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Cire welcomes role in new $4.5m youth health hub

A new youth health hub for young people with locations in Lilydale, Belgrave, Healesville and Yarra Junction is on track to open in August 2020.

Cire Services Inc. is excited and proud to be part of the consortia behind the hub, which is lead by Inspiro Community Health Service and includes Oonah Health and Community Services Aboriginal Corporation, Anchor and Eastern Legal Community Centre.

In March 2019, the Australian Government announced $4.5m funding for the Integrated Youth Health Hub (IYHH), which will provide young people, and their families and carers with a single entry point to access a range of no-cost or low-cost primary health care, community and social services.

The Knox headspace satellite in Lilydale, which is separately funded by the Australian Government, will work in collaboration with the hub.

Cire CEO Gus Seremetis said the consortia partners bring diverse skills and expertise, as well as additional venues across the Yarra Ranges, with a strong local presence and connections.

“As well as adding value, this will create opportunities for more community involvement.

“We will also work closely with Yarra Ranges Council and other agency partners to bring the Hub to life,” she said

Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith MP welcomed the announcement that locally-based organisations will run the new Integrated Youth Health Hub for Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN).

“With $4.5 million of Federal Government funding over three years, the Lilydale-based hub, along with a separately funded headspace satellite service, will deliver vital health and support services for young people aged between 12 and 25 living in the outer east, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

“Having fought for improved youth health services, it’s great to know the hub and headspace satellite service will soon get underway and be making a difference in people’s lives,” he said.

EMPHN CEO, Janine Wilson, said the service aims to improve access, service coordination and integration for young people in the region.

“Through the hub, young people and their families will be able to access a range of health and wellbeing activities; mental, physical and sexual health services, including access to a General Practitioner; as well as alcohol and other drugs services, and community and social services such as housing and legal assistance,” she said.

Inspiro Community Health CEO Sue Sestan said the activities and services will be delivered by the consortium members and a range of other local partners.

“How the services are delivered will be guided by the voice of young people from the area via a Youth Reference Group.

“The services will be appropriate to the local community, providing connections, interventions and seamless care to young people where and when they need it,” she said.

Oonah CEO Anne Jenkin said our experience of embracing and supporting our young people and celebrating culture is key to our identity.

“We’re pleased to be bringing that expertise and approach into the hub development with our partners,” she said.

Anchor CEO Heidi Tucker said the hub will feature a strong ‘lived experience’ workforce.

“We will employ staff who have used a variety of health services as young people who will assist other young people to navigate and use the services they need,” she said.

Eastern Community Legal Centre CEO Michael Smith said young people need to feel they belong and can trust the services they access.

“Once they have that, they usually don’t want to retell their story to lots of different professionals.

“The hub gives us a real opportunity to wrap health and other supports around them, with confidentiality and care,” he said.

The hub will be located in Lilydale with outreach services operating from Belgrave, Healesville and Yarra Junction.

The hub was co-designed with local health and community services, the education sector, Yarra Ranges Council, youth representatives and other community members.

A Youth Reference Group will be involved in designing, monitoring and evaluating hub activities and services during its operation.

The hub is currently funded until 30 June 2022 by the Australian Government under the PHN program.

Integrated Youth Health Hub (IYHH)

Amazing virtual makeover for Training & Hubs

Cire Training and Hubs (T&H) has reached new and innovative heights in service delivery during the COVID-19 restrictions, highlighting its expertise and commitment to offering flexible teaching and learning opportunities to people of all ages.

Whilst the physical sites have been closed, much has been happening in the cyber world with T&H rapidly embracing the challenge to deliver online and providing learners with extra support where necessary.

 “It has been fantastic to see how quickly we have been able to adapt to successfully deliver training online, and find ways to continue to support our students and broader community virtually across all of our services. This is a testament not only to our trainers and support staff, but also our students who have been working closely with us to make the transition as smooth as possible,” said Laura Shortis, Executive Manager of T&H.

“We have even seen higher levels of engagement among some people with our flexible delivery to enable learners to continue with, or commence their studies and be engaged and connected.”

A standout has been First Impressions Clothing Exchange (FICE),  which grew out of Cire’s Women’s Warehouse and has been creating all kinds of COVID-19 restriction ‘inspired’ records.

