Be Merri: Fawkner

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February 13 2019
9:30am - 2pm
C.B. Smith Reserve, 79-83 Jukes Road, Fawkner

Free event


9:30am – 12:30pm

Free vegetarian barbeque

Join us for a mid-morning feed of fresh, local vegetables from The Community Grocer, Fawkner.

9:30am – 12:30pm

Spice girls: make garam masala with Hina

Locals are bringing the spice for you to enjoy in your own homes. Make your own garam masala to make recipes like chicken tikka masala or samosas.

9:30am – 1pm

Giant Connect Four

Put you game face on and verse our carer support team or a friend in a friendly game of giant connect four! Caution: we are known to be competitive!

Our carer support team known as CarerLinks North, will be available to chat about how they can support you in your caring role.

9:30am – 2pm

Hidden sugar game

Without knowing, we consume a lot of hidden sugar in foods - event those that are marketed as being healthy. Our dietitian has selected a few common foods that have a high sugar count such as fruit juice and soft drinks, and you will need to guess the amount of sugar. Get them all correct to win a prize!

9:30am – 2pm


Contribute to the creation of our big art display designed by the HealthyMindHub art group. This activity will be running throughout the week, with locals from Moreland, Hume and beyond contributing to the final piece. Together, we will make a beautiful piece of art that will reflect the diversity and uniqueness of the north.

9:30am – 2pm

Ask us about Merri Health services

Staff from our NDIS services, carer support services and aged care services will be available to answer your questions.

Learn about volunteering opportunities and the benefits of becoming a member of Merri Health.

9:30am – 1pm

Drop in computer help

Drop in and get your computer and online questions answered. Staff from Centrelink, My Gov, My Health Record and Merri Health’s aged and NDIS services will be available to chat about your needs.

Staff from Moreland City Council libraries will also be available to help you fill out online forms.

10am – 11:30am

Henna painting with Roohi

Henna or Mehndi is a form of body art originating in South Asia, in which decorative designs are created. Roohi will create temporary, henna tattoos for the community.

10am – 2pm

Jewellery making

It’s time to get crafty with our social support program and make your own piece of jewellery. No prior experience is necessary and children and welcome to participate.

Our social support program will showcase some of the diverse activities their clients can get involved in, which can be tailored to interests, needs, age and cultural background.

10am – 12:30pm

Star making

Make your star out of ribbon to hang in your bedroom or living space. These stars are easy to make and can be made by children as well! Our community educator from the Victims Assistance Program will run the session and be available to talk to you about how we support people who have experienced violence.

10am – 10:30am

Finding your way around My Gov with Q+A

Learn the different usages of My Gov and how to use this to manage your access to government online services such as Centrelink, Medicare and Australian Tax Office.

10:30am – 11:30am

Easy exercise with Fawkner Leisure Centre

Free exercise in park. Exercises can be altered to suit your ability and needs. There will be music at this event.

10.30am – 11:30am

Social walk and talk: get to know your neighbourhood

Join our health and wellbeing team from our carer support services for a walk around the local area. Take the opportunity to ask the team questions about services that you can access and meet other carers who have shared experiences.

10.30am – 11:00am

My Aged Care with Q+A

Our aged care team will run through what you need to know about My Aged Care and the different services you can access at Merri Health.

11am – 11:30am

What is My Health Record with Q+A

My Health Record will present on the electronic record and answer your questions.

11:30am – 12:30pm


Storytime for children

Storytime is free and suitable for preschool children. Parents and carers can chat to staff from our child health team and dental assistant to find out about children’s services.

Storytime will finish with a visit from our special friends the tooth fairy and Vision Australia guide dog.

11:30pm – 12pm

Your NDIS questions answered

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has rolled out across Hume and Moreland. Our NDIS community engagement coordinator will talk to you about the services and therapies available at Merri Health and can answer your questions about the scheme.

4pm – 5pm


Girls and women of all ages and boys 14 and under are invited to play a round of badminton! Players must wear runners. Meet at the Fawkner Hall.

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