Building Bridges 2016

The building bridges course has been great start for us all, were in our 3rd week.There are 6 of us in the classroom plus a volunteer Colin. Where all getting to know each other. we are also just starting a project making and selling calendars to raise  money for local mental health support groups. Heading towards Easter break we will be having a BBQ at  Sumsion gardens and after Easter break we will be straight back into the project and planning individual personal goals.

Today 24/3/16

Today our class went to Sumsion gardens for BBQ and  then went Botanical garden were we  took heaps of photo. It was a really good day we were shown and taught about all different plants from Paul Scannel from albury city.

TODAY 21/4/16

Today we are finishing making our calendars to raise money for mental health. We also went over the bridge to look and talk about horticulture with a man named Alistar Rooke which was really  good as some of the people in the class are interested working  in that that field

28/04/16

sold a lot of calendars at wodonga tafe Alex and myself which was really good then some of us got to take some home to family and friends christel sold some to her family and we both sold some to our neighbor’s he brought 4 of them 2 each from christel and myself  we are also planning our bbq for the last day Alex and myself will cook the food

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Published by , Owen Wills & Charmane Jones

Building Bridges finished for another year. Our 13th year of running this vocational pathway option . The students raised $230.00 for the local mood swingers support group and a cheque has been presented. A small group of participants this year. Some within the group are going on to further study. An employment option has arisen for two and some will be joining me in a new back to work programme involving public projects and construction. It is always very pleasing to see groups of people bond within often short periods of time and for this group we had Colin as a mentor volunteering with us which assisted the bonding process. We had a new curriculum this year which has not proven conducive to the staged self directed learning model of teaching. Cert 1 in transition education & cert 1 in work education which was used in past programmes was more flexible in meeting students learning needs. However we adapt to change and the students have proven that they are determined in setting their own goals and also giving back to others, raising awareness about mental health issues in the process. In my 36 years of assisting individuals manage mental health difficulties , recent years have shown great improvement in public acceptance of the difficulties associated with mental illness. However it is groups like our students and other consumer movements that will create real change. I applaud those that are brave enough to stand up and be a voice for change even though inside the struggle often goes on.

Bryan.

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