Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Program Gives Work Skills for Life; Teenagers in Need Stand to Benefit Long-Term

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

New Program Gives Work Skills for Life; Teenagers in Need Stand to Benefit Long-Term

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Byline: Emily Prain

YOUTH with diagnosed disabilities have been given a boost to develop important life, social and working skills, thanks to a supportive program run by the Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre.

The Social Inclusion Program (SIP) was developed for teens aged 12 to 17 who are keen to learn but may struggle in a mainstream environment.

Program co-ordinator Jody Schneider said the program offered a variety of activities to get them prepared for working life, such as horticulture, woodwork, sport, arts and literacy.

She said the woodwork classes were an opportunity for the students to learn basic carpentry skills, and the furniture made would be sold in the Salvation Army retail shops.

C[pounds sterling]They get to run it as a business enterprise,C[yen] she said.

The first intake of the program began at the end of January and Mrs Schneider said there would not be a time constraint on the length of the program.

C[pounds sterling]Twelve months for some people isn't long enough Co it might take them three years to learn all the skills,C[yen] Mrs Schneider said. …

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