My Melbourne with Ben Purvis

July 13 / 114

My Melbourne with Ben Purvis
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What’s your title?

My title is the Safer Community Contact Officer.

What does your job entail?

I’m the main person who will be answering your e-mails and answering your phone calls here at the Safer Communities Program.

What kinds of people call you up?

Our Safer Community program is for all staff members and students here at the University. Across all our campuses as well, not just here at Parkville.

What kinds of things do people call you about? When should they call you?

If you’ve got some concerns about yourself or someone else, you might have seen something that sort of troubles or worries you or you’re not quite sure about. You might be seeking some personal safety information for yourself or someone else, you can give us a call for that.

I’m pretty sure you have an app to download too?

We do. I’d love for everyone to download our app. All that information is on the app. It’s a great resource. I’d love for all our staff and students at the University to have that.  If you don’t have a smart phone, it’s on our website as well.

What’s your typical day?

No typical day, it’s very varied.  That’s why I like working at the University. It could just be responding to just a general enquiry, it might be going and talking with staff members or students about personal safety and about our Safer Community program.  It might be responding to an individual who has some safety concerns. It might be dealing with some complex matters that might need some investigation and helping support staff and students.

How long have you been at the University?

Just over a year.  I’m not quite a newbie anymore, but I’m still learning my way around the University.

What’s your favourite thing about working here so far?

I love the varied and challenging work. I love the people I work with. Ultimately, I like helping people and the location is great.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Maybe a bit controversial.  I like having mine made from home as I drive in every morning.  

Can you tell us one piece of advice someone has shared with you?

It would be my dad: ‘Measure twice, cut once.”

Sound advice. Finally, what’s one thing about you that your colleagues might not know. Can you share a secret?

I used to be a police officer, a preschool teacher, a skiing instructor and a swimming instructor in another life.

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