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Spence Supermarket celebrates a year of employing Canberrans with mental health issues

By johnboy - 8 July 2011 9

This media release has come over my desk and seems worthy of note:

The Spence Friendly Grocer Supermarket and Nexus Humans Services are celebrating the first birthday of their partnership, which creates employment opportunities for people living with a mental health issues via retail traineeships offered by the supermarket.

Nexus Human Services Chief Executive Officer Lisa McPherson-Sturt said the program had helped clients living with mental health issues to regain confidence and self-esteem as well as gain valuable workplace skills.

“We are very proud to have worked with Vince and Kathy Torcasio, the owners of the store, over the past year,” said Ms McPherson.

“Many of our trainees are still employed there, while others have been able to use the opportunity as a stepping stone to further employment,” said Ms McPherson-Sturt.

To celebrate they’re having a sausage sizzle from 9am to 12pm on Saturday 16 July with lucky door prizes, kid’s entertainment and the announcements of winners of the in-store competition.

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9 Responses to
Spence Supermarket celebrates a year of employing Canberrans with mental health issues
ToastFliesRED 11:51 am 04 Nov 11

I love Spence Friendly Supermarket since Kathy and Vince re-opened the shop after it lay closed for so long. The staff, especially Kathy are always so friendly and they have a great range of food plus they go out of their way to source locally as well as more exotic items. they will always have my support and I will refuse to go to the 7-11 proposed to be built on the site of the mechanic workshop and autoelectrician next door and I feel sorry that they are being kicked out after providing a great local service

eyeLikeCarrots 9:22 pm 08 Jul 11

Great effort Spence Supermarket.

gospeedygo 6:05 pm 08 Jul 11

It’s all well and good but supermarkets aren’t the most helpful environments for good mental health.

braddonboy 2:13 pm 08 Jul 11

Great job…well done to all involved.

Violet68 2:04 pm 08 Jul 11

What a positive story. Love it!

Thumper 2:00 pm 08 Jul 11

A good news story, a really good news story.

EvanJames 1:40 pm 08 Jul 11

Mental health issues are pretty-much the most confronting and difficult to deal with disabilities. So an employer, especially in a service industry, taking the trouble to employ them is excellent. sounds like Nexus is a bit like the old Advance Personnel, administering the various support programs, and mentoring the trainee in the job. It’s tough going and I’m very glad there’s people out there willing to take it on.

jennybel75 1:03 pm 08 Jul 11

That’s great news! Well done the owners of Spence supermarket (and, btw – their deli there is superb!)

The Frots 12:54 pm 08 Jul 11

What a fantastic story – all credit to the management and staff there for making this happen!!

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