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‘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/

Participant Spotlight – Cameron

Pictured: Moe Life Skills participant, Cameron

During coronavirus / COVID-19 restrictions, we asked participants to share their stories to show others that they are not alone. This is Cameron’s story.

“Cameron misses Performing Arts at Moe Life Skills. He asks me often how much longer till he can see everyone.  On the 19th May, he was 21 but there was no big party because of the virus.  I promised Cam that as soon as the restrictions are over, I will ask the group to have a celebration at our home. I have lots of activities I know they would enjoy and Cameron was happy about that.” – Jenine, Cameron’s mum.

Happy 21st birthday Cameron from all of us at Moe Life Skills! We look forward to celebrating with you in style when the time comes!

If you have any stories you would like to share with our community or if you would like to join the Moe Life Skills family, get in touch with us on (03) 5127 7999 or email us at office@moelifeskills.vic.edu.au

Tribute to Maria Roncan OAM, Founding and Life Member of MLS

Mrs Maria Roncan OAM
Founding and Life Member of Moe Life Skills

I am writing with a heavy heart to inform you that one of our founding members, Maria Roncan OAM, died peacefully on Thursday 7th May.

Some of you would have known Maria, if not in person, her work and leadership in the disability community.

Maria was a quiet gentle person, but all who knew her agreed that behind the façade was a determined and tenacious personality, that was absolutely driven to achieve better standards, understandings and outcomes for disability. Her life time work in the field of disability was a journey of seeking out information, finding appropriate supports and services and if they were not to be found, they had to be established. 

Maria was instrumental in the establishment of Moe Life Skills Community Centre.  She served on the Board of Life Skills resigning only one month before her 90th birthday. Maria was the organisation’s first Life Member.  Even though she had officially resigned, she stayed connected and involved.  In her 90s Maria continued to connect with new mothers across Australia.  She was there to support them as they set out on the journey she had already travelled.  Encouraging parents to want the best and expect the highest outcomes for their children.

Even in the last year of her life she continued to push for people with disabilities to attend University.  She knew they could do this, we just had to find a way to make it happen.

Her work was officially endorsed by governments both in Australia and overseas.  The Victorian State government recognised her voluntary work to the community in 2000.  She was awarded an Order of Australia medal for her community work in 2003.  The following year, Maria received an award from Italy, her place of birth had recognised her outstanding work within Australia. 

Throughout this time and beyond, Maria remained extremely modest about her efforts and was reluctant to take credit for the impact and influence she had on others.

As she often stated “what would I know, I’m just a mother”. 

So many of us were fortunate to have listened and learned from her experiences and insights.

The disability sector has lost a great leader.  We all must try to do whatever we can to carry on her legacy as a tribute to the woman Maria was, a woman, so much more than just a mother.

Dr Carole Broxham
Moe Life Skills CEO

Maria’s funeral will take place today, Wednesday 13th May 2020, at 11am. Due to current restrictions, the service will be lived streamed through Latrobe Valley Funeral Services website.

Closure update due to COVID-19 measures

Dear Families and Supported Accommodation,


Regrettably, we need to advise you that Moe Life Skills Community Centre will remain closed until further notice.


We will notify you when we have a confirmed date to reopen.


During our closure, we are taking the opportunity to revisit the way we deliver supports and services. As a result, there will be a staged return to our service delivery and we will contacted you individually, to discuss your support and service needs.

Please take care, look after yourself and your families.


Kind regards,


Board of Management
Moe Life Skills Community Centre
30 March 2020