1. Student placements
This last term saw a successful collaboration between our Individual and Family Support Services (IFSS) team Transition to Work (TTW) team who worked together to help mentor student placements within our organisation.
IFSS has had the largest number of student placements to date, with some students having also scored employment with the team.
One of these students was Kate. Kate started off in a student placement then transitioned into a volunteer role with IFSS. Shortly after, she officially became a part of the team. Throughout her journey, Kate learnt a lot about the working world which she was able to share in an information session with new students who are now onboarding her same experience.
The new students appreciated the valuable guidance and have already begun putting Kate's advice into practice within their respective placements.
From this partnership, not only were we able to support students within our community, but we were also able to provide employment outcomes and in turn, create futures.
2. IFSS English and Lifeskills class end of term celebration!
One of the traditional activities run by IFSS are the end of term potluck lunches. The team hosted this recently and this time round there was a diverse range of food prepared by each student which showcased their native cuisines. This included a mix of savoury and sweet options from the likes of Indonesia with Satay and peanut sauce, Apple pie from Estonia, Lebanese Falafel wraps, Rose cookies and Milk rice with lightly spiced onion relish from Sri Lanka, among other delicious contributions.
(Written by Ian, Student Placement with IFSS)
Take at some of the flavourful goodness below!
3. Dina's take on volunteering at Communicare
To celebrate National Student Volunteer, the IFSS team asked some of their student placements to conceptualise what being a volunteer meant to them…and the answers were inspiring!
Here is one answer which summarises just how dedicated our organisation is to creating futures:
"Volunteering as a student has shown me a new aspect of my life that has encouraged me to serve my life's purpose. I am very excited to be learning about different people and tackling challenges together to make their lives better. I am fortunate to be serving others in this community." (Dina, Student Placement with Individual and Family Support Services)
(Dina, Student Placement with Individual and Family Support Services)
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