Campbell Page takes a family focus with ParentsNext

Campbell Page is delighted to have been selected to deliver ParentsNext to help families across Illawarra South Coast.

The addition of ParentsNext builds on many years of successful community-focused service delivery in Illawarra South Coast communities. These services include jobactive and a range of community services – where we have built up considerable experience of supporting families, parents and job seekers.

Through the ParentsNext program, local parents will receive a personalised service, choosing from a range of activities that will prepare them to re-enter the workforce. Campbell Page will focus on helping parents with children under the age of six by providing the support needed to re-enter the workplace when they are ready.

ParentsNext is a fantastic opportunity to provide meaningful support to parents and give them everything they need to re-enter the workforce successfully when they are ready, and build great careers.  This brings together Campbell Page’s great local links with employers, and experience supporting families in our communities. – Ross McLatchie, Campbell Page COO

ParentsNext will deliver tailored assistance, through identifying education and employment goals, matching them with activities to prepare them to re-enter the workforce, while also providing access to suitable referral services within the community. It is expected to help around 68,000 parents across Australia to plan and prepare for employment by the time their children are at school.

The communities Campbell Page will be delivering ParentsNext in include:

  • Bega
  • Bowral
  • Eden
  • Kiama
  • Merimbula
  • Nowra
  • Shellharbour
  • Ulladulla
  • Wollongong

Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Youth and Family team work with young people and families to help them build 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.

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Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

Eden Colour Run

Campbell Page Eden was back again this year hosting their third consecutive Colour Run event on 16 April 2018. This years run was held to celebrate Youth Week locally as part of national events held across Australia.

Youth Week provides an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend live events, have their voices heard on issues of concern to them, showcase their talents, celebrate their contribution to the community, take part in competitions and importantly have fun!

Youth Week Eden Colour Fun Run

For Edens vibrant youth, there was no event more fitting. The Colour Run is a five-kilometre, un-timed event in which participants, or “Colour Runners”, dressed in white are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre.

The popular event drew approximately 200 participants this year and, according to racegoers, it seems that the number of participants is growing each year.  The race was followed by entertainment including a jumping castle, hula hoop lessons and a free barbecue which brought together people (and dogs) of all ages for a day of family fun and community.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Youth and Family team work with young people and families to help them build 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: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au

ONE MILLION placements for jobactive

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the one million placements jobactive!! As a jobactive provider, Campbell Page is incredibly proud to be a part of this milestone.

At the end of the day, this is why we do what we do – to get people working in jobs they enjoy. – Lee Smith, Campbell Page jobactive Program Manager

When asked about a standout story that has come from the jobactive program at Campbell Page Lee mentioned Emily.

Emily was a young woman in Vincentia, NSW who had never needed help finding a job and was a little embarrassed about having to come into our office. What she didn’t realise is that everyone in the office believed in her and wanted to see her succeed. Not too long after first entering the Campbell Page office in Vincentia, Emily was offered a role at St George Bank.

There is no denying that Campbell Page steered my career pathway, and ultimately changed my life. I love my job, and have grown from confidence to confidence. – Emily

jobactive was introduced by the Australian Government in 2015.  It connects job seekers with employers and is delivered by a number of jobactive providers in over 1,700 locations across Australia, including 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 

Palm Island is Preparing for the Deadly Didge N Dance Festival

To preapre for the Deadly Didge N Dance Festival being held on Palm Island from 20th April to 22nd April the Palm Island Community Development Programme  Recycling Team assisted the local Bwygcolman Community State School in area beautification.

Through the utilisation of ladders and small trowels they were able to clean overgrown and blocked gutters around the school’s major buildings. The school grounds will be used as a camping ground for visitors who wish to camp overnight or over the three days of celebrations.

Our recycling team has been working hard to remove recyclable waste from Palm Island to the mainland. with the assistance of Reef Logistics, they have been able to send 6 x 44 gallon drums filled with copper wiring and 8 x pallets of old batteries to Sims Metals in Townsville. – Nathan Vinson, Palm Island community Development Programme

The removal of recyclable waste has enable the team to generate a small income, which they have been using to supplement their workplace with a sandwich maker, hot water urn and healthy morning teas.

2018 marks the centenary of the first forced placement of people on Palm Island and we, the Palm Island Community. The centenary provides an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years, to celebrate our time now and to invest in a new future for our people. The Island’s Present will be celebrated with a 3-day, 2 night music festival, the “Deadly Didge ‘n’ Dance Festival”, which will feature performances by musicians and artists such as Isaiah Firebrace as well as local dancers, workshops, storytelling, poetry, markets and more. The festival will also feature attempts to break two Guinness World Records.


The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us

 

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au

Eden Magnet: “Elders games set to kick off at Jigamy”

Foxtail, shoot for the hoop, string ball toss, frisbee net throw and the ring toss are just some of the games on offer at the annual Elders Games Day to be held at Jigamy Farm on Thursday, April 12. The event is supported by some of the regions healthcare providers including Grand Pacific Health, Katungul and Campbell Page who have all been invited to attend.

To read the full story please click here, or to visit the Eden Magnet website, click here.

Naranga School Careers Expo

Earlier this week Campbell Page attended the Naranga School Careers Expo. The Naranga Careers Expo was a small community event facilitated by the Careers Coordinator, Elaine Louder. The Naranga School is for secondary schools students with mild assisted learning needs.

Elaine approached Campbell Page directly after hearing from the local National Disability Coordination Officer Program and that Campbell Page is developing a youth strategy with local secondary schools.

We were very lucky to have been selectively invited in this way. – Chloe Span, Campbell Page Partnerships Coordinator

Lee-Ann Cockburn, Campbell Page Community Engagement Coordinator for Bayside and Peninsula, did an amazing job at connecting with many students and their families.

