and be sure to let them know if you enjoyed it!

Theme: ‘Home’

Home by Georgia Green

Helping the neighbour with her bins
Making stickers
Cleaning my room
Making my bed
Getting the bins in
Set the table
Put the dishes in the dishwasher
Take the dog for a walk
Take the rubbish to the bin
Dry dishes
Put washing on the line
Getting the mail for the neighbour

Check out stories from other participants here: https://www.valid.org.au/stories-home-week-1/