Class is in session with Work Experience and Preparation Programs

In recent weeks, Paul, Deb and Heather had the pleasure of attending a local high school to address a group of approx. 40 Year 10 students as part of their Work Experience and Preparation. It was really pleasing to see how well the students engaged with us as we discussed workplace expectations, resume preparation and interview protocols. We did some role play demonstrating interview dos and don’ts, and some group exercises which had the students work together to prepare a group presentation. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions regarding work-place conditions and awards, and to discuss any concerns they may have regarding the part-time after school work they have.

Among the group were a number of young people on the Autism Spectrum and we were impressed by the way these young people connected with us and their peers.  The program was so well received by students and staff alike, that we have been asked about the possibility of coming back later in the year to conduct mock interviews with the students.

Day Programs Launch

Thursday 28th May 2015 saw the commencement our Craft Coffee and Chat Day Program. We currently have 4-5 attendees on a weekly basis, made up of some of our supported people with physical and intellectual disabilities, with 2 support staff in attendance. The attendees are highly motivated and very keen to learn new skills and are enjoying being able to contribute their time. A lot of fun and very productive time is had by all.

Our Program Manager, Heather, and Coordinator, Lisa, are supported by a lovely Year 12 student who is gaining work experience while completing VET studies in Cert lll Community Services. Heather has been leading a craft project making Christmas cards to be distributed at the end of the year to our supported people, support workers, DCSI case managers and others, and this project will be ongoing until we reach around 150 cards. Lisa is a wonderful support to the program and also organises lunch and morning tea for all.

Work for the Dole projects to launch in July 2015

We are delighted to announce that we will have several different Work for the Dole projects starting on the 20th of July, involving up to 60 long-term unemployed participants.

The projects being offered include the creation of a community garden, preparation of food/drinks and running of a small café, and the opportunity to gain skills and experience in office administration.