FICE provides long-term unemployed and financially disadvantaged and vulnerable women with access to quality and affordable clothing, on-the-job-training through its Mooroolbark shop, together with a broad range of teaching and learning opportunities and other supports.

With its shop closed, FICE has undergone its own makeover with a vengeance reaching more than 10,000 people through social media platforms. It is planning to continue the online sessions post COVID-19 to foster an ongoing connection with the broader community and complement Cire’s face-to-face learning platforms.

With engagement of over 7,000 and videos views at 7,400, the digital campaigns are playing an integral part in keeping the community up-to-date and providing practical assistance on finances, accessing material aids such as food, bill paying and providing advice on job searching and applications. Sessions have also been expanded to assist people to update resumes and cover letters in anticipation of the job market reopening.

FICE is confident that it will connect face-to-face with approximately 100 women a week when its shop reopens while its virtual reach will be many thousands a week.

Other initiatives from Cire Training and Hubs include:

  • Training’s pre-accredited and accredited courses have moved online with great results in terms of attendance and feedback from students.  Training has worked closely with those experiencing online learning challenges such as limited access to technology and resources and provided tailored support where needed.  The success of the transition in such a short period of time is a true testament to the dedication and expertise across the training team.  Expressions of interest are being invited for Cert III Individual Support and Cert IV Education Support, both starting in July (Term 3).  The style of delivery will be determined on restrictions at the time.
  • Smart Money has been delivered virtually for the first time and has been well received. Cire’s pre-accredited team has been providing additional support to small businesses given the current environment.  Small Business Hub is offering a special discounted membership fee for those joining the pandemic.
  • Community Hub programs online. Using Zoom for the Fit 4 Life seniors exercise class and weekly craft group has been extremely successful.  We have also been trialling new initiatives such as the Lego Lockdown Challenge and Minecraft competition.
  • Hub staff are volunteering with the CHAOS Chatline to assist those in the community who are reaching out for connection and support during this challenging time.
  • For the more vulnerable, Cire has distributed items such as Quilton toilet paper from Good360 which distributes new and surplus goods donated by its network of Australian manufacturers and businesses. While the FICE shop has been closed, there has been much online delivery of services and support such as virtual ‘Frock up Fridays’ with Good360 pamper products as prizes, and a Zoom makeup session with donated L’Oreal makeup packs for participants.

Laura said the feedback from learners has made worthwhile all the hard work in embracing change so quickly and overcoming the challenges along the way.

The following helps capture the appreciation:

“It is fantastic to do all these exercises online with others.  You still get the community feel even in isolation. It is so nice to see other people we used to see all the time, plus it actually makes sure we do exercise and do it properly with supervision. Great fun for all” – Julie, Fit 4 Life participant

“I have enjoyed studying online as it gives me the flexibility to study from home and enables me to perform my family commitments. The workload is manageable and my teacher is easy to get in touch with and flexible in providing extra support when required” – Gavin, Certificate IV Education Support student (pitured above)

“I never thought I would enjoy learning about superannuation so much! Sue steers you through the confusing world of superannuation, with clear, informed and easy to follow teaching. The course is well thought out with the different aspects uncovered in each session, Sue takes the time so you truly understand what it is you are learning, I feel so much more confident and empowered in understanding my superannuation – thanks for such a fabulous course” – Alexandra, Smart Money attendee

Students and trainers have embraced the changes during this challenging time, as seen in this video for a Kitchen Kaos.

The Training and Hubs team are excited to be able to welcome people back to both the Yarra Junction and Chirnside Park Community Hubs following the announcement of the easing of restrictions. Both hubs will be re-opening on the 1st of June and will be resuming standard programs and services as the restrictions allow.

If you have any questions please contact us via email or call 1300 835 235

Timely focus on loneliness

“Loneliness: the solution is community” is a particularly significant theme for Neighbourhood House Week 2020 this week, given the varying levels of social restrictions and lockdowns globally.

So, with people having to stay home, how can we connect with each other to maintain our sense of community? We hope the following might help.

It is great news that we can now welcome up to five friends or family members into our homes, or catch up outdoors in groups of up to 10, especially for those who have been missing their loved ones. However, please remember to maintain safe distancing and hygiene practices.

