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Work It!

Help us Work It!

Give people with disabilities training and employment opportunities

Did you know that there are 2.1 million Australians with a disability of working age? Less than half of these people have a job. This rate of unemployment for people with a disability has not shifted in 30 years...

Our new fundraising appeal ‘Work It!’ aims to support young people with disabilities to get into the workforce and begin their journey to independence!

Work It! will raise $80,000 to fund a unique, new retail space in Melbourne’s east, all geared towards readying people to work.

This will be more than a traditional op shop, it will be an exciting learning hub where up to 15 clients each year will build on skills such as money handling, customer service and product displays, guided by disability support workers and volunteer mentors.

Once they’ve honed these skills and are ready to move on, we’ll equip them with all the tools they need to find and secure paid work, like dressing for success, interview skills, and linking them with our employment partners in their chosen fields.

Help us reach our goal

We have a goal to help 100 people find and sustain meaningful employment by 2025. With 30 people realising this dream so far, the clock is ticking. We are hoping you can help us get there.

This program goes over and above what is funded in clients’ NDIS plans – so we are relying on generous people like you to see it come to life.

If you remember that amazing sense of achievement from earning your first pay cheque – please consider donating today. You can help make that life-changing experience a reality for someone who really wants to Work It!

Man standing in front of brick wall wearing a grey shirt and black apron

Cody, aged 23, works at Puckapunyal Australian Defence Force base with VMCH Employment Partner and hospitality contractor Ventia.

“I struggled to find a job before this,” Cody says. “I was a bit nervous when I first started, but I’m definitely more comfortable now.”

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