Directions Northam shares Christmas joy for fifth year

Two local families in need will receive festive hampers this year to brighten their Christmas thanks to the team at Directions Workforce Solutions Northam.

Led by Northam manager Brenda DeAtta, the team of Emma Lawrie, Lydia Ugle, Marcelle Kinsey and Bobby Hall have reached into their own pockets to make a difference to other members of the community.

In what is becoming an annual holiday tradition for Directions staff, the hampers contain festive treats along with household essentials.

"I find it special to give back and believe no one should go without over the festive season," Ms DeAtta said.

"I want to share joy, hope and love this Christmas with everyone, particularly those in need."

Mr Hall said being involved in the Northam community meant a lot to the team.

"We see a lot of people doing it hard from a variety of demographics and decided to continue our yearly giving and do something to assist," he said.

The team work with people from across the Wheatbelt, assisting them to gain employment and improve their career prospects.

"We have all donated items that we would like to have at Christmas in the hope of putting smiles on faces and helping families look forward to Christmas," Ms Ugle said.

Ms Lawrie said with many people doing it tough, the Christmas season presented extra challenges, especially with kids.

"If this hamper makes one family's holidays a little easier, it's all worth it," she said.

Directions Workforce Solutions are ongoing supporters of the Northam community.

This year also saw the launch of the Supporting Communities Through Traineeships program which provided a fully funded full time Business Administration trainee for a year to selected charities and not-for profits, to help them continue their work in the community.

Share and Care were the first recipients in Northam of a trainee.

The hamper tradition however is totally staff-driven.

Ms Kinsey said the Directions Northam team were proud of their contribution and encouraged all businesses and individuals to join the festive support and give back to their community giving Christmas joy to those with less over the festive season.

"If you are in a position to give, why not do your part and give where you can this Christmas," she said.