Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Job Help for Disabled Youth

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Job Help for Disabled Youth

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A JOB preparation program for young people aged 15 to 19 and with mild to moderate disabilities is being relaunched by The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre in Bundaberg.

The centre developed the ground-breaking Social Inclusion Program two years ago to fill a need in the Bundaberg region. It ran successfully as a pilot program in 2010 before going into full operation in 2011.

C[pounds sterling]A range of government and non-government organisations would refer young people to us who simply fell through the cracks of existing disabilities services. We listened to what they needed and the SIP was born,C[yen] said centre community services manager Tom Osborne.

C[pounds sterling]It operated during Queensland school terms, offering participants the chance to attend between one and five days a week.

C[pounds sterling]They could undertake informal or accredited training in practical job-focused skills including hospitality, construction, woodwork and horticulture. It also provided general employability skills.

C[pounds sterling]However, funding shortfalls meant it was unable to resume in January 2012.C[yen]

But The Salvation ArmyCOs Brisbane-based Individual Lifestyle Support program manager Tony Proud had, during a visit to the centre, seen how the program operated and was pleased to be C[pounds sterling]a voiceC[yen] to The Salvation Army divisional headquarters about getting it up and running again. …

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