Hands-on help pro­vided

Hills Gazette - - WORK PLACE -

A MEN’S Shed men­tor­ing pro­gram has given 18 young un­em­ployed men liv­ing with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties the skills needed to en­joy a suc­cess­ful work­ing life.

Over six months the men, aged 17 to 24, vis­ited Men’s Sheds in Man­ning, Fre­man­tle, Vic­to­ria Park, Stir­ling, Yanchep, Mun­dar­ing and Joon­dalup once a week to take part in hands-on projects in­clud­ing wood­work­ing, metal work, gar­den­ing, arts and crafts and com­put­ing.

Curtin Univer­sity project lead Ben Mil­bourn said at least one of the par­tic­i­pants had al­ready se­cured a job through the pro­gram.

“We are so proud of these 18 young men for their com­mit­ment to the men­tor­ing pro­gram, which has equipped them with so­cial and prac­ti­cal skills to help pre­pare them for the work­force,” he said.

“By work­ing with men­tors from their local Men’s Shed who had been trained by oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and nurs­ing aca­demics from Curtin Univer­sity and Western Syd­ney Univer­sity, these young men boosted their con­fi­dence and knowl­edge of work skills, ex­pe­ri­enced de­creased anx­i­ety, and de­vel­oped their work rou­tine and work re­la­tion­ships.”

The men­tor­ing project was jointly run by Curtin Univer­sity and Western Syd­ney Univer­sity with the help of Ther­apy Fo­cus.

The Men’s Shed pro­gram was very suc­cess­ful.

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