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Value in self and community

06 Aug 2017

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After a decade in the corporate world, Tara Nadun is incubating a community project in Docklands.

Ms Nadun organised a community workshop for dozens of people at Library at The Dock on July 31.

At the workshop, participants were asked to connect through social media and keep in touch after their first meeting to exchange their skills.

For example, someone who speaks a second language and wants to learn some programming can meet up with an IT professional who wants to acquire a new language.

The pilot program, called valU, will run on three months’ trial and at the end Ms Nadun will assess its success and amend the program or decide what to bring on next.

She said the program was much more than a simple “barter system”.

“Through the program, I want the participants to find and acknowledge value in themselves and the community. There are so many good things about ourselves and we need to accept ourselves,” Ms Nadun said.

She said self-acceptance was a starting point for people to bring out their potentials and contribute to the community.

“When you don’t require people’s approval to realise your value, you have the courage to do more things and help other people.”

The July 31 event marked the beginning of Ms Nadun’s journey to encourage self-acceptance and bring together the community.

She said she chose Docklands for the experimental program because she saw a great sense of community here.

“The amount of work that’s been done in Docklands to engage with the community is really impressive,” she said.

“My old boss had his son’s birthday party at Library at The Dock, and he said this place was very welcoming and everyone loved coming to this space.”

“If this place is already connecting with people, then it sounds like the right place for the program,” Ms Nadun said.

After resigning from her corporate job last month, Ms Nadun said she was fully committed to the valU project and wanted to eventually expand it into a social enterprise.

But before then, Docklands will be the hatching place of this creative program.

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