Hospitality skills on show

DATE: 17 June 2019

Hospitality skills on show

The event, organised by Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc., Bass Coast Shire Council, Maxima Employment and Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), aimed to educate the Gippsland community and employers about the benefits of employing people with disability.

Customers from Yooralla’s Leongatha Community Hub recently showcased their hospitality skills at the Employment for All Abilities event in Wonthaggi.

The event, organised by Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc., Bass Coast Shire Council, Maxima Employment and Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), aimed to educate the Gippsland community and employers about the benefits of employing people with disability.

The five Yooralla customers who volunteered their skills on the day have already gained a broad range of service and food preparation skills, through hospitality training at the Leongatha Community Hub.

Yooralla customer Mitchell enjoyed the event and meeting the attendees.

“I got to interact with everyone and serve the food. I knew lots of people and got to meet some new ones,” said Mitchell.

The customers were supported by Yooralla Community Development Worker, Vanessa Holness, who that that it was fantastic watching the team engage with the community, and showcase all the things they have learnt and to be so proud of themselves.

Two customers are currently half way through their first year of School Leaver Employment Supports (SLES) with Yooralla, which helps young people prepare, look for and gain employment.

SLES funding may be included in a participant’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) plan to support them to achieve their employment goals.

Guest speaker Beau Vernon, who suffered a spinal cord injury that left him with quadriplegia, spoke about breaking down the barriers and changing the perceptions about the employability of people with disability.

The event was a great success, as Mitchell said that he would definitely do it again.

Yooralla has Community Hubs across Victoria, where people with disability can receive the support they require, meet new friends and get out in their local community, all while learning new skills. Read more about them here or call 03 9666 4500.

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