Coffee with…Nicole Preston, Access & Inclusion Coordinator, Inner East PCP

Describe your work/role at IEPCP?
Primarily, the focus of my role over the next 12 months will be supporting partners in the volunteering sector. We will be looking at how we can coordinate and draw upon the work being done within this sector to really strengthen the diversity and inclusion outcomes within our communities. I also look forward to supporting the IEPCP team on other inclusion projects and activities as opportunities and needs arise.

What sort of work were you doing prior to starting at IEPCP?
I have spent most of my recent working life overseas working for a variety of International NGO’s on health, disability and inclusion projects, as well as working intermittently in Australia in both community health and community development programs. I am really looking forward to re-engaging in the health sector in an Australian context.

What excites and motivates you in your new role at IEPCP?
I am really passionate about exploring creative and innovative ways we can work towards stronger and more inclusive communities. I am really excited about getting to know the different partner organisations in the Inner East and learning about all the great work being done here.

What do you think will be most challenging about your work?
While exciting and providing lots of opportunity, I think that the current level of change and transition in the health and social sector is a challenge for all of us working in health promotion and population health at the moment.

What strengths do you see in the IEPCP Partnership?
I think that we are always stronger together. Having the opportunity to work collaboratively and be a source of knowledge and support for each other is a sustainable approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities. Strong partnerships support us to think globally whilst acting locally. They also encourage diversity and creativity.

Where do you recommend in Box Hill for coffee/lunch/shopping/people watching?
Beyond enjoying a coffee from Espresso Me I haven’t had much chance to explore the culinary delights of Box Hill yet. However, based on the aromas coming out of the markets on my way to and from the station each day I am looking forward to exploring all the different options in the coming months.

If you could change one thing about the world right now, what would it be?
I wish that there was more time and opportunity to stop and really listen to the stories of the people around us.
And that chocolate was as good for you as brussels sprouts 🙂

If you weren’t working at IEPCP today, what would you be doing?
Wandering a foreign city somewhere…

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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