With the easing of some restrictions, some of our community’s most vulnerable people will still be isolated, so you might like to drop a note in their letterbox, offering assistance. Cire has created a simple form to offer your support.

Our Hubs team is proud to be part of the Community House network and help with the Outer East phone chat line. For anyone bored, isolated, lonely or just wanting someone new to talk to, we are here Monday – Friday 10.00am – 1.00pm and Monday – Thursday 5.00pm – 9.00pm or we can schedule callbacks outside of these times.  To get in touch for a chat, give us a call on 1800 984 825.

For those on Facebook, or other social media platforms, there are many ways to keep in touch. Now, more than ever, we are using our Community Hubs Facebook page to share information and stay connected with locals. Social media is a great way to have everyday interactions with family and friends, but it’s also full of groups to join.  If you have an interest, there’s sure to be a group of like-minded people.  We’ve been enjoying our “Lock-Down Lego” challenges, as a way to create connections with those who enjoy building.

Another option to grow your digital community is the “Next Door” website.  This platform helps people connect with their neighbours, posting information, as well as offers of goods, services or support.  As always, remember the core cyber-safety principles, and never share your personal information online.

Cire Craft Group

Cire Community Hub Craft Group catching up via Zoom

It has been exciting to see the ways that people have embraced using technology to engage with each other.  I had heard of FaceTime and knew that Messenger (Facebook) had a video call option, but I would have never thought that words like “Zoom” and “WebEx” would become so familiar, or add-ons like Microsoft Teams and Google Meet would become life-lines connecting with my colleagues. One of my favourite COVID-19 responses is the way our “crafters” have adapted to catching up via Zoom, rather than their usual Wednesday morning tea at the Chirnside Park Community Hub.  Chatting about current craft projects, grandchildren and offering mutual support is being done via video meeting, but the joy of connection is still very much alive.

Don’t forget our Hubs team is here for anyone needing some assistance in becoming familiar with using technology to connect to others.  Just give us a call on 1300 835 235, or email us at communityhubs@cire.org.au for more information.

Cire supports bushfire initiative with Wandin Rotary

Cire donated more than $700 to Wandin Rotary to directly support their initiative to aid those impacted by the devastating bushfires in the Corryong and Upper Murray region of northeast Victoria.

The money will help offset a $10,000 donation by Wandin Rotary to assist the Rotary Club of Corryong which is working tirelessly to help the local communities and individuals rebuild their lives.

Money raised by Rotary goes directly to those in need, without administration costs and other fees.

Whilst Cire staff contributed to appeals earlier in the year, the Rotary donation comprised of subsequent funds raised at a funky hair day by our Hubs and Children’s Services teams, which was then matched by Cire itself. The Wandin club’s pledge is from its major annual fundraisers including its Wandin Custom Car and Bike Show, the final night of which is on Wednesday evening 18 March.

“Cire is one of Wandin’s first organisational members and we are proud to be able to support the club in this way,” said Cire CEO, Gus Seremetis.

“Wandin Rotary is a small club but incredibly active in supporting the local community as well as reaching out to others in need.”

In commending Cire for its generous support, Wandin Rotary President, Dennis Hoehne, said the club chose to donate $10,000 to the Corryong Club so the funds would go directly to those most in need.

He said the Corryong Club had indicated that was most needed in the community was access to cash.

“Many people’s livelihoods have been taken away with little alternative income available. So far the Club has distributed $30,000 of its own funds to people who have either lost their homes or their properties have been severely damaged. The President of the Club lost his own home to the bushfires’’ Dennis said.

He said it was at times like these that the Wandin Club particularly valued organisational members like Cire who could help harness even more support through its staff and the communities it serves.

He said the club was always looking to expand its membership base so it could continue to provide and expand its work in strengthening local communities and helping those in need.

For further information about Wandin Rotary, please visit http://www.wandinrotary.org/

Christmas Twilight Market 2019 – Activities, Food Trucks & Stalls!

Welcome to the Cire Services and Yarra Ranges Council Christmas Twilight Market!

