Issue 6
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Certificate IV in Community Service Work students with course coordinator Katherine Taylor (third from left)
Certificate IV in Community Service Work students with course coordinator Katherine Taylor (third from left)

Couch surf’s up for community services students

By Katie Weiss

Staff and students have put a pillowy pedal to the metal to raise awareness about youth homelessness in an annual couch surfing race in Darwin.

Course coordinator Katharine Taylor and six Certificate IV in Community Service Work students recently raced their blue three-seater couch at the Anglicare NT event for Youth Homelessness Matters Day.

Ms Taylor said the students spent five weeks decorating the second hand couch with designs including colourful handprints featuring facts and statistics about youth homelessness in Australia.

She said the event provided an excellent learning opportunity for students who had not yet worked in the sector, and their participation would be assessed as part of their course.

“There was a lot of fun and enthusiasm, and the students did a great job,” Ms Taylor said.

“The activity has given the students greater exposure to the community services sector and has also helped them to network with organisations, including Anglicare NT.”

She said the students also interviewed a homeless person to gain an understanding about causes of homelessness and accessibility to services.

The team beat Darwin City Council in the first round, held outside NT Parliament House, but was defeated in a close second round against the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education team.

CDU’s Office of Facilities Management supplied the couch and Anglicare NT added the wheels.