A WIMMERA organisation has progressed to the finals of the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community awards.
Horsham’s Wimmera Southern Mallee Local Learning and Employment Network are finalists in the community group of the year award category.
The organisation was recognised for its efforts to support young, disadvantaged people to remain engaged in education or transition into employment.
Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN project officer Vanessa O'Loughlin said the team was passionate about supporting vulnerable young people.
She said helping young people have rewarding lives was most fulfilling.
“All our work is around supporting vulnerable young people particularly to have an education or have meaningful transitions to the workplace,” she said.
The not-for-profit network has 14 voluntary committee of management members and over 115 members with the equivalent of 5.4 paid staff.
The network has brokered 55 active partnership with community organisations and Wimmera businesses. Staff travel extensively to plan and implement the partnership.
Ms O'Loughlin said the organisation has many supportive programs aimed at helping young people have valuable experiences and develop skills.
Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN is also eligible for the people’s choice award. The community could cast their votes through the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards Facebook page.
The finalists will be presented and winners announced at a dinner in Melbourne on October 26.