Community

Meaningful Community Engagement

Lord Somers Camp and Power House partners with organisations to deliver nine weekend-programs for various at-risk or vulnerable groups within our community. These programs increase meaningful community engagement, serve others, facilitate the development of friendships and peer support networks, enhance self-confidence, increase independence and provide respite to people in need.

Mirabel Family Camp

In  partnership with the mirabel Foundation, we give children and families, impacted by drug and substance abuse, a fun weekend away. Our volunteers entertain children with energetic and fun activities while simultaneously providing a relaxing weekend of pampering for carers (commonly grandparents).

The attendees

Mirabel children have been orphaned or abandoned due to their parent’s illicit drug use and are now living in kindship care (fomal or informal) with extended family. The weekend is open to Mirabel children and their families.

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Very Special Kids Family Camp

In partnership with the Very Special Kids Organisation, this twice-yearly weekend program gives children living with life threatening illnesses, and their families, a weekend away. Kids get an opportunity to just be kids while their parents and carers are connected to others in similar situations and also enjoy the opportunity for respite.

The attendees

Families impacted by a child living with a life-threatening illness, supported by the Very Special Kids Foundation. Anyone over the age of 18 with a valid Working with Children’s Check is encouraged to volunteer at VSK Camp.

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ATLAS Camp

In partnership with the Very Special Kids Organisation, this twice-yearly weekend program gives children living with life threatening illnesses, and their families, a weekend away. Kids get an opportunity to just be kids while their parents and carers are connected to others in similar situations and also enjoy the opportunity for respite.

The attendees

Families impacted by a child living with a life-threatening illness, supported by the Very Special Kids Foundation. Anyone over the age of 18 with a valid Working with Children’s Check is encouraged to volunteer at VSK Camp.

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Camp Diversity

Camp Diversity is a fun weekend camp for young people living with intellectual and physical disabilities. Our enthusiastic volunteers run a jam-packed weekend of activities, new experiences and entertainment that aims to help participants build friendships, self-confidence and peer support networks. Camp starts on Friday night and runs right through to Sunday lunchtime.

The attendees

Young adults between 16-35 years old, who are living with disabilities and are independent in their self-care or requiring only prompting assistance. Participants are supported by volunteers who do not necessarily have formal qualifications in the realm of disability support, however have attended the program many times.

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Community Outreach Initative

 The Community Outreach Initiative is a volunteer led annual working bee, often described as The Block for social good. The aim is to provide coordinated assistance to organisations and communities that require a helping hand. Past projects have included painting and repairing community facilities in Montserrat and Bendigo, creating a sensory garden for a special development school and the reconstruction of fence-lines destroyed by floods in Northern Victoria.

The attendees

Approximately 40 volunteers from LSC&PH will donate a weekend of their time to assisting the chosen community organisation. Volunteers have a range of skills and abilities with anyone able to lend a hand.

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