Peter Murphy, Cherilyn Oakley and Jonathan Winston are enjoying their course in construction pathways and small engines, thanks to the Red Cross and Fraser Coast TESS.
Peter Murphy, Cherilyn Oakley and Jonathan Winston are enjoying their course in construction pathways and small engines, thanks to the Red Cross and Fraser Coast TESS. Stephanie Kay

Short course helps people recovering from mental illness

A MARYBOROUGH training course is experiencing success with people recovering from mental illness.

The short vocational course in construction pathways and small engines provides people with training towards a Certificate in Construction and Engineering.

Participant Jonathan Winston said as a trained cabinet maker, the course was a great opportunity to relive skills he already had and to improve his education.

"It's given good motivation, especially when you've been through so many life experiences that pull you down, this lifts you up," he said.

Cherilyn Oakley said as the only girl in the course, she was a bit nervous at first, but hoped the course would improve her employment prospects.

"It's been a very different sort of pathway for me," she said.

Peter Murphy said during the course, which will run until early 2015, they had learnt to make puzzles, use timber cutters, wall plastering, painting and sharpening tools.

Tony Quattromani, from Red Cross Personal Helpers and Mentors Program, said the project was a joint initiative with Fraser Coast Training Employment Support Service, which Red Cross has been successfully delivering locally for the past 10 years.

"We focus on strengths," he said.