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.
“Since our launch in June 2011, 12 people have been trained and employed at Spence friendly grocer as part of the initiative,
“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.