UnitingCare West

UnitingCare West Student Forum - 'Stamp out Stigma'

On Thursday 25th May 2017, a group of 10 students from Years 10 and 11 went on an excursion to Presbyterian Ladies' College. When we arrived, we were all ushered up the stairs into a large room where we would spend the rest of the day. There were seven Uniting Church schools attending, including Tranby. We had the amazing opportunity to meet and work with a few of these students, as we were all separated from our class mates and put on different tables. Throughout the day, we did multiple activities with our groups.

Susan the School Liaison Officer for UnitingCare West was our host for day and introduced Rev, who spoke about what we would be doing and introduced our first speaker, Alesha Kays. Alesha was from Zero to Hero, a WA based organisation dedicated to increasing understanding of mental health issues and the awareness of mental health services among children and young people. The presentation was largely based around the concept of isolation and loneliness, and how it can affect different people in different ways. We learnt about how we can help ourselves and others in need.

UnitingCare West is a community service agency of the Uniting Church that touches the lives of thousands of families and individuals each year. They deliver innovative and creative programs and services across several locations in Western Australia. Their aim is to locate these services where people most in need can easily access them. After Amanda finished speaking, first, second and third places were announced for the business ideas. Unfortunately we didn't win, although we had a great time constructing it and working together. Once the winners were announced, Nienke Rozendaal came forward and told us about the Winter Appeal and how we can contribute to the appeal and get others involved.

Everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, it was great working with other students from Uniting Church schools and we all learnt a lot. We came away from the day with more knowledge about mental health and how we can help ourselves and others. This is definitely something I would volunteer for again, and I hope that many more students will get the opportunity to experience it. By Adrienne Conway-Mortimer - Year 11

Fundraising and Donations for UnitingCare West

As part of the Year 10 Service Learning Program at Tranby College, students during their tutorial time are assigned to different projects throughout the year. During the year students have fundraised, then shopped and put together some great backpacks full of goodies for the children in foster care with UnitingCare West. Students are knitting scarves that will be donated once completed.

Some of our other activities have been the 'UCW Sleep Rough', collections for the 'UCW Winter Appeal' and students in Years 7 and 8 have been making 'Hoodies for the Homeless'.

This semester Tranby College's Technologies department offered a Community Service tutorial 'Hoodies for the Homeless.' The students set a goal of ten hoodies to be completed by the end of term, and will meet this goal by the end of today. As part of the tutorial, students from Years 7 and 8 have been learning to use the overlocker to construct the different parts of the hoodies, as well as learning to cut them out and pin them together. Year 10 students in their Service Learning tutorial also helped cut many of the pattern pieces as the Year 7 and 8 students took on more complex sewing projects, such as fitting a sleeve and sewing in a ribbed cuff. The students are very proud of their accomplishments and have been pleasantly surprised to watch the hoodies take shape over the course of the project.

We were pleased to formally hand over the first half of the batch of hoodies to Susan from UnitingCare West, and hope to continue with this tutorial in coming terms.

Two students took the time to reflect on their experience:

"I think that making the Hoodies for the Homeless was a good choice of tutorial because we learned to use the overlocker and donate at the same time. At first I wasn't very good at it, but I became better as I practised. My favourite part was sewing the cuffs because I found that easy, but I wasn't too confident sewing the arms to the body." Tiegan Green—Year 8

"My experience with an overlocker wasn't very good, but choosing this tutorial was one of the best decisions I ever made. In this tutorial I can combine my love of sewing and do it with my friend Tiegan. In the beginning I found the overlocker a bit challenging and one mistake means having to redo it. By far the best part for me was doing the arms and letting Tiegan do the cuffs! I think making and donating these hoodies is important because we can give what we have made to people that really need it. I will definitely do this tutorial again." Nicola Duckham– Year 8