“Our office is closed, but our work continues” was the message Tomorrow Today delivered to the Benalla community at the end of March.
Since then, Tomorrow Today staff have been busy learning how to create digital content and facilitate online groups so that Benalla families can continue to participate in their programs while at home.
“Staying connected and supporting each other is really important right now,” Tomorrow Today Executive Officer Rosie Koop said. “We know that many people are feeling isolated. While we can’t meet face-to-face, we hope that moving some of our programs online will help local people to get back into the routine of catching up and leaning together.”
Ms Koop said the Tomorrow Today staff had quickly adjusted to the challenge of digital program delivery. “It has certainly been a steep learning curve, but our staff have embraced the challenge. Some have even discovered latent talented.”
The Parent Early Education Partnership (PEEP) program will feature videos of PEEP songs and popular story books posted on Facebook each week. Parent ‘talk time’ will include videoed interviews and parent ‘chat groups’. Anyone with preschool children who live in Benalla and district is invited to join PEEP.
Tomorrow Today’s Reading Buddy program sees volunteers matched with children in Year 1 and 2 at Benalla P-12 College to provide one-on-one support. While the school is closed, Reading Buddies will be talking and reading with students at home by phone.
The Connect9 program will feature video-based activities, such as fitness and cooking at home. Young people taking part in Connect9 will have weekly contact with their volunteer mentors, who will discuss the activities and other support.
The Great Start to Work program will feature online learning and interaction about employer expectations, how to write a resume and mock job interviews.
We are maintaining close contact with program participants and our partner organisations to ensure the Benalla community is supported during this challenging time.
For more information about our programs, phone 03 5762 1211.