Charity training – TWN Online http://twnonline.org/ Thu, 12 May 2022 21:54:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://twnonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-7-120x120.png Charity training – TWN Online http://twnonline.org/ 32 32 Boston man with complete vision loss calls on tandem bike training partner ahead of charity cycling challenge https://twnonline.org/boston-man-with-complete-vision-loss-calls-on-tandem-bike-training-partner-ahead-of-charity-cycling-challenge/ Thu, 12 May 2022 16:29:17 +0000 https://twnonline.org/boston-man-with-complete-vision-loss-calls-on-tandem-bike-training-partner-ahead-of-charity-cycling-challenge/ Roger Fixter, of Boston, who has complete vision loss and is asking for help training for Butterfly Hospices’ 2022 Big Bike Ride; pictured here with granddaughter Ruby. Roger Fixter, 76, signed up for The Butterfly Hospice’s 2022 Big Bike Ride. The annual fundraiser for the Boston-based care facility is due to take place on Sunday, […]]]>
Roger Fixter, of Boston, who has complete vision loss and is asking for help training for Butterfly Hospices’ 2022 Big Bike Ride; pictured here with granddaughter Ruby.

Roger Fixter, 76, signed up for The Butterfly Hospice’s 2022 Big Bike Ride.

The annual fundraiser for the Boston-based care facility is due to take place on Sunday, September 25.

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It’s an event Roger is more than familiar with through his involvement with Pilgrim Hospital Radio.

“Pilgrim Hospital Radio continues to proudly support this event, and others hosted by The Butterfly Hospice, by providing the public address system and commentary at the start and finish, which is based at the Boston Town Football Club grounds on Tattershall Road”, he mentioned.

“My normal role at this event is that of a traveling reporter who walks around the field and interviews the runners when they have finished, as well as talking to the important ladies of the hospice who run the tea, coffee and cakes. This year I won’t do that as I plan to do the bike ride itself.

Roger, who is president of Pilgrim Hospital Radio, plans to undertake the Family Bike Ride – a nine-mile distance to and from the Langrick Bridge. However, as he explains, some training will be required.

“As I am totally blind, my best mate Mick Dakin and I acquired a tandem to undertake this ride,” he said. “While Mick is fit, I am definitely not. So I need people to help me get fit by getting on the front of the tandem and taking me out to develop my fitness.

Roger has two tandems – one with 26-inch wheels and one with 22-inch wheels, which means people of different sizes will be able to support him, he says.

Anyone wishing to help is asked to call 01205 359032 or 07969 203030.

“I’d love to hear from anyone,” he said.

In addition to the Family Bike Ride, the Big Bike Ride offers 33-mile (Lincoln to Boston after being driven to the starting point by coach) and 66-mile (Boston to Lincoln and back) rides.

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Opening of a new training and business center in Shropshire https://twnonline.org/opening-of-a-new-training-and-business-center-in-shropshire/ Tue, 10 May 2022 05:01:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/opening-of-a-new-training-and-business-center-in-shropshire/ Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner with Sonia Roberts of Landau The new Landau Training and Enterprise Center in Wellington will enable people who are not currently working or studying to gain hands-on experience in a number of sectors, including construction, hospitality, hairdressing and beauty. A fully equipped hair salon, nail bar, cafe, building skills suite […]]]>
Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire Anna Turner with Sonia Roberts of Landau

The new Landau Training and Enterprise Center in Wellington will enable people who are not currently working or studying to gain hands-on experience in a number of sectors, including construction, hospitality, hairdressing and beauty.

A fully equipped hair salon, nail bar, cafe, building skills suite and various teaching spaces feature in the new facility, which is located in the former Barclays Bank building on Church Street.

The award-winning charity Landau, which will operate the facility, has also moved its headquarters from the town’s Tan Bank to the new, larger site.

The investment demonstrates the charity’s continued commitment to skills and training in the county and is part of its ambitious plans to provide more than 500 young people with skills and employment opportunities.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the center on April 29, with the Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, doing the honors. She was accompanied at the event by Shropshire Senior Sheriff Selina Graham.

