Why did you want to be a People Connector with the ACDC Project?
Marc: I like talking and engaging with people from all walks of life. Being able to help someone, even if it’s just a conversation, for me is quite rewarding.
Sharon: I wanted to become a People Connector because I love hearing people’s stories and the experience will help further my skills and knowledge. I also wanted to help promote services to individuals that were unaware of what free services are available to them in our local community.
How have you found door-knocking in Bendigo so far?
Marc: I have found the local community engaging and generally willing to participate. We have met some amazing people on our travels and have had really interesting and insightful conversations.
Sharon: Absolutely amazing! So many people have been happy to engage with us. We have heard some amazing stories and some heart-wrenching ones. I have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from the Bendigo community and the positivity they have shown toward the project.
What is one of the best things about your job as a People Connector?
Marc: Talking to people and hearing their stories. Some people have shared some very personal stories and I feel privileged to be able to experience that.
Sharon: To be able to raise awareness of the mental health supports available and that no one has to struggle alone. To be able to provide information regarding support services and community endeavours within the Greater Bendigo region that may have been overlooked or misunderstood by the people we meet and linking them with those services is very satisfying.
How do you think the ACDC Project will help people in Bendigo?
Marc: I think the project will help Bendigo in a big way. It will hopefully get people talking about social and emotional wellbeing and increase their knowledge about what is out there support wise and help them feel less overwhelmed by the experience.
Sharon: In the future, we are hoping the ACDC Project will identify gaps and bring opportunities that organisations can take on board to better provide the local community with free and necessary services.