Man’s pub­lic plea for work

The Queensland Times - - News - HELEN SPELITIS helen.spelitis@qt.com.au Can you help? Call James on 0432 114 211.

MEET James Steele. He’s a qual­i­fied cab­i­net maker, an Agrade welder and a tiler.

He has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with horses, labour­ing and land­scap­ing.

He loves help­ing peo­ple, loves his part­ner and his two dogs, Pink and Uber.

But the Silk­stone res­i­dent is bat­tling de­pres­sion as he con­tin­ues the des­per­ate search for a job.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing James took the dras­tic step of mak­ing his per­sonal strug­gles pub­lic.

He set him­self up at the five ways in Silk­stone with a sign say­ing “work wanted, will do any­thing”.

James hopes an em­ployer will an­swer his call for help. “I’m des­per­ate,” he said. “I just want to build a bet­ter life for my­self and my part­ner.”

James grew up in Boonah and be­fore his re­cent stint of un­em­ploy­ment he was a full­time carer for his mother.

Be­fore that, he had a sta­ble job for 10 years.

His fa­cial tat­toos could be putting prospec­tive em­ploy­ers off, James ac­knowl­edges, but the rea­son why his face, head, back and stom­ach are cov­ered tat­toos might sur­prise peo­ple.

“I looked af­ter my mum for four and a half years,” James said. “It was hard. The doc­tors would tell me things like, she only has 24 hours to live, or this is the end but she lasted four years.

“She had can­cer. They am­pu­tated her leg and one of her breasts was re­moved. She wanted to be at home so I made sure I could look af­ter her.

“I got the tat­toos to help me deal with things.”

Photo: Helen Spelitis

JOB WANTED: James Steele sat at the five ways with this sign yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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