Yooralla opportunity shop opening 10 July in Chelsea
DATE: 8 June 2017
From 10 July Chelsea residents can shop until they drop at Yooralla’s new purpose built opportunity shop.
Yooralla’s Executive Director, Community Service, Elaine Krassas said that the opportunity shop, located at 402 Nepean Highway Chelsea, will provide opportunities for people with a disability to develop retail and customer service skills.
“This is a fantastic project that actively supports individuals to develop their capacity in all areas of life and provide opportunities to help them to move into open employment. Not to mention a great chance to discover a bargain,” Ms Krassas said.
Yooralla volunteer, Clair Duffus, said she hoped that the program would encourage more employers to be open to employment opportunities for people with a disability.
“Social enterprise projects like this encourage greater connectivity for the whole of the community.”
“This initiative is an opportunity in every sense of the word - It’s an opportunity for locals to get involved as volunteers, providing training and retail support, donating goods, as well as providing work experience opportunities for people with a disability.”
Ms Duffus said she was thrilled to support an initiative that promotes a more inclusive community.
“The Yooralla Chelsea site will provide opportunities for the entire community – not only will the shop be selling pre-loved goods but will raise funds for Yooralla,” Ms Duffus said.
“It will also create opportunities for work experience – particularly for people with disabilities.”
Yooralla is calling for people to donate their pre-loved quality clothing and household goods, as well as seeking volunteers who are interested in providing training and retail support.
For more information about how to volunteer or make a donation, contact Andrew Nankivell on 0472 835 792 or Andrew.Nankivell@yooralla.com.au or Manager Volunteer Engagement, Melanie Cass, on (03) 88510809 or Melanie.Cass@yooralla.com.au
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