Women in north-west Tasmania are “taking back the power (tools)”, to quote an excellent report by ABC News.
The women, including 86-year-old Hazel Langridge, are learning to use all kinds of tools, from drills and sanders to the humble hammer, all thanks to a partnership between the Wedge Street Community House and the Circular Head Aboriginal Corporation, both in Smithton.
This is a fabulous example of older women’s enthusiasm and capacity to learn new skills – the kind of skills that can be valuable in a multitude of jobs. It’s also breaking down isolation due to COVID-19 and improving mental health.
Work45+ has information about financial assistance to train older workers here.
You can read more about the Circular Head project on the ABC’s website here and the Wedge Street Community House’s Facebook page here.