Campbelltown Catholic Club, along with Wests Group Macarthur and Ingleburn RSL is proud to be embarking on a new partnership with Beyond the Badge – a not for profit that exists to support first responders across Australia to transition into alternative careers.
The Clubs have collectively donated $22,500 through the ClubGRANTS program with monies to help bring to life a three-day career transition program for first responders commencing 1 February 2022. The program is open to current and/or former Police, Ambulance, Fire & Rescue and Corrections personnel who live in and around the Macarthur region.
This will be the first time this program is being offered within the region and is timely coming off the back of yet another very difficult year for our emergency and first responders. This practical and innovative training program has been developed to support first responders who are considering a career transition to an alternative career or work opportunity and will be held at Wests League Club in Leumeah, Ingleburn RSL and Campbelltown Catholic Club across the three days.
Beyond the Badge has a wonderful track record of supporting first responders to leap into corporate life. An early program graduate and former Campbelltown Licensing Sergeant Michelle Glasgow (pictured above) had a 13-year career with the police force, leaving due to the impact the role was having on her wellbeing and subsequently experiencing the struggles that come from leaving a first responder agency. After attending the Beyond the Badge Career Transition Program, Michelle obtained a leadership position at a Women’s Domestic Violence support service and credits Beyond the Badge for helping her understand how to apply her skills to her new role and regain her confidence.
Michelle comments “I really struggled with what to do following the police force and Beyond the Badge played a vital role in rebuilding my confidence and helping me harness the skills I had earned and apply them in a new setting outside the police force”.
Sean Haran, co-founder of Beyond the Badge and passionate first responder advocate shares, “We are so incredibly grateful for the commitment of funding from our local clubs and can’t wait to bring to life our Career Transition Program at these fantastic Clubs in early February 2022”.
“As three of the regions’ leading venue operators, we are proud to be partnering with this fantastic not for profit organisation to provide such valuable support to our amazing first responders. These people have done so much to care for us and it’s our honour to be able to give back to them” said Michael Lavorato, Campbelltown Catholic Club CEO.