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  • Service Week 2020 - TUESDAY | SCENE

    During Community Service Week we visited some of Scene's community, environment and design network. Also other local businesses and organisations with similar goals. THURSDAY LIDS4KIDS rescues plastic lids from landfill and repurposes them into products to benefit kids. Recently founder Tim Miller won Australian Hero Award in November 2020. LILY Being able to visit Lids4Kids was a wonderful experience and learning about what they do made me realise that there are many charities and programs fighting the war on waste. SIENNA Tim from Lids4Kids was doing an amazing job rescuing and recycling plastic lids, all done inside his own home. I learnt that lids are too small to be recycled and are actually sent to landfill if put in the yellow bin, and what Tim’s charity does to prevent this. LIDS4KIDS rescues plastic lids from landfill and repurposes them into products to benefit kids. Recently founder Tim Miller won Australian Hero Award in November 2020. SIENNA Previous to visiting the development of Ginninderry, I was unaware that it was a sustainable village. I learnt about the team and what they were doing to be sustainable. We also had a go at melting some plastic and creating plates from recycled lids. LILY Visiting Ginninderry was a unique experience as it was one of the first fully sustainable suburb (?) area, which fully aimed towards attaining its goal of power saving. was mid-week break Wednesday THURSDAY...

  • Service Week 2020 - TUESDAY | SCENE

    During Community Service Week we visited some of Scene's community, environment and design network. Also other local businesses and organisations with similar goals. TUESDAY LIDS4KIDS rescues plastic lids from landfill and repurposes them into products to benefit kids. Recently founder Tim Miller won Australian Hero Award in November 2020. LILY Being able to visit Lids4Kids was a wonderful experience and learning about what they do made me realise that there are many charities and programs fighting the war on waste. SIENNA Tim from Lids4Kids was doing an amazing job rescuing and recycling plastic lids, all done inside his own home. I learnt that lids are too small to be recycled and are actually sent to landfill if put in the yellow bin, and what Tim’s charity does to prevent this. LIDS4KIDS rescues plastic lids from landfill and repurposes them into products to benefit kids. Recently founder Tim Miller won Australian Hero Award in November 2020. SIENNA Previous to visiting the development of Ginninderry, I was unaware that it was a sustainable village. I learnt about the team and what they were doing to be sustainable. We also had a go at melting some plastic and creating plates from recycled lids. LILY Visiting Ginninderry was a unique experience as it was one of the first fully sustainable suburb (?) area, which fully aimed towards attaining its goal of power saving. was mid-week break Wednesday THURSDAY...

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  • Service Week 2020 - TUESDAY | SCENE

    During Community Service Week we visited some of Scene's community, environment and design network. Also other local businesses and organisations with similar goals. THURSDAY GREEN SHED UNDERGROUND is Canberra's largest clothing op-shop and the 2nd inner city Green Shed store. The fabulous Alice was our tour guide. IKEA is the worlds largest furniture retailer. Darrel explained ground breaking lengths Ikea goes to for sustainability, beneficial community programs & internal staff support culture. Ikea Canberra even have bees as part of an environmental warning system. Just one of the 100's of sustainable measures Ikea undertakes is replacing timber shipping pallets with cardboard. Lily Before visiting Ikea, I had no idea that they had so many sustainability projects and guidelines. SIENNA I was also unaware of all that Ikea was doing to be a sustainable company. Their sustainability practices amazed me as I had no idea of the things they were doing (e.g., keeping bees, monitoring resource use, recycling almost all materials etc). BUNNINGS Bunning's assists, engages & educates the public. Sue has been forming community relationships for 9 years. At the moment there's an initiative for women and girls in need. SIENNA We learnt about how Bunnings helps the community and aims to be sustainable. They lend out materials to communities in need as part of charity work, which I was unaware of. LILY I found it admirable how Bunnings helped so much with the local community and charities. SNOW FOUNDATION Founded by brothers Terry & George Snow to benefit disadvantaged individuals and organisations. They've put $100 million dollars into supporting the community in the last 30 years. *Unfortunately we couldn't physically visit this time. SURPRISE EVENT !!! Scene was waiting for an opportunity to present a plastic recycling idea to Jo Clay MP of the ACT Green Party. That opportunity came in the middle of Community Service Week. Lydia the Lid Eater has kindly been given a temporary home with Dennis and Kathryn at National Mailing and Marketing . Scene owns the largest plastic granulator in the region and has been working on a circular economy proposal that also incorporates education & community inclusion. There was also a visit to the potential PlastiScene site which will house Scene's plastic workshops, programs and enterprises. Tim from Lids4Kids drove us around in a 1959 FC Holden for the afternoon. LILY It was a good experience to listen to the Pretty Poly Presentation as I found the ideas presented to be innovative and interesting. SIENNA It was a great opportunity being able to help Candice present her proposal to local MP Jo Clay. We got to see first-hand what SCENE does to help the community, and the ideas proposed which will help the environment in the future. NATIONAL MAILING and MARKETING NMM are an amazing example of a local business that extends itself throughout the community in so many areas to provide care and support. Some of the environment and community minded things are; - Collecting toys & bikes for charity - Care bags for children in crisis - Saving carpet tiles from landfill and giving them to charities - Many recycling endeavors - Supporting small organisations with things like item collection & storage plus donations. SIENNA The staff informed us on how they were sustainable as a company and discussed sustainability in Canberra and how the next generation will have to step up to help the environment, creating new innovative ideas. I was impressed with the many ways NMM helps the community. LILY The National Mailing and Marketing company was very good to visit, as I learnt about how they helped the local community (e.g., the childcare packages). SNOW FOUNDATION Founded by brothers Terry & George Snow to benefit disadvantaged individuals and organisations. They've put $100 million dollars into supporting the community in the last 30 years. *Unfortunately we couldn't physically visit this time. THURSDAY...

  • Service | SCENE

    ​ ​ Step 2 - Service Affordable design & decoration services for small businesses unable to meet the high cost trades. ​ ​ For participants who often have difficulties with employment. Service is a non-confrontational transition. It's familiar work with familiar people. Without the stress of resumes and job interviews. Or the discouragement of knock-backs. ​ As with Step 1, participants can choose the workload to suit their circumstances. For example some may wish to work one day a week so it doesn't interfere with family, appointments or government payments. There may also be opportunities to work from home. Typically Jobs will be quick, simple jobs, like the corner take-away. ​ ​ ​ ​ After time and experience design & decoration services can be offered at a higher standard with profits funding SCENE programs and projects. Step 3 ​ ​ ​ Step 4 and Side Step - Supported Pathways Some may wish to break away and form their own businesses. SCENE will support and promote exiting SCI STEP participants. Additionally over the course of the program participants will be exposed to numerous vocations. SCENE aims to assist anyone wishing to go into studies/traineeships and provide referrals & assistance with resumes for people seeking to enter the work force. ​ Alternatively participants can continue their program indefinitely in Step 1 if that's where they are most comfortable and gaining the most personal benefit. ​ ​