Last Connection Cafe of the year

13 LINK Connection Cafes have been held over the past few years.

The final LINK Connection Cafe of 2020 will be held on this Friday, November 20, with a focus on youth activities and services in the Upper Clutha area. Confirmed speakers include representatives from Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC), Kahu Youth and the new Get Sh*t Done Collective, featuring a video showcase of local youth sharing what they love about their community and how they could be better supported.

LINK Upper Clutha is the community development organisation operated by the Alpine Community Development Trust, alongside social wellbeing-focused Community Networks Wānaka, and aims to provide information and community support through a number of community-building projects, including supporting community groups with strategic planning, marketing, and funding advice.

13 LINK Connection Cafes have been held over the past few years, each hosting between 20 - 50 local individuals and organisation members. They are a mix of information-sharing and informal networking with around six local organisations invited to share the work they are doing in a particular space.

LINK Facilitator Kathy Dedo said: “We focus on a different topic each time, which brings a fresh mix of people. We also get regulars who want to keep up to date with community news or just meet new people.

“Connection Cafes create a forum for people to connect and make plans in a way that wouldn’t happen otherwise – there is a magic that happens when ideas turn into action.”

The fourteenth Connection Café - and only the second this year, thanks to Covid - will be held tomorrow, Friday November 20, from 10:30am to 12:00pm at the Wānaka Community Hub.

“We know there are many organisations that provide activities and support for young people in the Upper Clutha, and this is a chance for them to share what they’re doing and find ways to work together,” said Dedo.

Visit the LINK website or Facebook page for more details.

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