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Community renewal Chelsea family day

Chelsea Community Renewal hosts family fun day for all abilitiesCommunity renewal Chelsea family day

Chelsea Community Renewal recently held the Fun in the Sun Festival, an all abilities event that aimed to give children and families (particularly those with a disability) a fun, high-quality, accessible and enjoyable day while raising awareness about living with a disability. The event was a huge success and had high media coverage throughout the Kingston local government area and more broadly across Melbourne.

The event was derived, inspired, and implemented by the community with support and leadership from Kingston Council via Chelsea Community Renewal and MetroAccess (it was a genuine bottom-up process).  The Festival Committee had been meeting fortnightly for 6 months in the planning process.  There were 30+ community organisations providing activities at the event, 60+ generic festival volunteers assisting the public, and a further 100+ volunteers operating community stalls/activities and over 30 event sponsors contributing funding, activities or other forms of support.

 

Fun in the Sun Festival

The event received very positive feedback from the community and the committee will now explore options to develop a sustainable model to support the event into the future.

 

Hampton Park residents get passport to work

Jobseekers from Hampton and Doveton have recently graduated from an employment program supported by the Hampton Park Community Renewal and Doveton Neighbourhood Renewal.

This fantastic project was a partnership between Renewal sites as well as local Job Services Australia providers and Juno ConsultingPassport to Work was an intensive employment support program which began with a four-day foundation training focussing on positive thinking, working in a team, communication skills, project management skills as well as job search and resume writing. Participants also took part in a thorough, eight-week program focusing on practical job searching including coaching and mock interviews.

22 people participated in the program with 13 from Hampton Park and nine from Doveton.

Rosebud West public space new and improved for resident recreation!

The redevelopment of Vern Wright Reserve in Rosebud West is an example of how open space improvements have led to increased community use of facilities and a reduction in vandalism and graffiti to the area.

Community Renewal flexible funds supported the construction of linking paths, bollards and a dog off leash area at Vern Wright Reserve. Rosebud West residents now use the park for recreation such as walking and dog walking activities.

The Rosebud West bowls and tennis clubs surrounding the Reserve have reported a reduction in vandalism to their facilities and a reduction in hoon behaviour since these improvements. They attribute these positive changes to the increased public use of Vern Wright Reserve and increased community surveillance.

Residents are extremely happy and proud of the redevelopments of Vern Wright Reserve and this is demonstrated by the increased community use of the park since its upgrade in early 2010.

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