Profile: John Tyson












We bring together skilled trades people and the enthusiasm of participants to run projects that allow people to learn and gain valuable experience whilst making a difference to the community in which they live.

Tell us about yourself John:

I’m 52 years young, and over that time I have developed a wealth of knowledge that I feel passionate about sharing with others, Lend a Hand offers me that opportunity. I’m particularly pleased that the working we undertake on activities benefit the local community.

What motivates you at work:

I’m motivated by watching people learn, grow and develop in their confidence. I love helping people get the benefits of finding a paid job and become independent.

Current Project:

GWS Anderson Scout Camp, where we are undertaking a variety of jobs to develop the site for a safer and more enjoyable experience for the residence and visitors of the Camp. (I.e New Boat Jetty, new Stairs to the community hut. (Have a look at our before and after pictures)

Personal Development:

Currently studying for his Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Arboriculture, and regularly assist Arbotrim during practical Chainsaw supervision courses. John is also representing Lend a Hand at an upcoming Department of Employment review session, in group they will identify the support needs of Work for the Dole Host Organisations like Lend a Hand and others. Specifically, John will contribute towards the research and observations.

The aim of this research is to identify challenges, gaps and common themes around supervising activities and to assist in the establishment of departmental guidance material, support tools and strategies to support Host Organisation to better succeed with job seekers in the future.

Favourite Sports:

ALF Collingwood & Soccer (EPL) Manchester United

CEO Comments:

We love having John as part of the Lend a Hand team, John’s enthusiasm with our volunteers and contributors is remarkable. The best thing about John for me is the fact that he packs an extra sandwich and some fruit to take out on site every day, just in case any participant has forgotten their lunch or simply didn’t have access to food that day.

I was so moved by his actions that as an organisation we have recently developed a community garden project in Dandenong, in a few months we hope to offer all participant some home grown fruits as they help us with projects.

Lend a Hand is committed to the active promotion of equal opportunities. We do this to help overcome inequalities that exist in society today.  We recognise and value diversity and actively help to develop the potential of every individual.

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