Springboard ready for action
SPRINGBOARD 2011 is in action mode with seven new community projects in the pipeline.
The projects include a community outreach group, a mentoring group, a high school group, a food garden group, a guide hut renovation group, a facilities group and an all-abilities group.
Springboard is a joint collaboration community project between the Mossman Community Centre and multinational developer Lend Lease.
develop- ment officer Jill Bradley is encouraging members of the community to sign up for this year’s projects which are set to help a number of community organisations.
“It is a wonderful program that helps the community centre and other organisations in a number of ways,” she said.
“This year some of our projects venture out of the community centre to Mossman State High School and to the Girls Guide Hut.”
More than 40 people from Lend Lease meet at the Mossman Community Centre on a Wednesday and Thursday to work with volunteers assigned to each of the seven projects.
Lend Lease volunteers are participating as a part of a personal development program and are selected from the United Kingdom, Europe, America and other countries to work in teams within a community on community programs.
“Our local volunteers from the Douglas region get the chance to work on a community project with people from around the world,” Mrs Bradley said.
“The Lend Lease staff change each week, with new people coming to the region to work with our volunteers.
“There will be approximately 10 people in each of the seven group projects and each group will have one facilitator.”
Each of the groups will be introduced to their selected project in May.
The community outreach group will assist elderly members of the community by approaching senior citizen groups and services and attract members to the community centre through cooking and sewing activities.
Men will be encouraged to join the community centre by the mentoring group, which is designed to attract men with practical activities such as changing a tyre or fixing an old bike.
A number of smaller projects have been drawn up for the high school project, which will assist students and leavers with special needs, erect a shade house, build a chook house, garden and seedling program to educate students about food cycles, health and nutrition.
The good garden project will develop the gardens outside the Mossman Community Centre and will start a travelling “Vegie Van” to deliver food to those in need.
Support to local groups such as the Girl Guides will be funded as a part of the Guide Hut Reno project, including a renovation of a campfire area.
The facilities group will give the Mossman Community Centre a facelift by renovating and improving the facilities available at the centre.
An all-abilities group will renovate the Flexi-Respite Centre and establish a playgroup, garden and brochure to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
Members of the community who are interested in signing up still can register for Springboard 2011 online on http://mossmanprojects. com .