Helping community and job seekers
In mid-2015 the Newcastle Pistol Club and Newcastle Small Bore & Air Rifle Club started a Work for the Dole project with the assistance of Wallsend Employment & Training and Joblink Plus. Work for the Dole is designed to provide job seekers with skills and experience which will help them gain employment, while actively contributing to their community. Newcastle Pistol Club was formed in 1964 in Waratah West, in a sandstone quarry that provided Newcastle with rocks for its famous breakwall.
In the past 18 months job seekers working on the project have taken three metres off the rock face at the Newcastle Club, and created a three tiered garden bed using some of the rocks removed (pictured). The project has widened the carpark by up to ten metres, doubling the parking capacity for club members and guests. Also included in the project is the renovation and upgrading of some of the facilities on the site.
Over 30 job seekers have gained sustainable employment because of the skills and experience gained. Roles secured include labouring, landscaping and construction positions - directly as a result of this very successful Work for the Dole project. Whilst providing great opportunities for the job seekers involved, the host organisation now has some great new facilities and a fantastic garden.
Newcastle Pistol Club president, George Engel is really pleased. "On behalf of Newcastle Pistol Club members, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the Work for the Dole team for the outstanding work they have done at our club", Mr Engel said. "Work for the Dole is something that most people only hear about, but have never had the opportunity to see what they can achieve. The team at Wallsend Employment and Training Services in conjunction with Joblink Plus have shown how our project and many others that they undertake can do very positive things not only for the participants but for the wider community and we are proud to be associated with them."