Keep Your Word
As mentioned in last week's column: 'In a small town, word of mou
R U OK? Day was held yesterday, Thursday, September 9, and Workways Australia joined the movement and reached out to the local Innisfail community to offer support, guidance, and to ask locals the simple question of “R U OK?”
R U OK? is a harm prevention charity that encourages people to stay connected and have conversations, which can help others through difficult times in their lives. Their work focuses on building the motivation, confidence, and skills of the help-giver – the person who can have a meaningful conversation with someone who is struggling with life.
Workways Australia’s organisers were thrilled to be getting involved in this year’s R U Ok? Day in the hope that they can show their support to the local community. A table was setup outside their office to invite locals and passers-by to simply sit, chat, and discuss whatever was on their mind.
“The idea was that people can sit down, have a tea or coffee, and a chat, and talk about what’s happening in their lives or talk about the football or talk about family, we don’t mind, we just want to start the conversation, and do our best to help,” Ashlea Hepburn, one of the organisers advised.
There were giveaways, Jobseeker and employer surveys and the chance to win an $80 Health and Harmony Voucher. Free tea, coffee, and snacks for people were on offer to encourage them to sit down and check in for a chat about anything to build a sense of community.
“Opening up the conversation and knowing that it could change a life, is why we do this,” said Recruitment Partner, Michelle Rodda.
“Many staff have had personal experiences with mental health and know how important it is to break the stigma.”
Above all else, community is key in Innisfail, and through this initiative, Workways Australia aims to connect the community – locals, businesses, and community services.
“Making sure that our community know that we’re here to provide support, guidance, and to just listen, is what is most important to us. Our goal is to ensure the local community know that we’re here,” advised Coordinator, Angela Williams.
The Workways Australia office is located centrally in Edith St, Innisfail, and the table was situated at the front of the office from 9am-11am. Staff were dedicated to engaging with community members, who were job seekers, employers, or the general public.
The Workways Innisfail office supports people living with a disability, illness, or injury into work. They also assist jobseekers on a Centrelink payment who are trying to find employment and work closely with many local businesses to ensure that the support is provided when a business takes on one of their clients.
If you would like to speak to someone about how Workways Australia, Innisfail branch, can support you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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