Cire Services is thrilled to be opening the doors of our Chirnside Park Community Hub, at 33 Kimberly Drive, for our first-ever festive market event. We are immensely proud to be hosting over 60 stalls and food trucks, showcasing the talent and hard work of local business owners from across the Yarra Ranges. By shopping local, you are directly benefiting your community and taking home unique, one of a kind treasures that can’t be replicated.

The Christmas Twilight Market will span four zones: The outdoor area, the foyer, the hall and- of course!- Food Truck Park. We will also have plenty of activities available to keep the kids entertained, from pourable art by Mixable Creations to sustainable Christmas crafting run by Cire Hubs’ very own placement student, the talented and lovely Linda. If you’re lucky, you might even see the famous Santa himself wandering around the stalls as he tries to track down the perfect gift for Mrs Claus!

Cire Services will be providing a sausage sizzle, courtesy of a generous donation from Coles Chirnside Park, with sausages for $2.50 and cold drinks for $2. Every dollar raised will be used to fund programs, events and initiatives at our not-for-profit community hubs. Make sure to pop by and say “hello” to our wonderful Cire team.

Thank you to our amazing local business owners, Coles Chirnside Park and, most of all, our hard-working Community Hubs team for bringing a touch of Christmas magic to Chirnside Park this Friday.

 

 

Zone 1- The Outdoor Area:

 

Stall Offering
Little Fox Ceramics Handmade ceramics such as cups, tumblers, bowls, vases
Handmade Jems Hair Accessories
Intimo Lingerie and clothing
Easy Peasy Garden Tools Gardening and cleaning tools
Yarra Valley Bath and Body Bath and Body gifts
Leadlight by Vas Leadlight suncatchers
Craftorium Crochet Toys
Vitamin Earth Natural Threads Boho fair-trade clothes
Spectrum Journeys Bracelets,  books, t-shirts, calming bottles
Tanache by m&m Handmade jewelery and clothes
Tennis for Life Information on joining their local tennis club
Peony and Sage Essential oils
Tupperware Storage solutions for the home
Thermomix Demonstrations on cooking with your Thermomix
Sherlock Designs Homewares and pop-culture products
Polyanthus Handmade Jewellery made from books
Uncle Mungo’s Bottled hot sauce and other chilli products
Mixible Creations Craft kits and free craft activities
Opals Gems and Jewellery Opal and semi-precious gems set in rings, bracelets, anklets, pendants
Indie Resin Resin homewares, jewellery, art and alcohol ink art
Barnden Doll clothing, blankets, library bags, toy bags
Felix and Wise Children’s jewellery and charms, squishies and toys, stress relief toys, bags, dress-ups
Little Blossom Boutique Hand-made items
Nerea Li Santi Handcrafted silver jewellery
Rhonda’s Family Amusements Pony Rides, Jumping Castles
Cire Services The host of the market, Cire, will be sharing information on their wide range of community initiatives and services
Sparkle and Twirl Face Painting
CFA Fire Truck Kids big and small all love a visit from the fire truck! The CFA will be in attendance, offering fire education and awareness.

 

Zone 2 – The Foyer:

 

Stall Offering
Cosy Cards Christmas Cards
Created to Cherish Soy candles, melts, tea-lights & cards
Lee’s Chocolate House Handmade Chocolate Houses
Bebe Beauty Nutrimetics brand skincare and beauty products
Harmonia Grove @ Taggerty Olive oil and  olive products
Ines McSweeney DoTerra oils
Intelex Australia A wide range of beautiful imported fabrics
Gray Arch Designs Polymer clay jewellery
Crafted by Bees Raw, local honey
Sweets & Treats by Michael Delicious sweets and treats
Sugar Shack Candy Rock Candy, candy straps, liquorice and all things sugar!

