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Short and sweet showcases

By Vanessa Wiltshire

A SERIES of six short videos are being developed to showcase the work of the Heathcote Community Capacity Builders program.

They are a joint initiative between the Heathcote Community House, Imagine Pictures and Bendigo Health Services. Each video is one minute long, designed to view and share through social media.

Vicki Forde, who is coordinator of the Heathcote Community House, oversees the Capacity Builders program.

“We are so proud to help produce these videos,” she said. ‘‘They highlight just how much the Heathcote Community Capacity Builders program has evolved over nearly two years,’’ she said.

The videos will throw the spotlight on many aspects of the program, and will be launched individually over the coming months.

“They will be a fantastic resource for all to enjoy and show off. We hope they will engender pride in our community and convey that Heathcote has a caring, generous spirit,” Vicki said.

As its name suggests, the Heathcote Community Capacity Builders program aims to develop the skills of up to 70 local community groups and their members.

Currently, the Heathcote Community House is promoting a free online course called “Understanding Dementia” through the University of Tasmania. It starts on February 19 and any person can register at www.mooc.utas.edu.au/courses/understanding-dementia-2019-02.

In June last year, the City of Greater Bendigo and Heathcote Health partnered together to raise funds for a feasibility study to investigate the development of a dementia village in Heathcote.

Dementia is the leading cause of disability in older Australians.