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Working Together -Tweed and Wollumbin

On Wednesday 16th June Better Chances Forum (BCF), in partnership with the Department of Education (DET) and Tweed Council hosted a unique workshop that brought together community services and schools and education providers in the Tweed-Wollumbin region.

When thinking about service linkage, referral pathways and collaboration in the region, one of the most common barriers is simply being too time poor to be able to find out what services are out there and to build relationships with those services.

So how could we help services and education staff overcome this? The answer was simple (and, not to mention, a lot of fun): speed dating.

‘Working Together’ was run as a service speed dating event. Community services set up stalls in a circle around the venue and when we began, schools and education providers had 5 minutes to connect with a community service before moving to the next. The event provided an efficient way for key people from the education sector to connect with a myriad of services in their region, all in the one go. We knew it would be a very high energy and fast moving activity, so to ensure that all attendees had the key information in one place, we compiled a Stall Holder Information Booklet that included information and contact details for all the stall holders in the room on the day. This booklet provided a central reference point for attendees and was something they could take home to continue using.

Due to the impacts of COVID, this was the first ‘Working Together’ event we were able to run in two years and it was a huge success. 100% of our attendees agreed that the workshop was well designed and engaging and 100% of our attendees learned new things and/or made new connections that will assist them to work more effectively together.

We’d like to thank the Department of Education and the Tweed Council for the effort put into co-hosting this event with us.

If you are interested in getting involved, we are hosting another Working Together event for the Lismore-Richmond region on 11th August 2021. We foresee it will be another sell-out event, so be sure to register your place here.

BCF is convened by Social Futures and funded by NSW Department of Communities and Justice. For more information about Better Chances Forum visit our website