 

Zone 3- The Hall

 

Stall Offering
YV Hampers Gourmet Yarra Valley Food Hampers
Yarra Mist All-natural essential oil-based products
Saroma Natural Therapies Repellents, skincare, deodorants, gels
Norma Rose Cakes Cupcakes, Christmas baked goods, toffees
The Avenue Gifts Gift hampers and locally made goods
La Cire Candles Natural soy wax candles with natural oils
Poppysmack Artisan Asian sauces and meal kits, with gluten-free, vegan and low FODMAP options available
Swanella Creations Nappy cakes, baby rompers, t-shirts and hair accessories.
J Creations “Baby I Spy “Bags, burp cloths, bibs and key fobs
Jan’s Art Smocks Handmade art smocks and children’s wear
Wishkart Pty Ltd Children’s light-up LED toys
Charlie and Sparrow Jewellery, handbags and scarves
Brain Gym Brain gym for learning, living & healthy ageing
Vintage Flourish Eco-friendly and natural products
TJL Creations Hand made jewellery, hair accessories and bead chains
Close to My Heart Cards, doll’s clothes and knitted goods
Cathie’s Crafty Creations Crocheted and knitted goods

 

Zone 4 – The Food Truck Park

 

Food Truck Offering
Smoothie Planet Smoothies and juices
Ablaze Woodfire Pizzas Pizza and ice-cream
CJ Mobile Café Coffee and hot chocolate
Real Fruit Ice Cream Vanilla yoghurt/ice-cream mixed with fruit
Honey Dee Loukoumades Greek deep-fried doughnuts served with honey syrup
Golden Poffertjes Dutch pancakes with a variety of toppings

 

Teddy Bears Picnic – celebrating children

Cire Services was a bit like the Pied Piper of the Yarra Valley recently when it hosted two fun-packed festivals at its community hubs to celebrate national Children’s Week.

Hundreds of pre-schoolers and their families including mums and dads and grandparents, and the local young-at-heart, gathered for the festivities which focused on the 2019 theme of ‘Children have the right to be healthy, safe and happy. Richer countries should help poor countries achieve this’.

With a teddy bears picnic theme, all who attended enjoyed a full program of activities at the Chirnside Park and Yarra Junction hubs on Tuesday and Thursday, 22 and 24 October respectively.

Teddy Bears Picnic - celebrating childrenHighlights included performances by educational theatre company, The Flying Bookworm, the musical magic of local drummer Kofi Kunkpe, storytimes with Bookaburra and Eastern Regional Libraries, energetic dance classes with Count Me in Dance Company, badge making, plaster mould painting, playdough, robotics, and cut and paste and sensor activities and lots more.

It was also one-stop shopping for information about local services and activities with stalls promoting Cire Children’s Services, Cire Training, Cire Community Hubs; the CFA complete with truck; local pre-schools and primary schools, Yarra Range Council Family and Community Services (FaCS), EDVOS, Healesville Hospital and Yarra Valley Health, Eastern Regional Libraries, Brain Gym, and Count Me in Dance School.

In keeping with the 2019 theme, and to plant the seeds of social justice among our youngsters, Cire showcased a charity it supports in North Bali.  The son of the founder, who was a special guest at Chirnside Park where he wore traditional dress, thanked all those who donated to the Aura Sukma Insani Foundation. Former Cire employee and Yarra Junction resident, Heather Dryden volunteers at the charity which focuses on education, housing and medical care in remote areas.

Cire hosted the teddy bears picnics with the support of Yarra Ranges Council as well as businesses from the region including the Fingers Orchard at Launching Place, Yarra Valley Archery Park, Belgravia Leisure’s Yarra Centre, Oz Tenpin Bowling, Bunnings Lilydale and Croydon, Maroondah Golf Park, and Readings.

‘Cire is proud to partner with others to ensure such an event is successful and that we work together to strengthen our broader community, through inclusiveness and connectedness,’ said Gus Seremetis Chief Executive Officer of Cire, one of the largest not-for-profits serving the Yarra Ranges and beyond and unique to the region.

‘It is tremendous that Children’s Week is helping sow the seeds of social justice with a focus on helping less fortunate children overseas, as well as promoting the rights of children in Australia.’

Ms Seremetis was delighted to welcome Dodi Sukadana from the Aura Sukma Insani Foundation.

‘Cire’s values closely align with those of the Foundation which we actively support,’ added Ms Seremetis.

 

Leadership initiative to drive continued Cire success

Cire Services has launched an innovative Leadership Program to help drive the future progress of the organisation as one of the largest and most respected not-for-profits in the region.

Core to the success of our organisation, Cire’s leadership team comprises leaders from every area of the business including Corporate, Children’s Services, Community Hubs, Education and Training and the Community School. With our focus on continuous improvement, education and professional development, Cire’s Leadership Program 2019 was launched on 19 June.

