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