Jun 9, 2021

2021 June Update!

Plums
Plums

2021 June Update! 

Plums and Programs!

The aim of Wollangarra is to offer young people (age 4-17 years) an opportunity to reconnect to basics and to nature. Wollangarra provides ongoing experiences that excite and empower young people, while building community, kindness, and purpose. Following the difficult year of 2020, any funding acquired has gone to the operational running of Wollangarra, including property maintenance, staff training, equipment purchases and the running of programs and events. Given that the first few months of the year are fire season in Victoria, property maintenance was primarily focused on fire management by training the staff in fire management, maintaining the property to fire-safe standards and ensuring we have functioning water-pump systems in place. If we were not working on the property, we were training our Staff to become competent Outdoor Leaders by providing them with complex trauma training, a bronze medallion qualification, a 4WD courses qualification, communication skills, and experience in hike training and program training - to name a few. As the first three months of the year consisted of training, we have only recently started with Holiday and School programs. In total we have had 5 programs so far, with a fully booked Calendar shaping the remainder of the year and programs running nearly every week. Each Program sees on average ~24 young people visit Wollangarra. We have therefore so far reached ~120 young people in 2021. With at least another 15 programs booked in for the remainder of 2021, we should be able to reach another ~360 young people this year. In addition to programs we have also been able to have events again at Wollangarra in 2021. We were able to have our annual Fruit-bottling event in January over 6 days, where over 60 people of all ages helped bottle over 130kg of plums from one of our plum trees at Wollangarra. Time was also spent working in the garden and building a new compositing toilet. We also hosted a working bee over Labour Day weekend, with ~30 people helping chop wood for winter and make passata for programs. Lastly, we hosted a Locals Lunch event where ~25 locals from the area came up to Wollangarra to share a delicious lunch outside in the courtyard under the vines. We look forward to many more events and programs this year! 

Gardening
Gardening
Wood for choppin'
Wood for choppin'
Toilet building
Toilet building
Young People enjoying being back at Woll!
Young People enjoying being back at Woll!
Locals Lunch
Locals Lunch
May 3, 2021

2021 April Update!

Plums!
Plums!

The aim of Wollangarra is to offer young people (age 4-17 years) an opportunity to reconnect to basics and to nature. Wollangarra provides ongoing experiences that excite and empower young people, while building community, kindness, and purpose. Following the difficult year of 2020, any funding acquired has gone to the operational running of Wollangarra, including property maintenance, staff training, equipment purchases and the running of programs and events.

Given that the first few months of the year are fire season in Victoria, property maintenance was primarily focused on fire management by training the staff in fire management, maintaining the property to fire-safe standards and ensuring we have functioning water-pump systems in place. If we were not working on the property, we were training our Staff to become competent Outdoor Leaders by providing them with complex trauma training, a bronze medallion qualification, a 4WD courses qualification, communication skills, and experience in hike training and program training - to name a few.

As the first three months of the year consisted of training, we have only recently started with Holiday and School programs. In total we have had 5 programs so far, with a fully booked Calendar shaping the remainder of the year and programs running nearly every week. Each Program sees on average ~24 young people visit Wollangarra. We have therefore so far reached ~120 young people in 2021. With at least another 15 programs booked in for the remainder of 2021, we should be able to reach another ~360 young people this year. In addition to programs we have also been able to have events again at Wollangarra in 2021. We were able to have our annual Fruit-bottling event in January over 6 days, where over 60 people of all ages helped bottle over 130kg of plums from one of our plum trees at Wollangarra. Time was also spent working in the garden and building a new compositing toilet. We also hosted a working bee over Labour Day weekend, with ~30 people helping chop wood for winter and make passata for programs. Lastly, we hosted a Locals Lunch event where ~25 locals from the area came up to Wollangarra to share a delicious lunch outside in the courtyard under the vines. It has been fantastic having people back on the property and we look forward to many more events and programs this year!

Wood for choppin'
Wood for choppin'
Toilet building
Toilet building
Gardening
Gardening
Young People enjoying being back at Woll!
Young People enjoying being back at Woll!
Jan 7, 2021

2020 Recap!

The last year has been incredibly difficult, as we’ve been detrimentally impacted – like many other Outdoor Ed & Educational organisations – by COVID-19. However, there was light at the end of the tunnel, when we had a primary school and a university group out for two daytrips! This was a massive change, after not getting to hold any of our standard Programs across the entire year. The Woll team came into its own and put down the property maintenance for those days, welcoming new faces to the Flat with gusto. The primary students helped in the garden, gathered massive amounts of kindling and played many games of Duck Duck Goose and the like. Their energy was absolutely fantastic and a welcome relief after a year in isolation. 

We were also able to have several small groups of visitors out to help the team tie up some jobs in December, another fantastic morale boost. Loads of wood were moved and split, chooks were moved into the renovated chook coop, a tank stand foundation was started for a new river water tank as our old one fell victim to rust. We tied up the year with the finishing of a new mural in the woodfire shower block, putting a bright new skylight in the Homestead, installing steps to make the climb to the rota-loo much easier and building a beautiful brickwork installation in the garden to allow for a lush seating area. With a couple of old staff leaving for new adventures and a couple staying on to help the new pair of Directors, 2021 is looking bright!

 
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