A WIL@Deakin member has shared this nation-wide placement/volunteering opportunity.

The Street by Street Project helps people turn streets into communities and fosters a national network of neighbour groups. We make it easy for people to get to know those who live near them and to feel more connected, safer and more supported as a result.

We wish to forge a relationship with you to offer the following opportunities for self motivated students:

  1. Voluntary Community Work Experience as a Community Connector
  2. Placement for students from disciplines such as Social Work, Marketing, Health Promotion, Community Work, Youth Work, etc.

Volunteer Opportunity – Community Connector

The Street by Street Project helps people turn streets into communities and fosters a national network of neighbour groups. We make it easy for people to get to know those who live near them and to feel more connected, safer and more supported as a result.

Community Connectors are the leaders / organizers who bring their neighbours together to provide the opportunity for a neighbour group to form. Once formed, they keep the group going in a positive way, creating opportunities for real life neighbourly relationships to form. Students can also undertake promotional tasks.

Students will be guided and stepped through the process and will gain:

  1. Community development experience
  2. Leadership experience
  3. Project management / event experience
  4. Promotion experience
  5. The chance to contribute to bringing back the norm of community life.

See www.streetbystreet.org.au and www.facebook.com/streetbystreet for more information.

To apply email Irene Opper, National Manager, at Irene@streetbystreet.org.au and include why you are interested and any organizing experience you have had or call 0413 706 233 to discuss the role.

Placement opportunity for students from disciplines such as Social Work, Marketing, Health Promotion, Community Work, Youth Work, etc.

Placement purpose: To contribute to the revitalisation of the norm of community life throughout Australia through growing the Street by Street Project. Why? Community connection improves our quality of life. (For Marketing students: To promote and increase the take up of the Street by Street Project)

Main tasks:

  1. Start at least 2 neighbour groups and reflect on commonalities and differences.
  2. Implement a range of promotional strategies to find people who will start a neighbour group in their area (social media, media, other).
  3. Conduct internet research and contact people for purposes such as inviting existing neighbour groups to join the Street by Street network, arranging talks and workshops.
  4. Contribute to improvements in the project website, administrative processes and resources.

Students would gain:

  1. Community development experience
  2. Project management / event management experience
  3. Promotion experience
  4. Internet research and administration experience
  5. The satisfaction of making a difference in at least 2 neighbourhoods
  6. The satisfaction of growing a national project and contributing to enhanced community life in Australia
  7. Mentoring by the National Manager, who has extensive community development and project management experience and a Masters of Social Welfare Administration and Planning from the University of Queensland.

See www.streetbystreet.org.au for more information.

To be successful in this placement a student must:

  1. Have an interest in community building
  2. Be a self starter
  3. Be organised

Supervisors

Irene Opper National Manager – Melbourne based, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) (Monash University), Masters of Social Welfare Administration and Planning (University of Queesland)

Maureen Maher WA Coordinator – Perth based, Bachelor of Science (Health Promotion) (Curtin University), Grad. Cert. Social Impact (Uni of Western Australia)

Both are experienced at supervising students on placements and making it a practical skills building learning experience.

NOTE: This is an unfunded project with a voluntary project team in 5 States/Territories. The team all work remotely. You will need to be self motivated to work independently, at times that suit you. Orientation and supervision can be done face to face for students in Melbourne and Perth. The Manager or WA Coordinator will be available for additional support by video calls, phone and email.