A number of city dignitaries also attended, including Telford & Wrekin Councilor Mayor Amrik Jhawar, Oakengates Councilor Mayor Stephen Reynolds and former Wellington Councilor Mayor Anthony Lowe.

Landau chief executive Sonia Roberts said the new training and enterprise center will play an important role in helping to improve educational attainment across the county by providing a range of opportunities for young people who are currently unemployed or not in education.

“Landau has a proven track record of supporting people through training and accessing sustainable employment, regardless of the barriers they may have faced before, and this new facility will allow us to expand this support to help even more people,” she said.

“This marks a real milestone in our delivery and demonstrates our continued commitment to promoting opportunity and changing lives.”

Elliot Shipley, 21, has been supported by Landau for the past three years after the transition from school to college proved too difficult for him.

He is one of the first group of learners to move into the new building and is currently participating in the Landau study program.

Elliot will take his Level Two exams in English and Maths next month before moving on to the IN2 program which helps young people further their education and find employment.

He said, “I wouldn’t be where I am today without Landau’s support. I aspire to be a paramedic one day, but I wasn’t suited for a regular college, so Landau helped me realize my potential. I am a very caring person and being able to help someone in times of need is my dream, so they help me achieve that.

The new center will provide training in a range of professional qualifications, including introduction to NOCN three entry level construction; level one and two in customer services; NOCN and VTCT Accredited Beauty and Hospitality Qualifications awarded NVQs up to Level Three in Hairdressing and Beauty, as well as Apprenticeships and Certificates in General Functional and Employability Skills.

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Ukraine stars spotted at Slovenia training camp as they begin to prepare for World Cup play-offs in Scotland https://twnonline.org/ukraine-stars-spotted-at-slovenia-training-camp-as-they-begin-to-prepare-for-world-cup-play-offs-in-scotland/ Fri, 06 May 2022 15:20:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/ukraine-stars-spotted-at-slovenia-training-camp-as-they-begin-to-prepare-for-world-cup-play-offs-in-scotland/ It’s a sight that gladdens the heart – but also a sight that scares Scottish fans. The home-based Ukrainian stars were spotted on the training ground for the first time since the Russian invasion of their country, as they get back in shape ahead of the visit to Hampden Park on June 1. 3 Ukrainian […]]]>

It’s a sight that gladdens the heart – but also a sight that scares Scottish fans.

The home-based Ukrainian stars were spotted on the training ground for the first time since the Russian invasion of their country, as they get back in shape ahead of the visit to Hampden Park on June 1.

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Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Petrakov during trainingCredit: Reuters
Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Petrakov with his players in training

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Ukrainian coach Oleksandr Petrakov with his players in trainingCredit: Reuters

Less than a month now before that match takes place, Shakhtar Donetsk have tweeted photos of stars, including Taras Stepanenko, getting back to full fitness.

They face Borussia Moenchengladbach in the Bundesliga in the first of a series of friendlies next Wednesday.

The Ukrainian side have not played since November – having had to postpone their World Cup qualifiers with Steve Clarke’s men from March.

The winner will face Wales in Cardiff on June 5 for a place at the World Cup in Qatar in a group that will include England, the United States and Iran.

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Bundesliga club Moenchengladbach said proceeds from the match would go to charities focused on Ukraine and Ukrainians abroad, while citizens of the country would enjoy free entry.

Scotland are already without key men Kieran Tierney and Nathan Patterson for the clash.

Ukraine star Serhiy Sydorchuk recently said he believes his country will have the support of the rest of the world when they face Scotland in June.

As many as 16 members of their national team have not played a competitive game since November, when the now-suspended Ukrainian League began its winter break.

He said: “I can’t wait to play in Glasgow. The Ukrainian clubs are back in training and we also have to prepare our preparations with the national team.

“At stake for us is a chance to play in Qatar at the World Cup to represent Ukraine.

“When we play the play-offs, the whole planet will support us.

Ukrainian Taras Stepanenko at the press conference

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Ukrainian Taras Stepanenko at the press conferenceCredit: Reuters

“We are extremely motivated. Even my manager, Mircea Lucescu, told us many times that our training in Romania should ultimately help the national team.

