October was an expo extraordinaire month for MAC staff, with MAC representation at 3 different Expos. 21 October saw Nina Telford and Peony Brown attending the MAC booth at the Gerontology ‘BIG Ideas on Ageing’ conference in Adelaide. This was followed by the Multicultural Meals Expo at the MAC AGM and then Nina and Peony were at the Resthaven ‘Every Generation Celebration’ held at the Resthaven Marion site on 26 October.
The ‘BIG Ideas on Ageing’ Expo generated a lot of interest amongst those who attended the conference. Delegates represented a diverse range of workers including local government staff, government departments, university staff and students, CALD workers, allied health workers and other aged care workers in the community. An incredible amount of MAC and MAC Library information and resources were given out. MAC staff also spoke about MAC services and training sessions which include Cultural Competency for Aged care workers and other relevant organisations such as Councils and RDNS. Many left the MAC information booth ‘armed’ with a lot of useful and valuable information.
During the AGM on 24 October, MAC invited ARAS and the four CALD community meals programs which comprises of the Maltese Meals & Community Services, PISA Italian Meals and Services, Greek Welfare Centre SA – Greek Meals Service, and Federation of Polish Organisations in SA – Polish Meals Program, to have an EXPO of their services during the event. They were delighted to have the opportunity to display what they have to offer in terms of brochures, pamphlets, menus on offer and a sample of containers to indicate the size of meals provided.
ARAS provided information in languages other than English. In fact, Jane from ARAS was so keen to provide information in other languages that she forgot the pamphlets in ENGLISH!
Just as the dust was settling after the AGM, Nina and Peony attended the Resthaven ‘Every Generation Celebration’ in Marion on Saturday, 26 October. The MAC display table was loaded with brochures, pamphlets and library resources such as books, DVDs, music etc. Many of the people attending were residents, family of residents, the general public, students doing Aged Care and workers from CALD and mainstream organisations.