Benalla customers venture out in Melbourne for Duke of Edinburgh Award
DATE: 21 February 2019
A trip to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and Yooralla’s Learning Hub were all part of the Benalla customers recent visit to Melbourne for their Duke of Edinburgh Award ‘adventurous journey’ preparation.
The four customers, who are currently completing the Silver level of the Award, were practicing for their adventurous journey in May.
The Award is open to people between 14 and 24 years old and has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The Award program includes activities that cover: service, skill, physical recreation and adventurous journey. Yooralla partnered with the Award in 2018 to create additional personal development opportunities for customers.
The practice trip enabled customers to learn to plan their day in Melbourne, including how to navigate Melbourne’s public transport at Yooralla’s Learning Hub in the city and then put it into action. Their day included visiting the MCG and grocery shopping for their evening meal that was prepared in their accommodation. The customers were supported by volunteers from Perpetual and Yooralla staff.
Josh and Josh are pictured on stage at the mock MCG’s media conference, as part of their MCG tour.
According to Benalla Community Hub Service Leader, Graeme Brennan, the team are feeling ready for their real adventurous journey later in the year.
“The team feel prepared and confident now they had that time in Melbourne. They are now familiar with the surroundings and also the Yooralla staff and Perpetual volunteers who will be supporting them. They are really looking forward to travelling back to Melbourne in May, where we’ll visit more things in the city and visit Werribee Zoo,” said Graeme.
The Duke of Edinburgh program is implemented through Yooralla’s Community Hubs. Yooralla has centre-based community supports across regional Victoria and Metro Melbourne.