Our recent Let’s Nut it Out program, held in Bendigo on Wednesday 6 June, was an inspiring day with 60+ attendees including 3 great speakers and 8 wonderful mentors

 

Let’s Nut it Out supports various community leadership to grow their networks, increase access to local know how, and nut out solutions within their existing projects and initiatives.

On 8th June, participants came from all walks of life across Central Victoria including Bendigo, Castlemaine, Eaglehawk, Maiden Gully, Ballan, Clunes, Inglewood, Ballarat, Echuca, Stawell and Kerang.

Projects varied from

• Building social connectedness in neighbourhoods
• Addressing environmental issues such as climate change and waste
• Building more inclusive communities
• Enjoying and protecting the local natural environment
• Supporting people with health and wellbeing challenges
• Encouraging active, healthy lifestyles

Participants were able to work together with peers to fine tune ideas, gain valuable advice from local mentors and practice pitching for their projects. They came away buzzing, with many new next steps created to forward what they are up to.

Below is a snap shot of feedback from people who attended.

Why people attended:

I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to make change in the aboriginal community in the Bendigo district.

To inspire me to make a change and to hold the first ever Pride Festival in Bendigo!

I wanted to support initiatives in the community that provide opportunities for people who are not from privileged backgrounds to be part of solutions.

Opportunity to learn new skills form likeminded community people and presenters

What people gained:

Lots of connections and clearer understanding of my idea.

Networking with others in the community I otherwise wouldn’t have.

I gained a network of contacts and lots of excellent feedback / advice about my project.

Awareness of other great projects. Tools to help plan and act on project ideas.

What people found surprising:

A lot of people here have similar views of making our environment a better place to live

The mentors were invaluable / great resource and gave me a lot of useful advice.

Now able to articulate my project, develop a strategic plan and define objectives and market / target.

Exposed me to different ways of thinking and doing / hearing from experiences that people had, what worked and didn’t work.

This day confirmed there is a need to bring people together who are passionate to make a change. When this is achieved, great things can and will happen:

“I hope we can have more workshops like this more often, so that everyone can support each other to make change in the future. Great inspiration!”

This initiative was part of a 2 year engagement program called Greater Bendigo’s Curriculum for Change. Find out more here and get in touch if you’d like us to support your community to make a change through our workshops and programs.

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