The Salvation Army band, Janet Berry (up the front) playing Christmas carols at The Salvation Army Employment Plus Goodna afternoon tea on Friday.
The Salvation Army band, Janet Berry (up the front) playing Christmas carols at The Salvation Army Employment Plus Goodna afternoon tea on Friday. Sarah Harvey

Salvos thank all for a year's help

AFTER a tough year finding work for job seekers, staff at The Salvation Army Employment Plus (TSAEP) office at Goodna have celebrated with a Christmas thank-you event.

The seven women who make up TSAEP Goodna have managed to match about 300 people to work this year, despite the tough conditions.

"We're very proud of what we've been able to do this year at Goodna, but we certainly don't work in isolation, so this event is just a way to say 'thank you' to the people and organisations we work with - local employers, charity organisations, training groups, support services," TSAEP spokeswoman Kirrilee Trist said.

Ms Trist said the job market had not fully recovered since the floods, with many businesses still rebuilding and some people still in desperate straits.

"Just last week we helped someone who was still homeless - they had lost everything in the flood and weren't insured," she said.

Goodna TSAEP itself was also hit by the flood which ruined its old premises, forcing it to move temporarily.

"Things have now settled down," she said.

"We're helping more than 500 people at the moment, either finding them jobs or getting them the training they need to improve their prospects of employment.

"A lot of the job activity has been in warehousing and labouring positions, which is good, steady employment."

TSAEP Goodna will be closed from Christmas Day until January 2.

"We'll be back and raring to go in the New Year," Ms Trist said. "We're looking forward to a big year ahead."



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