Loddon Children & Youth Area Partnership

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The Loddon Children and Youth Area Partnership is bringing together State Government, Local Government, Community Sector, Schools and others across Macedon Ranges, Mount Alexander, Central Goldfields, Loddon, Campaspe and Greater Bendigo to work towards a community where all children live safe from harm and have every opportunity to succeed in life. It has chosen two priorities to focus on over the short to medium term: 1. Acting earlier to support vulnerable families and prevent children reaching the statutory systems; and 2. Better outcomes for children and youth in out-of-home-care and in contact with the criminal justice system. A forum to explore these priorities was held on 1 May in Bendigo. For further information, or to discuss how your organisation or network might contribute to these priorities, contact Bryn Davies [email protected] or 03 5440 3106.Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 12.27.12 pm

Koorie Pathways Program – Careers and Cultural Celebration Day 2014

On Tuesday, July 22 Indigenous Secondary students from across the Lower Hume region participated in a Cultural and Careers Celebration Day held at the Seymour Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Approximately 50 Secondary School students attended the Celebration Day from Alexandra Secondary College, Yea High School, Seymour College, and St Mary’s College, mixed with students from Benalla, Wangaratta, and Mansfield.

Those who attended participated in a range of activities designed to promote both the careers and pathways focus of the day and a celebration of indigenous culture.

Some of the workshops and activities available to students throughout the day included:

▪                ‘Speed Careering’ activity for senior students

▪                Workshop and Information session from the Australian Defence Force

▪                Traditional Games run by ASHE

▪                Aspirations Photo Booth Activity

Special mention must again go to the GO TAFE Seymour VCAL staff and students who did a fantastic job in providing us all with delicious morning tea and BBQ lunch.

The day was met with many positive comments from both staff and students. One student believed the best part about the day was “Being social and talking to other people about life after High school”.

The overall aim of the day was to begin to close the gap for Indigenous young people in both education and employment sectors and provide opportunities to participate in training and further education.

The Central Ranges LLEN, as a member of the organising committee would like to acknowledge the support of GOTAFE, Mitchell Shire Council, Closing the Health Gap – Lower Hume Project and The Centre for providing funding to support this great initiative, as well as the many organisations and individuals who were part of the organising committee and worked tirelessly in preparation for the day.

Careers & Celebration Day 2014

For more information on this and previous years Celebration Days, go to our Indigenous Pathways page.

Flexible Learning Options Evaluations – Show Great Results Across Central Ranges

In 2013, the Central Ranges LLEN been conducting a number of evaluations across the region assessing the effectiveness, challenges and outcomes for a number of Flexible Learning Option programs.  The Central Ranges LLEN intends to combine the results of these evaluations to provide recommendations on the key to successes and ensuring sustainability of these options is achieved.

Young people are at risk of disengaging from school when their life circumstances, learning experiences and/or behaviours impede learning, reduce school success and discourage participation. Schools and community organisations across Macedon Ranges, Mitchell and Murrindindi shires are working to implement strategies to address the increasing numbers of students who are in this category. Flexible Learning Options (FLO) are programs in school and community settings that support those young people to re-engage in school. There are a number of models that can be used to implement a program including those that are provided within schools, those that run as alternative education programs or programs that are provided by other organisations, such as Community VCAL.

The Central Ranges LLEN is working in partnership with local schools and training providers to provide evaluations on the following programs:

  • Kyneton Community & Learning Centre – Vocational Preparation program
  • Gisborne Secondary College – Connect program
  • Seymour College – pre-CAL program
  • Broadford Secondary College – pre-CAL program
  • Euroa Community Education Centre & Broadford Secondary College – CGEA program
  • Kyneton Secondary College & Cobaw Community Health – Satellite VCAL program

For more information go to our Flexible Learning Options page.

Welcome New Staff Member

Partnership Broker Hume - Helen Nielsen

Partnership Broker Hume – Helen Nielsen

The Central Ranges LLEN welcomes Helen Nielsen to the position of Hume Partnership Broker which encompasses the Shires of Mitchell & Murrindindi. Helen has taken over from Carmen Fifield in the maternity leave position while our previous Hume Partnership Broker, Therese Hippisley, enjoys time with new baby, Leila Rose, who arrived just before Christmas.

