The StreetSmart funding has allowed Pebbles to pay a portion of the salary of one After School Club (ASC) training facilitator. This training facilitator does so much more than just the training of the ASC external staff who work in the facilities. She liaises with the farm owners to make sure that the lines of communication are open. This was extremely important during the COVID-19 lockdown and understanding the needs of the community during this time. Marian provided daily support to the external farm staff, community leaders, parents and children in the form of physical academic resources, setting up virtual classrooms, extra lessons and identifying families who needed food parcels.
The world of work is changing; and fast. A positive impact was being able to expose the facilitators to Zoom. For many of the facilitators it was the first time using video calling. There was an increase in their confidence levels and they were able to share the work they were doing during lockdown with their colleagues. All the technological advances opened up new opportunities for them and exposed them to new ways in which information is shared. It was a big achievement and we are very proud of them.