24th March 2016 Bridging the Gap Bi Monthly Newsletter Welcome I can’t believe three months has passed since we enjoyed our first Christmas Sundowner held at our Ngulla Training Centre. As you will see from this edition of our newsletter much has happened in this short space of time. Whilst we were disappointed with the outcome of our recent tenders we certainly have gained a great deal of work for this second half of the year and beyond. We are in the midst of rolling out nine group activities for Work for the Dole and two individual projects in partnership with Job Active Providers. In addition, we are also recruiting for our roll out of fifteen Green Army projects spanning from Geraldton to Harvey. Our Workforce Development Centre for Peel region has taken off with a bang and the girls are struggling to keep up with the demands for this awesome service. A big congratulations to Judith becoming a Grandma recently (and yes we get to see lots of pictures of baby almost every day) a very handsome baby boy I must say. With Easter looming, I am aware that we are all very busy catching up on our workloads, however a well-deserved break is just around the corner, so hang in there and just think of those yummy creamy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns we will consume over the long weekend. Be safe and enjoy the break.
Jane Giving to the Community through our Work for the Dole Activity In January this year, Night Carer Reginald Lambert made public his plea to assist Mandurah’s most “desperate and vulnerable” homeless. When Bridging the Gap heard of his plight to engage service providers, they made more than 30 care bags through the Work for the Dole Activity hosted for Mission Providence. Link to the Mandurah Mail online article: Living on the streets: Mandurah a city of 'desperation and vulnerability'
Empower Families Empower Families have been busy with Nick telling us that since its inception in 2015, they have overachieved their KPI’s in engagement, referral and case management in the last nine months. As well as:
Several successful outreach initiatives have taken place at local Primary Schools and emergency Relief Centres. Additionally, ongoing interaction with local community services has strengthened interagency relationships and enabled improvement in streamlined referrals.
BTG Charity Fund donated $100 for the children of mothers staying in the Lucy Saw Centre.
Several families who are engaged with BTG’s Empower Families program have been connected with Community Services that are enabling them to address disengagement, mental health issues and financial hardship.
Green Army Geraldton A team of six youth employed with the Green Army under the supervision of Sonia Davies have just finished their 23 week program in Conservation and Land Management. Alana, Rebecca, Lachlan, Jamie, Brandon, and Quinn (pictured) have carried out restoration work within the Greenough and Chapman Rivers which has seen them cutting back tracks for Fire Emergency and maintenance vehicles. The brushing cut was then used for setting up microenvironments in derogated areas along the rivers. Having completed five units in Conservation and Land Management has also allowed them to carry out chemical treatment of the extremely nasty Box Thorne that is becoming a problem weed in the area; other weeds targeted were the Golden Crown Beard and the Castor Oil Plants. The team of six has worked extremely hard over the hot summer months with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees and Sonia can’t express enough how proud she is of her team and the work they have completed over this period.
BTG Family News
Congratulations to Judith, her beautiful first grandson Fletcher! Born on the 28th of October 2015 at 8:03pm in Rockingham Hospital and weighed in at 7 lb 8oz!! More news to come from Judith ….
Congratulations to Melissa’s twin sister on the latest addition Charli Ava! Born on the 10th of March 2016 at Albany Hospital, weighing 7 lb 6oz!! Mel now has three nephews and two nieces!
Hello and Goodbyes!
