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Extra places for disadvantaged job seekers in Gladstone.

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Thursday, 22 December 2005

20 new Personal Support Program places will be made available in Gladstone next year, and will help get locals with personal problems back on their feet and into the workforce. Local Member Paul Neville said Centacare Gladstone will administer the 20 placements. “The Personal Support Program provides help to people who face a number of barriers to participating in the workforce, such as homelessness, drug or alcohol abuse, mental illness or social isolation,” Mr Neville said. “In short, it provides hope and encouragement to people to rebuild their lives and make the move toward work.” “The PSP services which will be offered include counselling, advocacy and practical support to help people gain control of their lives, with a view to moving into study or work. Participants are able to remain the program for up to two years.” “I congratulate Centacare on their work in helping people to get ahead and feel part of the social and economic life of our community.” In 2005-06 the Australian Government will provide $50 million to help 55,000 people through the Personal Support Program across the country. “These new places on offer this year are in recognition of the valuable work that organisations such as Centacare Gladstone do in our community,” Mr Neville said. “Next year, as part of the Government’s Welfare to Work package, the program will grow even further with an extra $66 million available for a further 24,000 places.”

Extra Places for Disadvantaged Job Seekers in Gladstone