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“And I can say that I have never felt such a sense of responsibility before a football game as in my next game for my country.

“Our game in Glasgow is for all of Ukraine.”

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Sudbury News: New affordable housing project offers paid job training https://twnonline.org/sudbury-news-new-affordable-housing-project-offers-paid-job-training/ Thu, 05 May 2022 16:14:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/sudbury-news-new-affordable-housing-project-offers-paid-job-training/ With the continued demand for affordable housing, the City of Greater Sudbury and Raising the Roof, a national homelessness prevention charity, are partnering to create ten new rental units and provide paid job training. The innovative partnership also creates opportunities to train and employ people facing barriers to employment in the trades. The official inauguration […]]]>

With the continued demand for affordable housing, the City of Greater Sudbury and Raising the Roof, a national homelessness prevention charity, are partnering to create ten new rental units and provide paid job training.

The innovative partnership also creates opportunities to train and employ people facing barriers to employment in the trades.

The official inauguration of the renovations took place Tuesday on Kingslea Court in New Sudbury.

“Timing is critical and we are seeing people across the community who are struggling with homelessness and this is going to help a significant number of people find very affordable housing,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger.

The houses were owned by the city and have now been purchased by Raising the Roof.

“The aim of the Reside at Raising the Roof scheme is to take vacant property and turn it into new affordable rental housing,” said Adrian Dingle, the charity’s director of housing development.

“And as much as we can work with social enterprise entrepreneurs, like community builders, to create training for community members. Those are the two ways we prevent homelessness in the communities we serve. “

The renovations will be carried out by Community Builders North, a new social enterprise entrepreneur in Sudbury that hires people facing barriers to employment for its internship program.

“Barriers to employment sometimes feel like you’ve never had a job before, like you haven’t finished high school,” said Carly Gasparini, Manager/Director of Community Builders North.

“You’ve spent some time going through corrections, all sorts of different things. You may have insecure housing and childcare issues. You may be part of a demographic that’s not generally not hired in the trades sector.”

In the past, in other parts of the province, 83% of interns have secured a paid apprenticeship or other full-time construction job after participating in the 16-week paid program, officials said.

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Training with a difference for Largs RNLI. https://twnonline.org/training-with-a-difference-for-largs-rnli/ Tue, 03 May 2022 20:58:39 +0000 https://twnonline.org/training-with-a-difference-for-largs-rnli/ The Largs RNLI volunteer crew recently joined members of the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club for a training session. Largs lifeboat operations manager John Griffiths held a training exercise on Tuesday April 26 with Elizabeth Pratt of the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club (FOCCRC), reviewing emergency procedures for rowers and towing procedures that […]]]>

The Largs RNLI volunteer crew recently joined members of the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club for a training session.

Largs lifeboat operations manager John Griffiths held a training exercise on Tuesday April 26 with Elizabeth Pratt of the Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club (FOCCRC), reviewing emergency procedures for rowers and towing procedures that would be followed if necessary.

The weather was perfect for the planned training with calm seas and a light breeze. The two
R. A. Wilson FOCCRC lifeboat and skiff Thistle launched just before 7 p.m. and spent just over an hour afloat.

It had been identified that the rowers weren’t sure how best to react if someone fell overboard. The lifeboat crew worked with the rowers to establish safe routines to follow in the event this happened, with the rowers gaining valuable skills and confidence in how to handle this emergency safely.

Towing a skiff is something the Largs RNLI volunteer crew have never encountered. This training session therefore provided an excellent opportunity to practice the techniques, proving to be a useful exercise for both the lifeboat crew and the rowers.

After safely recovering both boats, the lifeboat crew were able to provide key safety tips including the use of personal locator beacons, who to call in an emergency and the importance of regular maintenance of life jackets. The crew was also happy to show rowers the equipment and operational capabilities of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat.

After a joint debriefing with the volunteer crew and rowers, the lifeboat was cleaned and put into service.

John Griffiths, Largs RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “It was a great opportunity for our volunteer crew to practice with a different type of vessel. The FOCCRC skiff gave the crew experience of working with this type of vessel should the need arise in the future.

