Author: Ey3 Staff

Alan Marsh’s Story

Alan Marsh has been a volunteer at Picabeen for 10 years. So why does Alan volunteer? Originally I decided to do some volunteering after I retired from work.  It was because I believed I needed an interest and it provided a need for social connection.  When I commenced at Picabeen I said I was happy to work on the front counter and I started to see what a wonderful organization Picabeen was.  I was asked to join the Management Committee which I did in 2007and I discovered there were even more ways I could contribute to the Community. I found over time that I was getting a real buzz with seeing members of the community being helped, and being provided with opportunities to participate in our activities. I was also inspired by the wonderful contribution of our volunteers, staff and students.  All these people were all working for the same outcomes.  The principle of inclusiveness for all and enhancing the quality of peoples’ lives gave me great satisfaction that I was contributing to Community. And Alan’s most memorable moment? There are quite a few memorable moments but I believe that the most memorable moment for me was in June 2012 when I (as the then President), addressed the Community in Picabeen Park as part of Picabeen Community Association’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.  It was a beautiful sunny day and the...

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The Picabeen Computer Class and what it means to me

Denis says: I’ve been attending Bill’s Computer Class at Picabeen for over two years and have found it very valuable. I have the problem of a bad memory and periodic chronic fatigue.  The computer class has been great for keeping my grey matter active. I have learnt a lot about Microsoft Excel where Bill has gone through many applications. It’s amazing how much you can do.  He is very good the way he goes over things so that they sink in. (Repetition is the basis of all learning).  Also, Bill has a teaching approach that makes learning fun. We...

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Young People and Picabeen

Picabeen has a long history of providing support to young people at risk of disengaging from school,  and family, community and/or work and has been able to offer flexibility in service provision with its skilled professional youth workers. The current funding model gives our youth workers the scope to address local need of vulnerable young people aged 12-18 years who are at risk of being socially isolated and disengaged and who present with a broad spectrum of issues and with a range of circumstances.  The youth worker role is diverse and utilises best practice models in the delivery of...

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Peer Skills for Young People

I learnt that there are people who you can trust and talk to about your problems. How to be more confident talking to other people. Picabeen volunteer, Melissa, has a passion for working with young people and building their skills in being resilient.  So she takes great pleasure in delivering ‘Peer Skills’ training through local high schools.  Peer Skills is a programme for young people aged 11 to 18 developed by the Uniting Church and delivered by qualified trainers.  The programme was developed by the Uniting Church as a response to the recognition through calls to Kids Helpline and national and international research that confirmed that young people often turn to their fellow students for support in difficult times, before they turn to parents, counsellors or school staff.  The workshop is designed to acknowledge and build on existing skills with ideas, knowledge and strategies for assisting their peers with some of the issues that challenge them on a daily basis as well as in times of crisis. I learned how to deal with anger Peer Skills exists to provide skills, knowledge and strategies to assist young people to develop self understanding and effective supportive relationships.  Peer Skills strives to improve the wellbeing of young people by increasing skills that; support respectful engagement with each other, families and communities; build capacity to cope and empower young people to confidently and...

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