How will the funding be spent?
We will purchase a 2nd hand Toyota Super long Wheelbase Commuter Bus, modify it to be wheelchair accessible with a rear ramp and fit it out so that it can be used by people from all walks of life, in towns and communities right across South Australia, to learn new skills and develop a sense of achievement and self-worth.
Life Without Barriers will staff the van using a combination of community workers, artists and volunteers who are passionate about providing opportunities for vulnerable people
How will the project be delivered?
The Transformer Van will be on the road Monday to Friday, and many weekends, visiting towns and communities across South Australia.
Why a van?
Because many vulnerable people are geographically and socially isolated.
Depending on where we are and who we meet, our Transformer Van can transform from an arts workshop to a wood-working shop to a bicycle repair workshop to a performance stage to counselling rooms to a recording studio.
What disadvantaged people need, the Transformer will deliver.
How many people will directly benefit from this project?
Estimated 10,000 people per year State-wide
How will you measure the impact of this project?
As we travel around South Australia, we will ask everyone who visits the Transformer Van to give us feedback by using our on-board multimedia centre to do a short 30 second You Tube video to tell us what they liked about their interaction with the Transformer Van.
We will keep a detailed log of all towns/communities visited by the van, the specific programs that we run out of the van, and the number of people who interact with the van.
Pending people's permission, we will invite everyone who interacts with the van to supply their email and mobile details and become a member of the 'Transformer Fan Club'. We will communicate with members via social media on a regular basis, asking for suggestions for which towns/communities the van should visit next, providing tips and information about other community services that they may find useful such as how to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme. We will also provide information about other community events that can support disadvantaged people to be connected with their community and genuinely feel a sense of belonging and self-worth.
How will the project fit this year's theme of ‘Connect, Grow, Build, Belong’?
The Transformer Van will 'transform' on a daily basis, providing services and skills-development activities to vulnerable people in towns and communities throughout South Australia.
Connect: By travelling to isolated locations in SA to provide services that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Grow: By encouraging vulnerable people to try new things.
Build: By offering skill development opportunities.
Belong: By offering a choice of activities - art, music, drama, woodworking, bike mechanics etc