Archive for Young Adults

Building awareness of gender-based violence in our community

Did you know that gender inequality is strongly linked to violence against women? Did you know that women are more likely than men to experience violence from a known person and in their home?

Gender-based violence has social, economic, health and welfare costs on children, young people, individuals, families and communities. That is why Shire of Dardanup Library Services is joining hundreds of organisations and communities for 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women.

What is 16 Days in WA?

Running from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days in WA provides opportunities for individuals and communities to show their support for ending violence against women, including family, domestic and sexual violence. Inspired by the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 16 Days in WA aims to raise awareness; increase positive actions; and highlight organisations, agencies, communities and individuals working to end violence against women.

Raising awareness in our community.

During the 16 Days in WA campaign, Shire of Dardanup Library Services will be displaying and posting information to our website about the campaign and will be featuring a book club reading list about gender based violence. We will also outline ways that you can take an active role to speak out and shine a spotlight on all forms of abuse.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence and/or sexual violence, there is help available. Please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or visit our support page for more information.

Code Club finishes its first year

Congratulations to our Dardy Coders for taking their first steps into a larger world. 

While it took a little while to catch on, by the end of August we had full classes every week with participants completing their first module and making great progress on their coding path.

Well done to Doug and Harley for completing their Scratch Module 1. A great start to an exciting journey!

What is Code Club?

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led coding clubs with a mission to #getkidscoding! We are aiming to give every child the skill, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.
The program is aimed at kids aged 8 – 15 years of age who advance through a series of coding languages:
  1. Scratch – a simple block-coding program which allows users to build animations and games while learning the fundamentals of coding.
  2. HTML/CSS – allows users to develop their understanding while building web pages and online content from the ground up.
  3. Python – this highly versatile programming language allows users to use their understanding and creativity to build Apps and complete web sites.
  4. Blender – coders can build 3D animations and games, creating 3D characters and developing their own movies and stories.

Code Club is project based learning, aligned with the National Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides kids with the opportunity to collaborate, create, communicate and problem solve! We celebrate our errors and embrace them as a chance to learn.

Code Club is free to join and is supported by volunteers and library staff. 

We strongly encourage parents to come along and be a part of what their child is working on and achieving. Not only that, kids can log in from home and continue progressing through their lessons.

Being part of a Code Club means meeting like-minded people, making new friends and coding awesome things together!

What happens next?

We’ve learned a lot this year about Code Club and next year we are planning lots of ideas to make each class even more interesting and new. Registrations for Code Club 2019 will be announced in January so be sure to keep checking our website, Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out.

South West Makers

Second Saturday of the month from 9:00am – 1:00pm

On the second Saturday of the month the SW Makers are setting up shop and will help you explore everything robotic, electronic and computeronic.

If 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, Raspberry Pi computers, general electronics, drones, LED’s, Arduino’s, orchid GIS Mapping and fabric art sound like your thing then come along and join a growing band of budding makers in the Bunbury and Greater Bunbury region.

Bring your imagination to life with the SW makers as they endeavour to create a space to exercise your creativity while having a load of fun.

The best news is, if you would love to have a look at what they are doing but feel unsure about what they do or about any of these amazing things listed above, then this workshop is definitely for you too.

Everyone is welcome and everything is free for you to have a go.

Don’t miss our first workshop this weekend.

For more information, please visit the SW Makers website.

We can’t wait to see you there!