Community culture,  Community development

Creating Links October News

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The information you’ve supplied will assist us to continue to provide and develop relevant and up-to-date courses that will benefit you, your peers and your community.

We asked Sam Nicolosi,  the General Manager of the recently defunded Creative Industries Skills Council, to draw a name from our training survey respondents.  Our congratulations go to  Laine Loxlea-Danann, who has won the $50 voucher.  Laine is the Head of Music at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts (ACPA).

Student News

Robbie Murray – SANDS Walk

Our Certificate IV in Community Culture student, Robbie Murray’s community project, the SANDS Walk wrapped up last weekend. The SANDS walk commemorates  International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day.  Robbie spoke about her event:

‘Finally the  BIG day had arrived and  I wasn’t even nervous as I knew I had gained the confidence and skills to stage my event…

The  committee and team of volunteers excelled on the day as they were all well briefed and knew their roles.

My event was a tough one in many ways because of the fragile emotions of parents who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, newborn death or early loss. I had to be very focused and not lose site  of the magnitude of grief a family suffers when putting this event together,  I even attended a grief workshop to help with the understanding of emotions.  Research is a very important tool taught early on in the course and an integral part is knowing what your client is wanting to achieve [milestones].

Our project scope kept on growing, which has helped  build a strong foundation for SANDS in our community linking many services which were not in our original brief.

Our press release played a very important role in achieving wide exposure, we featured in four articles in  local newspapers, two magazine full page spreads, an interview on local radio  and on the day a documentary was made by the students from the Sunshine Coast University. Our team never lost sight of what we needed to  accomplish . [keeping them on task was my  role]  Debrief is next week and the “Thank You “to the community will hit the paper by the end of the week.

I have no doubt that without the skills attained (through the course) I would not have achieved the successful outcome of this event.’

Helga Phillips – Back to Greenvale

Helga Phillips has just finished her project: ‘Back to Greenvale’ (B2G) 40th Anniversary Celebrations over the weekend of the 4-6th  October,  which encouraged current and former locals to support their community and local businesses. Helga said:

‘The Greenvale Progress Association had some funds which had previously been ear tagged for other things that didn’t eventuate, so it was decided that this was a worthwhile project to put this funding towards. In total we put $10,000 to B2G another $2,000 was sponsored by Metallica Minerals and $1,000 from the Three Rivers Hotel toward the entertainment. The rest was funded through registrations, a BBQ that was put on by the B2G Committee and a temporary loan from our Rural Transaction Centre to cover the initial cost of alcohol for the event.  Our team worked together amazingly well.

The History display (which was my area of interest) proved to be popular ..taking people back to an earlier era and reliving the past with others, recollecting some of the stories, activities and interaction between people.

Though we haven’t worked out the final outcome (financial) the feedback has been very positive and already many are looking forward to returning should we hold a similar event. (At this stage there is some talk about opening a time capsule in 2016) so who knows where this will lead us.’