Hands-on help provided
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.