R.E.A.L Options TERM 2. REAL Options has already delivered the graduates from 1st term, another successful Building Bridges short course.
Term two Units of study;- BSBWHS201A Contribute to health and safety of self and others (OHS) CHCVOL201B Be an effective volunteer. VU20439 Develop personal management skills for work (PMS)
The Certificate I in Work Education provides vocational training, focusing specifically on vocational planning and work readiness skills for open employment. The certificate 1 course has the flexibility to adapt to learners needs while keeping the integrity of the course learning outcomes.
As part of phase two of the R2R project students will be introduced to the concept of mentoring in the mental health services sector. It is expected the group will work on individual goals and skills development via the 3 unit’s learning outcomes but also develop a consumer based reference group that is able to engage others in rural communities in project activities and public awareness about mental health matters. Students will be engaged in specific training in mental health / illness and basic skills for Student / consumer self-development and how to assist others.
Students will via training in volunteer work, personal development training and OH&S gain insight into the needs of local groups accessing mental health services and via project work assist and introduce the boat project to others in the Murray River region.
Once again Wodonga TAFE is in partnership with St Luke’s mental health recovery service in Albury NSW in assisting our students to deliver Phase 2 of The River 2 Recovery. Wodonga TAFE metal fabrication unit will also train students in building a ‘transporter’ to deliver the 5 boats to other support service participants on the River. Another exciting year, we look forward to how our students develop and use their skills to assist others. Welcome new R2R members and past contributors.
Nov 2015 Update. As you will view in the following posts from students. R2R phase two did not eventuate for the current REAL Options students. This was somewhat out of our hands but it did allow freedom for the current students to choose a new direction and plan B regarding course project activities. It is hoped that the original concept of R2R will continue which is largely about consumers assisting consumers in the passage to recovery via the use of the wooden boats built at TAFE and fellowship built through camps and groups surrounding future boat projects and ‘adventures on the water’.
Looking forward to July 2015.
Term two has been outstanding for REAL Options students. Almost all of the Building Bridges students from the start of the year have continued on into the REAL Options component of Certificate one in work education. We have started with 17 students who have bonded well as a group. Confidence is growing and under the elected leadership of Darryl supported by other leaders in the group some great personal and project planning is developing.
A collective of student creative writing. or it could be a wrap ?
REAL Options is what we are called, Mental health is our cause Halloween Howlers and Santa Clause. Flying fruit bats and Betty’s place TAFE being such a nice space. Verbal constipation is not me I would rather be free in my tree. Pretty girls and BBQ’s we are the bearers of good news. Good mental health is the go when confronted with stigma………………….., JUST SAY NO !
Next term the group will be engaged in work experience placements that not only provide employability skills but also students will be engaged in projects that give back to our local community. Students will be building a boat frame to accommodate the 5 river 2 recovery boats on a trailer in order to make the boats available to other mental health support groups. Work will be undertaken with Albury wodonga Parkland’s. And in partnership with Wodonga City , landscaping work will be carried out in a local public park. Two students will also be working on opportunity shops as volunteers. Next term also.., training will be provided in mental health mentoring. This will be delivered in conjunction with ongoing community project work which will culminate in mental health month, October this year. Stay tuned to hear more about Halloween Howlers !
Anthia giving us the tour. Its certainly is a lovely view of the surrounding area. Even made better when the sun came out. This was our first day and enjoyed a sausage sizzle for lunch.
Dalas hard at work for Parklands on Huon Hill
Great view for a BBQ !
Metal fab crew hard at work
Thank you to our sponsors
The Students of REAL options are pleased to welcome the valued Sponsorship of 2AY.
We would also like to mention the positive responses we received from ,Wodonga BCF,
The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Peards Albury , The Commercial Club., K Mart
Please watch the ‘Prac movie REAL Options Wodonga TAFE 2015’ video below.
Julie – My experience so far with Real Options 2015
Real Options course at TAFE has allowed me to acquire further skills suited to the workplace environment and allows for practice in a supportive way with a group of people in a similar situation.
I have more confidence in myself and our group are all learning new skills in an effort to become work ready, as this is the pathway of real options to gain employment at its completion.
On Friday we are doing volunteering work at St Vinnies and I am thoroughly enjoying myself. The others in my group are constructing s 5 berth tandem trailer to be able to transport the R2R boats around for part 2 / phase 2 of R2R project. Also gardening at the Sumsion Gardens rock works for a rock bridge down crossing a river bed to a nook containing rock seats.
8.9.15 :- Congratulations Maz, Trent and Helen. Presented Howlers to the North Albury Rotary club. Very well received by about 60 club members. The student group volunteered time to the project cause outside of TAFE hours. Trent was very much MR CHAIRPERSON sitting on the dignitaries table !