Just being able to chat with them in person about the benefits of having additional support in getting practical work experience and paid employment is such a privilege for us. – Chloe

Chloe and Lee-Ann are in the process of organising some presentations to the students directly during school hours.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Disability Employment Services team work with people who have a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition to help them find great jobs and a brighter future. To find out more about our Disability Employment Services, please visit the DES page on our website. To find out more about how partnering with Campbell Page could benefit your community, please click here.

To find out more about Campbell Page please click here, or contact us directly.

For more information about the Naranga School Careers Expo, please click here.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au 

 

Farewelling Green Army

Goodbye Green Army Teams, you’ve changed our lives and together we have achieved:

Green Army

As we celebrated the success of our Bli Bli and Coolum Teams on Tuesday 20th March, we also said farewell to the program that has achieved amazing results over the past three and a half years and 172 projects across QLD and NSW.

Our Green Army projects have created over 1300 participant placements, giving local youth the opportunity to learn new skills and build confidence.  The program has been very successful, with 1 in every 2 of our participants gaining ongoing employment and kickstarting their careers.

The Green Army has been successful in delivering skills, opportunity, environmental outcomes and promoting local partnerships, with many participants expressing how grateful they were to be a part of the program.  Snapshots of just what others think about our program are:

I would like to pass on my personal thanks to yourself and the Green Army for the guidance and support shown over the few months that I have been a participant, particularly my supervisor.  This experience has helped me to become more independent and re-discover my self-worth which in turn has given me the confidence to go on to seek other employment. – Far North QLD Participant

Green Army

First of all I wanted to thank you for accepting me into the Green Army project. It was a life-changing experience for me to be able to be involved in Natural Area Restoration in such a great location and with a very inspiring and knowledgeable supervisor. I hope your great work in Campbell Page/Skillset and in the industry prospers in spite of the shutdown of the GA program. – NSW Participant

Our 172 teams have contributed directly to environmental work aiming to improve local community habitats and landscapes, by planting over 351,000 plants, working over 12,000 hectares of land treating weeds and propagating over 233,000 plants.  The legacy of this work will be seen throughout many regions for years to come.

We have made some unforgettable connections with many community groups and local organisations to whom without your efforts, many of the opportunities for local youth would not have been possible.

Our Green Army program has made some unforgettable relationships and accomplished some remarkable results.

Eurobodalla Family Network hosts Mogo Zoo event

Late last year the Eurobodalla Family Network hosted an end of year celebration for local families.

With help from the community services who attend the Eurobodalla Family Network meetings, a trip to the Mogo Zoo was organised for children and their families.

The Eurobodalla Family Network have come together and highlighted the importance of hosting family events at a venue where the entry cost may prevent some families from attending. – Anita Macartney, Campbell Page CCB Project Officer

Campbell Page, Eurobodalla Family Support Service, Schools as Community Centres in Narooma, Red Cross and Gadhu House all pooled their resources together to organise the day including a free BBQ for the families.

Local services were encouraged to refer their clients who would benefit from an outing with their children.

We had a successful day with over 100 people attending. – Anita


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Youth and Family team work with young people and families to help them build 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 

Going for Gold: Heath Davidson has never let his disability hold him back

Heath Davidson isn’t your typical 30 year old. He has achieved more than many dream of achieving in a lifetime – from World Team Cup doubles title in 2016  to winning the Men’s Quad Doubles gold medal at Rio and the doubles at the 2018 Australian Open.

One is for sure, Heath Davidson isn’t going to let his disability define his ability.

We met Heath in March 2015, just after he ended a ten-year hiatus from the tennis world. He was more motivated than ever before to succeed on the global stage alongside his wheelchair tennis doubles partner Dylan Alcott, but being a realist, he also knew that this was going to be tough.

He knew that it wasn’t a sure thing. So to back himself he looked at what courses he could do to compliment his passion for wheelchair tennis. – Monique Coates, Campbell Page Job Support Officer

After some consultation, Heath decided that a Fitness Diploma at Sage Institute of Fitness was the right path for him. Soon after enrolling, Heath qualified to compete in the World Team Cup in Japan, where he claimed his first title on an international stage, with his wheelchair tennis doubles partner, Dylan Alcott.  Following his success in Japan, he partnered with Alcott again in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games where the pair won gold for Australia in doubles wheelchair tennis.

Upon his return to Australia, the team in the Rosebud office were so excited to see Heath. Once the congratulations were said, Heath was eager to get back to work on how he could link his international success as a wheelchair tennis player to a career once he hangs up the racket. A big thing for Heath was also being able to help remove the stigma around disabilities and encourage and inspire others to work hard to reach their goals no matter what stands in their way.

It was at this point that Heath decided that Public Speaking could be a great route for him because it would allow him to share his story of detmination and drive to succeed. – Ken Sheppard, Campbell Page Disability Employment Services (DES) Employment Consulatant

Just this year, Heath competed in the 2018 Australian Open in both the singles and doubles wheelchair tennis competitions. He took out the doubles title with Alcott. Heath is currently a member of the Australian Institue of Sport and was recently announced as a top 5 wheelchair tennis player in the world and featured in an ANZ nationwide advertisement.

Heath is still currently a customer at Campbell Page and when he is available, he is always prepared to work hard to reach his next goals.

Congratulations on all of your successes Heath. We cannot wait to see what great thing you achieve next!


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to making a difference in our communities. Our Disability Employment Services team work with people who have a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition to help them find great jobs and a brighter future. To find out more about our Disability Employment Services, please visit the DES page on our website. To find out more about Campbell Page please click here, or contact us directly.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison

tiarne.pattison@campbellpage.org.au