Helen comes to the CRLLEN with experience in employment services, working with vulnerable youth and the community as well as a background in marketing. Helen has a passion for education to be available to all people and the development and growth of opportunities for our local youth across the sectors of education, industry and community.

We wish Helen all the very best in her new role and look forward to working together and supporting her to ensure young people in our communities are engaged in education, employment or training.

Helen’s contact details can be found on the staff page

Youth Mentoring Week 2013

Youth Mentoring Week 2013 – 20th – 26th October 2013

Youth Mentoring Week provides us all with a valuable opportunity to:

  •  celebrate the positive impact of mentoring on young people
  • recognise and celebrate the contribution of mentors
  • raise the profile and promote the benefits of mentoring
  • recruit more mentors
  • seek support for mentoring through mentor recruitment and partnerships within communities and including business

Follow the link to get started on hosting your even


Yammer – CRLLEN Social Networking

Yammer is a social network for businesses and companies; this means that unlike other social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, which are designed for public use, Yammer is designed for private communication for members.

The basic set up is free, easy to use, and, perhaps, most importantly, it provides a private, manageable, and secure online space for individuals and organisations to communicate.

It allows everyone to share information more freely and create more opportunities to collaborate together online to strengthen the provision of education and training across our region.

We have Yammer Networks the following local networks:

  1. Youth Training Pathways Network
  2. Lower Hume VET & Pathways Cluster

If you would like to join one of these groups, please sign and return the usage policy attached to each network to become a member.  We have over local 40 members across both networks, which are administered by the Central Ranges LLEN.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to Carmen Fifield

Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013

KPP Cultural Careers Celebration Day 2013

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Cultural Careers Celebration Day

Thursday 30th May 2013

Benalla Community Centre, Benalla 

10am – 2pm   

Cultural Career Celebration Day is aimed at informing Indigenous students in the North Eastern Victoria Region from Year 7-12 and their families, about the opportunities of education training and employment options available in our local community.

The day has support from local and state businesses, tertiary institutions and training providers, who will provide students with access to a range of various displays, presentations and information about the different courses and pathways into further education, training and employment.

Secondary schools students in Mitchell and Murrindindi are encouraged to send students to this engaging and creative day.

What are Celebration Days?

Each year, local careers celebration days for Koorie students and families are held across the North Eastern Victoria Region.

The Cultural Careers Celebration Day aims to provide Secondary Koorie students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of training and employment options, engage with inspirational Koorie speakers and participate in a range of cultural activities and celebrations.

For further information please contact Misti Gow on the below contact details:  0477326757 or [email protected]

Celebration Day Flyer 2013

For more information on previous Cultural Celebration days go to our Indigenous Pathways page.

New ‘programs’ page

Central Ranges LLEN has added a new programs page to our website. The page can be found under the resources tab at the top of the home page.

The new program page lists youth programs that run within the Central Ranges LLEN region that includes Mitchell, Murrindindi and Macedon Ranges Shires.

Current programs listed are:

  • Workplace Learning Coordinators Program 
  • Youth Connections Program
  • School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships

This page will be updated when new programs become available so keep an eye out.


NAB Schools First Funding – NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for this year’s NAB Schools First Awards. These awards support creative school – community partnerships that address a variety of student needs.

Applications open 9am Tuesday 5 March 2013 and close 5pm Friday 28 June 2013.

This year there are three award categories for this year’s NAB Schools First Awards: Impact, Seed and Student. To help kick start ideas for applications there are eight themes that can be used as ‘thought starters’ across the Seed Funding and Student Award categories which will help students think about the different ways that students needs can be met by partnering with the community.

These key themes encapsulate the ways in which school-community partnerships are providing students with resources, knowledge and expertise to face the challenges of the twenty-first century.

These themes are based on areas that schools around Australia are already engaged in within their communities and address a variety of student needs and include:

Living sustainably
Being active and well
Caring for your community
Embracing diversity
Asia ready
Work ready
Entrepreneurial spirit

Open Link to further information: http://schoolsfirst.edu.au/apply