Trainee an asset to cen­tres

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Brunswick, Har­vey and Yar­loop Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tres have em­ployed a shared trainee to help sup­port new and ex­ist­ing pro­grams and lead the charge on some new events.

Trainee Isolde Hay­den has hit the ground run­ning, act­ing as the main face of the cen­tre’s free IT tu­tor­ing pro­gram and or­gan­is­ing Youth Week 2019 events across the three towns.

Ms Hay­den said she started the trainee­ship in Septem­ber, which came about through her in­volve­ment with the Brunswick cen­tre five years ago as a vol­un­teer then a ca­sual worker.

Brunswick cen­tre man­ager Jo Dal­ton ap­proached Ms Hay­den about the trainee­ship af­ter a suc­cess­ful grant from the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment.

Ms Hay­den is study­ing a cer­tifi­cate 4 in com­mu­nity ser­vices and came equipped with a de­gree in so­cial work.

A key is­sue Ms Hay­den was fo­cused on were Youth Week events, en­sur­ing young peo­ple in the area were con­nect­ing in a healthy and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

“At the mo­ment in Brunswick we have the tav­ern and that’s where peo­ple will go when they’re that age,” Ms Hay­den said.

“So we’re try­ing to maybe en­cour­age them out of that area a lit­tle bit more and get a lit­tle more in­volved in away that isn’t go­ing to lead to maybe de­pen­dence on a sub­stance.”

Ms Hay­den said some of the events she was plan­ning for the week in­cluded bub­ble soc­cer in Yar­loop and a popup games area in Brunswick.

Mrs Dal­ton said Ms Hay­den was work­ing cer­tain days at each cen­tre through­out the week and was a live con­duit be­tween the three groups.

“She’s helped build a stronger re­la­tion­ship be­tween the CRCs and we’re al­ready see­ing an im­pact,” Mrs Dal­ton said.

“We’re all lit­tle towns so I think it’s im­por­tant we sup­port each other.”

Har­vey cen­tre man­ager Tracey-Ann Davis said Ms Hay­den was a great asset to the team and was ex­tremely mo­ti­vated.

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Har­vey Com­mu­nity Re­source Cen­tre man­ager Tracey-Ann Davis with trainee Isolde Hay­den, who is lend­ing a hand to cen­tres in Har­vey, Brunswick and Yar­loop.

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