Students create kids and parents’ health guide

Team effort: New Opportunities for Women students visited the Child and Parent Centre - Collie Valley last week for the official launch. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Team effort: New Opportunities for Women students visited the Child and Parent Centre - Collie Valley last week for the official launch. Photo: Thomas Munday.

SOUTH Regional TAFE students have developed an essential guide to healthy eating for kids and parents. 

12 women took part in the New Opportunities for Women (NOW) course in Collie over the past six months. 

For the Project unit, the team were tasked with designing and creating a free recipe book titled Healthy Recipes for Busy Families. 

Each recipe was designed to be completed in half an hour. 

The students coordinated the project, delegating volunteers for planning and executing the recipes, formatting pages and printing. 

The students also initiated communications with the Child and Parent Centre – Collie Valley for the facility to become involved in the program. 

South Regional TAFE New Opportunities for Women lecturer Linda Noonan said the course helped the students to interact with one another and the local community. 

“Now they know that this resource is here, perhaps they would like to use it for their children, but, not only that, some of the girls are looking at careers working with children so they are getting that benefit,” she said. 

“But it’s also engagement so that you’re getting more and more people connecting together which means you’re active in the community and that’s really important.”

Ms Noonan said the program helped the students become confident enough to share their skills with other people. 

She said the students learned computing, literacy and numeracy skills in the New Opportunities for Women program. 

Ms Noonan said some of the students have planned to move on to complete courses in leadership, technology skills and education support. 

New Opportunities for Women student Jamaya Buckley said the course has helped to improve self-confidence. 

“It’s a good motivational footstep tough, isn’t it? Since we’ve done this course we’ve got the confidence to go out and do other things as well,” she said. 

South Regional TAFE Collie and Harvey campus manager Jacqueline Elizabeth said the program has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the students and community. 

Ms Elizabeth said South Regional TAFE regularly communicated with employers and businesses throughout the South West. 

According to South Regional TAFE, New Opportunities for Women has been conducted in the Collie, Harvey, Busselton and Narrogin campuses.

Health: NOW recipe book.

Health: NOW recipe book.

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