“With such diversity in our business units and our people, it was essential to build a program that suited Cire specifically. A cookie cutter approach just wouldn’t work as effectively for us,” says Melanie Fisher, Senior Manager – People and Quality.

The Leadership Program was developed from a workshop for the Executive Leadership Team, run by Melanie.

The day focused on drawing out and establishing the leadership traits that are important to Cire, and vital to a Cire leader. The style of learning was also discussed at length and the types of programs that have helped Executives to progress their careers.

Five leadership traits were identified:

Leadership initiative to drive continued Cire success

 

  1. Values Driven
  2. Aware of Self and Others
  3. Motivational on the Journey
  4. Accountable for promises and outcomes
  5. Authentic

From there, three core program modules were developed:Leadership initiative to drive continued Cire success

  1. Knowing Ourselves
  2. Connecting with Others
  3. Business Ready

To be authentic and self-aware as leaders, our people need to understand more about themselves, their style, which makes them better leaders and individuals. We commenced the program with an employee satisfaction survey to measure what people thought of the business, levels of engagement and commitment and what needed work.

With great delight, we engaged Kristen Hansen from enHansen Performance to speak to the team about the neuroscience of leadership and performance, and Heather Smith from Nourish Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching will give insight into managing stress through better health.

Leadership initiative to drive continued Cire successTo supporting leaders in connecting with others, and being motivational on the journey, an internal mentoring program will be introduced as well as ‘spotlight talks’ from each leader about what they do within Cire. Presentation skills training will be key to helping our leaders deliver their messages effectively, and a values alignment program run by CEO Gus Seremetis will give valuable insights as to what living our values looks like day to day. Jarred Kellerman, our Business Support Manager and registered psychologist and Melanie Fisher, a registered counsellor, will be running a program on active listening.

Being Business Ready cements our learnings into operation. Training on leading teams and professional networking skills will get the team ready and refreshed to put their knowledge of themselves, others and the business into practice. To further show how well we can work as a team, a Cire Cook-Off (Masterchef style!) will finalise the program at the year.

The program runs over six months, and Cire is excited to show support for its people, to support their success now and into the future. This, in turn, helps us better support our community, to add value to our programs and work towards our values of quality, respect and integrity.

Cire Services is a not for profit organisation. We are committed to investing our profits in improving service deliveries. Facilities and staff proffesssional development.

Alpacas with Maracas

By Holly Williams – educator at Cire Children’s CentreYarra Junction

With the catchy theme of ‘Alpacas and Maracas’, toddlers from the Cire Children’s Centre at Yarra Junction were well and truly hooked for National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 22 May.

Alpacas with MaracasOur Toddlers Room joined more than 1,085,587 participants across Australia and New Zealand for the nation-wide reading which is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).  It is the first time Cire has participated and we are already looking forward to future as part of our innovative learning program.

Gathering outside to enjoy our natural environment and sunshine, we started our Alpacas and Maracas session with an acknowledgement of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. The children joined in with their own actions and appreciation before sitting on the mat, sharing their wonder and interest in the story time.

Using technology, we were able to view the video in Auslan with the story being signed to be inclusive of all our educators and children.

The children shared their joy as they laughed and giggled, joining in on the actions throughout the story and shaking their maracas as we engaged within the group.

As part of National Simultaneous Storytime, every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum.

The aim is to promote:

  • the value of reading and literacy
  • the value and fun of books
  • an Australian writer and publisher

promote story time activities in public libraries and communities around the country, and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.

Cire Children’s Services is one of the four core operations of Cire Services Inc.

We proudly operate a range of quality children’s services at multiple sites across the Yarra Ranges in order to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve.

We program include long day care incorporating a funded kindergarten program, occasional care, outside school hours care, vacation care and playgroups.

We provide opportunities, skills and support for both children and families.  We believe in the individuality of each child and promote a holistic approach to education and care which encompasses the overall health and wellbeing of every child who attends our services.

Finalist in Telstra National Business Award

Telstra Business Award Finalist 2019Cire Services is delighted to be a finalist in the social change maker category of the 2019 Telstra Business Awards.

Our progress in the award program demonstrates Cire’s credibility as a social change maker and our continuously growing strength and reach in the sector. Winners are expected to be announced in the second part of 2019.

