Community Programs

Inclusive Community Education Program (ICEP)

The program is focused on enhancing recreational and social activities for adults with disability and allowing them to interact with their peer group and build social networks.  It also aims to give carers a break and provide regular reliable respite.  ICEP has run a variety of innovative initiatives including a short film, drama, art, games group, model making, cooking and gym.

ICEP operates services out of the Wagga Wagga office to the outreach centres of Temora, Leeton and Narrandera.

Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)

The CVS program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to promote links between the community and people living in aged care homes or who are living in their own homes but are isolated. The CVS aims to improve the quality of life for these people who are already, or are at risk of becoming socially isolated or lonely, whether for social or cultural reasons or due to a disability.

Riverina Community College is operating a program that uses volunteers to visit over 100 people living within the communities of Wagga Wagga, Leeton Narrandera, Griffith, Gundagai, Harden, Junee, Tumut and Deniliquin.

If you would like to work as a volunteer in this program please register your interest by telephoning the office on 6933 5555 and a Coordinator will contact you.

Above: Helen Hibbins, Alison Snow (Coordinator) & Marie Date at the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Community Arts Studio

Riverina Community College received a grant from Arts NSW to run The Art Factory for artists with a disability. The Art Factory program, conducted in the College’s Murramarra Bundanha Art Gallery is a Supported Studio making use of the state of the art facilities at the College in Wagga Wagga and provides artists with support, guidance, mentoring, networking and career pathways to assist in further establishing and maintaining a high-quality, creative, contemporary arts practice.

The studio is non-directive and artists are encouraged to develop their own visual language using a range of mediums and styles under the expert guidance of professional arts practitioners.

We are very lucky to have the services of James Farley as one of those professional arts practitioners. James was joint winner of the 2016 NSW Young Achiever Award.

Above: One of our Art Factory Students, Stephen O'Hara enjoying his time in the art studio.

Defence Families:  Transition Support Program

The aim of the Defence Families Program was to contribute towards building resilience in the Defence community by running activities targeted at the spouses of serving Defence personnel.  These activities were planned to:

  • build self-worth and heighten feelings of value
  • empower learners whilst building skills and knowledge
  • strengthen social links
  • gather evidence to meet current training needs
  • develop pathways to suitable local employment opportunities
  • connect Defence families with local Wagga Wagga events

Aussie Farmers 

This new program commencing in 2017 targets women in isolated rural regions to assist them in reconnecting with their communities.  The project consists of a series of workshops focusing on:

  • computer literacy
  • financial independence
  • mental health 

There has been very positive feedback from the first group which commenced at the Rock with 11 participants.   They have all enjoyed the guest speakers who have included: a local retired bank manager talking about finances; Michelle who offers an holistic program that includes Yoga; Mindful Warrior Anna speaking on mindfulness; Local business owner Vicki chatting about how she got started; A representative from Wagga Wagga Women’s Health Centre talking about Mental Health.

A second group commenced in April in Coolamon and Junee.