Phillippa Martin has been involved with Tumut District Neighbourhood Centre for over two decades, and she handed over the Centre’s co-ordinator job on Wednesday.
“I just thought it was time for me to step down from this role and open it up to an energetic community worker who can enthusiastically take on the challenges and take the centre forward,” she said.
The new co-ordinator is Jessica Fayle, who has worked in community services locally for the past eight years, and possesses qualifications and experience.
Ms Martin started to think about moving on from the role early in 2021, and with the right person now to fill it, the time to finish up was right.
“The (Tumut District Neighbourhood Centre) committee have been very supportive of my decision as we look towards transitioning to a new co-ordinator,” she said.
The centre advertised for the position and received three applications. They were interviewed by two Centre committee members and an external person, and it was decided that Ms Fayle’s qualifications and expertise fit the job criteria.
Ms Martin first worked as a volunteer (while working elsewhere) at the Centre in 2000, before joining as a staff member in child care for the Centre’s Tumut Vacation and After School Care. She became centre co-ordinator in 2013.
She has mixed feelings about leaving the job, knowing she will miss many aspects of it.
“But I’m feeling great; really positive that Jess will take the centre forward and embrace the position and continue the work we do for the Tumut district,” she said.
Ms Fayle said she was excited about the new challenges her new job (which officially began yesterday) will provide.
“The Neighbourhood Centre provides a vital service for our community and I am looking forward to being part of it,” she said.
She has had plenty of support from Ms Martin in preparing for the role.
“She’s been sharing with me her wonderful knowledge for the past few weeks,’ Ms Fayle said.
“She has also said she is available for help or any guidance I need.”
Ms Martin said she will now take her long service leave, and then look for another job.
Tumut District Neighbourhood Centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm.