Manor Lakes students get digital and dancing in ‘Be Discovered’ program

Campbell Page has been working to assist young people at risk or planning to leave their secondary schooling within the next 12 months. As a result the ‘Be Discovered’ program has been developed to assist  youth in our community to holistically plan for their future and employment.

Throughout the second half of 2018 our DES teams have been delivering a tailored pilot of the ‘Be Discovered’ youth program to the students of Manor Lakes Prep- 12 College in collaboration with classroom teachers.

It has been very beneficial for them to now know that you exist and learn more about how to look for and land a job – Nicole Brajkovic, Secondary Supported Learning Leading Teacher.

The program saw students participate in hands on workshops covering topics including resume and cover letter writing and interview preparation in a foundational VCAL class. A digital approach was chosen to engage students and teach valuable skills to help them thrive in work and life.

Content used as part of the program was developed by Digital Springboard, a digital literacy initiative of Google and Infoxchange. Digital Springboard works to address identified digital skill gaps to ensure no one is left behind in today’s digital world.

To celebrate the students completion of the program and acknowledge their efforts we invited Indigenous Hip Hop Projects to run a dance class. The class not only allowed students to let loose and have fun,  but reminded them to look after themselves and plan their futures in a holistic way, acknowledging the physical, mental and spiritual.

I had lots of fun and I think I am not speaking out of line to say the students enjoyed it too! – Nicole Brajkovic, Secondary Supported Learning Leading Teacher.

Thank you to Manor Lakes College and the wonderful students who participated in the program. We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Digital Springboard and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects for helping us to deliver content.


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CDP Market Garden Activity Team transform motel garden

The Palm Island CDP Market Garden Activity Team have been hard at work landscaping the garden at the Palm Island Motel.

Under the guidance of Activities Manager Peter Sherry, job seekers Malcolm Larry, James King, Malcolm Kennedy and Robert Thompson planted lilly pillys, crotons, miniature hibiscus and mondo grass in the new garden beds at the Motel.

The final stages of the project will use the pebbles and mulch to complete the finishing touches to the garden and we also have a couple of elephant statues to add- Activities Manager Peter Sherry

Palm Island Motel Manager, Eric Townsend was extremely pleased with the result.

It looks fantastic and has made a great impression on the motel- Eric Townsend, Palm Island Motel Manager.

The team have done an outstanding job and the garden has made an immediate visual impact. Well done to the team for all their effort in producing such a beautiful outdoor space.


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

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Hand and Power Tools course success

Six members of the Recycling Activity Team recently completed their Hand and Power Tools course. The training was conducted on Palm Island by Industry Training which is a local RTO.

The course covers a range of topics from planning and preparation of use, tool selection, safety protocols and work space housekeeping. Successful completion is marked against a number of strict criteria.

Today,  all six members received their Statement of Attainment Certificates. They worked extremely hard to be nominated into the course, and even harder to complete it. This is an outstanding achievement for each participant.

Well done to all members. We look forward to seeing where these skills will take you.


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

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Sunshine Be Seen in 2018 Diversity Career Fair

Photo credit: Brimbank City Council

 

On 23rd May 2018, the team in Sunshine hosted their first Be Seen Diversity Career Fair. The event aimed to bring together Campbell Page customers and partner employers in an informal setting to chat about potential work opportunities.

Doors opened at 10:30am, with many customers waiting eagerly with resumes to show the employers. A total of 90 Campbell Page customers and 14 partner employers were in attendance, with 40+ interviews being organised by the conclusion of the event at 1 pm. The Campbell Page National Disability Employment Services Employer Partnership Manager, Cassandra Warin said she expects there will be many more interviews scheduled by the end of this week.

The 14 partner employers in attendance included Adecco, Toll Group, Drake International, OzStaff, MEGT, Specialised Recruitment Services, Jesuit Social Services, The Smith Family, Uniting Lentara, ICP Health and Home Instead Senior Care.

Sunshine Careers Fair (Be Seen 2018)

Our team in Sunshine and our employers all want the same thing. To support the customers and to build inclusive workplaces and that is really what the event was about. – Cassandra

One of the customers in attendance, Carolyn, was initially hesitant about going up to employers and talking to them. She was pleasantly surprised when not five minutes after going up to Home Instead Senior Care she was offered an interview.

