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Member Newsletter JUNE 2012

December 2013 Vol 5, Issue 2

Major Capital Upgrade—New Yard Open for Business After more than two years of planning , the new yard was officially opened on 28 October 2013 by the Supply and Purchasing Manager at Tasmanian Alkaloids, John Kearns. Mr Kearns said Tasmanian Alkaloids was delighted to be a long standing customer of Self Help Workplace which supplies the company with ISPM 15 (export ready) pallets. “It is fantastic to be able to help celebrate this important milestone. Safety and productivity are always top of our mind, so we are very pleased when our suppliers share these values and commitment,” he said at the opening. The upgrade took 3 months to complete and was part of a continued commitment to improve the site. The project involved the installation of new drainage and asphalt and concrete surfaces. The result is over 2,200m2 of sealed and safe truck ‘hard stand’ areas, storage bays and traffic ways. The yard improvements make it easier for large trucks, semi-trailers and forklifts to move around the site. Self Help Workplace thanks the following organisations and individuals who provided invaluable assistance: David Rosevears of Darcon; Marshall Excavations, John Dent and Dale McGuire from PDA Surveyors, and the WD Booth Trust for their generous financial support. Below: Matthew Green, Chairperson of Self Help Workplace and John Kearns cut the ribbon to officially open the new yard.

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Annual General Meeting marks important milestones One of the enduring strengths of Self Help Workplace is the long serving commitment of our employees and volunteers. At the Annual General Meeting held on Monday 28 October 2013, Michael Ferguson MP, was delighted to present a life membership award to Jodie Crawford who has worked at Self Help Workplace for 30 years. Richard Pedley was also recognised for his commitment when he was given an award for 10 years of service. The Chairperson also acknowledged the work of Peter Bushby, the Association’s long serving director and Treasurer who retired earlier in the year.

It was also lovely to see some old friends and supporters at the Annual General Meeting Charles Smith (L) and Geoff Birtwhistle (R) catch up with serving director, Ron Thomas (middle) after the meeting. Charles and Geoff are both life members who served for long periods on the Board between 1979 and 1995.

2014 Autumn

‘Friendship Ball’ Saturday 22 March 2014 at 6:30pm at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Join us for a night of laughter, fundraising and friendship More information to follow in 2014


Self Help Workplace wins two Keep Australia Beautiful Awards Self Help Workplace congratulates Launceston City Council on its recent success at the Keep Australia Beautiful Awards . Council won the award for Community Actions and Partnerships. Self Help Workplace was pleased to support the Council in its bid and hosted two visits from the judging team. In declaring Launceston City Council, the winner the Chairman of the Award Panel referred to Self Help Workplace in his speech, “engagement and involvement, the pride that the community has in providing opportunities for people who have special needs in their community - I think that was something that was really spectacular and impressive to see because they really do it really, really well… thank you Launceston for your leadership in that area. Amazing work Self Help!” Launceston City Council is a generous supporter of Self Help Workplace in many ways including a tip and rates concession and has awarded several grants to the enterprise, including a recent community grant of $5,000 to assist with a new marketing campaign. Self Help Workplace was also recognised at the Tasmanian award ceremony winning a Certificate of excellence and A certificate of Appreciation. L—Mason and Katie show off the awards Deloitte pitches in to help Self Help Workplace establish the Hospitality and Training Hub. Self Help Workplace has a bold idea. We want to establish a hospitality and training hub that provides people with a disability with the opportunity to learn and practice independent living skills and for those with the extra ambition, to acquire skills in Hospitality to secure a job in Tasmania’s growing tourism sector. The plan involves designing new training programs and upgrading equipment and facilities to provide the best possible learning environment. Like all bold projects, we need partners to help us to help make the connections and fund the project.

Darren washes up after lunch in the canteen

Self Help Workplace responded to an invitation from Deloitte to pitch the idea to the Deloitte team and others in the local community. Along with 3 other community initiatives, Self Help Workplace explained the idea behind the Hospitality and Training Hub. We are delighted to be successful and look forward to working with the team from Deloitte to turn this bold idea into a reality.


Timber production goes mobile A generous grant has allowed Self Help Workplace to purchase a new portable compressor. The project was funded by the Community Support Levy through the Tasmanian Government. The compressor, provided by Total Air Supplies, allows the team to work in the yard on activities such as refurbishing old pallets and making up boxes for customers. Each year, Self Help Workplace repairs and paints over 5,000 old pallets, ensuring their continued use.

Book Club Grows Through a generous grant under the 26Ten Program provided by Skills Tasmania, Self Help Workplace has expanded its literacy program. The book club now includes a numeracy program and will be offered two days a week. The book club has been practising their skills with independent research and writing projects. Topics have included netball, farming equipment and the royal family. The group also visited the LINC at Ravenswood and found new ways to enjoy their reading. L—R, Holly, Mason, Robert and Val enjoy the facilities of the Ravenswood LINC


Self Help Workplace December 2013 Newsletter