Men build path to |a better future


Live Works trainee Tom Edwards and mentor Lee Braithwaite, with Bayswater police officer-in-charge Will Withers (centre), worked with participants at the station. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare
Live Works trainee Tom Edwards and mentor Lee Braithwaite, with Bayswater police officer-in-charge Will Withers (centre), worked with participants at the station. Picture: Toyah Shakespeare

A group of men aged 15 to 22, who are involved in the Outcare Live Works program, trimmed trees, and tidied and mulched the garden at the station.

Live Works aimed to support young males who have had contact with the justice system, to help them transition from their sentence to training and then paid work.

Live Works co-ordinator Melissa Burton said participants took part in a six- month course where they worked on Department of Housing landscaping and community projects while they completed a Certificate II in Construction.

“It helps with work readiness and changes behaviours … it establishes a routine and allows them to work with people from different backgrounds,” Ms Burton said. “Having the police interaction (last week) is really positive for the young guys.”

Department of Corrective Services referred clients, with up to 90 people to take part at three sites across Perth each year – Swan, Armadale and Kwinana.

Trainee Tom Edwards and mentor Lee Braithwaite worked with five participants at the station last week.