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Impact Day helps workers connect with community

Members of professional services firm Deloitte took to the streets recently with Centacare Evolve Housing staff to visit and survey residents in the Bridgewater, Gagebrook and Herdsmans  Cove area, as part of its annual Impact Day.

Run by Deloitte firms internationally, Impact Day is aimed at encouraging staff members to get out of the office to provide a day’s work for the community’s benefit.

Deloitte representatives paired up with Centacare Evolve Housing staff to door knock and survey residents, in relation to service provision and satisfaction following the transfer of the management of Housing Tasmania tenancies to Centacare Evolve Housing earlier this year.

Deloitte partner and Centacare Board Chairman David Harradine said the day was a great chance to interact with people in the community.

“What I got out of it personally was the ability to hear some stories and get some feedback and have a bit of two way conversation with people,” Mr Harradine said.

Centacare Tasmania Executive Director Tim Gourlay, who took part in the doorknock, said the day had been a great success with overwhelmingly positive feedback received from the nearly 100 houses visited.

It was also a good chance to discuss other issues with residents such as their connectedness to the internet and their interest in digital literacy training.

“There were scores of survey respondents who indicated a willingness to participate in training directed to improve digital literacy skills,” he said.

Mr Gourlay said the Archdiocese’s registered training organisation, Willson Training, was well placed to offer training opportunities to residents.