Festive float built by Community House to bring joy at Christmas time

A Christmas float for Port Lincoln is being built by Community House to bring more festivity to the city at Christmas time.

SANTA'S LITTLE HELPERS: Work for the Dole coordinator Ronald Suing (front) with volunteer Ashlee Willshire and supervisor Bronte Larking in the workshop.

SANTA'S LITTLE HELPERS: Work for the Dole coordinator Ronald Suing (front) with volunteer Ashlee Willshire and supervisor Bronte Larking in the workshop.

The float is being built by Work for the Dole volunteers, who are learning new skills with carpentry, power tools, and other work skills to prepare them for jobs in other industries.

Community House manager Linda Davies said they were responding to community backlash last year over the lack of Christmas decor and festivity in the city.

"It's all to do with listening to the community because we heard many people ask for more festivity around Christmas, and we are responding to those community voices," she said.

"We have got them all in the regional areas and Port Lincoln don't seem to have much happen.

"This float will be able to be used for other functions outside Community House."

Ms Davies said she had already been in contact with Carols by Candlelight, and supervisor Bronte Larking said even football club Christmas parties could use the reindeer and Santa sleigh.

He said the seven reindeer would first be mounted to the 20 foot trailer, before the sleigh is built allowing easy access for children to see Santa Claus.

Building started about a month ago and will take six months total to complete.

Work for the Dole volunteer Ashlee Willshire has been involved with Community House for 15 years and said his work on projects including this one helped him feel accomplished.

"For me personally, I feel like I'm a part of a team and give back to the community more than I have done," he said.

"I learn to use more tools everyday...and I've just put my name down for a carpentry job."

Ms Davies said people like Mr Willshire had never had the opportunity to learn these skills but were now out in the community and working in local industry.

"It gives volunteers the skills to actually know how to use them in life down the track....they will take ownership of this float and will be able to say 'I built that'," she said.

Ms Davies said Community House hopes to decorate the roundabout near their shop The Pantry on Tasman Terrace at Christmas time, and has just applied for a permit to council to take the float along the street during the festive season.

She said they plan to take the float and Santa Claus throughout the CBD stopping to give lollies and presents to children.