A small group of TAFE Western Dubbo College pre-apprentice carpentry students will be acknowledged for their hard work and generosity in assisting non-for-profit organisation the Schizophrenia Fellowship in Dubbo at a special presentation tomorrow.
Twelve students have spent the past five weeks helping the Fellowship fit-out their new location, the ground floor at Church Street’s Oliver House, as part of their hands-on carpentry course component.
The students have installed a new (second-hand) kitchen, put up new doors and installed window openings, put up walls and cladding, installed floating floorboards as well as other general maintenance.
Schizophrenia Fellowship Team Leader Sue Williamson said members of the Personal Helpers and Members Program were looking forward to spoiling the students with a special morning tea as a small gesture of their appreciation.
“The organisation could not have afforded to pay for this work so we are very grateful – it has made a huge difference,” Ms Williamson said.
“I believe this has been an amazing experience for everyone involved. The students have brought a positive energy and enthusiasm to the project that has been infectious.
“It’s also been very interesting watching the students’ skills develop – they really have done a wonderful job.”
TAFE Western Carpentry Teacher Vince Williamson echoed those sentiments, believing the students took great pride in the project because it was helping such a worthwhile community organisation.
“The students really got right into this project. I think they enjoyed getting out into the community and completing a project that had a real purpose, rather than just completing work in the workshop,” he said.
“It’s also been good for the students to get out and experience dealing with clients and external influences.
“Their skills have improved throughout this project.”