Hands-on help leads to great results

The Yurauna Centre at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) offers a place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to seek support and guidance. In late 2012 Caroline Hughes, Director at the Yurauna Centre, asked ICV to help with a tutoring program for its students. The program aimed to match volunteers with students who had indicated they would like some additional support with their studies. 

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One such student is Ben Moffatt, who is studying for a Diploma in IT and Website Design.  Ben chose ICV volunteer Jono Crane to work alongside him. Their relationship has gone from strength to strength and Ben is achieving strong academic results. Most recently Ben topped his class with an impressive 96% on his term exam.

Ben’s mother Lindy said that this is an amazing achievement for both Ben and Jono.  The fact that Ben suffers with a ‘mental illness’ (schizophrenia) which saw him hospitalized for ten-and-a-half years is living proof that with encouragement and the right support in place , anything is achievable.

Jono’s passion and expertise in IT has also led him to be chosen by Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service to help them improve and update their IT systems. Ben was able to accompany Jono to Walgett in country NSW and work with him on this project, which gave Ben the opportunity to implement the skills he had learnt in the classroom and gain some invaluable practical knowledge.

The growth in Ben’s confidence and his overall wellbeing is very evident from his experiences in Walgett. 

Jono and Ben will continue to work together, not only for CIT course requirements but also on the development of the IT systems with the Walgett community.  It’s a long lasting relationship which is building the capacity  of everyone involved.