The importance of a job
I have always had a strong interest in social determinants so it was great to visit the Maitland PCYC on Thursday for the Fit for Work Graduation.
Fit For Work is a program designed to holistically address a young person’s disengagement from their family, education and employment opportunities, to help reduce and prevent their involvement in anti-social behaviour and/or crime. It is all about increasing employment opportunities for a section of our population that is traditionally reflected highly in unemployment statistics. It was special to meet a lot of teens who have been able to graduate from the program and who now have high hopes and prospects for the future.
I would like to thank the organisers of the program and those at the PCYC for inviting me to the graduation. It was the first time I’ve had the pleasure and I enjoyed it immensely.
Staying with employment, I also attended the Mai-Wel 2019 Supported Employee Anniversary Awards Presentation this week. I have attended this a number of times before and I must say that its great to see that Mai-Wel is happy to celebrate these employees and recognise their devotion to the group. I was more than happy to be there in support of that message.
Maitland Garden Ramble
On the weekend I visited a few different properties as part of the 2019 Maitland Garden Ramble, organised by the Maitland Black and White Committee. I was particularly impressed by a garden I visited in Largs. The owners have reimagined what is essentially a detention dam in their yard, into a beautiful water feature. It is an amazing way to use these dams, which can actually be spotted all over the LGA. A lot of water birds were enjoying it as well, which was great to see. I cannot wait for next year.