10.9.15. R You OK Day ?
Carpe diem., seize the day
Take the opportunity to ask
Are you OK.
Face value is not enough
assumptions are often wrong
asking questions can be tough
but it really doesn’t take long
so carpe diem, seize the day
and on the 10th of the 9th , R U OK ?
On Monday a small group of students over a period of 9 weeks completed several small metal working jobs, leading towards building a boat trailer to carry the 5 River 2 recovery boats. Now the job of building the trailer is finished and it went together with very few problems.
The REAL Options course was a good way to socialize with people especially given people had similar mental health problems to myself. Most people who experience mental illness can be fragile And depressed. People without these illnesses will experience similar things through life and death ie;- family loss. Even people who repress feelings can be affected. Thanks to Bryan our teacher.
The stone seats are almost complete next to the children’s park. Council is happy with our work. We managed to dodge the bad weather. “We love to do outdoors construction work” LANCE. Trent hope to bring his hundreds of grandchildren back to view the work. Finalising seat 2 tomorrow BBQ celebrations for all projects this week and next..
A HUGE WELCOME TO THE RACV AND BIG THANK YOU FOR SPONSORING HALLOWEEN HOWLERS TALENT QUEST 1ST PRIZE and 2nd prize . WE ARE SO PLEASED TO HAVE YOU ON BOARD. THANKS TO RACV TRAVEL AND THE HIGH ST RACV SHOP. Students met with Maria Rosa store manager today and we are also pleased to announce she will be our 4th celebrity judge.
Thanks also to the Hume Bank for your generous donation.
17.9.15 BW & TD
Helen at her work placement today. Helen has been working at Vinnies and is keen to follow up on further volunteer work later in the year. Last day today before term break. Brandon and trent have just completed an interview with the ABC to be aired during mental health week. Great promotion for Howlers on the 31st. 18.9.15
Job placements done. Three course units to go and the project culmination ‘The Halloween Howlers’. It will require a big effort and support from our stakeholders but we will all share the relief when its over and hopefully quiet satisfaction that it was a success and may run again next mental health month. Students will test the water on air with 2AY the first week back from the break and some will be assisting on Sat the 10th at the cross border, mental health month event on the causeway. .
Big thanks to our two past students, Col & Shane , now volunteers with st Luke’s and active consumer representatives, for assisting our current students with their studies & logistic issues.
HOWLERS PROMOTION AT WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY EVENT.
The small space at gateway was a hive of activity. Individual speakers gave a strong mental health message that included personal experiences . I reflect on the boat project while looking at the pictures above and I look forward to Howlers on the 31st as it will be another opportunity for members of the public to have a fun time but also be very aware of mental illness and how it affects our community and the individuals in it. It is sad to think so many feel they are not in our community. Be it a work place or neighbourhood it is easy to feel left out or its easy to leave people out because one may not know what to say or how to say it. Or worse make the assumption of what is right or OK without asking. Community events run by people who have experienced mental illness have impact. The tactics sometimes used by international groups such as ‘Mad Pride’ may have merit and projects like R2R have confirmed this.
Fun may be the carrot that baits community interest and within fun, ignorance can be dispelled via clear education about mental illness and physical proof that despite adversity great things can be achieved. Bryan.
REAL OPTIONS 2015 – MENTAL HEALTH MONTH EVENT
HALLOWEEN HOWLERS 31st OCT
AFTER A LOT OF HARD WORK A GREAT NIGHT with LOTS OF POSITIVE
A GOOD LOOKING BONE HEAD FROM NZ. BIG NIGHT OUT FOR DALLAS. STILL CELEBRATING THE WORLD CUP RUGBY WIN.
WHO”S THE BETTER HALF??? BRYAN & KERRIE
1ST PRIZE TALENT QUEST HAIRY KEVIN ( KEVIN ALBERT & PETE)
CELEBRITY JUDGES. THANKS TO BRYAN, MARIA, HANK & TONY
BIG THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS COLIN AND SHANE.
TRENT & EWEN . (EWEN SCORED) An excellent job keeping count of results.
POETRY IN MOTION AND AN ENTERTAINING RAP. DEON.
3rd PRIZE TAYLA. A BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND FIRST UP.
BROTHERS. DEON HAVING A DEVIL OF A TIME !
LANCE AND BRYAN. WHY DID YOU MARRY THAT SWISS MOUNTAINEER ?
MC WITH THE MOS-TEST
THE TEAM. A devilish affair . The hard working crew for the night. Congrats to all !!!!
