Making the difference

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Project. A group of passionate locals has met to talk about ways in which to reconnect disengaged learners in the community.

Recently, Smithton LINC was granted $27,400 through the Department of State Growth’s Training and Work Pathways Program.

The funding is to be used for the local Making the Difference project to promote positive impacts for adult learners to embrace learning opportunities.

In the first phase of the project, LINC’s Lynne Mahoney identified a range of barriers preventing locals from taking up and keeping up with their learning. These include socioeconomic factors, transport and financial stress, family situation and health.

Now, the group will research how to connect those who have disconnected from learning and support them on their path to engaging in lifelong learning.

“We’ve got a whole range of opportunities with the services available in our community, so we need to be working together to make the difference,” says Lynne of the support services available in Circular Head.

Joining LINC, the group included representatives from Rural Health, Wyndarra Centre, Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, Circular Head Council, UTAS, Save the Children, Dairy Australia, Live Well Tasmania and Youth, Family and Community Connections.

Service providers joined for a brainstorming session in Smithton recently to determine ways in which state government funding for disengaged learners would be best spent in Circular Head. Picture: Leanne Everett.

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