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BTG Bulletin November 2012

ABOVE: OUR YOUTH AND COMMUNITY TEAM AT THE 2012 ‘SHOUT OUT’ YOUTH SUMMIT

BTG clients ‘Shout Out’ Young people from Bridging the Gap’s Youth Connections program had their voices heard at a federal level on September 28 at the Perth ‘Shout Out’ Youth Summit which was co-hosted by our Youth Connections team.

Linda Colley, Bridging the Gap’s head of Youth and Community Services said she felt it was important that young people have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences.

The Summit provided participants with the opportunity to hear from some inspirational speakers and take part in a national survey that allowed them to share their views on the Youth Connections program and ways that education can be improved for young people.

“It was a great opportunity for our young clients to have their voice and views heard by key decision makers,” she said.

The Youth Connections program assists those between the ages of 13 and 19 who have left school, or who are thinking of leaving school and is part of the Gillard government’s $706 million Youth Attainment and Transitions National Partnership.

“I was very proud to see some excellent feedback coming through in regards to Bridging the Gap’s Youth Connections program.”

IN THIS ISSUE

CPLA Alumni Association Alumni from Bridging the Gap’s Crossing Point Leader’s Academy (CPLA) have gotten their hands dirty in the name of charity and helped prepare the Rockingham Low Cost Food Centre for its grand opening. More on page 2

BTG’s One Life Pledge Bridging the Gap have joined a growing number of organisations in the Rockingham community and pledged support to One Life WA.

The Minister for School Education Peter Garrett agreed. “This will help us better support young people who are at risk of disengaging from education,” he said. “I look forward to reading the recommendations and looking at ways they can help us develop future policies.”

mcsp.org.au More on Page 2

BTG awards scholarships

Bulletin The young people were also treated to live entertainment and a circus workshop. 

Bridging the Gap has awarded two graduates of its CPLA initiative with scholarships to an international leadership conference. More on Page 3

ABOVE: CAROLINE MARSHALL WITH AKUCH (LEFT) AND ANOK (RIGHT) ENJOY THE CIRCUS WORKSHOP


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Helping hands Alumni of Crossing Point Leaders Academy (CPLA), a Bridging the Gap initiative, have gotten their hands dirty in the name of charity and helped prepare the Rockingham Low Cost Food Centre for its re-launch. The not-for-profit centre, which sells discounted groceries to people who hold a Health Care Card or are on a pension, has undergone extensive renovation after moving to new Salvation Army-owned premises. Rockingham Low Cost Food Centre project manager Michelle Blake-Haskell said the relaunch, which will take place next Wednesday, wouldn’t be able to happen without the support of the young leaders. “Their help has been over and above what we ever expected,” she said. “They’ve assisted with everything from painting, demolishing brick walls, cleaning and landscaping.” Bridging the Gap’s head of Youth Development and Crossing Point Leaders Academy director, Andy Wahid said he was very proud to see alumni members helping

ABOVE: ELOISE ROYANS LENDS A HAND

out such a great cause. “These guys have volunteered their own time to lend Michelle a hand,” he said. “They’ve been here after work, after uni and on weekends really determined to help the centre reopen as soon as possible.” The centre was relocated to the property on Willmott Drive in Cooloongup after a yearlong search for new accommodation. Mrs Blake-Haskell said large increases in the cost of living meant the centre had struggled

to meet financial commitments at a previous location. “The support of the alumni members has helped us dramatically cut renovating costs,” she said. Alumni president Ben Piggott said the group is always on the look out for local volunteering projects. “I’m very keen to support local community development,” he said. “The whole CPLA team is.”

BTG pledges silver for suicide prevention Bridging the Gap have joined a growing number of organisations in the Rockingham community and pledged support to One Life WA, endorsing the importance of suicide prevention in the workplace.

“We’ve made a silver pledge to One Life and have committed to distributing suicide prevention awareness and stigma reducing messages to all staff,” he said. “Most people spend the bulk of their time at work, so if their colleagues are able to recognise the signs they could potentially save a workmates life.”

saved and it creates a better working environment,” she said. The pledge runs simultaneously with the Government’s $13 million State Suicide Prevention Strategy. 

Bulletin The One Life Suicide Prevention Strategy is a call to action that places emphasis on mental health policies in the workplace through the State Suicide Prevention Strategy. Bridging the Gap CEO Colin Kerr said the company has now joined 125 others across Western Australia who have pledged their support to One Life.

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton congratulated organisations who pledged either gold, silver or bronze.

