Cessnock Connects!


Record numbers attend Cessnock's 2016 Community Connect Day!

Returning for its fifth year, Cessnock’s Community Connect Day proved to be another great success attracting a record crowd of more than four hundred members of the Cessnock community who had access to representatives from more than fifty local services, businesses and schools including employment services, registered training organisations and the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Held on the 15th of September at Hunter TAFE’s Cessnock Campus, the day provided an excellent opportunity for the people of Cessnock to easily access information and advice on what is available to them in the areas of education, health and wellbeing, training and employment.It also proved to be a fun, social day with a variety of entertainment on offer including performances by local schools and the Korreil Wonnai Kulang Dance Group. Artists from Mai-Wel Creative Arts created an impressive cardboard sculpture over the course of the day and a ‘Vinnies Fashion Parade’ was a popular new addition with models from WorkSkil and Mai-Wel showcasing affordable clothes to wear to interviews.

Sharon Tierney, Manager of MWLFS’ Cessnock office, said it was a great opportunity to spread the word about Mai-Wel’s growing presence in Cessnock and the new services available, particularly for youth.

“Mai-Wel has some really exciting things happening in Cessnock including the recent opening of a new office in Edward Street that has dedicated resources for supporting young people in their pursuit of employment. It was really positive to see so many young people here today taking an active interest in their future and in turn the future of Cessnock!” 

With thanks to our media partner, The Maitland Mercury, for publishing this article on Monday, 10th October 2016.

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