11 Dec 2017 – Year in Review
2017 was a big year for us – we had a lot of new additions to the team, settled into our new office and increased our focus on collaboration. A big year means big numbers, so we’ve broken them down below to start things off:
2017 by the numbers
New team members: 14
Emails sent by the team: 102,364
Emails received by the team: 192,936
Business workshops held: 75
Business clients we assisted: 2,342
Young people mentored: 220
Students placed in work placements: 468
Young people we worked with in total: 965
Schools we worked within: 19
Our growing team
This year we welcomed a lot of new faces to the team – 14 to be exact. Faces from all sorts of backgrounds, with all kinds of experiences. They’re all wonderfully capable people and join the rest of the team as passionate individuals who are the backbone of what we do. The team is spread out across the region but enjoyed the 4 whole team meetings we had throughout the year, with a special focus on collaboration across specialities.
Valuing and engaging with the community
As a community-based organisation, we value the communities within which we work. Engagement with our clients and the wider community is one of our core aims and this year has seen a lot of involvement and collaboration from all our teams.
Guest speakers can make a big impact on Links to Learning students and this year’s classes had visits from PCYC, Fire dept, Save a mate drug training, Dept of Fair Trading – scam alerts and how to buy a car, Landcare, Pathways support worker, Commonwealth Bank, Centrelink, Academy of Interactive Education, Mechanics – Car safety, and business owners. They’ve also visited the local aged care and disability facilities, TAFE, museums, the zoo, the Aust Institute of sport, locals with inspirational stories and even had mock job interviews.
Making an impact on lives
Our team has the potential to make an impact on the lives of many people – business clients, young people, students and staff, are just some of the people they come into contact with on a daily basis. For many of us, this ability to have an impact is one of the main reasons we do what we do.
From Jae Lear (Program Coordinator): I think one of the most successful stories for me this year is working with a young indigenous girl, who was referred to me as she had attempted suicide and was dealing with some mental health issues. She had left school and needed direction and assistance to find employment. With my support and guidance, she applied for a few positions including an identified position within a government agency. She was successful in getting the job and commenced a business administration traineeship in which she regularly tells me how much she enjoys her job. She has also obtained her Provisional Drivers Licence during that time, which was out of her reach before. She has made vast improvements in her personal life and from all reports, is very happy with her decision to take on the traineeship. She has also referred others to the Pathways Support in which they are also reaching their goals too.
A testimonial Deb Wood (Program Facilitator) received from one of her students: Thank you for helping me. I think this class made my week. I know sometimes I was a bit of a tool, but you always managed to fix the problem and for that I’m grateful. Also having that class and finishing it made me feel like a better person and my grades have picked up.
Travelled far and wide… sometimes nowhere at all
The business advisory team are always on the road, travelling from business to business. The rest of the team are much the same as well, travelling between schools, events, and projects. This means our team covers thousands of kilometres a year.
Sometimes, this also means they end up going nowhere at all.
The year was not a waste
Looking back at the BINTRIM Program, Program Manager Geoff Pryor concluded, “We registered over 500 companies spread across our region under the BINTRIM program and almost 4000 tonnes of waste was diverted from landfill covering all range of materials from plastic, cardboard, paper and containers.”
So no, this year was not a waste (excuse the pun).
In fact, in 2017 we were able to build on 2016 to make this year the success that it has been.
We look forward to 2018 as more plans come to fruition. As always, we appreciate all comments (below) and you can contact us if we can be of assistance, and join on us on Facebook as well.