Service provider assists in Cobram local employment through local op shop.TONI BRIENT March 25, 2014 4:34am
For most people, getting a job is a normal part of growing up.
But for someone with a disability, it can be more complicated.
Skills like talking with customers or using a cash register are often difficult to learn.
But for Providing All Living Supports’ clients with disabilities, the move into the workforce just got easier.
The company has hired about 15 of its clients to work in its Broadway St opportunity shop.
The move began last year, with a group employed in the shop’s cafe and sorting donated goods out the back.
But now, PALS clients are manning the cash register and assisting customers on the shop floor.
PALS Cobram co-ordinator Linda Boyd said the clients embraced their jobs.
‘‘They love it,’’ she said.
‘‘It develops their self-confidence; their self-worth.
‘‘It’s so empowering for them and it’s amazing to see them develop.’’
The op shop is part of the PALS network, and its profits fund programs for its clients.
Mrs Boyd said the company had also begun viewing the work experience as a program in itself.
The clients receive payment for their work, but are also learning valuable skills.
‘‘We’re seeing this as pathways into the community, too,’’ Mrs Boyd said.
‘‘They can learn skills that might take them into jobs in the workforce.’’
Two men charged over the armed robbery of a Shepparton service station have been remanded in custody until next week.
The 2014 Yarrawonga Mulwala Multisport Festival has been hailed a huge success by organisers and participants alike.
The fifth annual King Billy Retreat Open Garden Party will be held at Rushworth on Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Echuca College students Calum Pearson, Luke Judd, Kiriana Epararma, Harriet Nilon, Kyle Melhuish and Stephanie Chong are heading to China.
A former Rochester resident is helping women with their confidence and their horses.
Accusations of bullying, disrespect and dangerous conduct.
And the school's best all-rounder for this year.
Finley's Mark Whiley has been traded from the GWS Giants to Carlton - the club he has supported all his life.
District residents are being invited to enjoy Oktooberfest celebrations at Tooborac Hotel and Brewery.
Momentum builds for the greatest show in Cobram, with young and old expected to lap up family attractions in sunny conditions.
Water users have welcomed the governments' announcement of a $350 million package for new irrigation efficiency programs in NSW, but say water availability is in need of improvement.
Farmers and anyone interested in big boys’ toys will be fascinated to check out an unmanned helicopter in action at an Ardmona orchard.
Judge comments, If I were single, I'd marry this steak!
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.