The prestigious awards are now in their 27th year with the social change maker category celebrating organisations that have positive social impact at ‘the core of their purpose’.

Being part of the program highlights Cire’s work as one of the largest not-for-profit organisations in the Yarra Ranges Shire and the diverse needs of residents of all ages that we try to address through our core operations.

Cire is proud of its reputation for providing flexible learning opportunities, education and training and a depth and breadth of community programs and services to help meet the needs of, and empower, people of all ages through the Yarra Ranges and beyond.

Our credibility is further reinforced by the partnerships we enjoy with local, state and federal government bodies and other organisations and philanthropic endeavours through funding and in-kind support and joint projects.

Cire operates across sites in Lilydale, Yarra Junction, Mount Evelyn and Chirnside Park, as well as through outreach. Our core services are:

  • Cire Community School which has pioneered successful educational options and approaches for Years 7 to 12 students requiring an alternative to mainstream schooling.
  • Cire Children’s Services which delivers long day care including integrated kindergarten programs; occasional care; outside school hours care as well as other family and children’s services such as a range of playgroups.
  • Cire Training, our Registered Training Organisation (RTO) which delivers accredited and non-accredited short courses and Vocational Education and Training (VET).
  • Cire Community Hubs which offer a diverse range of programs and services in a welcoming and inclusive environment at Yarra Junction and Chirnside Park (formerly Kimberley Place).

Cire has enjoyed a particularly exciting start to 2019.  Our corporate services and Cire Training, our Registered Training Organisation, are now based in offices at 211 Main Street, Lilydale. This has given more space for our Community School and Children’s Services at their Mount Evelyn campuses, as well as creating a dedicated location for our Community Hub at Yarra Junction.

Equally exciting, Cire commenced operating Chirnside Park Community Hub at the start of the year at the invitation of Yarra Ranges Council. Our Mount Evelyn campus was developed after Council invited Cire to take over Morrison House in 2014.

Cire celebrates sustainable living at Ecotopia

Ecotopia, ECOSS’s annual community festival celebrating sustainable living and multiculturalism, was held on Sunday 24th March.

Ecotopia is a celebration of sustainable living in the Yarra Valley and a major yearly event for ECOSS, a not-for-profit organisation based in Wesburn which is situated on a permaculture designed property promoting sustainable living solutions for the Yarra Valley community and beyond.

Cire Services, who is a major sponsor of Ecotopia, was invited to participate, giving us the opportunity to advertise our new direction for our dedicated Community Hub – Yarra Junction, after the move of our head office and training department to Lilydale, and showcase the great ways we plan to grow and support our community.

Cire has recently made the decision to utilise its location in Yarra Junction as a Community Hub.

We aim to strengthen the grassroots of our organisation, which started over 40 years ago, by giving locals easy access to our services in Yarra Junction, and help people to get involved and have local input and knowledge.

“I’m really looking forward to growing the Yarra Junction Community Hub and helping to facilitate community ownership and participation. This space is here for the community, and our team have a holistic view of bringing the community together and being proud of the town we call home.” Simone Whitehead, Community Hub coordinator

Our Yarra Junction Community Hub coordinators, Simone and Penny, started the day at Ecotopia setting up an approachable space for people to come and see what our Hubs and the broader Cire community have to offer.

Eliza, Cire’s Early Childhood Education and Care trainer, was keen to help and enlisted the support of some of her Certificate III students to set up an activity to engage families and children through playdough activity tables.

“I was very impressed with my students who contributed their time to participate in a hands-on learning activity. The students made playdough in one of our classes, set up the activity area and interacted with families.” Eliza Lee, Early Childhood trainer

Also on offer was a flag making table where visitors could come and paint their own flag in colours, patterns and symbols that resonated with them.

Cire Community Hub was proud to be a part of an event that celebrated sustainable living in the Yarra Valley and look forward to next years.

If you didn’t get the chance to say hello to us at Ecotopia and would like to know what is happening, are interested in running a course, or hiring out space, please drop into Cire Community Hub – Yarra Junction and introduce yourself to our coordinators, Penny and Simone or contact 1300 835 235.

If you’re lucky, they might even make you a cuppa!