Growing stronger together

February 15, 2014
Northern Futures Workshop & Breakfast


For immediate release

February 15, 2014


Workshop to build bridges of understanding in Geelong community

Northern Futures is hosting a workshop early next year which aims to build better
community understanding of issues surrounding intergenerational poverty.

Renowned international educator, Nairn Walker, will lead the ‘Bridges out of Poverty’
workshop on February 19, sharing insights gained from decades working with communities
experiencing disadvantage.

“We can all learn a thing or two about poverty,” says Northern Futures program manager,
Helen Long.

“There is often a gulf in understanding between people living in under-resourced
communities and those people and community organisations that provide services and

“Nairn Walker helps re-frame our thinking about poverty and gives us skills to improve our
communication strategies and ensure the support and services we provide are more

“The workshop is being hosted with the support of Barwon Health and is aimed at people
from a wide range of professions such as educators, police and justice workers, health,
welfare and family support workers as well as churches and government.”

The same day, Northern Futures is also hosting its Annual Breakfast featuring another
international guest speaker, Emile Levy, Senior Program Manager, Global Scholarship Programs
Division at the Alcoa Foundation in New York.

“We are very excited to have Mr Levy visit us in Geelong. Northern Futures is one of 10
international partners in the Alcoa Foundation’s Global Internships Program which supports
hundreds of young people across the world develop sustainable job skills in regions where
manufacturing is in decline.

“Mr Levy’s visit gives the Geelong community a unique opportunity to hear about the
experiences of other manufacturing cities undergoing economic transformation.”

SAVE THE DATE: February 19, 2015

Northern Futures Annual Breakfast, Truffleduck, 7.30am.
Bridges out of Poverty workshop at the Deakin Clinical School Lecture Theatre, Barwon Health, 10am – 1pm.

To register for the breakfast and/or the workshop, please email

Media contact:
Pauline Braniff
McClusky & Co Strategic Communications
0448 815 637