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Old Beechworth Gaol Community Open Day image

You are invited to an open day at the Old Beechworth Gaol on Sunday 26th February. The gates of the Gaol will be ‘unlocked’ for the Beechworth community to come in and have a look behind the walls. There will be short tours of the Gaol running every 30 minutes and the Beechworth Correction Centre will be selling sausages as part of their fundraising for the Prisoners on the Run ...

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Community Investors buy Beechworth Gaol image

The Beechworth Gaol has been purchased by a group of investors; the majority are local community members with some city-based investors. Spokesperson for the group, Matt Pfahlert said the group is committed to transforming this highly valued heritage site into a thriving community space for the social and economic benefit of the region. The Beechworth Gaol was sold at auction eight months ago to a Sydney-based developer, but the sale later fell through. “Beechworth people and those in the region interested in the history of the site have been waiting for years for the site’s future to be determined so we wanted to let them know that it is now in the hands of this group and that master planning for the ...

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The official Launch of ACRE gallery

Cathy McGowan, Federal member for Indi officially launched the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship (ACRE) in Beechworth in May 2016. Guests included the Chief Operating Officer, Sam Baumber from the Social Enterprise Academy in Scotland who ACRE have a formalised a partnership with. ACRE was formed in response to declining rural communities and opportunities for young people with generous support from the Yulgilbar Foundation, the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. ACRE exists to build thriving rural communities through igniting entrepreneurship in young people and their communities. ACRE has received significant philanthropic backing to develop a pilot program and provide programs to support local government, business and community groups. The official launch puts ACRE in the spotlight and provides new ...

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Practitioner-Led Learning Exchange program in Beechworth gallery

A four day Practitioner- Led Learning exchange program was held in Beechworth in April and provided an opportunity for 12 participants to explore the Social Enterprise Academy approach to learning. This was a great opportunity for participants to share and experience activities in a 'high support: high challenge' learning environment. The workshop, facilitated by Jay Lamb from SEA in Scotland, explored and provided a chance for participants to practice non-directive and action learning approaches to facilitation and identify connections and shared purpose around learning and development. Participants were able to build their confidence as a facilitator through peer support, reflection and practice and develop appropriate techniques to improve engagement. The program was for potential facilitators and community-based stakeholders keen to share experience and ...

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Understanding Social Enterprise workshop, Beechworth image

A two day workshop was held in Beechworth in April targeted at Community Development Leaders and Youth Development Practitioners. The purpose of the workshop was to: Develop participants understanding of the values and purpose of social enterprise Explore how entrepreneurial learning can engage young people Investigate how practitioners can support young people through social enterprise Create an action plan to apply what you can learn The program supports practitioners in their work with young people by exploring how social enterprise can help young people succeed in a developing workforce.  Practioners also had the opportunity to explore social enterprise as a concept, the challenges currently faced by them and what the future holds for this growing movement. This workshop was delivered with the support of the ...

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Social Enterprise in Schools workshop, Wodonga gallery

During April, ACRE along with Social Enterprise Academy delivered a Teacher training day in Wodonga for schools involved in the Social Enterprise in Schools Program (SEiS). The main focus of the workshop was to help: Teachers understand the key concepts and values of social enterprise Support young people to discover and develop entrepreneurial skills Gain vital skills and knowledge to set up a social enterprise in their school Use social enterprise to embed employability, leadership and core skills learning  for their students This workshop was facilitated by Jay Lamb and from Scotland who has over 28 years of experience in educational settings and is a team member of the Social Enterprise Academy in Scotland. The learnings from the workshop will help the teachers of Wodonga Senior Secondary College, Wodonga Flexible ...

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