Similarly, Adecco were so impressed with the customers who approached them that they had already highlighted several who would be perfect fits for the job opportunities they were looking to fill.

Also in attendance was Brimbank Council Lord Mayor, Margaret Giudice who was incredibly supportive of the event as it aligned with the inclusive focus the council has.

As employers and customers discussed opportunities, there were light refreshments being offered and coffee being made by Campbell Page customers in their makeshift cafe, The Welcome BEan Cafe. These customers had recently undertaken training by Jesuit Social Services, who were among the 14 employers in attendance, in the Sunshine office and were keen to show off their skills.

Sunshine Careers Fair (Be Seen 2018) Customers showing off their barista skills

Their skills and confidence were growing by the second and they were being given real work experience because the coffee was so good that the orders just kept coming in! – Emine Jeffrey, Regional Manager Westgate

The Be Seen in 2018 Diversity Career Fair was a great, informal networking event that looks to have been so successful that another is being planned for October 2018.


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives. 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 

Student Success from the Be Seen Hospitality Program

Yesterday, students, staff, community partners and employers of the Be Seen Hospitality Program came together to celebrate its end and their accomplishments. The program saw students gain new skills and knowledge in hospitality with the aim of finding employment in the industry.

The program saw some truly amazing outcomes with 16 program participants entering brokered placements in hospitality in the next 30 days. The program participants and the Campbell Page Bayside team also had the pleasure of presenting $160 to Bennettswood Neighbourhood House that was raised at the BBQ fundraiser undertook at Woolworths Burwood as part of the hospitality program.

TMG College Australia partnered with Campbell Page to deliver Food Handling, Responsible Service of Alcohol and Barista training in their purpose- built barista room as part of the program. TMG College Chairperson, Malka Lawrence, with Campbell Page Bayside Employment Consultant Geraldine Hitchiner presented the students with their hospitality certificates at the presentation.

Be Seen Hospitality Program Presentation

This was followed by some delicious catering including food prepared by students with the expert direction of Bec Winters of local healthy catering company, Horribly Healthy.

The Campbell Page Bayside team would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible. Thank you to the Malka Group, FMC who provided budgeting and money management training, Bennettswood Neighbourhood House for the use of your training space, Jackie O’Connor who delivered the Be Seen to Be Skills modules, Claire from Sarina Russo apprenticeships, Box Hill Golf Club, Dish and Spoon for catering, Bec Winters from Horribly Healthy who gave a demonstrative class, Bevan from Woolworths Burwood for assistance with the BBQ fundraiser, Jodie from Wear for Success who fitted our customers in stylish interview clothes, The Talent Kitchen and of course all the work experience host organisations providing work placements.

Congratulations to everyone involved!


Campbell Page is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to transforming people’s lives. 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: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au

Community Development Programme Members Set Sail with Maritime Training

This week, three members from our Community Development Programme, Joshua Friday, Thomas Hanson and Stephen Chapman were chosen to take part in the Tribal Warrior Corporations Maritime Training Program.

The Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation was established by concerned Aboriginal people with a view to spread and vitalise Aboriginal culture, and to provide economic and social stability. The purpose of the Corporation is to empower disadvantaged Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous people – encouraging them to become self-sufficient by providing specialised training programs leading to employment opportunities in the maritime industries.

Our three lucky job seekers will participate in the training run over 14 days, involving 10 days sailing aboard the Coral Trekker and 4 days training back on dry land in Yarrabah. Through successful completion of the training, the participants will gain a variety of new skills and qualifications. The first qualification they will be accredited with is the General Purpose Hand (GPH/Deckhand) which will teach survival, firefighting, safety, seamanship, communication skills and First Aid. This qualification will allow them to get a job as a deckhand or similar on commercial vessels.

The second course they will be completing is the Coxswains Certificate II, which builds on topics learnt in the General Purpose Hand course. This course will teach them basic navigation, engineering, legislation, collision regulations, vessel handling, basic stability, radio communication, refuelling, and environmental considerations. The course will qualify them to skipper a vessel up to 12 metres in length, and up to 15 miles offshore.

