CHILDREN attending the Early Years Play Hut at Peel Youth Services now have a new cubby and extra wooden toys created from recycled timber, and 30 Work for the Dole participants gained invaluable work experience.
The donations resulted from a partnership between Peel Youth Services and Communicare Work for the Dole to improve the play area for children of young parents attending specialised programs offered by the Peel Eyes Wide Open project.
Peel Eyes Wide Open and Peel Youth Creche have offered support, activities, education and workshops for young parents for 17 years.
Communicare chief executive Melissa Perry said Communicare recognised the importance of positive play environments to support and enhance young children’s learning and development and the role Peel Youth Services played in the lives of teen parents.
In an attempt to help the Peel Youth Creche provide a warm and welcoming environment for the children in their care, the cubby house and extra wooden toys were created by Work for the Dole participants.
They were engaged in the 26-week activity to create the cubby house and toys, gaining invaluable real work life experience.
Ms Perry said the participants developed skills in building and construction, general maintenance and repairs.
“Now White Card qualified, they have completed the activity and are job ready,’’ she said.
“They also have meaningful referees and the capacity to progress directly into paid employment.”