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August 2019

Bootscooting fundraiser for Muddy Puddles

Jo and Dave Lake hosted their annual fundraiser for Muddy Puddles at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club attracting almost 100 participants from both local and outlying regions. The moment the music started they were on the floor dancing to the beat and having a laugh. A few of our Muddy Puddles volunteers were in the thick of it showing off their groovy moves. Gold Po Loy provided a scrumptious afternoon tea at interval during which time the raffle and the lucky door prizes were drawn. Tina Philip, Muddy Puddles Board Director, gave a brief overview of the role of Muddy Puddles and thanked everyone for their ongoing support. A total of $1810 was raised which will be used to support those families who need our services but do not have the funds to access them.

Local community support

Muddy Puddles Board of Directors, staff, children and families are very grateful for the ongoing support from our local community. There are several dozen donation boxes scattered across the shire and as you can see from the photos people are giving generously.
Pictured below are our current top two businesses who, at the recent collection round, raised $156.45.  Pictured on the left are Lucy and Lori from the Moruya Health Café and pictured on the right are Ken and Robbie from Southlands Butchery.
If you have some loose change and you want to donate to a good cause then keep a look out for our donation boxes.

Volunteer profile - Melissa Creswell

Melissa is our youngest volunteer, however comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and an eagerness to assist the children and families of Muddy Puddles.
Although born in Penrith she has resided in Batemans Bay for over 20 years and completed her schooling in the Shire. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Teaching (Primary) degree. Melissa currently works as a casual teacher in local primary schools, while also undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Autism Studies and plans to complete a Master of Special Education in the near future. As a primary school teacher who has a particular interest in working with children, Melissa thought that it would be beneficial to gain additional experience while at the same time offering her skills to those children that may require extra tutoring or a variety of supports to build their learning capacity. Hence Muddy puddles was thought to be a good fit.
Melissa stated that she has always had a passion for teaching. “I used to play teacher as a child educating my younger siblings”. “Muddy Puddles gives me an opportunity to gain additional experience which will assist me in my end goal which is obtaining my Master in Special Education degree”.
Melissa works with individuals and small groups and describes her role as an educator helping with learning strategies, which in turn will help the children attain their educational goals. In achieving this she states that it is essential to be realistic and recognise and reward small steps towards the ultimate goal.
“I feel privileged to be able to give something back to the community. If everyone was able to give a little then there would be positive outcomes for everyone including the volunteers.” 

Ideas for low cost/low risk consumables and AT

The NDIS funds consumables and assistive technology that provides the support a person with a disability might use to reach their potential at home, in the community and the workplace and in so doing work towards reaching the goals outlined in their NDIS plan. Read more

Anxiety in children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder

The world can be a confusing place for children and teenagers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They might find social or unfamilliar situations overwhelming and hard to understand. They often have difficulty working out what another person might be thinking or feeling, or how that person might react. Read more

Play Strong playgroup

Play Strong is a free weekly playgroup supporting families who have concerns about their child's learning, social or emotional development.

When: Fridays 9.30 - 11.30am
Cost: Free

For further information contact Eurobodalla Shire Council's children's services on 4474 7333.
Muddy Puddles is a registered NDIS provider.
Please contact us on 4472 6939 to discuss how we can help you implement your NDIS plan.
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