Connecting with the Community
Box Hill Institute exists to provide training and education to meet the workforce development needs of the communities we serve.
A culture of community spirit underpins Box Hill Institute’s relationships with business, community and individual clients. The Institute’s corporate values recognise the importance of making a positive impact within the community. Box Hill Institute collaborates with the community to improve education and employment outcomes, with a particular emphasis on ensuring access and equity for all. The Institute supports active involvement in community issues and causes.
Examples of good corporate social responsibility can be seen through the involvement of students, staff and clients in local and overseas programs.
Know One, Teach One (KOTO) is a not-for-profit hospitality training organisation that has trained approximately 400 disadvantaged Vietnamese youths in Hanoi over the past 10 years. Part of a unique, not-for-profit social enterprise business model, KOTO is an extended campus of Box Hill Institute. In 2011, CEO John Maddock announced two full-fee scholarship places at Box Hill Institute every year from 2012 until 2016.
Box Hill Institute hosted fundraising activities to support the KOTO students including the KOTO Cook-Off Fundraiser and the Vietnamese Coffee Experience Fundraiser.
‘Communities in Need’ Program
The inaugural Box Hill Institute fundraising initiative was launched in 2011 to support the ‘Communities in Need’ Program. The focus of the program is to provide exchange opportunities to students who would not be able to participate in existing overseas exchange programs. Another important aspect of the program is the focus on helping communities in need, where students can gain valuable industry experience and cultural awareness while helping others.
Public Tenant Program
Box Hill Institute ran a successful community project in partnership with the Department of Human Services in carpentry training for the second year in a row. The Public Tenant Program has been designed to create much-needed job opportunities for people in public housing and to stimulate demand for skilled workers in local areas. The program has resulted in excellent employment outcomes for participants.
Community Lunch Program
Now in its fifth year, Box Hill Institute and Harrison Community Services has continued to work together to deliver the Community Lunch Program. Students from the Centre for Hospitality and Tourism Studies prepared meals and senior (VCAL) students assisted Harrison Services staff and volunteers with the setup, serving and cleanup of the community lunch. The Community Lunch Program allows Box Hill Institute students to gain valuable life skills from interacting with the community.
Work Placement Programs
Box Hill Institute is committed to providing work placement programs that deliver tangible benefit to the community. In 2011, the Institute implemented the following community focused work placement programs:
- The Peer Assisted Leadership (PAL) program involving VCAL students and school groups in Old Orchard Primary School over a four-week period.
- A four-week program of hand massages, manicures and ‘sensory journeys’ for residents at AVEO, residential aged-care facility in Burwood.
- The building of an onsite cubby house as part of a multi-organisation playground project at Box Hill South Neighbourhood House. Cubby houses and garden furniture were also donated to local schools.
- Students attended the Epworth Eastern hospital to work with cancer patients to provide stress relieving treatments during their chemotherapy treatment.
- Students worked at the Alkira Centre to improve the mobility of their disabled clients and devising activities to improve their fitness to achieve personal goals. As a result, a group of Alkira clients formed their own walking group.
- A solar powered fountain was nstalled for the Ceres Community Project, an award winning, not-for-profit, environment and education centre and urban farm located by the Merri Creek in East Brunswick.
- Students worked with Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services Inc (ERLS), a not-for-profit, community-based organisation. ERLS works with community sport and recreation providers to support their capacity for inclusive practices and provide more opportunities for people with a disability in community sport and recreation.
- Ex-Box Hill Institute personal computers were reconditioned and provided them to community and not-for-profit organisations.
- Floristry students undertook promotional events, creating displays for two functions at the Bayside Shopping Complex in Mornington.
Box Hill Institute ran a variety of events that provided direct benefit to the community. In 2011, these included:
- A breakfast workshop for business leaders, which was endorsed by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), and the Victorian Green IT Cluster, to bring together industry representatives and demystify what cloud computing offers the IT industry.
- A series of events to recognise Sustainability Week, in conjunction with Whitehorse City Council.
- An Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week with support from the indigenous community elders and artists. Two free bicycle maintenance workshops with Nunawading Bicycle Superstore which included a free community BBQ to celebrate Ride-2-Work Day.
- he annual Tertiary Recreation Entertainment Victoria (TREV) Inter-Varsity Basketball Competition at the Nunawading Basketball Centre.
- A National Carpentry and Plumbing Day, with local industry sponsors and associations to raise awareness of building trade apprentices and full time students.
- A sponsorship recognition cocktail party to thank and recognise the support of Box Hill Institute’s sponsors. The event allowed guests to network and socialise and to be informed of the future plans of the Institute.
Box Hill Institute participated in a number of community related initiatives in 2011, these included:
- Partnering with the Box Hill RSL Bowls Club and VCAL students to promote sportsmanship skills and to interact with volunteers from all walks of life. A special presentation was organised by the Box Hill RSL Bowls Club in recognition of this successful partnership.
- Supporting hair and beauty and information technology awareness and education programs with local retirement group, AVEO, which manages retirement villages locally and Australia wide.
- Assisting to support Scope, assisting six children with cerebral palsy to attend a Masterclass in baking with chef John Hughes in the Institute’s Bakers Delight Centre of Excellence.
- Hosting a celebrity chef dinner to raise funds for the Global Education Program, a program that focuses on ensuring that financially disadvantaged students are able to participate in global experiences.
Community Staff Initiatives
Box Hill Institute staff are encouraged to work with the community and industry. In 2011, examples of outstanding staff initiatives included:
- Collecting shoes for African villages.
- Providing blankets for the homeless. Donating furniture and clothing for flood victims.
- Providing monetary and food donations for Eastern Relief.
- Participating in the Relay For Life and Oxfam walks.
Student Fundraising Initiatives
A number of fundraising initiatives were run by students throughout 2011. These included:
- A fundraiser BBQ to raise money to help flood affected communities rebuild.
- A cupcake fundraising day for the RSPCA.
Whitehorse Business Group
To support and maintain a close connection with local business, Box Hill Institute continued to sponsor the Whitehorse Business Group. The Whitehorse Business Group represents the interests of the local business community and aims to assist the development of business initiatives within the City of Whitehorse.
Sponsorship was provided to a significant number of community organisations to assist them with their fundraising activities.
- Box Hill Hawks
- Bulleen Boomers
- Melbourne Tigers
- Whitehorse Business Group
- Rotary Club District 9810
- Special Olympics