On behalf of all the staff from the Community Development Programme and Campbell Page, we want to wish Joshua, Thomas and Stephen the very best on this exciting adventure and in obtaining future employment. We would also like to extend thanks to Valentine Nona, who organised our job seekers to attend the training.


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

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Words by: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au

Record Breaking Deadly Didge N Dance Festival

After much planning, preparation and excitement the Deadly Didge N Dance Festival was held at Palm Island over the weekend and what a success it was!

2018 marks the centenary of the first forced placement of people on Palm Island. The centenary  and the event, provided an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years, to celebrate the time now and to invest in a new future for the people of Palm Island.

Amidst the music, dancing, workshops, storytelling, poetry, markets and more, the event drew over 1200 additional visitors, over 100 additional performers, a number of visiting dignitaries (including the Deputy Premier and Bob Katter) and visiting celebrities.

Better still, we’re proud to announce Palm Island has made it to the Guinness World Records taking out the title of Most Indigenous Dancers Dancing the Same Dance at the Same Time. We’ve been told even our very own Mallory Morgan was there shaking a leg for the history books!

I would like to thank all our drivers and activity staff and activity participants who assisted the PIASC in the preparation of the event.- Nathan Vinson, Program Manager CDP.

This event could not have been possible without all the support we received leading up to and over the weekend. This assistance included:

  • Area beautification, mowing of parks, creeks and main access areas to the event (David Baira Greening Team).
  • Assistance in the making of customs and lanterns (Indoors Arts & Culture Team).
  • Volunteers for stage preparation, Palm Island Ambassadors and Camp Site Ambassadors (Media and Arts & Culture Teams).
  • Final preparation of the event. An outstanding effort from Peter Sherry, Robert Youngblutt and Raymond Johnson for organising the teams to assist the PIASC.
  • Volunteers for the running of the Lost Artists of Palm Island stall, (Agnes Wotton Arts & Culture Team), who sold some great paintings and numerous postcard and bookmarks.
  • Finally our Activity Supervisors who gave their time and their weekend to provide transportation to the community over the whole duration of the event. A big thank you to Peter Turner, David Baira, Alfred Ryan, William Marpoondin, and Janice Kerr.

The Mayor of Palm Island, Alf Lacey, personally thanked me for the support CDP and Campbell Page provided to the event. So from me again a big thank you to everyone who gave their time to support this remarkable event in Palm Island history. – Nathan Vinson, Program Manager CDP.

Congratulations to everyone involved in such a worthwhile event.


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

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Words by: Ella Driver

ella.driver@campbellpage.org.au

Swag and Sleeping Bag Library Helping Mornington Peninsulas’ Homeless

Late last Friday, two customers from our Campbell Page Frankston and Rosebud locations advised us they had no accommodation for the upcoming weekend. Team Peninsula where quick to jump to action, contacting all the available after hours resources in an effort to secure emergency accommodation.

Unfortunately, due to the shortage of available accommodation on the Peninsula, there were no safe placements. Undeterred, the team created their very own resource- the Swag and Sleeping Bag Library.

While it is not ideal that anyone has to sleep rough the Swag and Sleeping Bag Library means our customers have shelter and warmth when they need it most. The team donated their own money to purchase the swags and staff donated sleeping bags to ensure our customers have a warm and dry place to sleep until they can obtain more permanent accommodation.

Our staff now get to say we can help you. The swags are light, portable and weather proof so they can be easily carried and have room to fit personal belongings.- Jackie Hamilton, Job Support Officer.

Jackie and Joanne from the Frankston office also participated in the Fusion Sleep in Your Car campaign last year where they raised funds for youth homelessness on the Mornington Peninsula. That night showed how significant the problem of homelessness is in the area. The team are proud to be contributing to a solution in offering the Swag and Sleeping Bag Library. 

We are in it together and we want to do what is right and sometimes you get to do that by daring to be different.- Jackie Hamilton, Job Support Officer.


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: Ella Driver

ella.driver@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