The demand for ethical, organic, biodynamic and environmentally sound products has grown dramatically in recent years. There are many players in the market, and one organisation making an impact is Alfalfa House.
Take Heart Australia partnered with Shopfront to expand its capacity in campaign development and marketing and communications support. Georgie came on board as Communications Intern to increase awareness of the organisation in Australia through a social media strategy.
SOUL and UTS: Careers hosted the first Perfect Match for 2015 in May, to celebrate National Volunteer Week. 100 students came along to hear presentations from a range of organisations including Batyr, Shine for Kids, The Smith Family, the Bread and Butter Project and Assistance Dogs Australia.
UTS Shopfront recently hosted six not-for-profit organisations, 28 post graduate Management Consulting students and top industry management consultants in a day of energetic and insightful presentations.
The accolades just keep coming to the dynamic duo, Lisa Andersen and Natalia Nikolova, who were awarded a citation from the National Office of Learning and Teaching for their co-teaching of the Management Consulting subject in the UTS Business School.
A talented team of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students produced a partnership development plan for Ignite a small business start-up model that aims to facilitate business creation for recently arrived refugees keen to establish a small business or to expand an existing one.
Therese Sweeney, in collaboration with the UTS Library, has developed On the Fringes: South-West Sydney 1994-2014: a collection that explores social history and cultural life on the outskirts of metropolitan Sydney.
Thirteen free, community design projects were delivered by UTS design students in 2013 - from brand design for new multicultural arts organisation Groundswell Arts NSW, to a Cooks River campaign promoting environmental awareness for people from linguistically diverse backgrounds, to the prototype design of eco-glampods for the Lands Council in Nambucca Heads. Here's some 2013 Shopfront design project highlights.
During second semester 2013, Shopfront's volunteer and leadership program UTS:SOUL Award introduced a skills development curriculum to complement the student’s work in the community. 'Skill Up' is a series of four workshops on contemporary social issues and practical skills for effective community engagement and volunteering.
UTS:SOUL Award volunteer Julia Wong has being awarded an Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship for the undergraduate Australia and New Zealand region. The scholarship is awarded based on academic performance, leadership experience and involvement and passion for the Information Technology and Computer Sciences.
Seven hundred communications students designed classroom solutions for real-life community issues during a first semester pilot between Shopfront and the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences to introduce students to disciplinary-based community engagement.
Shopfront works with a diverse range of community organisations in the course of our year: from small, social enterprises led by one or two people with a great idea who need start-up help, to well established service organisations, with staff and volunteers across the state, needing help to change and develop. Two research projects supervised by Dr Heidi Norman through the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences this semester sat at either end of that spectrum.
In an age where delivery of information, communication and services are becoming increasingly digital, those without access are experiencing new forms of disadvantage and being further socially and economically excluded. This was why leading Australian disability rights activist Jan Daisley approached Shopfront for help to build a personal website that would tell her story and sell her books.
Mahboba's Promise was founded by Mahboba Rawi, herself a refugee from Afghanistan, now an Australian citizen. In late 2012, community development worker Paula Abood introduced Mahboba Rawi to Lisa Andersen, Community Engagement Coordinator with Shopfront, to discuss possible collaborations with UTS.
During 2013, a group of UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology students will be able to undertake an assessment of current and future computer networking needs of your organisation through UTS Shopfront under the supervision of Karla Felix Navarro and Stephen Grant.
During First Semester 2012, a team of five students from the Masters of Business Administration—Jamie Parker, Imran Hossain, Keith Jeffs, Veronika Roth and Philip Radburn—worked with Windgap on a feasibility study for the organisation to expand their services to in-home support for clients.
In First Semester 2012 a group of Masters of Business Administration students, under the supervision of Dr Natalia Nikolova, worked with Cana Communities to develop a feasibility plan for a social enterprise project at Cana Farm.
During First Semester 29 students from the Integrated Communications subject from the Faculties of Arts & Social Sciences and Design, Architecture & Building worked with the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre to brainstorm and develop promotional strategies to promote the work of the Centre in its local community.
Hubert Arya, Swati Joshi, Panagiotis Koutsougeras, Priscilla Liem and Chetan Chakravarthy helped Sailability Manly move towards its goal of being financially sustainable by analysing its core and peripheral operations and producing a 10-year financial plan.
Visual communications students Bernadette Bucalon, Belinda Pullicino, In Kyoung Kim and Isabell Ip teamed up to design publicity material and an online gallery website for the project, Proof of Now, which entailed a group of young people taking photographs of their neighbourhood to capture what it means to them, culminating with a two-week exhibition at the Sydney Theatre Company.