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Woodbine joins Horsham College and Horsham Special School in venture to open new doors of opportunity

Horsham College principal Rob Pyers.

Horsham College principal Rob Pyers.

By DEAN LAWSON
One of the most profound developments in Wimmera disability-service history is set to take shape as part of a ground-breaking partnership.
Warracknabeal service provider Woodbine will join Horsham College and Horsham Special School in a venture to enhance and develop new learning, activity and employment opportunities.
The value-adding partnership, which starts in this year’s final school term, involves Woodbine establishing a Horsham base at the college where it can expand its services through the use of modern education facilities and infrastructure.
The venture has the potential to open new doors of opportunity for people with disabilities from across the region and beyond while stimulating student education and career ambitions.
Woodbine chief executive Bernie O’Connor said the partnership was a significant and positive step forward.
“If ever there was a genuine reason to describe something as a ‘win win’ then this is the time,” he said.
He stressed that the inter-town development in no way eroded any services at Warracknabeal and instead added considerably to service provision.
“It’s basically about increasing and enhancing opportunities and choice. This partnership will perfectly complement our current arrangements with Horsham Special School and reduce the travelling burden for many participants.”
Under the arrangements and when the Horsham College rebuilding project is complete, Woodbine will have access to much of Horsham College’s two-storey wing.
Significantly, modern facilities at the new schools will be available to Woodbine as part of a simple booking process.
Mr O’Connor agreed that the partnership had gone well beyond consolidating services that had already been established in previous agreements.
“It now offers an enormous range of choice for everyone,” he said.
Horsham College principal Rob Pyers said the partnership would also result in significant benefits to college students.
“The partnership will provide our students with opportunities for inclusive practice, work experience, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships and the potential for school leavers to enter the disability-sector workforce,” he said.
“It is anticipated that the National Disability Insurance Scheme will create a significant increased demand for support workers in the sector.”
Horsham Special School principal Matt Copping said a Woodbine catering program had been established at the school’s kitchen for the past three months.
“Additional Woodbine programs will provide further employment and program activities that will flow directly from the skills we are teaching,” he said.
“We hope the partnership will ensure there are natural pathways to employment and other activities for graduating students, should they choose to do so.”

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