Christmas stable a stepping stone to a bright future

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Christmas stable a stepping stone to a bright future

The stable for a nativity scene to be viewed by hundreds of people this Christmas is the work of two young men gaining skills through the Build Up Tassie program.

Build Up Tassie is a capacity-building and vocational discovery program based in Hobart’s northern suburbs, and is funded by Centacare Evolve Housing. The program aims to engage young people who face barriers to training or employment.

Sessions are run by Build Up Tassie Project Officer Adrian Broomhall who tailors the program to meet the particular interests and the needs of participants.

“It’s building their confidence to understand the capacity that they have, and then [asking]: how do we tap into that to be something that’s a pathway?” Mr Broomhall said.

For participants Josh and Isaac, it means gaining work skills and confidence at the same time as they build a nativity scene stable which will be used for big Christmas events Light a Candle for Christmas, on December 19, and Carols on the Hill, on December 21, both in Hobart.

Josh, who says he is hoping to gain some work-related experience from the program, says he is feeling ‘pretty overwhelmed’ to be making something that will be seen by so many people.

“It’s quite great that I’m actually doing something like this,” he said.

Isaac, who has joined Build Up Tassie to explore his interests and find out where his competencies lie, says he’s never worked on anything like the stable before.

“If we do well enough, and people actually really like it, then I’m happy,” he said.

Until now the large Christmas events run by the Archdiocese of Hobart have borrowed the nativity scene and stable from South Hobart Parish, which was Built by Bill Derek.

The stable Isaac and Josh are building is a replica of Mr Derek’s own hand crafted stable.

Hundreds will stop by the stable and light a candle to represent their faith in the Son of God born in Bethlehem, or a prayer that they have prayed for a loved one.

For Isaac and Josh, the stable represents gaining some practical skills on the path to a bright future.