27th & 28th April, 2017
Last week DSV staff Dani Kohn, Yvonne Harrison and Sue Blandford attended a dinner with seven local families (26 people in all) at the Robin Hood Hotel in Ballarat. It was a great turnout in the end. The conversations were engaging and useful. Wendy McNabb, who coordinates the local support group and runs the annual Learmonth Market for WDSD, said how fabulous it was to see all the families come together for a meal. One family were brand new and their gorgeous 3 month old baby boy was a very popular little man on the night, getting lots of cuddle volunteers! It was great also to see a couple of families that have not perhaps maintained contact with DSV, re-engage on the night.
The following day we had planned some workshops, however the format of the day needed to be changed due to low participant numbers. We still managed to have an informative and quite personalised meeting with families, discussing topics such as schooling, employment, physical & emotional safety.
Thanks to locals families and Pinarc for supporting our visit, it was great to catch up.