"A working life" / [Article]
By: Cotton, Peter
Contributor(s): Housakos, GeorgePublisher: 2004Subject(s): Job Creation Victoria | Employment -- Research | Unemployed Services For | Hard-core Unemployed | Public Housing | Community Development | Industry -- ParticipationOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
Innovative programs run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence are helping people get work and get their life working, as the House of RepresentativesEmployment Committee found out during a recent visit
Source: About the House, vol. 21, June 2004, p.16-19
The House of Representatives Employment and Workplace Relations Committee visited the Brotherhood of St Laurence during their inquiry into increasing participation in paid work, to investigate the Brotherhood’s community employment programs. The Brotherhood has focused on Melbourne’s Atherton Gardens Public Housing Estate, in which 95% of residents receive income support. The employment program has assisted residents in obtaining local jobs. Training courses offered by the Brotherhood develop participants’ employability and self-esteem. This article highlights particular cases to indicate the success of the Brotherhood’s efforts in creating individual and community development opportunities.