Future-proofing is high on the agenda at Central Otago Reap.

Uncertainty in the wake of Covid-19 has prompted a series of mini-educational workshops to help people prepare across Central Otago and Wanaka.

The free workshops, hosted by Central Otago Reap (the Rural Education Activities Programme), will take place in Wanaka on June 24 and 25 and will eventually progress to Cromwell and Alexandra.

Central Otago Reap manager Bernie Lepper said the group wanted to help people make sense of all the information they had received in response to Covid-19.

“We felt that was the highest priority. Over Covid, we received so much information.”

The workshops, held in conjunction with Wanaka Community Networks, will focus on four themes future focus; finance and budgeting and legal issues; resilience and wellness; and interest, family and hobbies.

Numerous sessions will take place at the same time on different topics, but will be repeated throughout the day so people could attend several if they wanted to.

Mrs Lepper said the workshops, to be held at the Wanaka Presbyterian Church Centre, would be an hour long.

The aim was to allow people to have discussions face-to-face, on issues identified and raised in the community.

Wanaka Community Networks manager Kate Murray had worked with Reap to determine what those were, such as tenancy and tribunal matters.

“The feedback has been excellent,” Mrs Lepper said.

“People have been really very positive about it and been prepared to volunteer their time to run workshops.”

Among those people are a registered budget co-ordinator, associate leader from a leadership development company, a director for business and employment, health promoter and legal education co-ordinator, among others.

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