“The training allows our crews to prepare for future missions, whatever they may be. We are happy to have been able to give practical safety advice to the rowers and enjoyed training alongside them.

“In a coastal emergency, always dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard.”

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Eastbourne and Seaford taxi drivers offered suicide intervention training https://twnonline.org/eastbourne-and-seaford-taxi-drivers-offered-suicide-intervention-training/ Sun, 01 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/eastbourne-and-seaford-taxi-drivers-offered-suicide-intervention-training/ TAXI drivers operating near suicide hotspots are offered free prevention and response training to help identify signs of passengers in need. The Taxi Watch programme, run by the charity Talk To Tom, teaches professional drivers how to spot the signs of someone suffering from a suicidal crisis, how to react and how to get the […]]]>

TAXI drivers operating near suicide hotspots are offered free prevention and response training to help identify signs of passengers in need.

The Taxi Watch programme, run by the charity Talk To Tom, teaches professional drivers how to spot the signs of someone suffering from a suicidal crisis, how to react and how to get the person to safety.

Free training is offered to drivers in Eastbourne and Seaford.

East Sussex County Council is one of the first local authorities in the country to offer local drivers the training, based on the charity’s Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) programme.

The training has been commissioned as part of the council’s wider suicide prevention strategy and is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council.

Taxi Watch was originally founded by Irish taxi driver Derek Devoy, who developed the initiative after meeting two suicidal individuals in one night.

Representatives from the councils involved were recently joined by Derek and drivers from Eastbourne taxi companies, and a representative from the Unite Union Independent Taxi Drivers covering the Lewes district, to mark the launch of the scheme.

Eastbourne taxi companies 720 Taxis and Sussex Cars will help their drivers to take part in upcoming trainings.

Councilor Carl Maynard, Senior Member for Adult Health and Social Care, said: “Taxi Watch is a fantastic initiative that can help save lives.

“The course will equip taxi drivers with the skills to identify a mental health emergency, giving them the tools they need to help save a life. I urge drivers who operate in Eastbourne and Seaford to sign up for the free training courses which will take place in May.

On his first night back behind the wheel of his taxi after battling his own sanity and attempting suicide, Derek encountered a man in distress on a bridge.

“I stopped and spoke to him, and he told me he wanted to die while he was under a repossession order. Later that same night, I met another man in distress. Luckily, through my own experiences, I was able to connect with them in some meaningful way,” he said.

“But I realized that other drivers were surely encountering people in difficulty. It made me think that maybe not every driver would know what to do or say in such a scenario, so the idea of ​​Taxi Watch was born.

“Undoubtedly it will save lives in East Sussex, just as it has already saved hundreds of lives in Ireland.”

Ray Cullen, CEO of Talk To Tom, said: “It will, without a doubt, have a huge impact on the local community and put in an extra layer of safety for those who may be struggling with mental health issues.

“The key, as with any medical emergency, is early recognition and access. This is why Taxi Watch is so important. During a suicidal crisis, there will always be subtle signs that a person is in distress, so it is vital that drivers learn the skills to spot these signs.

“Coupled with the fact that drivers are often on the roads in the early morning, taxi professionals are in a unique position to be an additional safety net for people in difficulty. In short, this simple course could make someone’s hero.

While the training will initially be offered to drivers operating in Eastbourne and Seaford, it is hoped to expand the scheme across East Sussex subject to funding.

The training sessions will take place at the Kings Centre, Eastbourne, from 9.15am to 2.30pm on Tuesday May 24, Wednesday May 25, Friday May 27 and Saturday May 28.

Another session will take place on Thursday May 26 at the Seaford Golf Course.

Taxi drivers who would like to find out more or sign up for training should email public.health@eastsussex.gov.uk.

