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Jye Jeffery making planter bags for the Carob Tree initiative
Jye Jeffery making planter bags for the Carob Tree initiative

RECENTLY, clients from Currajong Disability Services “Greenacres” program completing their Certificate 1 in Work Skills For Life, attended the Parkes Aviation Museum as part of their on the job training.

Driven by Jonty Ralph and other support staff from Parkes CDS including Indigo Kriedemann, clients were given a grand tour by Parkes Aviation Museum volunteer Mike Delahunty. The tour included a walk through an aircraft used in the Vietnam War as well as a stroll through the workshop where extensive refurbishment and spray painting were being carried out on a tail-wing.

The excursion is all part of the two year Certificate 1 course for five Transition To Work students (TTW) that is designed to place clients into suitable employment roles within the community.

The day included significant insights and discussions about wartime and commercial aviation, exposure to equipment and aviation paraphernalia and a chance to pick the brain of plane enthusiast and volunteer Mike Delahunty. Coupled with the great Autumn weather it was a great day for all!

“It is all about empowering our clients,” said Jonty Ralph, Client Program Leader at CDS in Parkes.

“This program along with many others we organise is designed to not only encourage our clients and give them confidence, but to also ascertain what other interests they may have,” he said.

“All the while allowing our clients to get a certificate behind them, meet new people and gain experience in the broader community.”

Watch this space for more TTW programs and community participation from CDS.