Dapto community continues to thrive 3 years on from grant

Three years ago, Campbell Page was celebrating its 30th birthday by making a total of $30,000 in grants across the many communities we operate in and community organisations we partner with. Now, three years on we check in with Jill at the Dapto Anglican Café.

In the time since we began working with Jill, she has supported over 50 Work for the Dole participants, mentoring them and helping them to change their perspective on their abilities.

Jill and the Dapto Anglican Café partnered with Campbell Page Dapto to help make a difference in the community by providing opportunities for Work for the Dole participants to learn new skills and build their confidence.

The support Jill and her team have provided, and continue to provide to our customers and the wider community is phenomenal.

Below are three examples of the fantastic work Jill and the team at the Dapto Anglican Café are doing for the community:

  • A young woman who was not interested in working in hospitality began her placement at the Café. Jill worked with her to build her confidence and her skill set. Over time, she came to develop a love of cooking and began looking for Chef Apprenticeship positions. A Campbell Page team member worked with Jill to get her customer closer to achieving her goals.  She is now 6 months into her apprenticeship and still regularly visits Jill to keep her updated on her progress.
  • Helena came to Campbell Page very reserved and lacking in confidence. She didn’t believe that anyone would hire her. Campbell Page referred her to Jill for Work for the Dole and she discovered she really enjoyed serving the customers which built up her confidence to a point where she felt comfortable interacting with people. Jill supported and helped Helena apply for a job where she has now been employed at for over four months.
  • Blake is a young man from a troubled background and a family of long-term generational unemployment. He really resisted doing Work for the Dole but found a connection with Jill and the team. Blake began to believe he could contribute more and realised he wanted a better future for himself. Jill discovered that Blake had a passion for working with motors and encouraged this passion by assisting him to find the confidence to apply for positions. Blake is now employed in a local lawn mower repair shop, doing what he loves.

The work experience that Work for the Dole provides is invaluable, but it is the extra effort that Jill puts into each and every person in their program that makes it truly successful. – Louise Sedgewick, Campbell Page


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our jobactive team work with people to help build their strengths to find great jobs and a brighter future.  If you would like to find out more about what we do, please click here to view our About Us page or here to Contact Us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

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