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Northern Futures helps build bridges of understanding


Northern Futures hosted renowned social educator Nairn Walker in Geelong recently for a “life-changing” workshop designed to re-shape people’s thinking about poverty and unemployment.

The two-day workshop, called Bridges out of Poverty, shines a light on the possibility and potential in the lives of people from disadvantaged communities.

Nairn runs the workshops throughout Australia and says government and community professionals, agency workers and allied health practitioners have found the interactive sessions life-changing because they gain a better understanding of the way their clients think.

“Bridges out of Poverty encourages people to have different conversations, develop different relationships and, hopefully, achieve better outcomes in the communities they serve.”

Northern Futures first brought Nairn to Geelong in 2003 and she has continued to host workshops in the city ever since.

The theory behind Bridges out of Poverty is included in the innovative employment pathway course, Getting Ahead, which Northern Futures delivers through The Gordon TAFE at the Norlane Community Centre.

Many Northern Futures students have completed Getting Ahead and found it really helps them take the next step in training and employment.

Northern Futures runs two 15 week Getting Ahead courses each year. The first semester course started earlier this month but registrations are being taken for a second semester course that starts in August.