Positivitoys are making their mark
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 email@example.com.
HEAD START: Stawell. Hayley Little, centre, with students at a Positivitoy Food Handling course in