Former carpenter helping young people build better lives

Robbie Crawford (far right) with Build Up Tassie participants (Hobart Archdiocese/Mark Franklin)

Initiatives such as Centacare Evolve Housing’s “Build Up Tassie” are essential to the community and offer young people the opportunity to turn their lives around, according to the program’s new coach. Source: Hobart Archdiocese.

Robbie Crawford, a former carpenter, plans to use his position to empower youth to become responsible and independent adults who strive to achieve their goals.

Build Up Tassie supports young job seekers with an interest in the construction industry.

“Programs like Build Up Tassie provide alternate pathways to employment and education while also enriching the lives of young people with interpersonal skills and awareness,” he said.

“Outside of the educational benefits, our growth mindset, person-centred approach allows a safe and empowering environment that can provide young people who perhaps struggled in the more formal education settings to thrive and learn.”

Mr Crawford, who spent five years working as a carpenter in Hobart before travelling around Australia, has worked in the youth sector in Broome for the past seven years.

He and his partner recently decided to head home to Tasmania to have their first baby surrounded by family.

“As soon as I came across the Build Up Tassie advertisement, I became instantly excited,” he said.

“The role revolves around both my passions in life – building and supporting young people.”

With 10 years in the building industry and the social work realm under his belt, Mr Crawford was well equipped for the coaching role, which he commenced in January.

“I have seen some amazing turn arounds in young people who have come from a chequered past,” he said.

“Care and kindness may not be something they’ve ever experienced before, but when applied consistently and genuinely, and a real relationship is formed, you have the opportunity to make a real positive change in someone’s life and the community.”


Constructing dreams: Build Up Tassie coach empowers young people (By Veronika Cox, Hobart Archdiocese) 

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