Keen to assist youth support
THE Christian Democrat candidate for Tweed has decided to use her increased profile as a candidate in Saturday’s election to promote the work done by a Tweed Heads couple in helping local unemployed youth get jobs.
Corinne Pennay said the work by Kim and Craig Freeman at their Skills on Safety (SOS) courses at Tweed Heads provides vital skills to get unemployed youth and long-term unemployed adults back on track and is something dear to her heart.
She likened the mission of the courses to “Save Our Souls” work for local kids and also to “Saving Our Small business” – all issues she said had led her to stand for the Christian Democrats in the seat of Tweed.
“I met two kids this week doing courses,” she said.
“One has been in and out of detention and who was involved in robberies.
“Now he is working as a tiler and his life has turned around.
“The other is becoming a plumber”.
She said the courses helped the “guys” get the tickets they needed to get work.
The efforts of the Freemans was an example of good things happening in the Tweed community.
Mrs Freeman said the couple had been working with employment agencies for the past five years and had recently moved to new premises in Frances St near St Joseph’s Catholic Church.
“We are trying to get more contacts out there,” she said. “We offer general induction courses including white cards to work in construction.”