Day 1: Friday 2nd September 11am - 5pm
We believe that a massive part of leadership is about serving others and so we want to give all students the opportunity to practice what we preach as soon as you arrive at the conference. By engaging in community projects of genuine benefit to local organisations, our students will be boosting your own skills and building your networks at the same time as giving back to those who need it.
We have a variety of projects lined up this year that delegates can choose from - this part of the conference is optional, but we hope that the majority of delegates will choose to get involved unless they have other commitments. You can count the time towards your Volunteer Award!
Daylesford Community Park "Art in the Park"
Get your creative juices flowing with 'Friends of Daylesford' for an afternoon of arts and crafts to make this community park a welcoming and fun place to be. Be a key part of the organisation of this event, by helping to lead groups of primary school students and enthusiastic members from the community to create eye catching temporary works of art. There will be a range of activities to get involved in including yarn bombing, mosaics, graffiti at the skate park, making pet rocks and sculptures, or if you have a green thumb you can do some planting and weeding amongst the garden beds.
Friends of Cornish Hill, Daylesford
Help re-establish Cornish Hill with native vegetation and prevent it from being a fire hazard by putting on your gardening gloves and getting out loppers to remove large broom weeds. Work as a team to prepare the site and plant a selection of ground covers and grasses. Student volunteers will also take part in a guided walk around the reserve to explore historic sites from the gold mining era and new walking tracks installed by Conservation Volunteers Australia. Check out Cornish Hill to see what you will be contributing to www.cornishhilldaylesford.com.au
Voice FM is Ballarat's own, not-for-profit, radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day to create strong community connections. Be a DJ for the afternoon by recording 30 minute slots for the radio and help to build partnerships with the community by designing and recording short community service announcements with local charities, not-for-profits and community organisations. The 60 second snippets might be to promote an event, a call for volunteers, or just general information about the group, you may even choose to take a video of the organisation for Voice FM's website. www.voicefm.com.au
A group of people from the Ballarat Community, including our very own FedUni student Saad Almashouq, are working to create a shower bus to provide hope and dignity through the provision of hydience services for the homeless of Ballarat. The aim is to complete the fit out and get it up and running in time for its launch on 15 September. This important project will see volunteers scrubbing and painting the outside of the bus, so get your overalls out and get ready to be part of an amazing project. www.facebook.com/OneHumanityShowerBus