Local youth give back to the community

THE Goodwood Community Centre has welcomed the addition of a handmade picnic table thanks to help from Bunnings Warehouse Glenorchy and a program for young people at risk of disengaging from education.

Overseen by PCYC Tasmania for 16 to 19-year-olds, Project Booyah is designed to re-engage young people back into education and create pathways to employment.

As part of the project, participants recently attended two workshops at Bunnings Glenorchy to learn how to build a picnic table.

Bunnings donated all the materials and provided those involved with lunch and a goody bag.

“Projects like the picnic table give these boys the opportunity to learn new skills, increase their confidence and give something back to the local community at the same time,” Project Booyah coordinator Ross McIvor said.

“The change we’ve seen in them has been tremendous – they’re interested, they’re achieving and they’ve got reason to be proud of themselves.”

The Project Booyah participants donated their creation to the Goodwood Community Centre, which coordinated the Greenlight learner drivers mentor program – which participants have also been involved in.

Caption: Project Booyah participant Corey Keleher, right, presents the picnic table made by participants to Goodwood Community Centre garden manager Alister Hope.