The Winter Woolies Coat Drive concluded last week with around 80 donations made across all campuses. The items donated will be made available to newly arriving students for the next six weeks. After this time any leftover items will be donated to local organisations in need of winter clothing.
Atherton Arthouse - a fun community engagement opportunity for Melbourne staff!
interested in getting to know the local ACU and Fitzroy Community and the children growing up right here in ACU’s backyard?
keen to get involved in a ACU-run community engagement art project?
able to attend a three-hour workshop on campus over the course of Monday the 23 July?
a Melbourne-based ACU staff member with a valid Working With Children Check?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then this opportunity could be for you!
We are seeking staff volunteers to participate in a new art project alongside local primary school students from refugee backgrounds. These students come from predominantly low and very-low socioeconomic homes and recent community discussions have identified a need to support these children to continue to grow and flourish within the City of Yarra networks. As part of a response to this discussion, ACU Engagement are hosting 50+ children at the end of this month for an arts workshop, centered around the theme: 'When I Grow Up'.
As part of the program, the children are invited to connect with their future aspirations of who they can be and what they can achieve. By drawing on the school’s approach to building student confidence and resilience, the program reflects the idea of 'being your best self'.
Your role will be to support the students to create a piece of art that responds to the day’s theme and to simply have fun! Children will have the option to have their art works exhibited on campus and the local community will be invited to view the work.
Once we have received your expression of interest we will be in touch to confirm final details.
Call for artists
As part of the Atherton Arthouse project we are liaising with Multicultural Arts Victoria to source an artist who identifies as either a person of colour, culturally and/or linguistically diverse, or as coming from a refugee background, to collaborate on the project. If you know an artist who might fit the criteria and be interested in joining the program, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Flourish 10,000 steps walk receives grant boost
The Flourish Gardens Project at ACU’s McAuley at Banyo Campus in Brisbane is aimed at building a new sensory garden, bird and butterfly garden, and also linking existing gardens via a walk that takes in the views, history, and beauty of the McAuley at Banyo Campus. The gardens and walk will articulate with the Banyo community via the Brisbane City Council 10,000 steps campaign. As part of this vision, the Flourish Gardens project team hope to establish community walking groups provide opportunities for a free health intervention that engages those who are often marginalized from regular exercise.
Recently Matthew Pink from ACU Engagement and Daniel Van den Hoek from the School of Exercise Science, with the support of State Development Manager (QLD) Chris Gill, were successful in winning a $5,000 grant from the 10,000 steps project team at Central Queensland University to support the signage of the 10,000 steps walk, and also the development, promotion, and roll out of the community walking groups. These walking groups are envisaged to meet and depart from the ACU Health Clinic, and also support valuable practicum opportunities for Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology students.
Daniel Van den Hoek from the School of Exercise Science said: "The establishment of the Flourish Gardens and 10,000 Steps programs at ACU Banyo provides an exciting opportunity for local residents and ACU to establish health-promoting habits in our communities. We hope to address several common barriers to exercise engagement including; cost, safety and knowledge."
"Further, these programs will present opportunities for our Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology students to develop their skills in health coaching and working with participants of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds."
"I am enthusiastic to begin working with local groups to share my passion for physical activity and exercise and to further our students’ experiences with community-based interventions.”
ACU Engagement is excited to be working with the School of Exercise Science and the Properties and Facilities Directorate in using this grant to establish the 10,000 steps walk, and walking groups.
Meet Emma Pegg
Hi everyone! My name is Emma Pegg and I’ve recently joined the ACU Engagement team as a casual Research Engagement Officer in the Melbourne office, working on the ARC EI 2018 Report. I have a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a major in Archaeology and History and specialisations in the field of Indigenous archaeologies.
My research has centred around how different communities and individuals experience meaning in their histories and how it impacts on their day to day lives. I’m looking forward to working within the ACU Engagement office as I am passionate about encouraging empathy and community support for those in disadvantaged situations.
Community engagement opportunities for staff
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful. For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.