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May 28, 2015 3:24 PM ET

Archived: Riverland Employment and Training Services – Creating jobs for disabled & disadvantged: an inclusive community by fostering a culture that supports transition and equitable employment and training for people with a disability or disadvantage

iCrowdNewswire - May 28, 2015

Creating jobs for disabled & disadvantged

By Riverland Employment and Training Services

Join us as we create jobs for people with disabilities & disadvantages in regional SA-River land-located in Berri.


My name is Diana Van Dam; I am the advocate for Riverland Employment and Training Services a new community enterprise to commence in Berri by December 2015 that will build an inclusive community by fostering a culture that supports transition and equitable employment and training for people with a disability or disadvantage.
Riverland Employment and Training Services (R.E.A.T.S) will be a unique model for supported employment and training and will be opening up a new phase of creating employment and training in the Riverland and encourage others to see the same vision as we do by creating jobs.

The Problem

I have a disability myself but am extremely work qualified and have had first hand experience of the prejudices faced to gain mainstream employment, I have also have approximately 70 resumes on file from Disability Support recipients in the Riverland desperately needing employment.

The Project

We wish to open a take-away-cafe in Berri, regional South Australia, which will be staffed by clients who are socially isolated by a disability or disadvantaged :e.g., clients with mental health issues, non-English speaking back ground clients, these employees will remain employed with us or may transition to open employment, we will be creating employment and training using clients abilities and not their disabilities. We will be able to employ up 18+ staff on a rotating roster.
Our staff will be from Berri, Barmera, Loxton, Kingston on Murray, Waikerie, Renmark, Paring, Lyrup, Monash, and many smaller communities within the Riverland.
Our other projects as we grow will employ up to 30 staff over two years.

Our Vision

Is to strengthen communities by inspiring people to open their minds, accept and include people with disabilities & disadvantages and there by anyone who is perceived as different to achieve their fullest potential and participate in and contribute to all aspects of life including employment & training.

Our Needs

To assist us in raising funds to purchase equipment for our new venture.
We need in excess of $50,000.00 to purchase specialized catering equipment.
We need $13,000.00 to make the toilets disability friendly.
If you can assist with donating any catering equipment new or used this would also be most welcome we can arrange pick up or transport.
Volunteers and mentors are also valued for their skills and knowledge and would be a great asset to help drive us forward.

Your Rewards

$5000.00 –donations will receive certificate and medium sponsorship logos on uniforms.
$2000.00donations will receive certificate and small sponsorship logo on uniform/cap
$100.00 – and under receive a certificate.
All sponsors will be named on our sponsorship Plaque

Team Members

Diana van Dam

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