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Community Engagement Induction Occupational Therapy 2015

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Transcript of Community Engagement Induction Occupational Therapy 2015

A guide for students
Occupational Therapy
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Community Engagement Induction

Occupational Therapy Students


What is Community Engagement?
It is relationships that are transformative and create hope for a better tomorrow.

Our aim isn't just to help others in the short term but to work with and listen to communities to forge long-term solutions and relationships.

It is both a responsibility and a privilege

Beyond Disadvantage

Beyond Borders

Beyond Differences

Reaching out to those marginalised in our society
Participating in action for change beyond our national boundaries
Promoting community engagement enriched by inter-faith and inter-cultural understandings

Creating real social and personal change through a journey of relationships
It's about...
Social inclusion

Making a difference
Learning together


Actioning our values
Personal change

Seeing the world with a different lens
A journey of
What it is NOT
Working in isolation
A one off event
A hand out
Working in a Opportunity Shop
Service learning. Eg: a teaching/nursing placement
Community Engagement gives students the opportunity to:
gain new skills and experiences
make a difference
get a new perspective on what disadvantage means
listen to others
benefit to self and others
connect with other students, people and the wider community
create a new world view
Engaged citizenship
The following have been articulated as core values at A.C.U of Community Engagement:
A preferential option for the poor
A commitment to serving
the common good
Mutuality of respect
Ethical behaviour
Commitment to quality
Social determinants of health are:
The conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and age

These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources.
Professional Boundaries
Professional boundaries are essential in maintaining safe and appropriate relationships between professional staff/volunteers and children.

Communication (phone calls, emails, obscene language)
Personal disclosure (Discussing personal lifestyle details of self, other staff or children and young people unless directly relevant to the learning topic and with the individual’s consent)
Physical contact (Unwarranted or unwanted touching of a child or young person)
Role (Adopting an ongoing welfare role that is beyond the scope of their position)
Making your Community Engagement work
You are required to:
Respect and uphold the values
Honour the dignity of other tutors, children and co-ordinators
Respect cultural differences
Maintain confidentiality
Comply with policies and procedures
Be willing to learn to seek advice when unsure
Take care of your safety and health and that of the children you tutor
Report all incidents
More Community Engagement Programs for you to consider:
The Way

Supporting people to develop
independent living skills
and promoting social inclusion

Edmund Rice and YMCA camps
Full on, outdoor adventure, with disadvantaged or marginalised children and families

Clemente Fitzroy
Clemente Graduate Peer Learning Support Volunteer

Support adults who have graduated from the Clemente program, with their on-campus learning
Holiday Program
A one-day holiday program, organised and run by volunteers through the support of the Institute of Advancing Community Engagement.

July school holidays
Children from HSP
Atherton Gardens Homework Support Program
HSP operates Monday afternoons 3:30-5:30pm.
Run by two Yarra Youth Resource Officers from Fitzroy Police, FASTA provides sporting activities for primary-aged people on Tuesday afternoons during school terms between 3.30pm and 5.00pm.
Yarra Flash Mob Singers
Singing in public spaces to create awareness of youth at risk in Fitzroy.

Alternating Friday’s and Wednesday’s at 6:00pm
Atherton Gardens Play Groups
Berry Street
Brotherhood of St Laurence
The Salvation Army Youth Street Teams Program
Combat the binge-drinking culture, on the frontline.
Engage in conversations with young people as they head out, helping them to consider safety, travel arrangements and their mates.
Mercy Place Aged Care

Enrich the lives of elderly people, through friendship, trust, and engage in positive social contact as an informal community visitor

2's Company (Youth Mentoring)
Structured activities and a 12 month one to one mentoring program is designed to support and help young people living in the housing estates in the City of Yarra.

Seasons Program (catholiccare)

African Kids Reading Club
Supporting children with their homework, reading and literacy development (4-12 years) at the African Reading Club.

Atherton Gardens Scouts
A weekly skills and values-based program for young people from diverse backgrounds, based in the Atherton Gardens Estate, Fitzroy Monday nights, 6:00 – 7:30pm (Cubs), 7:45 – 9:15 (Scouts)
Choosing your own placement
Ask yourself does this experience;

Support people who experience disadvantage or difference?
Is there learning (capacity building)?
Is there mutual benefit?
What now?
Online registration link for HSP will be posted on LEO. You must register today.

Complete the Hope survey (Pre-Community Engagement)

HSP Tutor feedback

Hope survey (Post-Community Engagement)
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