Effort rewarded all round

Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian
Nick Austin outside the Menshed.
Camera IconNick Austin outside the Menshed. Credit: Peter Sweeney

Young offenders on community work orders have given the Geraldton Men’s Shed 610 reasons to smile.

About 10 youngsters made 15 items — including jewellery boxes, tables, benches and planter boxes — and sold them at a silent auction during NAIDOC Week.

The items brought $610, which youth justice community worker Nick Austin suggested go to the Men’s Shed.

The youngsters agreed.

“Many young offenders are lacking strong male role models in their lives,” Mr Austin said.

“We appreciate the values and goals of the Men’s Shed; they lead by example and hopefully the young men we work with will adopt the same later on in their lives.

“The youngsters need engagement and one-on-one mentoring. They were more than happy to donate the money to the Men’s Shed.”

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