Community Wellness Project: Connecting to the Community
The Community Wellbeing Project is a Yarra Libraries program offered in partnership with the Government of Victoria through Jobs Victoria.
The project emphasizes supporting local community groups and residents through awareness raising and targeted events. It continues the vast food and material relief program carried out by Yarra Libraries during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). It also aims to highlight the role of libraries in supporting, teaching and empowering our community.
The project also provides significant employment opportunities for people who have lost their jobs, including those affected by COVID-19.
Since February, the Yarra Community Wellness Project has supported a wide range of events and initiatives that impact more than 1,500 residents per month. These include:
- Coordinate social awareness pop-ups providing books and clothing in partnership with Orange Sky.
- Organize free community lunches every Saturday. This gives residents and the community a chance to reconnect after a difficult and isolated year.
- Provide food aid through a free fruit and vegetable market every Friday with support from Open Table and Cultivating Community.
- Facilitate weekly digital sessions with residents of the Richmond Subdivision and weekly digital tutoring with CALD communities.
- Support youth through a weekly Fitzroy Homework Club program.
Meet some of the team members who are making a difference:
Steph was one of the first recruits to the Community Wellbeing Project and was excited about the opportunity to roll up her sleeves and help the locals.
She considered the program a good solution given her experience in community health. She knows first-hand the importance of linking the different programs and initiatives of the whole Board and the community in order to provide a range of support.
“Being on the ground and on the front line with residents is so rewarding,” she said. “Knowing that you can make a difference in the life of one person every day is what I look for in a job. “
Through this project, Steph hopes to make a positive contribution to Yarra while expanding his knowledge and experience in the community development sector.
Semir always knew he wanted to support the young people in the community.
“I like helping young people,” he says. “I saw that there was a big gap between the young people and the system. So, for me, filling this gap is taking on this role.
With five years of experience as a Youth and Youth Ambassador in Yarra, he jumped at the opportunity to apply this enthusiasm and willingness to help others as part of the Community Wellness Project.
Semir has been instrumental in bringing members from across the community together at youth events across Yarra. This included helping launch the Richmond Youth Hub. The launch at the beginning of April finally saw the end of three years of work in the youth area. It also gives the young people of Yarra a new place to share and socialize after the lockdown.
As a Yarra local, Quinn has always been very passionate about participating and engaging with community services in Richmond. He was able to channel this passion within the framework of the Community Wellbeing Project. It has also helped him help people in his region to better recover from the economic and social impacts of the pandemic.
“As a young person who has lived in apartments in North Richmond for over 15 years and has been affected by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, my goals are to be involved as much as possible in surrounding community services and programs. support for awareness, ”he said. .
Quinn has found a home for his positive attitude and work ethic as part of a supportive team since joining the project. His biggest highlight in recent months came when he was recognized for his work at Richmond’s first Twilight Market held at Belgium Avenue Neighborhood House for the community of North Richmond.