From Drab to Fab!

The Stratford Dolphins football club has built a state-of-the-art storage facility with the help of local job seekers. The club can now safely house its equipment, uniforms and machinery and can offer storage to guests that may use the venue on a regular basis.

Led by My Pathway and jobactive provider Workways, the project engaged 23 job seekers who wanted building and construction experience to prepare and assemble the new shed. The Dolphins had previously made do with a run down, pink shipping container and now have a sleek, modern and spacious storage facility.

Stratford Dolphins football club representative, Rohit Chandel, said the benefits had been two-fold with participants gaining valuable experience and the club meeting its expansion needs.

“This project has been a great success with participants gaining relevant experience they can use in the working world,” he said.

“The club now has the storage we desperately needed. Its functional and stylish to satisfy growing community interest and our expansion efforts.

“We can now offer storage to third party users, so they can leave equipment on site and not have to bring it in every time they are booked to use our facilities.”

Participants were involved from demolition to the final touches. They completed a range of tasks such as preparing footings, concreting, steel assembly, painting, field maintenance and line marking.

The activity inspired one participant to set up his own landscaping business, another gained employment as a school groundskeeper.

Project Supervisor, Matt Moss, said he believed that WFD schemes could deliver great benefits for both hosts and participants.

“It’s fantastic to see participants leave the project with improved skills and more confidence to help them take that next step into employment,” he said.

“A couple of the participants had worked on a previous project with us, and requested to return. It shows they are learning and enjoying their time on the activity. It’s gratifying as a project host to get that feedback.”

WFD is part of the jobactive program, an initiative of and funded by the Australian Government.

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