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Hubdate September 2019

Over the past 18 months the Hub has been connecting with organisations that provide various support services to veterans and their families. Of particular note is one program that focusses on employment transition for current and former serving ADF members that goes by the name of “StoryRight”.

StoryRight is the brain child of Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare, who is an Army reserve Public relations officer with 9th Brigade HQ and a veteran herself. Sharon has been conducting similar transition programs for corporate clients for quite a few years and felt that her program could be easily modified to suit transitioning ADF personnel. With transition being a current hot topic, we discussed how the model might work and I joined Sharon and a number of other veterans and non-serving supporters to form a management team for the new program.

The focus of the one-day workshops is to help military veterans to change their narrative by identifying and translating their military skills and experience into a personal summary that more closely aligns with civilian business culture and language whilst aimed at their target industry. Throughout the workshop participants are given the tools they need to drill down into their skills and experience and use that information to identify their strengths and understand their value to civilian employers.

Participants are teamed up with mentors from both military and civilian backgrounds who are able to provide one on one coaching throughout the day and beyond the workshop itself to ensure that there is continuity of support.

The not-for-profit program, run entirely by volunteers, also provides an opportunity for veterans to become facilitators and mentors as their lived experience of transition provides valuable insight for those who are making their own transition from the ADF. Oliver Andrews and Porscha Ryan are two such veterans who are heavily involved in running and administering the program and critical to its success. It has been wonderful to see how they have both embraced their roles and taken ownership of the day to day management and planning for future workshops.

StoryRight has recently been successful in expanding into the Northern Territory and is now being run under licence by RSL Queensland who plan to run their first workshop in Brisbane before the end of the year.

A partnership with Soldier On has also been developed to help facilitate employment networking events in South Australia, the first of which will be jointly run on Thursday the 3rd of October.

Based at the Partnerships Hub, StoryRight holds regular administrative and planning meetings on Wednesdays making best use of the Hubs facilities and resources.

You can find them on Facebook, at their website https://www.storyright.org/ or contact them by email at info@storyright.org.

We are proud to support this important initiative and look forward to being a part of their ongoing success.

If you would like to access this program or any of the support services available at the Hub, or just need contact details for other supporting organisations make sure you contact me on 0418 264 886 or email me at Justin.Brown2@sa.gov.au .

 

Justin Brown

Partnerships Hub Coordinator


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