Callum Grundy is an employee

Callum Grundy is an employee at the Mailhouse and in August 2015 began support at OAK Tasmania in the areas of Transition to Work and Community Access. Callum also attends the out of hours programs on Wednesday afternoons with a group of young adults funded through the NDIS.

Callum loves his music. Earlier this year Callum attended a Jimmy Barnes concert at Tolosa Park and somehow ended up with a set of drumsticks presented by the Working Class Boy himself. Callum then went on to attend the Adam Brand and the Outlaws performance in Hobart – and to be invited on stage to join the show. The generosity of Adam Brand was exemplified when he presented Callum with a Gibson guitar from one of the group.

Callum subsequently identified that he wanted to take up some guitar lessons with the vision of becoming a ‘rock star’. The staff at OAK were able to negotiate some guitar lessons with tutor Debra Manskey each Monday morning. Callum has been practicing hard and in August of this year he had his first live gig at the Warratah Hotel in Hobart. It was a jam packed event with people pouring in the door to support Callum with his first on stage performance. After the show Callum was found signing autographs and having selfies with fans.

It was an inspirational evening and even days later people were still talking about the “buzz” they were still feeling.

In January this year, on top of Callum’s already busy schedule, he has been working toward the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a recognised program for young people, building their skills to equip them for life and work. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.

This is the first time that the award has been undertaken through the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Tasmanian Division. Callum and his peers completed the final stage of this journey at the beginning of September when they went on a 2 night stay to The Far South Wilderness Camp.

It is safe to say the last 12 months for Callum has been full of excitement.