Shining a Light on Youth Homelessness

Fusion Sleep in your car Event

On any given night in Australia, there are more than 100,000 people without stable housing. An astounding statistic that shows homelessness is an issue affecting many communities, yet it’s something that can sometimes go unseen by the larger population. To raise awareness as part of this year’s Homelessness Week, the SkillsPlus & Brace team decided to partner with Fusion on the Mornington Peninsula for a Sleep in Your Car fundraising event. Some staff stayed in their cars for a night, while others slept on sofas to highlight how people are forced to couch-surf when they can’t access stable and appropriate accommodation. It’s an activity that may seem safer, but still sees people at risk.     Following the event, which was broadcast virtually via Facebook Live, the team saw an ...

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Creating a Disability-Friendly Workplace

Disability Friendly Workplace

Five steps to building a work environment that’s inclusive for all In Australia, people with disability are twice as likely to be unemployed compared to the general population. This tells us that there are still barriers that stop people accessing open employment.   Following on from initiatives like the Inclusive Employment Movement, which is helping to lower these barriers, what are some of the ways we can make our work environments more disability friendly?   Here we’ve rounded up a few ideas that can help people with disability succeed in the workplace.   1. Create opportunities for people to shine One of the first things we can do to make someone feel included is to present them with opportunities. Given that we know it can be more difficult for people with disability t ...

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Dispelling 4 Myths about Employing People with Disability

Dispelling 4 Myths about Employing People with Disability

How some common misconceptions hold people back from equal opportunities. One in five Australians has a disability. If you look in your own workplace, it’s likely there are already employees around you with disability who are thriving in their roles.   In general, people with disability are far underrepresented in the Australian workforce. Among those over the age of 25, just 23% hold paid work. The National Disability Insurance Agency’s target is to see 30% of working-age people in paid work by June 2023. An ambitious, but achievable goal that’s supported by initiatives like the Inclusive Employment Movement, which looks to remove some of the barriers that are unnecessarily holding people back.   Here, we break down some of the main stigmas for employers when it comes to hiring ...

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Help for isolated people in Ballarat

Sandra Gallagher Bargain Browsers

When COVID-19 saw the doors close on our Bargain Browsers store in Ballarat, Manager Sandra Gallagher and the team were wondering what to do with all the books and games.   They came up with a wonderful idea, setting up a community library in the foyer of their office. With social isolation taking its toll on Ballarat residents, the team have encouraged locals to come and pick up something that may help their time at home.   “We want people to come through and grab a book or two, or a puzzle for the kids,” said Sandra.   “It’s really important that people have ways to keep their minds active. If they’re just sitting at home, they may focus on all the negatives going on at the moment.”

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Dean’s dreams come true with NEIS

When Dean first joined the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) program in 2017 he had one clear goal – to be self-employed for the freedom to run his own business and balance his life, family and work commitments.   Delivered by our BRACE team in Port Adelaide, NEIS assists eligible job seekers who want to start a small business with training and mentoring.   Initially, Dean’s business provided mechanical maintenance and welding for large construction sites and industrial onsite maintenance. It has been quite the learning curve for Dean and his partner Julia who manages the administration of the business, but their marketing efforts are now paying dividends.   Their services have expanded over the past year to include site shutdown and mechanical breakdown call-outs and b ...

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