SMH 'Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Unemployment'

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EXCLUSIVE  - (First published on December 11, 2017 by Sydney Morning Herald)‚Äč

Breaking the cycle of intergenerational Unemployment

by Anna Patty

Hundreds of women have started work for the first time with the help of a jobs program designed to help them break the cycle of inter-generational unemployment.

Pat Hall who runs the program didn’t know what a social enterprise was when she first helped raise the money to pay a woman to make coffee at a neighbourhood centre.

Five years on and she has opened five social enterprises including a coffee cart, school canteen contract, a cleaning and mowing business, a catering business, a second-hand clothes shop and a cafe called Pepper’s Place at Liverpool City Library.

Ms Hall, who is chief executive  of Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, said the 500 women she has helped to get jobs have included some from families that have experienced long-term unemployment across three generations. The program helps women, including single mothers, get paid work experience and training in hospitality courses.

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