Hydro Tasmania dresses community for success

HYDRO Tasmania has stepped up to support the community through the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 with its annual Community Grant Program as well as a new series of COVID-19 Community Grants.

This year’s Community Grant Program was Hydro Tasmania’s largest round yet, with up to $5000 provided to 11 recipients, all of them either small community or volunteer groups and not-for-profit organisations active across Tasmania.

Among those receiving a grant was Hobart based Dress for Success, which aims to empower disadvantaged women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, and training through a number of workshops.

“Dress for Success was only established November last year, so this grant is going to help get our career workshops up and running,” Dress for Success manager Amanda French.

“These workshops will be delivered both online and face-to-face so we can meet the needs of all people in our community.”

Ms French said she was over the moon to receive the grant.

“We hope to be able to deliver four workshops to begin with, but the content in those workshops would then be used to deliver many more workshops in years to come,” she said.

The workshops will involve training and confidence building for interviews, help with preparing CVs, workplace presentation, and skill development.

Hydro Tasmania engagement program manager Sarah Metcalf said the grants provided a number of benefits to not-for-profits.

“We want to help Tassie move forward and try to get over this really difficult period where people are struggling mentally, but also to find jobs and keep themselves afloat,” she said.

Hydro Tasmania chief executive officer Steve Davy said the business aimed to make life better for every Tasmanian.

“When we launched the fourth year of our Community Grant Program, obviously none of us could have predicted what 2020 would be like, so we announced a new one-off round of COVID-19 Community Grants to provide additional support,” he said.

“Our wish is that both our annual Community Grant Program and the new COVID-19 Community Grants will help to keep Tasmanians not only safe, but united with a sense of hope for their future.”

Other grant recipients included Edge Radio 99.3FM radio show ‘Now That’s What I Call Science’, Ulverstone Surf Life Saving Club, Sheffield Shield Association, Teach for Australia, Derwent Valley SES, Southern Tasmanian Axemen’s Association, Kentish Regional Clinic, North West Woodcraft Guild, Waverly School Association, and Resource Work Cooperative.

Caption: From left, Dress for Success manager Amanda French and Hydro Tasmania engagement program manager Sarah Metcalf.

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