Community News - Midland

Safety

Constable Care turns to drama!

Olga Konstantouras, Drama Teacher at the Governor Stirling Senior High School

Thousands of children across the City of Swan are positively grasping messages about safety, protective behaviours, crime prevention, mental health and better decision-making. 

In the last 12 months, the Constable Care Child Safety Foundation (CCCSF) has delivered 162 theatre-in-education performances to 9,281 children in 117 visits to schools across the City of Swan.

We asked Governor Stirling Senior High School’s drama teacher, Olga Konstantouras, for her insights on the program.

"As a secondary teacher, I have had the pleasure of witnessing the most astounding engagement, and moments of transformation with the young people involved. The program works with at risk students for a range of behavioural issues and difficult home lives, successfully engaging them with challenging issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, violent behaviour and fights, and important core skills such as respect and empathy. The facilitators are highly skilled in getting the students to work together constructively, exploring solutions to these complex issues using a creative and fun process," said Olga.

"The program is empowering the students through a genuine exploration and expression of the issues as they experience them and throughout the process they are gaining skills in team-work, negotiation, problem solving as well as entering into dialogue about how best to assume responsibility for issues within their lives and social circles. 

"It is a unique program that uses creative arts engagement strategies to work with young people addressing important youth and community safety and crime prevention issues in our area.

"The performances were delivered as part of a school program supported by the City to raise awareness, change behaviours and prevent harm to children, young people and the wider community."

 

Community grants

Zonta makes cushions of support

Zonta Club showing the breast cushions they've made

The Zonta Club of Swan Hills were the recipients of a small grant from the City of Swan to help them with an important community project.

Zonta used the grant to purchase materials to make the crescent shaped breast cushions to be placed under the arm to provide protection and comfort following breast cancer surgery.

Other Zonta Clubs in WA contribute to cushion making to ensure an ongoing supply to hospitals across the metro and rural areas and other cancer support services to ensure that each person undergoing breast surgery receives a cushion to take home. Together the clubs have produced more than 900 breast cushions (350 of which were made by the Swan Hills branch with the grant).

Cushion making is supported by the Textile Division of Bandyup Women’s Prison, who prepare the cushion ‘shell’. Club members and friends then hold workshops to fill and sew closed, and package the cushions.

Zonta’s mission is to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Find out how to apply for a City grant.

Photo: Cyril Jackson students and staff helped to complete 40 breast cushions with Zonta Club Swan Hills members, June 2018

 

Pop-up arts project

DADAA workshop

Disability in the Arts Disadvantages in the Arts' (DADAA's) PopUp Arts workshops are helping to strengthen connections between young people and their communities.

DADAA's Popup Arts are term-based arts workshops designed for local high school aged students; young people who reside or study in the City of Swan. The project was created with the objective of art for social change, where the use of art and the conversations that art making inspires can help strengthen the connections between young people and their local communities, and contribute positively to mental wellbeing and social inclusion.

DADAA Midland offer a rich program of workshops, exhibitions, mentorships and community outings for people with disability or a lived experience of mental illness Young artists are currently working towards a student-led photo exhibition with the theme of exploring individual identity, using contemporary techniques and working with industry professionals. Participants are creating original characters inspired by their individual strengths, utilising art-making skills learned in the workshops such as special FX makeup, character development, costume making and digital photography.

Popup Arts is proudly supported by the City of Swan and DADAA. To discover more about arts for all ages with DADAA, visit their website.

 

Culture spot

Local artist Beverly Iles

Beverley Iles - Artist

Beverley is a local artist and part of Antipodean Encounters, an exhibition at the Midland Junction Arts Centre until September 28. Up to twenty local artists and members of the Perth Taiwanese community have created new works for the exhibition.

“Much of my work talks about place in some way and influences the way I make art, the materials I use and the issues I like to talk about.  Most recently, I have used soil and found objects from my local area in my artworks," said Beverly.

"Antipodean Encounters has been a very heart-warming project and I was thrilled to be invited to take part. I have loved meeting the Taiwanese women who have been warm, generous and courageous in sharing aspects of their lives and their culture. My sculpture, a shrine-of-sorts, was made in response to a home ancestor shrine that was significant to my Taiwanese project partner, and is cobbled together from an assemblage of old furniture with an uncertain history. The unexpected connections formed in the sculpture made me think about how many Australians have both a sense of dislocation from family and culture, as well as an opportunity to create identity and new ways to belong.

Beverly's favourite local spot: "The path along the Swan River starting at Woodbridge Riverside Park, where the bird life at the moment is fabulous. I am always renewed by the green spaces, the trees and the river as well as the friendly people who use the path for walking and cycling."

 

People who inspire us

Search and rescue pilot on a special mission

Rebecca

Rebecca (Becca) is an inspiring woman who has achieved so much in her young life. Now based locally, Becca’s career as a search and rescue pilot has taken her all over the world, as far as Afghanistan and Brunei.

Presenting to the Midland Women’s Health Care Place as part of their 23rd anniversary celebrations, Becca shared some of the highs and lows of her experience mentoring helicopter pilots in Afghanistan.

Before relocating to Western Australia, Becca was selected for a special mission as part of the US and UK’s Royal Air Force work with the Afghani community.

For two months, Becca was totally immersed in the Afghani way of life.

“I was chosen to mentor a group of 30 inspiring young pilots imparting everything I had learned in airmanship and basic flying procedures. Many of the students were from rural areas so it was quite a cultural shock for all of us!

I was also the go-between for any issues that naturally arose from interactions between the American military and Afghanis, everything from computers to chocolate!”, said Becca.

Becca is now working with local groups to inspire young women in the community. She holds a Master’s of Aerospace Engineering degree. If you would like to know more, contact us

 

Club spot

Art classes in Guildford

Looking for some creative inspiration? The Lilac Hill Art Group warmly invites locals to join their small group. Try your hand to paint or draw your own themes and medium for a full day of uninterrupted painting.

They also host an annual art show and sale with the occasional guest professional artist. Join them for an ‘Art Retreat’ at a secluded local property.

Where: Lilac Hill North Pavilion, West Swan Rd, Guildford.

When:  Thursdays 9am - 4pm. Email Lilac Hill Art Group for further information

Check out some of the other clubs in your area.

 

In the media

New Metronet railcar facility in the Railway Workshops facility

 


Don’t forget to check our events page and the community noticeboard for current events and activities for all ages. If you have anything to share with your community, email us at stories@swan.wa.gov.au.