Grads ready to help strengthen communities

Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre worker Katie Kristensen was one of 14 participants who recently graduated from a project management course specifically designed for people who work or volunteer in the community sector.

Ms Kristensen has also been the Warrane Community Garden coordinator for more than two years, recently expanding her role working 20 hours a week.

“It’s been really interesting to see what best practice looks like and how much time and patience needs to be invested for effective project outcomes,” she said.

“The templates and tools from the lessons will be extremely useful going forward because they are already set up for us to utilise.”

Funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund (TCF), the Certificate IV Project Management training was delivered by the University of Tasmania and was developed with the Local Government Association of Tasmania.

Course leaders Cherie Hawkins and Melissa Finnen said the participants were motivated, community-minded and passionate about supporting positive changes through active learning and designing projects to make a difference.

“Their commitment to the course and their chosen projects, which focused on creatively solving a problem or introducing an initiative in a local community, was outstanding and it was a pleasure working with them all,” Ms Hawkins said.

“It was heartening to work with and see a group of dedicated and enthusiastic participants fully commit to the course as they tackled a local issue through a community-based project that they felt would make a genuine positive impact,” Ms Finnen said.

TCF chair Sally Darke said it was important that communities had the capacity to deliver on their own ideas and solutions to complex local issues.

“Having people in local communities with project management skills will mean that ideas can be implemented locally with people who already have networks in those communities,” she said.

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About the Author: Simon Andrews

Simon is a passionate journalist and finds joy in uncovering and sharing locally resonant stories, immersing himself in the hearts of communities. He can often be spotted out and about sourcing grassroots news for the Hobart Observer and its sister papers.

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