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CHAC Yard Blitz

CHAC Yard Blitz

Author: Robert Hawkin
Author Role: Secondary Teacher

WHAT?

The concept is called CHAC Yard Blitz. We successfully launched this initiative in 2018 to help suitable clients in the suburbs immediately surrounding the College with some basic practical assistance. This may include jobs such as general yard work, domestic cleaning, and rubbish removal

WHY?

CHAC Yard Blitz is a social enterprise project designed to bring people closer together with a shared task. It is particularly focussed on building connections between our students, their families, and the elderly in our community. For this reason, we are also requesting that parents nominate people they know in our local community who will benefit from these services.

WHEN?

The initial Blitz will run on Saturday 19 October from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

WHO?

To undertake the tasks there will be small groups of volunteers drawn from the student, staff and parent body. These groups will have at least one adult whose role it will be to co-ordinate activities and visit the client, prior to the Blitz date, to discuss their needs.

HOW?

The group will be matched to the required work and should bring along suitable tools and equipment, including ute/trailer, to undertake the work. The College can help with this if necessary. You will be contacted with further details prior to the event. On the day, the groups will meet at the College for a safety briefing and sausage sizzle. The project co-ordinator will make sure each group is suitably prepared. The main objective will be to undertake the prescribed jobs, but our hope is that you will also getting to know the client. Experience suggests that often clients are more than happy to get involved with the work too, if they are able.

WHAT NEXT?

If you are interested in this venture, or know of someone who would benefit from this type of service, please use the Try Booking link to register your expression of interest. When you register, please include your contact details, and also also outline any skills or resources you can offer. If you wish to propose a client, please include their details and a brief description of their needs where possible.  Alternatively, if you are in a position to offer sponsorship for the initiative, we would be very interested to discuss details with you. Once you have registered, we will contact you with further information.

If you have further queries feel free to contact me directly by email at rhawkin@chac.qld.edu.au  Please address the subject title CHAC Yard Blitz.