The Foundation is delighted to announce that a Commemorative Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to TOOL for their Timber Recovery social enterprise program. TOOL (Training Opportunities and Options for Learning Inc) provides training and employment opportunities for at-risk youth in a highly disadvantaged area of Hobart.
“Having granted over $200 million to thousands of projects over the past 50 years, it seemed fitting that the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary should be commemorated with significant, community- and capacity-building grants,” said Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation. “We are so pleased to be supporting TOOL. Their highly successful social enterprise model is offering hope and opportunity for young people in an area in which intergenerational disadvantage has become the accepted norm. This Timber Recovery program - which will also save tonnes of timber from landfill each year - will extend the valuable work already being done in TOOL’s other enterprises and provide training and work opportunities of up to 300 young people a year.”
The Timber Resource program will establish a timber resource recovery enterprise to collect dunnage (crate timber) waste from Greater Hobart for re-machining, re-use and sale. The program will provide a packaging and dunnage collection service to importers in the Greater Hobart area; offer a new recycling waste collection service to the timber manufacturing sector (joineries, manufacturers, builders, saw millers and export packaging); and de-nail, disassemble, treat then machine timber to be suitable for re-use in a wide range of markets, including for TOOL’s own social enterprise, the TOOL Toy Factory.
Young people participating in TOOL’s program will be able to access ongoing training in processing/reconditioning wood for reuse, transport (leading to a B Class Driver’s Licence), and retail.
TOOL’s track record is highly successful: 90 per cent of young people that begin a program with TOOL complete it – up to three times the rate of government programs. Between 20 and 80 per cent of young people completing TOOL programs go on to employment or return to education.