Pos­i­tiv­i­toys are mak­ing their mark

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En­abling young peo­ple to get a head start to a ca­reer was the rea­son Pos­i­tiv­i­toys founder Hay­ley Lit­tle es­tab­lished her so­cial en­ter­prise.

Now she can be proud she has achieved this aim.

Four young peo­ple iden­ti­fied by youth work­ers as be­ing able to ben­e­fit from a funded job-ready course par­tic­i­pated in the first ‘Pos­i­tiv­i­toy Food Han­dling’ course at Stawell Neigh­bour­hood House.

The ac­cred­ited course is a step­ping-stone for peo­ple to gain dis­trict em­ploy­ment in hos­pi­tal­ity.

Sales of Pos­i­tiv­i­toys, which are soft, hand-sized cubes that in­clude faces and pos­i­tive mes­sages, and other dona­tions, funded the places in the course for the four par­tic­i­pants.

Grampians Com­mu­nity Health School Fo­cused Youth Ser­vice co-or­di­na­tor Mau­rice Billi said he had re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from the four stu- dents who at­tended an Au­gust 11 work­shop.

“The kids were still ex­cited on Mon­day about how well it went,” he said.

A ben­e­fit of the course was that it was also open to any­one to at­tend. This meant peo­ple in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try and oth­ers as­pir­ing to be, could at­tend, share the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­pose young peo­ple to broader think­ing about what op­por­tu­ni­ties might be avail­able to them from the course. Although not funded by Pos­i­tiv­i­toys, Ms Lit­tle and two friends also com­pleted the course.

They said they be­lieved the course had helped them par­tic­i­pate in the com­mu­nity and work­place.

“I had the vi­sion of help­ing other young peo­ple when I found out how much the course cost and knew there would be a lot of peo­ple who could get a job if only they could af­ford the course,” Ms Lit­tle said.

“Now I’ve also com­pleted the course it would be great one day to be help­ing out at a com­mu­nity event or work­ing some­where and have one of the Pos­i­tiv­i­toy stu­dents there along­side me.”

In­di­vid­ual Pos­i­tiv­i­toys are avail­able through the Pos­i­tiv­i­toy Face­book page or by email­ing pos­i­tiv­i­toys@gmail.com.

HEAD START: Stawell. Hay­ley Lit­tle, cen­tre, with stu­dents at a Pos­i­tiv­i­toy Food Han­dling course in

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