South-west organisations will have the opportunity to foster collaborations through a new virtual event.
The South West Victorian Chapter of the Thriving Communities Partnership is set to host Connect to Thrive exhibition which will feature two seminars with presentations from Women's Health and Wellbeing Barwond South West, Wata Waetnanda, South West Local Learning and Employment Network, HYCEL Deakin, Beyond the Bell and Find Your Voice All-Abilities Choir.
SWLLEN executive officer Emily Lee-Ack said the coronavirus pandemic has given people and businesses the appetite to be proactively involved in their community.
"Covid hasn't dampened people's attitude for wanting to make their community a better place," she said.
"The exhibition is definitely a first in the sense that it's moving on from the initial idea to provide immediate connection between communities to essential services that make communities better places.
"There are opportunities for people to learn a lot more about the areas they're interested in as it's very much about connecting people with passion and interest which is really exciting."
Ms Lee-Ack will be speaking at the second session of the exhibition on May 3, with the first session to be held on Monday, April 26.
"I'll be asking businesses to think about young people as a workforce opportunity," she said. "They may have never had a work experience program before but there's opportunities there.
"Each of the speakers is thinking the subject through of; how can we get better outcomes for our community.
"I use the example; an individual trader may have been approached by people doing a really great initiative in the community for sponsorship or support. Sometimes it can be hard for a business owner to know how to support the initiative if they don't have the cash flow. The exhibition can give ideas on how businesses can make the best contributions to work with the community."
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The event is set to run annual and will focus on themes covering health, access inclusion, education employment and community strength, with each speaker linking to these topics.
Thriving Community Partnerships chief executive Ciara Sterling said the event will provide a platform for community organisations, businesses and government to foster deeper connections and find opportunities for collaboration and partnerships,
"This event has been created to really drive this thinking forward and leverage the collective knowledge of the south-west community, supporting them as they continue to grow together," she said.
"The exhibition is aimed at anyone who is interested in contributing to and supporting the community and those who really want to understand the key issues in our region and what we can do about addressing them together.
"It provides a space to connect and collaborate with others to contribute to a collective goal."
The Connect to Thrive exhibition will be held on April 26 and May 3 which each event will run for approximately two hours including break out sessions via Zoom.
For more information and to secure tickets please visit thriving.org.au/tcpeventee.
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