31 January, 2020

Wheels To Work in motion

Wheels To Work is our regional initiative as part of the Regional Employment Trails (RET) program.

Late last year the Lighthouse crew headed to Murray Bridge to deliver our GET STOKED WHEELS TO WORK workshop to young people in the Riverlands who might not normally get the chance to ride bikes and need some additional support to make the 'next step' in their lives.

As the name suggests, it's our way of using bikes as a conduit for change for young people who are currently unemployed or underemployed. One of the main goals of Wheels To Work is to assist individuals to engage with their local community and employment networks

Words are a lovely way to tell a story, moving pictures can do so much more. Watch our latest video below to see just how important these programs are for the youth of today.

As regional areas struggle to retain young people within the community and create meaningful employment the RET program is designed to deliver:

- stronger connections between regional stakeholders, including employment services providers

- tailored employment initiatives that meet local needs

- improved awareness of local labour markets

- the potential for improved regional employment outcomes

Our focus for the GET STOKED workshop was on teaching riding and mechanic skills as well as facilitating engagement with local employers, providing career information and the potential to connect with mentors.

To find out more about Wheels To Work or register your interest for upcoming events please email wheels2work@lighthouseyp.org

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7 March, 2019

Visiting the South East to help change some lives

This week we were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to connect with our friends from the Keith Area school and Bordertown Primary and High Schools, with another couple of days spent in the South East.

Running through skills workshops and BMX sessions with this group of young rippers was enough to really get us stoked for the year to come. It's such a great privilege to get to know individual kids and help them along their journeys by getting to know their story.

While we were there, we donated some bikes we have been refurbishing with volunteers at Concrete Sessions to some kids who, because of recent circumstances, have been doing it pretty tough. We met young Cam who's family lost everything in a house fire, and it was such a great pleasure to be able to do something small to give them a reason to smile! It really felt like the least we could do for a family who has been through so much.

Seeing a young person like Khloé (pictured left) moved to tears because they have received the gift of a bike is not only incredibly heart warming, but also highlights the many layers of benefit that this opportunity has for the kids we work with. To receive a bike gives a child a reason to get moving, to be excited, to have fun, to make new friends, to learn new skills. It also shows them the community around them believes in them, that they are worth of an investment of time and care. These are all high up in the values we wish to nurture and grow within the community here at LYP!

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16 January, 2019

Thanks to all who contributed to The Drive to Ride

When we launched The Drive to Ride in early 2019, it's safe to say we never expected the kind of response we received! We thought we might be kindly donated one or two bikes and maybe a few odds and ends to add to a collection of parts we could build on over the course of the year. We certainly never expected to put together an entire fleet of bikes, based purely on the goodness of people and their willingness to help others.

But that's exactly what happened!

We can't say thank you enough to everyone that donated their old mountain bikes towards The Drive to Ride; it was absolutely incredible for us to get out and be able to talk to these people, who came from all over the state, and chat about Lighthouse and what we do, and also find out more about each of the generous folk who kindly gifted their old bikes and parts to go towards future programs, while we were at it.

The layers of benefit to these donations for the disadvantaged youth we work with, are many. They represent an opportunity for these kids to get involved in healthy, productive, social behaviours, with people who care about them and want to encourage them to believe in their own potential. It's the chance for them to engage in getting stoked on life, and channel their energy towards productive pathways; getting their adrenaline rush from hitting the trails in the fresh air. It's going forward to respect the community that has helped make it possible. It's also the knowledge that people they didn't even know cared enough to donate these bikes, to give them these experiences.

We will now spend time refurbishing and giving the donated bikes a little bit of TLC, and getting them ready for our program participants to ride and tinker with in workshops designed to teach the skills of fixing and maintaining equipment.

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