Special Person’s Day BBQ breakfast at Northern Bay

A BBQ breakfast has helped acknowledge the special people in children’s lives and has led to an ongoing relationship with the local Lions Club.

In the lead-up to Father’s Day, an initiative identified by the Korayn Birralee Family Centre Early Years’ Service was to provide a breakfast to acknowledge the special people in children’s lives. From here, conversations began with the Centre Manager, Tanya, around the logistics of navigating the catering and costs for a whole of site event.

To support this important sitewide initiative, the Our Place team began exploring potential opportunities and decided to approach the local Corio/ Norlane Lions Club to see if they were able to support and determine whether they would like to be involved. After a quick chat, Our Place learnt that the Lions Club were only too eager to help and saw this as a great way to support the community. 

After working alongside the Lions Club and the site partners, the logistics for the morning all came together, and the Early Years’ Service and the School began promoting the event and encouraging families to attend. The morning turned out to be a wonderful success, with many families stopping by for a chat and enjoying a free breakfast. Ray, a Lions Club member and his team of volunteers ended up cooking a whopping 100 egg and bacon rolls for families who were dropping their children off at kindergarten, school, and long daycare. The Our Place Community Facilitators also jumped behind the BBQ and supported with flipping eggs and making up the rolls alongside the Lions Club volunteers.

The BBQ breakfast has been a catalyst for the development of an ongoing relationship with the Lions Club who are also eager to support the Northern Bay community in other ways moving forward. Some of these ways include donations of second-hand bikes and computers. Our Place also looks forward to working alongside Korayn Birralee Family Centre and Northern Bay College – Wexford Campus to plan future on site events for families and children.

Aligning with the Our Place Approach

Engagement and Enrichment activities for children is one of five evidence based elements Our Place focuses on in our holistic approach to supporting the education, health and development of all children and families.

Evidence tells us that when community members participate in activities within their community, for example, volunteering or attending events, it assists in creating a sense of belonging and pride for children and families. Community members also experience health and wellbeing benefits from participating in engagement and enrichment activities.

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