February Update
Bundy Club Magic

February saw IMPACT Community Services as the Charity of Choice for the Bundy Club function held at the Services Club.  IMPACT staff sold raffle tickets to an array of generous local businesses while they were entertained by Consentino the Grand Illusionist.

On the night a total of $4,890 was raised and proceeds will be used towards the new training room furniture at IMPACT's brand new New iMAGE Laundry which opened on 19 March, 2018.

Photos From The Night
Employment First Aid Good News Story

From Tara (Employment Retention Mentor)

I had a meeting with the local owners of Rock Off Hervey Bay, Jayne and Tim in the first week of February. They are both very well known around the town and are great mentors around the Community. They own the local skate park in town and provide employment to the youth that need a helping hand. Tim and Jayne have owned the non- for profit business for many years and believe in supporting our youth around the Fraser Coast. Tim mentioned they have found 16 youth full time employment in many years with their connections. Throughout our meeting he mentioned that Employment First Aid may be able to support their young full time worker, Craig.

Craig is a 20 year old male who needs all the support he can. He has been homeless, jobless and even family-less. He is currently living with his girlfriends family and they support him 100%. He depends on his job to keep his head above water in order to pay off debt, keep a roof over his head and live everyday life.

I was told that Jayne and Tim were in a hard place, they mentioned to Craig on giving him a job opportunity, that he will need to fund is own First Aid Certificate and Blue card to keep his job. With each passing week they were asking him, how he was going saving for the tickets. They didn’t want to let him go, but they needed him to have these tickets to remain employed. I meet with Craig on the 6th of February and immediately saw he was such a genuine, loyal hard working youth who loved his job and was good at it. We signed him up with program and within 2 weeks, Craig had completed his First Aid Certificate. Employment First Aid paid $140 for the course and he passed it with flying colours.

He was forever thankful to Employment First Aid, that they would support him, pay for his First Aid and be there for any issues he may have. We recently lodged the paperwork to support Craig obtain a Blue Card so he can keep his job at Rock Off Hervey Bay.

It is my favourite part of the job supporting Youth who maybe would lose opportunities, keep opportunities!

Employment First Aid
Gary's New Start

It’s a brand new start for Recycling and Collections worker Gary Rohdmann. For the first time, with support from IMPACT Community Services, Gary is living independently and says he is loving it.
One of Gary’s goals was to move out of accommodation prior to his new home, live somewhere alone and where he felt safe.
Gary has told his Support staff that he felt a great weight lifted off his shoulders after leaving accommodation which according to him wasn’t suitable.

“It was an exciting day when I moved out because I went shopping and bought things that I’ve never had before. The staff at IMPACT are showing me how to work my new washing machine and have been very helpful”, Gary said.

Gary is now receiving support through the NDIS with IMPACT which enables him to have a Support Worker on the weekends and Friday nights. During his Friday night support Gary is stepping out with the boys and says he is loving getting out and socializing with his friends and co-workers.

Gary said that he is learning new skills that are helping him at home and loves that he is supported by IMPACT and employed fulltime at the Recycling and Collections facility.
It’s been an eventful six months for Gary as he also received the ‘2017 Buyability Employee Contribution Award’. This is a national award which recognized Gary’s efforts, longevity in the recycling industry and contribution as a Supported Employee. This award is sponsored by the National Disability Services. 

More about NDIS
Internship Success for Zenna

Gin Gin is not the easiest place in Australia for a young person to secure meaningful employment.  Zenna knew that she wanted to work in admin but had limited experience in the industry. Julie and Ian from Sutton’s Real Estate wanted more time to focus on their core business but were drowning in Administration tasks. Impact Community Services approached Sutton’s and suggested a new federal government program called Path Internships.

Zenna completed a 12-week internship in August last year and was then immediately offered permanent employment. Fast forward to February 2018 and Zenna is a vital member of the Sutton Real Estate Team and continues to receive post placement support by our team.

More jobactive Success Stories
Transition to Work participants to win big!
Our Transition to Work team recently ran a promotion where anyone that registers with the program during the month of March goes in the draw to win an iPad!
Are you a young person that would like some extra support on your journey to employment or study?

Our team can help you with:
- Getting your drivers license
- Uniforms, haircuts and preparation for work
- White card
.....and much more!

Contact our Transition to Work Impact Bundaberg team today to find out how to enter.
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Training Team Visit Hinkler in Bundaberg

With courses always underway at IMPACT, the trainers rarely get time to get out among the community to talk to people about what they do.

Trainers from each of the courses offered at IMPACT visited Hinkler Central recently and spoke about what they love most about the role they play.

"It's great to see so many people wanting to make a change in their lives and the look on their faces when they receive that piece of paper, it's why we do what we do" disability trainer, Wayne says.

IMPACT Community Services is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 0115). This means we deliver a range of accredited qualifications which are recognised nationally - take your skills with you wherever you work!

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IMPACT is a Registered Training Organisation RTO: 0115