News & Views - DreamWorker Nov 2012 newsletter
DreamWorker News & Views
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October 2012 heralded a record month for DreamWorker with workdays for the unemployed reaching a new high of 11 116 days. It took the national census for the government to finally announce that unemployment is now officially at 29,8%, much higher than previously reported. Our guess is that it is higher yet.......
But we, at DreamWorker don’t care too much for census statistics. We deal in individuals. One degree of difference to one unemployed person. One act of service, one helping hand, one word of encouragement, one day of work .... one by one, by one....until we get to 11 116 days of work in a month. Now that’s a statistic worth celebrating!
Thank you to each and every one of our DreamWorker supporters for helping us reach this “one”derful milestone!


Lee SwarzIt is tough enough becoming a parent. Having to “parent” your two siblings aged 8 and 10 is really tough, when you yourself are just 14 years old! This is the story of Lee Swartz.
He never really knew his dad, who passed away when he was very young. When his mom remarried, Lee and his two younger siblings were sent to live with their aunt. And that is why at age 14 Lee found himself in charge of his 10 year old brother and 8 year old sister.
When he was in matric, Lee’s aunt became seriously ill and he made the decision to leave school so that he could earn money, to take care of his brother and sister. Not having a very high level of education, Lee moved between casual and contract retail jobs, waitering jobs and even cleaning cars - anything to earn his keep. Then, two months ago, at the end of one of Lee’s short term contract periods, his aunt died unexpectedly. Lee and his siblings have until year end to leave their aunt’s home.
Can you help Lee?


Averil WicksAveril is blessed to be a person who just loves working. Having been a front end supervisor in the retail world for years, she felt it was time to harness her entrepreneurial spirit and fly solo. So she started her own business, driving children home after school. But Averil could not sustain her family on her earnings and found herself desperately needing full time work again. She also wanted a change from the “mega retailers”.
Averil registered with DreamWorker and kept coming back week after week, popping in to see what was on offer. It is this drive and enthusiasm, combined with her wonderful ability to self manage, that led to Averil becoming the manager of the Animal Rescue Shop in Bergvliet.


McDonaldsWhen Sugen Moodley from McDonalds contacted DreamWorker to assist with staffing two brand new outlets, we jumped at the opportunity. The DreamTeam trawled the database to find the right candidates, who were called to come into our offices. The air hummed with excitement and nervousness as the candidates did their numeracy, literacy and other tests. Sugen even roped the team in to assist with marking and collating the test results.


The DreamTeam was treated to an early year end celebration, with a cable car trip up Table Mountain, a walk to the Maclear’s beacon and lunch overlooking the peninsula. Yes, we too need to keep rising to new heights and holding a very big DreamWorker vision for ourselves!

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