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Water safety, swimming and surf clubs

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With the arrival of summer, make sure that your beach and pool activities are safe. The following organisations can help:

Masters Swimming SA
Promotes swimming for fitness and wellbeing for adults through 9 affiliated clubs, 8 in the metropolitan area and one in Port Augusta. Clubs provide training throughout the year in both indoor and outdoor pools. Each summer there is a program of open water swims off Adelaide beaches as well as at Port Elliot and Port Augusta, giving the opportunity to swim various distances in the sea with safety patrols providing support.

Rapid Swim is a program developed by SASRAPID for people with disabilities to gain water confidence. It develops water awareness, confidence, safety and swimming skills for people who require additional support to learn to swim. Sessions are held outside school hours or on Saturdays. Swimmers can progress to Rapid Swim Plus, where small group instruction is provided for those who can swim at least 50 metres freestyle. Barracudas Swim Squad, another SASRAPID program, offers a squad training program caters for people with an integration difficulty who are not ready to join mainstream swimming clubs.

Royal Life Saving Society - Australia (SA Branch) Inc.
RLSS works to prevent drowning and to equip Australians with water safety skills. It provides water safety education programs, sport participation for lifesavers and community development programs that cater for the needs of Indigenous, rural and remote, culturally and linguistically diverse and refugee communities, and second and third generation arrivals.

Surf Life Saving SA Inc.
Provides education, prevention and rescue services to saves lives on beaches and provides opportunities for fitness, recreation and volunteering. There are clubs at Aldinga Bay, Brighton, Chiton Rocks, Christies Beach, Glenelg, Grange, Henley, Moana , Normanville, North Haven, Port Elliot, Port Noarlunga, Seacliff, Semaphore, Somerton, South Port, West Beach, Whyalla.

Swimming SA Inc.
Peak body for swimming in South Australia. Check the website for a comprehensive list of swimming clubs around the state. They welcome members of all ages who are interested in both recreational and competitive swimming. Volunteers can assist with events, fundraising and administration.

SA Water VACSWIM is a South Australian Government funded program for school aged children from 5 years and up. Participants develop skills in water safety, confidence and competence in the water, personal survival activities, emergency procedures and basic swimming stroke improvement. The program is conducted at school pools, public and private pools, beaches and lakes throughout South Australia. Enrolment days will be held at major venues on 11 December 2010 and at all venues on 2 January 2011.

Cancer Council SA
While you're swimming, make sure you are sun safe by checking daily UV alerts and following the Cancer Council's five steps to protect against sun damage

News from the SA community sector

Christmas Day - meals and gatherings for people who are isolated or disadvantaged will be available at the following places:

  • Byron Place Community Centre, 61-67 Byron Place, Adelaide 5000 - open from 8am - 11am on Christmas Day. Brunch will be provided from 10am 
  • Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide 5000 - open 7am - 1pm on Christmas Eve; 9am - 1pm  on Christmas Day
  • Maughan Church, 10 Pitt Street, Adelaide 5000 - Christmas meal at 5.30 for 6pm. Bookings are not required, but if children are coming, a small gift can be arranged if notified in advance
  • St Lukes, 35 Whitmore Square, Adelaide 5000 - Christmas lunch from 11.30am
  • Westcare, 216 Wright Street, Adelaide 5000 - Christmas lunch from 12 noon

See for details of Christmas events, carols nights and pageants.


Support after the death of a family member or friend by suicide is available from the following services:

MOSH Australia (Minimisation of Suicide Harm), a not for profit organisation that helps people at risk of self-harm and suicide and those bereaved through suicide. 86 George Street, Thebarton,,
Centacare Murray Bridge - Silent Ripples suicide support group, an informal gathering of friends, family, colleagues, meets from 6pm-8pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Murray Bridge Centacare, 55 Adelaide Road, tel. 8531 8888
Anglicare SA Living Beyond Suicide - help is provided by trained family support volunteers, tel. 1300 76 11 93 between 10am–10pm any day

River Murray Urban Users Committee is a community group that works to raise awareness in the community about the importance of the Murray-Darling Basin and River Murray, thereby encouraging action to improve the health of the river system. The group has recently launched a new initiative called icare communities, an online interactive platform that will bring together information, events and  volunteer opportunities relating to sustainability and environmental action.

One image is all it takes is an inspiring video (3 minutes) that acknowledges the work that non-profit organisations around Australia do to help people, to solve community problems and to make the world a better place. It was produced by Connecting Up Australia's DonorTec team.

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The United Nations has declared International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding from 12 August 2010 to 12 August 2011. The year coincides with the 25th anniversary of the first International Youth Year in 1985 on the theme Participation, Development and Peace.

Connecting Up 2011
Connecting Up Conference Melbourne 1-3 June 2011 is the nonprofit technology conference that helps the nonprofit sector use technology to change the world. Two international keynote speakers will join experts from around Australia and New Zealand in presenting practical ideas and innovative workshops on how to benefit from today's technology. CU11 will empower nonprofits to Control their position in the sector, Alt(er) their perception of on-line tools and Delete their fear of change. The full program will be available in March 2011 but keep your eye on this page and follow the CU11 updates on Twitter, Facebook and blog.

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SAcommunity kitchen

This month's recipe is from Community Kitchens
If you would like to submit a recipe for a future edition of SAcommunity news please send it to

City Life chocolate and coconut balls

1 packet arrowroot biscuits
400g tin sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 x  cup desiccated coconut 

Crush arrowroot biscuits with rolling pin or food processor. Add cup of coconut and cocoa. Mix well then add sweetened condensed milk and stir until combined. Take one teaspoon of mixture at a time and form into balls. Roll the balls in the remaining
cup of coconut.
Place balls on a tray to set in the fridge. Store in an airtight container, keep refrigerated for 1-2 weeks

SAcommunity survey

Please complete our SAcommunity user satisfaction survey to provide us with feedback about our community information services. It will only take about 2 minutes and you will have the chance to win a Flip Camcorder. You will need to complete the survey by 5pm on Friday 10 December 2010. The winner will be notified by email during the following week.

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Do you have room on your noticeboard for one of our A3 posters? It's a good way to let people know how Connecting Up Australia can help community groups and nonprofits to publicise their activities through our information channels and save money through DonorTec technology donations. Email us at if you'd like to receive one or more copies.

From the www - helps you find movies, books, music and other everyday things - find the meanings of obscure but intesting words and adopt them -  little purls of wisdom - indulge your taste for delicious crochet

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