Western Bulldogs Program - That's a Wrap!

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Thursday, 1 November, 2018 - 10:00
Western Bulldogs program particpants

This year, Council partnered with the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation to deliver a leadership program for young people. The program is jointly funded by Council and local business and wouldn’t have been possible without the generous sponsorship of the following local business: Western Screens Blinds & Awnings, Shane Cook Homes, First National Rayner, Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Branch, The Moorabool News, Bacchus Marsh Coaches, Boratto Farms, Solahart, Bacchus Marsh Newsagency, What Knot and Jeff Jones.

The Seven young participants in this year’s program were:

Jorja Arnold, Corey Williams, Shaelee Grundy, Alistair McBride, Toby Turnham, Cara Hindle and Darcy Lachner-Marion

The Leadership program is a dynamic program designed to inspire, educate and mentor leaders for social change in Victoria’s West providing an exciting range of life, civic and sports experiences designed to promote learning and develop leadership skills.

In October, the Mayor Cr. Paul Tatchell, representatives of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, the Council’s youth services team, sponsors and participants family and friends attended a graduation ceremony to acknowledge the work the young people had undertaken over the past 8 months.

Whilst there was lots of fun including camps, attending a Western Bulldogs Vs Essendon football match and games getting to know new friends, the group settled into more serious activities focusing on skills development such as team work, What is a leader?, social responsibility, civic engagement, personal growth, public speaking, problem solving and reliance and giving back to the communities of Moorabool.

One of the participants Shaelee Grundy said “I’m able to step up and guide the group in different situations.”

During the course of the program the participants teamed up into three groups to design and deliver a project that would support vulnerable members of the Moorabool Community. Projects and community issues included:

  • Corey & Shaelee: Youth Homelessness, 100 backpacks with essentials items to be distributed to the homeless young people.
  • Jorja: Family Violence, 100 bags for kids for Christmas and 50 handbags for women that have experienced family violence, donated to WRISC Family Violence Van Go Project.
  • Alistair, Toby, Cara and Darcy: A Mental Health Expo.

Darcy Lachner-Marion said “I think to be a good leader, it’s to be respectful to others and take their opinions on board.”

The Council’s Youth Services team is extremely proud of the outstanding work, community projects and personal growth by Jorja, Corey, Shaelee, Alistair, Toby, Cara and Darcy during the program. What outstanding young leaders they have become.

All the participants received a graduation certificate while Darcy Lachner-Marion took out the “You Inspire Me” an award voted on by his peers.

Youth Services is looking for sponsors to support the 2019 program, if your local business is interested in sponsoring a young person participation in 2019 you can email youthservices@moorabool.vic.gov.au or contact 53667100 and ask to speak with Linda or Andrew in Youth Services.

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Thursday, 1 November, 2018 - 10:12