From building sites, to building futures. Lucas’s journey from the construction industry into community service truly shows the power of lifelong learning. And, as a dedicated Rise volunteer, we couldn’t be prouder of his most recent achievement – becoming a finalist at the WA Training Awards! This is a triumph well deserved for Lucas, and a true recognition of his dedication and commitment to voicing his ideas and using his skills to make a real difference.
Originally from the construction industry, Lucas’s yearning for change led him to retrain in community services as a mature aged student at North Metropolitan TAFE Leederville. During his journey as a mature aged student, Lucas proved himself to be an exceptional leader. He took on the role of a WhatsApp group administrator, developing a supportive environment for his peers filled with timely reminders, study tools, and regular check-ins. He harnessed the power of technology to foster a true sense of community within the group.
His new path led him to our community at Rise, where he has emerged not only as an invaluable member of our volunteer team, but also as the innovator behind another unique technology-based initiative.
Observing that many of our volunteers, predominantly over the age of 55, struggled with digital tasks like logging into their Rise email accounts or completing online training, Lucas came up with a brilliant idea to help. His solution was ComputerRise, a bespoke computer literacy program designed specifically for seniors. His insightful proposal immediately resonated with our Board, leading to its approval and funding. Today, Lucas is passionately committed to delivering ComputerRise across our centres, transforming a simple idea into a tool of empowerment for our community.
Lucas says his experience in the Community Services sector has been incredible, and everyone in the sector from across different organisations has been helpful and open with advice. From the teams at Community Skills WA, Skills IQ and North Metro TAFE to our very own team at Rise. With special shout-outs to CEO Justine Colyer and Volunteer Coordinator Alana Bearham for their faith in his abilities and the time they have given to listen to his ideas.
“Going back to TAFE as an older student is extremely daunting, but it increased my confidence in significant ways,” he shares. “I want to encourage others, no matter where they are in life, that they too can achieve their goals.”
His journey is a reminder to all of us that if we have ideas, we should voice them. After all, as Lucas has demonstrated, an idea can transform into a reality with the potential to create a profound impact on our communities.
Finalists for the WA Training Awards were announced yesterday, check them all out here.