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Keeneland cyclist dies after training accident https://twnonline.org/keeneland-cyclist-dies-after-training-accident/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 20:11:36 +0000 https://twnonline.org/keeneland-cyclist-dies-after-training-accident/ LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A practice rider has died after being thrown from a horse at the Keeneland practice track. Callie Witt, 20, died Friday morning after being ejected from an unraced 2-year-old filly, Keeneland spokeswoman Amy Gregory confirmed to The Associated Press. Keeneland vice president of equine safety, Stuart Brown, said Witt was taken […]]]>

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A practice rider has died after being thrown from a horse at the Keeneland practice track.

Callie Witt, 20, died Friday morning after being ejected from an unraced 2-year-old filly, Keeneland spokeswoman Amy Gregory confirmed to The Associated Press. Keeneland vice president of equine safety, Stuart Brown, said Witt was taken down after the horse changed stride during a routine canter. Witt landed on the indoor synthetic material of the runway.

Medical personnel on site immediately attended to Witt for life-threatening injuries before Lexington Fire and Emergency arrived within 6 minutes and rushed her to the emergency department at the University of Kentucky Hospital, according to a press release from Keeneland. Witt was later pronounced dead from blunt force injuries.

Originally from Nebraska, Witt was an aspiring jockey who worked nearly a year for trainer Joe Sharp. She had attended Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington and was about to graduate from the North American Racing Academy.

“She had made great strides towards her goals and had an unparalleled work ethic,” Sharp said in a statement. “She was unique… you don’t see many in her generation with that level of courage and determination. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family. »

Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said the track was “heartbroken by this tragic loss” and expressed prayers for Witt’s family, friends and racing community.

Brown said the horse was assessed and showed no signs of health or injury.

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Labor candidate who tweeted anti-Irish slurs to attend anti-racism training https://twnonline.org/labor-candidate-who-tweeted-anti-irish-slurs-to-attend-anti-racism-training/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 17:01:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/labor-candidate-who-tweeted-anti-irish-slurs-to-attend-anti-racism-training/ A Labor candidate who tweeted an anti-Irish slur has been ordered to undergo anti-racism training. An old tweet from 2016 in which Council hopeful Amanda Kerr referred to “taigs” recently resurfaced. She has since apologized for the remarks, which she called “disgusting”. The party confirmed that she would be required to undergo “appropriate equality training” […]]]>

A Labor candidate who tweeted an anti-Irish slur has been ordered to undergo anti-racism training.

An old tweet from 2016 in which Council hopeful Amanda Kerr referred to “taigs” recently resurfaced.

She has since apologized for the remarks, which she called “disgusting”.

The party confirmed that she would be required to undergo “appropriate equality training” after the tweet came to light.

Jeanette Findlay, chair of the anti-cult charity Call It Out, appealed for the candidate to apologise.

She said: “Kerr should apologize to the multi-generational Irish community and disavow this racist comment as a matter of urgency.

“If she doesn’t, then the Labor Party, locally and nationally, should dissociate itself from her.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Greens said: “There can be no place in modern Scotland for anti-Catholic prejudice like this.

“It is incumbent upon the Scottish Labor Party to reflect on its candidate selection process with this in mind, and that the candidate, at the very least, offer a sincere apology to the Scottish Catholic community.”

Kerr’s comments were revealed in tweets discovered on his official campaign Twitter account.

In 2016, in response to an account that has since been suspended by the site’s moderators, Kerr tweeted, “Holy shit I’m far from a miserable asshole.

“Ffs you would think he was a taig making horrible assumptions like that lol”.

Kerr said: “These disgusting comments in no way reflect my views and I am deeply sorry for the distress they have caused.

“Anti-Catholic bigotry is real and has no place in Scottish life. I apologize unreservedly to the Scottish Catholic community.”

A Scottish Labor spokesperson said: “These comments are completely unacceptable and the candidate has apologized unreservedly.

“Ms. Kerr will need to undergo appropriate equality training.

“All Scottish Labor Party candidates are committed to representing the aims and values ​​of the Scottish Labor Party and will be held to the highest standard.”

Kerr hopes to sit on North Ayrshire Council, representing the seaside town of Ardrossan, after the May election.

