Health and wellbeing in Latrobe.

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The town of Latrobe is set to play host to a refreshing festival at the end of this month with the Total Health and Wellness Festival.
Events include physical health checks and life tools, presentations on holistic therapies, nutrition and skin care. There will also be plenty of stalls offering a wide variety of retail and handmade goods.

The festival will be held at the Latrobe Memorial Hall, on the 28th – 29th of November

For more information please visit: www.facebook.com/HealthWellnessLatrobe

Keagan Belbin.

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Delta Therapy Dogs

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A local not-for-profit organisation is currently seeking help of the four legged variety.

Delta Therapy Dogs is a group dedicated to providing a unique kind of support: the canine kind. Many recent studies have found interaction with animals, especially dogs can have amazing impact on the elderly in aged care, people living with dementia and other disabilities, with young people especially benefitting from the engagement.
It can be as simple as a pat and a hug.
Sue Jennings of the group has been taking her dog, a beautiful border collie named Tash to the Emmerton Park aged care centre, in the state’s north-west for nearly three years.
“We just go round and spend 10 or 15 minutes with the residents in their rooms and Tash goes up and gets the big pats,” she said.
“I just have a little chat with them and see how they’re going.
“It’s known that if people can pat and stroke dogs, particularly in their last few years, then it’s beneficial to their health.”
In fact, it’s not just the dogs’ handlers who notice a positive change.
Emmerton Park’s leisure and lifestyle co-ordinator Dave Dunkerley said the visits had had a wonderful impact on the residents.
“It’s very relaxing, they mellow, they start chatting, they talk to a dog very often first and then they’ll talk to us,” he said.
He also said of note, was the behaviour of dementia patients.
“Particularly with dementia you can get some undesirable behaviours at times, but the dogs tend to lessen the behaviours,” he said.
Recently the group has faced hard times, with a number of the handlers finding full time work and many of the dogs, getting older and needing to retire. So they have put the call out, for help from human and dog alike.
Northern coordinator, Claire Curtis, recently said the organisation was in desperate need for more volunteers to keep the program going.
“We’ve been visiting in Burnie for a long time, but I have teams from Forth, Ulverstone and Somerset covering these facilities,” she said.
“We desperately need volunteers down in Smithton and Circular Head as well.
“We assess dogs from 18 months to ten years of age and they only have to be a well-behaved, well-mannered dog.”
The organisation currently visited 19 facilities in Tasmania’s north, but wanted to expand their services.
“I know there’s respite centres, brain injury units, there are a lot of places that could still benefit from having a dog coming in every week,” she said.
“But at the moment, until we got more volunteers we can’t do that.”
For more details please visit:  www.deltadogsafetas.org.au

Or call: 6248 7661

Keagan Belbin.

Street art project update

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Rising Phoenix Studios has been busy getting the Street Art project rolling. Some wonderful submissions are starting to come in. We are gaining growing support from a number of local Tasmanian businesses who are acknowledging the value of this project and the efforts of the young Rising Phoenix artists organizing it. Homelessness touches so many Tasmanian lives – it’s scary. We are enthused by the growing community support across our beautiful state helping to raise awareness about this issue.

Due to a number of requests, we have extended the Street Art submission deadline to the 31st of December. Keep those wonderful pieces coming in and thank you for helping to spread the word.

For details visit:

http://www.risingphoenixstudios.com.au/street-art.html

$100 million boost to tackle domestic violence

The Turnbull government has recently announced it would channel $15 million into 12 areas across the country with the highest rates of domestic violence. The North-West Coast of Tasmania is one of the 12 at-risk areas. This funding is part of the $100 million Women’s Safety Package as announced by Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull last week. Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said, “I applaud the Federal Government’s $100 million package to tackle family violence. This major investment complements the Tasmanian Government’s nation leading ‘Safe Home, Safe Families’ released last month.”

Federal Member for Braddon, Brett Whitely has also stated, “The services will be set up in areas with high reported levels of domestic violence by existing legal assistance providers who have a proven track record of providing services to women experiencing domestic violence… Clearly, society has failed women and children that have suffered at the hands of a violent partner. We must do more and do it quickly, but this is a good start.”

Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline free call number: 1800 007 339

Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline free call number: 1800 000 599

Jakob Barrett

Street art submissions

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Rising Phoenix Studios is seeking contributors for our next project, Street Art, a publication scheduled for a 2016 release in both print and electronic formats. Street Art is a literary project aiming to give voice to those who are currently homeless or have had their lives touched by homelessness in some form. It will be an anthology collection of short stories, poetry, photography and art – a celebration of passions, endurance, hopes and dreams. Proceeds from the sale of this work to be donated to the food van services currently providing for the homeless in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart.

For details go to:

www.risingphoenixstudios.com.au