“When a workplace implements preventative strategies, productivity increases, lives are RIGHT: CEO COLIN KERR ACCEPTS OUR PLEDGE CERTIFICATE FROM ONE LIFE


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NEWS IN BRIEF LEFT: CPLA ALUMNI BEN PIGGOTT RECEIVING HIS SCHOLARSHIP FROM BTG YOUTH DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ANDY WAHID.

Shenton Park office relocates to Wembley Did you know our Shenton Park office recently relocated to Wembley? Be sure to note our updated contact details: Level 1, 46 Salvado Road Wembley 6015 PO Box 7157 Shenton Park 6008 Phone: (08) 9380 4705 Fax: (08) 9380 4176

JSA achieve excellence Bridging the Gap’s own Jane McWhirter was recently awarded with a commendation from JobFutures for her ‘outstanding contribution to excellence’ in the delivery of JSA services. The JSA team as a whole was also awarded with an ‘excellence in performance’ accolade.

Five-star service The Rockingham Job Services Team have been awarded a five star rating (the highest possible) from DEEWR for their services to the area. Congratulations to our hardworking team!

BTG PROGRAM STATISTICS

88% Represents the number of graduates from our Crossing Point Leader’s Academy Program who have gone onto further education, training or employment.

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BTG paves the way for young community leaders Bridging the Gap has awarded two young leaders from the Rockingham community with scholarships that will allow them to attend the Raleigh International Asia Leadership Conference in Hong Kong. Scholarship recipients Ben Piggott (25) and Eloise Royans (20) are both graduates of Bridging the Gap’s Crossing Point Leaders Academy (CPLA) initiative which aims to inspire young people aged from 16-25 to make positive changes to their lives and to their local community.

Mr Piggott said that Bridging the Gap and the CPLA program places an emphasis on the importance of giving back. “We’ve volunteered in rural communities in Borneo, we’ve helped renovate the Rockingham Low Cost Food Centre,” he said. “These are things I wouldn’t have achieved if it wasn’t for Bridging the Gap and CPLA.” 

“Crossing Point Leaders Academy strongly encourages all graduates to contribute to community development,” Bridging the Gap’s Andy Wahid said. “Ben and Eloise have led the CPLA alumni group through various local volunteering projects and have really earned the opportunity to go to Hong Kong.” The conference will take place across three days during mid-November and aims to bring together young leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Represents the number of graduates from our Early Youth Engagement (EYEs) Program who have gone on to further education, training or employment.

“We’re both very excited to represent our community at the conference in Hong Kong,” Miss Royans said. “It’ll be great to meet likeminded people and interesting to see how they have assisted the communities in their home countries.”

ABOVE: CPLA ALUMNI ELOISE ROYANS RECEIVES HER SCHOLARSHIP FROM ANDY WAHID.


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BTG @ Kwinana Jobs & Skills Expo Bridging the Gap participated in one of the biggest Jobs and Skills Expo the Federal Government has ever hosted, according to Employment Participation Minister Katie Ellis, who said more then 4000 people made their way down to Kwinana on September 5.

BELOW: BTG CEO COLIN KERR AND MAYOR CAROL ADAMS OF KWINANA

Among the crowd were at least 80 Bridging the Gap clients who had been prepped for the opportunity to approach potential employers, with over 2000 jobs on offer on the day. Troy Dawson (40), a long-term client of Bridging the Gap said he was anxious to attend the event he probably wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for his employment advisor. “With the support of my EA I signed up for an aged care open forum discussion where I let employers know Bridging the Gap had assisted me gain my Certificate III in Aged Care,” he said. “I then secured an interview with Health Care Australia.” Together with his employment advisor, Mr. Dawson then embarked on a month long process trying to secure employment with the aged care provider.

LEFT: BTG YOUTH AND COMMUNITY COORDINATORS LESLEY THOMPSON (LEFT) AND NICOLA SQUIRES (RIGHT)

“After extensive networking with Health Care Australia’s HR department, Troy is now waiting for some shift work to be confirmed,” Bridging the Gap’s Tania O’Dea reports. “This has been a life changing experience for our job seeker.” Bridging the Gap CEO Colin Kerr said Troy was proof that these expos really do work “This is one of many success stories that have resulted out of Job Search Australia providers encouraging job seekers to attend events like the Kwinana Jobs and Skills Expo,” he said.

RIGHT: MARGARET BANKS OF DEEWR AND BTG CEO, COLIN KERR ENJOY THE KWINANA JOBS AND SKILLS EXPO

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BTG Bulletin - Edition 1 November 2012  

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