Swan Hill forum ‘the best yet’

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A staff development forum held by community service provider Intereach in Swan Hill has been described as “the best yet”.

It was the fifth such forum hosted by the organisation to provide professional development and training for staff across its footprint.

Intereach has nearly 400 team members at 16 office locations across northern and central Victoria, the Mallee and southern NSW.

The Swan Hill forum, held on March 11 and 12, included mandatory training sessions on mental health, ethics and the Intereach People and Culture Framework. There were guest presenters, plus internal workshops led by Intereach staff which covered organisational topics.

In conjunction with the forum Intereach hosted an open day, providing the community an opportunity to learn more about the services it provides. These include National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination and Early Childhood Early Intervention services, as well as aged care services (including Home Care Packages) and Family Day Care.

There were give-aways for children, and a Lions Club free barbecue.

Intereach CEO Keryn Fox said they were delighted with the attendance of more than 50 people at the open day.

“On behalf of Intereach I would like to thank all the businesses in Swan Hill which made our team so welcome for both the open day and the forum. We were able to provide an economic boost to the community, which I am sure was appreciated. In return we received first class hospitality from everyone we dealt with,” Ms Fox said.

While the Intereach First Forum was designed to build a stronger team that helps the organisation serve its communities, there was also an enjoyable social side to the event, with staff enjoying dinner at Spoons Riverside Restaurant overlooking the Little Murray River.

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We have a large number of team members across an expansive geographic region, so the dinner is an important part of our two-day forum that helps everyone get to know each other a little better,”

Ms Fox

“We have now had five Intereach First Forums, with a sixth scheduled for Wagga. I received feedback that many staff considered our Swan Hill event the best one they have attended,” she added.

The staff development forums are an initiative of the Intereach leadership team as part of the Learning and Development Framework.

Intereach support and assistance is offered across community services, children and families, older people, people living with disability, mental health and carers.

Anyone in the Swan Hill district with queries about services can visit the local office at 215 Campbell St Swan Hill, phone 1300 488 226 or go to www.intereach.com.au

Some of the Swan Hill Intereach team: Kim Cross, Kirsti Angove, Kelly Roberts, Rebecca Poyner, Keona Delmenico & Dianne Wright.
Some of the Swan Hill Intereach team: Kim Cross, Kirsti Angove, Kelly Roberts, Rebecca Poyner, Keona Delmenico & Dianne Wright.