Wodonga TAFE Community Services students build virtual community to raise awareness for community reconnection
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Students completing Certificate IV in Community Services at Wodonga TAFE are launching a new project to raise awareness for community reconnection. The objective of their web-based project ‘Connected Community’ is to help people in our community reconnect with each other and with their community. The project webpage will host a virtual calendar from 16 to 22 November 2020, which includes a range of fun and interesting virtual events, alongside valuable community information.
The Community Services students have focused their project on the need for people in our community to re-connect after a year that has been tough for many. Their aim is to help strengthen or establish connections for isolated individuals and encourage an increased sense of value and belonging.
The student-led virtual calendar will showcase a range of events and information hosted by community organisations, businesses, and individuals. Examples include yoga by Orana; dance classes for tiny tots, under 10s and all ages by DWM Studios; skin care and make up tutorials by Positively Ashlyn; the importance of wills and powers of attorney by Bellbridge Hague Solicitors; and so much more. The virtual calendar will also allow users to dip into the world of virtual tours, and engage with local attractions such as Bonegilla Migrant Centre, to further afield with Explore Scienceworks, streaming Phillip Island's Little Penguins into your lounge rooms every night, or even a virtual Disney World!
Community Services teacher at Wodonga TAFE, Ms Cathy Prior, said the students worked together to bring this project to life. “Students are using the skills and knowledge they have gained through their studies to provide this wonderful opportunity for people connect and engage with the community around them”, said Cathy. “While Covid-19 has helped us all see the importance of connection to community, technology has allowed our students to broaden our definition of community beyond geographical locations.”