Goodbye to Kay Masters. Our RTO Coordinator bid us farewell on the 28th March 2016 … we wish Kay all the best for the future! Hello and welcome to Nick Austin … as our new Green Army Team Leader in Geraldton!! Team Effort at our Mandurah Office A Work for the Dole participant came in and informed Julie and Alyson that he had found suitable employment and would not be returning to the activity anymore. Why… Just recently at our Mandurah office, an example of team effort by Julie Shakespeare and Alyson Cooper. Between the two, they had given the participant on the Work for the Dole Activity the confidence to actually go out and find himself a job. Originally, the participant was reluctant and negative against his obligation and did not want to be a part of the activity. Julie tells us that she was able to change is attitude with some ‘tough love’, guidance, encouragement, tips and some résumé assistance from Alyson with the resulting good news!! Julie had an employer she felt would suit and suggested that he should telephone this employer directly, ask for work and make himself available for work experience to this employer, which he did. With both Julie and Alyson having extensive local knowledge and confidence in this method, the participant was willing to try. The participant was thrilled with their advice, the employer contact and was very proud himself in gaining employment after four years on Centrelink benefits. Well done to Julie, Alyson and the participant!!! Client Satisfaction Surveys Thank you to the ongoing effort by staff in having our client’s complete our Client Satisfaction Survey. This will help us make better business decisions, identify at risk customers and measure customer satisfaction. Again, thank you, keep up the good work and keep forwarding the completed surveys to your Manager’s!! Workforce Development Centre Official Opening The Workforce Development Centre is made possible by the Department of Training and Workforce Development and Royalties for Regions funding. Our official opening was held on the 4th of February 2016 by the Honourable Liza Harvey, MLA, Minister for Training and Workforce Development at 56 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah. To mention as well, in attendance was Dr Kim Hames, Member for Dawesville, Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone, Frank Nannup giving the Welcome to Country along with our Board Members, delegates, specials guests and our own staff!! To date the Workforce Development Centre has achieved the following: Provide screening process to identify client needs Develop career action plans
Provide information on training options Provide referrals to other services
Low Cost, Easy Cookbook The first edition of the Low Cost, Easy Cookbook Work for the Dole Activity was a huge success!! Kelly and Kay with the participants produced a professional and handy cookbook handed free to community members. Included within the cookbook were tips on safe food handling, tips and hints and menu planning. Try the easy Chocolate Cake recipe from the cookbook! INGREDIENTS 1 cup self-raising flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted 1 cup caster sugar 1/3 butter softened 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs lightly beaten ICING 50g unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups icing sugar, sifted 1/4 cup cocoa powder sifted 1/4 cup milk
METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan forced). Grease and flour or
line a 24cm cake tin and set aside. 2. Place all ingredients into a bowl and using a mixer, mix on high
for 4 minutes. 3. Pour into prepared cake tin and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or
until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the centre. 4. To make icing, beat butter until creamy; add the sifted icing sugar, cocoa and milk. Beat until thick and creamy, adding more milk if the icing is too dry. 5. Spread icing over cooled cake.
Partnership with Passages Resource Centre and the Workforce Development Centre Bridging the Gap’s Workforce Development Centre for the Peel region is now working in partnership with Passages Resource Centre. Passages Resource Centre works with street present young people aged 12 – 25 to build relationships and support informed discussions to help break the cycle of homelessness. Alyson will be taking the Career Bus and representing the Workforce Development Centre and our services at the upcoming Passages Carnival on Thursday 14th April 2016. Along with delivering Career Focus Workshops, Passages were happy to receive our Low Cost Cookbook which is being handed out to the homeless youth participating in their current Cooking Workshop.
New Work for the Dole Projects 2016 Here is a list of our newly commenced Work for the Dole Activities: Administration Activity Kwinana 14th January 2016 Computer Repairs Project Kwinana 8th March 2016 Outdoor Mini Pitch and Putt Ngulla 8th March 2016 Conservation at Ngulla 1st February 2016 Caravan Restoration Ngulla 21st March 2016 Building and Construction Shelter Ngulla 14th March 2016 Nursery and Plant Propagation 28th April 2016 Australian Bushfoods Recipe Book Mandurah 11th April 2016 Community Bags, Blankets and Capes Mandurah 18th April 2016 Coming up … In our next Bi Monthly Newsletter we will be announcing the winning Team Leader who has placed or assisted the most participants into work from their activity….
Stay safe this Easter, remember double demerit points and enjoy the break!