The Halloween howlers went off without a hitch. A good night was had by all. The acts were especially good despite a few nerves. There were some proud moments for some of our fellow students. Darryl was on song as MC and shocked the audience with tales of being in a death roll with a crocodile, only to find out it was one foot long. Lance and Bryan treated us to a piece of singing with the courage of a pair of Irish drunks… I’m sure there had to be something in those squashes! Deon,s poetry was well received and Dallas showed great bravery talking about our presentation. Maz was as loud and controversial as ever, heckling from the sidelines, her enthusiasm was infectious. Dale Skinner got one back though getting Maz up on stage for some impromptu wrapping. It was that bad that I think she might have just got away with it. A good bye and thank you was given to everyone by Ewen and Deon. They couldn’t have finished it any better but with a howl into the night.
Published by Trent
Fun Slide show power point. Student activities. 2015
Student group review.
5.11.15 ;- As part of learning outcomes students completed a group and self review of the Mental health month project. This covered team participation in planning and the actual running of the Halloween Howlers event.
Issues of concern included;-
- The chosen weekend 31st Oct was in a word, hectic ! with multiple events being held all over the district. To cap this off, entertainer John Williamson was singing across the hall from our function room.
- Some agencies within the course referral network and organisations and some individuals students knew, said during our planning and booking phase they would come to the event, only to later pull out and not come. One agency said they would try to get two tables together but didn’t attend at all. Consequently early in the planning stage we estimated we could cater for 250 people. A week prior to the event we confirmed 93 were coming with more possible door sales. The day before and on the day further losses occurred again with people pulling out for various reasons.
- Social media could have been used and wasn’t. Exploiting entertainment related Facebook accounts would have been an option and music networks.
- Online ticket sales should have been done to encourage pre payment & booking.
Things that worked.
- The TEAM. The team worked hard despite some issues of ill health within the team.
- The team worked hard with minimal outside help, even from community support services.
- Our course volunteers were invaluable assisting with class room logistics and transport for some with little input from the parent support agency. Thank you Colin and Shane.
- The students engaged community support via businesses and groups such as rotary.
- The people who attended the night were well fed and well entertained. The night also included excellent information about recovery and mental illness. Being a consumer run event for mental health month , individual presenters were up front about mental illness and messages were not lost within a more broader message such as the well being expos that are often portrayed during mental health month.
- Including the $2,000 free advertising donated by 2AY the students raised over $5,000 in cash and prizes. What a great effort from a group of people working part time on a project held within other study responsibilities. Due to the above booking issues however only about $500 will be passed on to charities. Catering cost was a killer
We believe the student group over came obstacles and ran an informative entertaining event that if supported by consumer groups could become an annual celebration of resilience, recovery and reflection.
As this page highlights it has been a big year. The need for plan B and sometimes C has been well exploited due to it being a year of change for our community partners and significant change for what the River to recovery was. This enterprising group forged on, founded and implemented their own goals for the year and planned and completed a significant community event for mental health month.
REAL Options continues to find talented caring individuals who choose to give back to the Albury Wodonga Community. It is a sort of magic that often comes from student groups of like minded individuals who share common bonds, the feeling of camaraderie and good will that develops in the class room consistently spills over into activities that involve the TAFE community and or Albury Wodonga Community groups.
We have three weeks to go, thankyous to write, cheques to present, some active job seeking, possible planning for further training and the success of a very productive year under the belt.
In summary, students have had a very successful year with goals being kicked throughout. Students have built a trailer frame, volunteered for Parklands Albury, landscaped Sumsion gardens, worked in charity stores and completed study tasks. Strong bonds and kinship have been formed that will last well after the course is completed. Now we see our students achieving personal goals including applying for and finding work whether it be volunteer work or paid work, taking charge of their lives and learning how to manage and overcome personal challenges. Some of our students will now move on to higher study levels while others will actively apply for paid work. The year has been well supported by our community partners especially ongoing connections with Rotary groups represented in the area. Other support groups include our sponsors who have previously been named in this blog.
Particular thanks needs to go to our teacher and mentor, the great rock laying Bryan Winnett. Bryan has provided leadership and support including absolute empathy towards the needs of our students. He is to be congratulated for this effort.
Trent, Dion, Maz, Darryl, Dallas, Ewan, Lance, Julie, Janice, Helen, Jim
And a final word from our producer
I was given the special task of capturing the moments throughout the course on camera. I have watched people grow from the things that they have had to do. I have seen people come out of their comfort zone and go to places that they haven’t been before. I have laughed during humorous times and watched people meet new challenges. I have learned that with effort I can do things that I wouldn’t have thought possible and I have learned how to capture those special moments and show to the world just how our students have grown.
Presentation day. The last day for the year.
Dion and Ewen presenting the cheque to Betty’s place
End of another successful year due to student determination.
Suzi Taylor is responsible for the connection with national exposure for our students via the ABC Compass programme.