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Free online training course for dementia caregivers https://twnonline.org/free-online-training-course-for-dementia-caregivers/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 09:31:23 +0000 https://twnonline.org/free-online-training-course-for-dementia-caregivers/ Story published on April 27, 2022 Family carers of people with dementia in Wiltshire are invited to a free online training course from this summer. Managed by Alzheimer’s Support, the six weekly sessions, starting July 13, will take place on Wednesday mornings in the comfort of caregivers’ homes. The charity’s Community Services Coordinator, Kate Sharpe, […]]]>

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Family carers of people with dementia in Wiltshire are invited to a free online training course from this summer.

Managed by Alzheimer’s Support, the six weekly sessions, starting July 13, will take place on Wednesday mornings in the comfort of caregivers’ homes.

The charity’s Community Services Coordinator, Kate Sharpe, said: “We’re delighted to bring this course online and don’t worry if you’ve never used the technology before. We can help people connect as long as they have a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

“Participants will gain information that will benefit their lives and the lives of the person they are caring for. It’s very friendly and relaxed. Just being able to discuss ideas with others with similar circumstances can be a welcome relief.

The course aims to help participants understand what their relative or friend may be going through as their type of dementia develops. Sessions are led by experts in their field and cover all aspects of caring for someone with dementia, including managing problems at home, legal and financial aspects of care, moving and safer assistance, and care options.

To find out more, go to www.alzheimers wiltshire.org.uk/ or email events@alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk

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Practical training could open the door to the future in the trades https://twnonline.org/practical-training-could-open-the-door-to-the-future-in-the-trades/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://twnonline.org/practical-training-could-open-the-door-to-the-future-in-the-trades/ “Bringing young adults into the trades is very helpful for organizations like (Habitat for Humanity Huronia) who are directly impacted by declining numbers,” says an official A group of young adults learned important life skills thanks to an Ontario Trillium Trust (OTF) seed grant that helped pilot a career-focused program that will hopefully open doors […]]]>

“Bringing young adults into the trades is very helpful for organizations like (Habitat for Humanity Huronia) who are directly impacted by declining numbers,” says an official

A group of young adults learned important life skills thanks to an Ontario Trillium Trust (OTF) seed grant that helped pilot a career-focused program that will hopefully open doors to future careers in the trades.

The $57,400 grant, which was awarded in 2020, was used to support a project coordinator to work on the program, purchase tools and supplies, do marketing and deliver first aid workshops to participants .

Young adults in the Barrie area were invited to enroll in the program to enhance their construction expertise and, once selected, participated in a variety of workshops ranging from fundraising, charity, job application, resume writing, self-confidence and goal setting.

Once there, program participants worked with Habitat for Humanity Huronia to learn how to safely use a variety of hand and power tools to help build a five-family townhouse project in southwest Barrie.

“Habitat for Humanity Huronia is deeply grateful for the support provided by the (OTF),” said Robert Cikoja, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Huronia. “The value that comes with the pilot project is that we can support people who have never considered entering the construction field or may not have known the right pathways to enter it.

The program, he continued, was able to give them a basic understanding, while introducing them to trades on the spot.

“Bringing young adults into the trades is very helpful for organizations like (Habitat for Humanity Huronia) who are directly impacted by declining membership. Overall, we are very grateful and extend our sincere thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support and for this initiative,” said Cikoja.

Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte, and Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil, along with Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer Nalin De Silva, met with representatives from Habitat for Humanity Huronia on Friday to find out about the success of the program.

“Habitat for Humanity Huronia continues to serve our community faithfully, providing unique ways to serve families and youth,” said Khanjin. “This OTF funding has been successful in helping on two fronts by training young people in an in-demand skill to help them find future employment opportunities while helping to provide housing for those in need.

“The skilled trades are essential to building strong homes and neighborhoods and it is exciting to see more young people pursuing this meaningful career. I am thrilled to have such a great organization in our community,” she added.

Meaningful employment can help young people build confidence, financial independence and allow them to plan for their future goals, while gaining an understanding of the workforce, Downey added.

“Habitat for Humanity Huronia has a legacy of impactful and life-changing work within our community,” said Downey. “This latest pilot project is just another example of the innovative way this organization plans to help those in need. I am delighted that… the grant funding will be used to help young people find and maintain employment opportunities.

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