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Another Successful Ekka at 'Our Place'

Children and their parents sitting at tables playing with lego in Our Place.A great deal of strategic planning and work goes on behind the scenes in the lead up to the Ekka to ensure HPW’s stand is eye-catching, incorporates activities that will be fun for the kids, and provides important information about the services our department offers.

And now that the rides, side shows and displays are being packed away for another year, we can announce 2017 was an overwhelming success!  Last year we had over 4000 visitors to our stand, and by all accounts, there were even more this year.

Eager children, along with their mums and dads, kept our volunteers on their toes as the young ones tested their Lego skills building our communities of tomorrow.

Housing Officer Charlie Banwell from Inala HSC volunteered for the first time this year. He met Liza Carroll our Director-General on his shift and witnessed the HPW NewsDesk being filmed on location! 

“That was a pretty good introduction,” Charlie says. “Other highlights for me were meeting other HPW volunteers whom I ordinarily wouldn’t get to meet, as well as engaging with the general public.

“One particularly nice interaction was with a lady who approached me to say she had a daughter who has been living in housing with shared support for many years. She wanted to tell me that she was incredibly happy with the help and service our department provided - so that was great to hear." - Charlie Banwell

 
Sylvia Czaplinski, a training officer from FOPATS in Housing and Homelessness, says volunteering at the Ekka gave her the opportunity to relate to the community in a way that she normally doesn’t get to in her everyday job. 
 
“I love volunteering at the Ekka,” Sylvia says. “It was a such a positive experience and people often commented on our well-designed stand that catered for both the kids and their parents. I really liked meeting members of the public and being able to answer their questions. For example, we had several contractors come through asking about registering their companies for work through Building and Asset Services, and I could tell them how to go about doing that.
 
“It was also lovely seeing the kids building their Lego models and placing them in the display, and their pride in being part of something.” 
 
Another positive aspect of volunteering at the Ekka for Sylvia was meeting other HPW staff.
 
“I found it really interesting meeting staff from other areas of HPW, who aren’t in my current work group, and to learn about the great work they do,” Sylvia says. 



Last updated 22 September 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
 

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